Do Whatever You Want With Your Books

Last week, my physical therapist added new homework to my assortment of assigned exercises. “Do you have stairs in your house?” she asked. “Or if not, something you can stand on?”

“The complete works of Shakespeare?” I said, and she laughed. But yes: That would do for heel raises.

There was a point in my life where I never would have considered such a thing. But even the most strident among us can change our ways eventually. Sort of. Maybe. A little bit.

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Rhythm of War Reread: Chapter Ninety-Six

Hey, it’s Thursday again, and time for another installment of the Rhythm of War Reread! Today we reach the penultimate chapter of Part Four. The Avalanche is not far off now, and the snow is hanging heavily over our heads—which is to say, the critical plot points are piling up and aligning, and ere long they will all come rushing together and falling on our heads. This is a relatively quiet chapter, for all that, giving a little information on the Kaladin-arc plans but mostly positioning Venli’s moves from here on out. There will still be surprises along the way, but most of it is set up here.

[I now realize I didn’t have the first notes of understanding what it meant to be a traitor.]

Series: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson

Penelope, Still Waiting: Sonya Taaffe’s “As the Tide Came Flowing In”

Welcome back to Reading the Weird, in which we get girl cooties all over weird fiction, cosmic horror, and Lovecraftiana—from its historical roots through its most recent branches.

This week, we cover Sonya Taaffe’s “As the Tide Came Flowing In,” first published in Taaffe’s 2022 collection of the same title. Spoilers ahead, but well worth your read!

[“Her dreams were full of monstrous things…”]

Series: Reading the Weird

Legends & Lattes Would Be the Warmest, Coziest Fantasy Adaptation Imaginable

Welcome to another installment of Please Adapt! I hope you’re ready to snuggle up and enjoy a warm cuppa, because we’re putting our feet up after last month’s massive Cosmere discussion.

Today, we turn our sights to Travis Baldree’s Legends & Lattes, a fascinating viral indie success that bypasses the “epic” lane of fantasy and sets off on its own road, leaving readers with warm and fuzzy feelings from dawn to dusk.

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Victor LaValle’s The Devil in Silver Is in Development as an AMC Anthology Series

Another Victor LaValle story is headed to a screen near you. The author’s The Changeling is in the works at Apple TV+, and now, AMC Networks has opened a writers’ room for The Devil in Silver, which Variety reports is “envisioned as the first installment in a potential anthology franchise.” LaValle is the creator of the series, which he’ll co-executive produce with Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell.

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Can’t Miss Indie Press Speculative Fiction for September and October 2022

Alternate timelines, alien civilizations, hallucinatory realities, and histories of the future. Those are among the things you’ll find in the books featured in this guide to some notable speculative fiction released (or reissued) by indie presses in September and October. Stylistically, tonally, and thematically, these cover a lot of ground—and you might well find your next favorite read here.

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Hugh Jackman Isn’t Quite Done Playing Wolverine, Will Return in Deadpool 3

Never say never. Sure, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine died in Logan, which came out in 2017. But that movie was set in 2029, which is years from now! A fact Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool team may be taking advantage of: Yesterday, Reynolds took to social media to share his feelings on the next Deadpool film. And to let us all know that Jackman will be in it.

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A Conspiracy Still Masked: Delving Deep Into The Rings of Power Episodes 4–5

These last two episodes of The Rings of Power sure did some things, didn’t they? Have they changed my overall opinion of the show? Only a little, because I’m still compartmentalizing this thing. Have episodes 4 and 5 made my trust in the showrunners waver somewhat? Yes. Do I retain hope that the show will “survive” this recent stumble, and go on to still be excellent overall? Yes, I’ve still got some hope. But it’s Amdir hope, not Estel hope. I’ll explain.

So here follows another opinion-riddled discussion of the last two episodes, filled to the brim with spoilers.

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Restless Yuletide Spirits: M. Rickert’s Lucky Girl

Growing up, my family never told ghost stories around Christmas. We did, however, have a couple of Krampus-themed ornaments on the tree—one with a chain, one with a large bundle of sticks—courtesy of my father’s Austrian cousin. (Who was also my cousin, albeit of my dad’s generation.) I don’t want to say that I was into Krampus before Krampus was cool, but—I regret to say that that statement is also not untrue.

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