The Red Sonja Adaptation Has Found Its Star: Hannah John-Kamen

Millennium Films has found its star for its upcoming adaptation of Red Sonja: Killjoys and Ant-Man and the Wasp actress Hannah John-Kamen. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that she’ll play the film’s lead character, and that she’s recently completed work on another upcoming project, Netflix’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

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Sleep Tight: T. Kingfisher’s The Hollow Places, Part 5

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 Chapters 9-10 of T. Kingfisher’s The Hollow Places, first published in 2020. Spoilers ahead—but we strongly recommend reading along!

[“…for all I know, sometimes I do see ghosts, and they’re just blurry like everybody else.”]

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The Brilliant, Sublime Ache of The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Joan He’s The Ones We’re Meant to Find is sci-fi dystopian at its best: sharp, devastating, and brimming with invigorating questions about what it means to be human on this earth we continue to ravage.

The novel follows two sisters, the Mizuharas, in alternating chapters that shift between timelines. We follow Cee through an intimate first-person present, where she’s been marooned on a deserted island for three years, colorblind and without memories, with only a friendly, rudimentary bot for company. We come to know Kasey at a more distant third-person past POV, as she navigates her sister’s recent disappearance at sea. Kay is a sixteen-year-old genius, brilliant but disconnected from her peers, the flux of emotions evading her. She, like all inhabitants of earth’s eco-cities, wears an Intraface, tech embedded in her brain that can record memories, provide conversational aid through Silvertongue, and display one’s rank. Admission to the eco-cities is dependent on a rank-based system, purportedly for the good of the remaining humans, in order to best allocate and preserve the planet’s waning resources. When Kasey disappears, Cee maneuvers her way into her sister’s abandoned Intraface to search for answers.

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It’s a Sunny Day for Targaryens in the First Images From HBO’s House of the Dragon

We certainly can’t criticize these images for being too dark. You can see all the details in the pale blonde wigs and elaborate costumes in the first official images from HBO’s House of the Dragon, the first Game of Thrones spinoff to make its way into production. Read on for a glimpse at five of the show’s characters!

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Revisiting Tamora Pierce’s Tortall Books as a Mother

Tamora Pierce’s most recent Tortall book, Tempests and Slaughter, focuses on the early life of Numair Salmalín, known then as Arram Draper, and his time at the University of Carthak. Once I finished that book, I knew I had to go back and reread The Immortals quartet, which introduced Numair. And then I went back to the beginning to remind myself how it all started with Alanna and suddenly, I was rereading every Tortall book—even Tortall: A Spy’s Guide, which I hadn’t read before.

I love rereading books and do so often. It’s a different experience every time. Not only do I catch details that I skimmed over the first time in my desire to find out what happens next, I also get to experience books from a different perspective. In the case of Pierce’s books, I started reading them as a young girl. When I first read about Alanna’s adventures, I would lose myself in a fantasy where a girl could become a lady knight, proving herself in a world of men and performing heroic deeds. It felt magical, adventurous, and above all, empowering.

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Five SFF Books With Island Settings

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for islands. I was born on the Northern Mariana island of Saipan and raised on the neighboring U.S. Territory of Guam. My favorite book growing up was L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, set on Canada’s far away Prince Edward Island, and over the years, I’ve visited Hawaii, Jamaica, Nantucket, the United Kingdom. You get the picture. I like islands.

I like them so much that two of my books, Isle of Blood and Stone and Song of the Abyss, are set on the fictional island kingdom of St. John del Mar. Both stories were also inspired by a childhood love of the Indiana Jones movies, as well as a lifelong fascination with old, old maps.

Here are a few of my favorite books set on islands, both real and imagined.

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Biceps, Borders, Betrayals: Revealing Kerstin Hall’s Second Spear

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Kerstin Hall’s Second Spear, a haunted, unique secondary world fantasy set in the vivid demon realms of Mkalis—arriving November 30th from Tordotcom Publishing.

While this follows up on the events of Hall’s Nommo Award finalist, The Border Keeper, it follows a new protagonist and is a potential entry point for the series.

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Earth in the Balance: Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary

Back in 2014, Andy Weir’s The Martian became a surprise hit novel, and then an inevitable hit Matt Damon movie. The story of a man accidentally abandoned on Mars and his fight to survive by sciencing the shit out of his impossible situation was immediately captivating. Weir followed this up with Artemis, about a mystery on a moon colony, and now he’s back with an interstellar thriller, Project Hail Mary.

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These Are the Embarrassing Star Wars Scrapbooks I Made as a Teen

The thing about being a teenage nerd is… you do a lot of awkward stuff. This is not so much because you’re a nerd, but because you’re a teenager and teenagers are generally awkward, unfinished human beings. In my case, I devoted a downright silly amount of time to Leslie Knope-esque scrapbooks and collages of things I loved. For history’s sake, of course. Action figures were never an obsession of mine, but if it was on paper? That made it into a dearly important record.

And I had clippings, folders, and binders for the Star Wars prequels, friends.

You wanna see them, don’t you?

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