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Neil Patrick Harris Had Never Heard of Doctor Who Before Russell T. Davies Asked Him to Play The Toymaker

The third and final special featuring the return of DoctorDonna (a.k.a. David Tennant and Catherine Tate) is set to stream on Disney+ in mere days. And while it very likely will be the last time we see the DoctorDonna together (sob!), it will also be the first time we’ve seen Neil Patrick Harris enter the Whoverse.

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Seen The Boy and the Heron? Bet You Didn’t Recognize Robert Pattinson’s Voice If You Did

The Boy and the Heron (Hayao Miyazaki’s last [???] feature) has received rave reviews. And the movie, which is distributed by the company GKIDS in the U.S., has a star-studded voice cast that includes some unexpected choices.

GKIDS was in charge of pulling the English-speaking ensemble together to dub the film (check out some of the dub in the trailer above), and doing so was a big endeavor, as a new article reveals.

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Cosmic and Horrific, But Not Cosmic Horror: Cadwell Turnbull’s We Are the Crisis

Supernatural fiction abounds with tales of vampires, werewolves, and other uncanny beings living among us, from the paranormally-charged small towns of Charlaine Harris’s fiction to the visceral political thrills of Benjamin Percy’s Red Moon. Cadwell Turnbull’s Convergence Saga—the first book of which was 2021’s No Gods, No Monsters—falls somewhat in this category. It is, by and large, set in a world similar to our own, albeit one where the bulk of the humans residing there have recently become aware that some of their friends and neighbors possess uncanny abilities. Werewolves feature prominently in the series, though they’re far from the only supernatural beings to do so.

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Poor Things Will Bildungs the Hell Out of Your Roman

Poor Things is a blast. I’m not sure if everyone will like it, but everyone should like it. This world would be a better place if this kind of movie could do Barbenheimer numbers.

The film is a phantasmagorical bildungsroman, which is my fancy way of saying that it happens in a somewhat alternate Europe where their reality is a bit skewed from our own, and we follow a young person going on an adventure of self-discovery.

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Finding the Cozy Spaces and Fantastical Architecture of SFF

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

How many of us can recite this line from memory? I admit, I get tripped up in the details, but the first sentence is gold, and the image it conjures up is even better. For me, it’s one part Peter Jackson, one part Rankin/Bass, one part the way I imagined a hobbit-hole before I’d seen any movies. Tidy. Cozy. Warm. Wood-lined. Part of a tree, part of the earth, close to all the things I cared so fiercely about when I was a small kid hearing The Hobbit read aloud for the first time.

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Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros: Golems vs. Nazis in War-Torn Lithuania

I feel the last few years have seen a flourishing in fantasy novels that explicitly centre the Jewish experience in European history. Or perhaps it’s just that I’m encountering them more in the scattershot sampling of fantasy that I read. Either way, Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros (The City Beautiful, Bone Weaver) is a book concerned with Jewishness and survival in the face of hostility. It’s also a book that speaks strikingly to queer themes.

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Enough Story to Pull You Under: Curious Tides by Pascale Lacelle

The magic system in Pascale Lacelle’s debut YA novel, Curious Tides, is so perfect, so logical (in a certain kind of magical way), that I’m a little bit shocked I haven’t encountered it before. In Lacelle’s world, people have magical powers that are determined by the phase the moon is in when they’re born. Each phase has a quartet of possible abilities that are shaped by the tides.

The rarest—and wildest—powers of all belong to those born during an eclipse. Many people fear and hate the Eclipse-born, but that’s nothing Emory Ainsleif has to worry about, being a Healer born under the new moon. She’s totally magically unremarkable… apart from the fact that at the end of her freshman year at magic college, she inexplicably survived a secret ritual that killed eight of her classmates.

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Wheels Within Wheels: Max Gladstone’s Last Exit (Part 10)

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 continue Max Gladstone’s Last Exit with Chapters 19-20. The novel was first published in 2022. Spoilers ahead!

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Series: Reading the Weird

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