Charles Stross' Laundry Files is one of the best and best-loved sci-fi series running (and a personal favourite). His upcoming instalment, The Delirium Brief, not only begins with the titular secret occult-protection organisation being dragged into the public eye — spoiler: Everyone is very upset — but brings back beloved narrator/protagonist/unwilling executive/Eater of Souls Bob Howard, too!
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I suspect the chances of your owning a copy of Patrick J. Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind are high. The author's debut novel, which launched The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy, stunned pretty much everyone when it was released in 2007, becoming one of the biggest fantasy book series of all time. So when I tell you you're going to probably need to buy another copy of the book, let me promise you it will be worth it.
You've read the book, you're anxiously awaiting the show's arrival in Australia, and you've spent the past week repeating "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches!" Hulu's excellent adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is equal parts invigorating and infuriating — and its themes couldn't be more eerily timely. Here's 10 works that capture that same feeling.
The Star Wars Expanded Universe is no more. In many cases; this is no big loss — some stories and characters are best tossed into a black hole and never spoken of again. But the EU had plenty of good stories, too — tales so good we're genuinely sad they will lose whatever little canonization they had. Here are the 10 Expanded Universe books, comics and more that we'll miss the most.
I have a few beefs with Hulu's adaptation of the notable novel that has set many a school girl on a path to feminism and rejection of fuckbois. There's obviously my disappointment with Serena Joy's transformation from spackled mess of a Tammy Faye icon to coiffed Ivanka Trump twin (mainly because I want to see Yvonne Strahovski in an '80s church lady bouffant), but my largest beef with the show is with the lack of a certain element near and dear to every chef's heart: Butter.
Jason Segel — star of sitcoms, maker of R-rated comedies, and friend to Muppets — has branched out yet again. Segel and his co-writer Kirsten Miller have announced that later this year they will be releasing a YA novel called Otherworld, the first in a proposed YA scifi trilogy about an all encompassing futuristic video game.
Months ago, I waffled over whether to re-read American Gods before the TV show started airing. Did I want to experience the show as its own unique thing or should I go back to the book and reacquaint myself with the plot? The decision to go back to Neil Gaiman's modern fantasy epic won out and I feel like I made the right choice, one that will change the way I watch the series.
Hello, and welcome to a completely biased review of Thrawn, the latest Star Wars book to fit into the space between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Rebels. There are no spoilers here, so feel free to relax. Only don't, because I am so happy to have author Timothy Zahn's voice back in Star Wars, I could cry.
I feel like a lot of tie-in novels today aren't nearly as balls-to-the-wall crazy as they used to be. Corporations have an unbreakably tight grip on all their properties and everything associated with a successful property is carefully planned out and has the edges filed down. For example, the latest Young Adult X-Files books — prequels starring teen Mulder and Scully — are straightforward but well done. When I was young, however, the kid-targeted X-Files tie-in books were completely insane.
Thrawn is a great Star Wars book that stands on its own. But the little nods and winks Timothy Zahn makes to Thrawn's old life in the Expanded Universe novels — and to the events in Rebels, where Thrawn is currently the main antagonist — add another layer of delight. You should definitely read Thrawn (and watch Rebels), but if you don't have time to go read a hundred EU books and watch three seasons of a cartoon, we've collected the major additions to the new Star Wars canon, as well as the threads planted in Thrawn for later stories.