Three Reasons My Father Is A Better Father Than Tywin Lannister

Posted by Admin - June 15th, 2014

photo-richardspeakmanToday is Father’s Day in the United States.

I am using this post to share my love and respect for my own father, Richard Speakman.

He has had an indelible impression on me. He gave me a moral code. He taught me it was easier to catch flies with honey. He showed me real strength when he fought cancer and that strength helped bolster my own when I myself was diagnosed. He has ever been proud of his sons and shown it. But some of my earliest memories are of him reading and I have no doubt I read today partly because of him. He reads books on Vietnam. He reads westerns. And he reads massive historical epics that could be used as doorstops or rat killers.

And more importantly, he shared his love of his own childhood reading habits, namely Edgar Rice Burroughs (Barsoom and Tarzan) and Robert E. Howard (Conan). I still remember those decades-old pulp paperbacks that he has kept since he was a boy. They had a smell of aged awesome.

I carry a great deal of my father inside of me. I will until the end of my own days. He is quick to laugh. He has a wry sense of humor. He can drink whiskey like no other. He is stubborn to a fault but only when it matters. He has no drama. None. And he taught me how to pick my battles. Those battles define the war of our lives.

When I thought about that this morning, I thought oddly of Tywin Lannister. And it got me thinking.

Here are three ways my father is a better father than Tywin Lannister:

1. My father would never steal my girlfriend.
2. My father would never lead the team to see me executed. Sure, when I was twelve years old, he told me if I got thrown in jail I was staying there. But he did it in a stern, loving way. And guess what? I’ve never been in jail.
3. My father doesn’t call me an Imp. At least not to my face. In fact, I am a carbon copy clone of my father. So any physical slights he may be able to send my way—being bald, for example—he is actually saying it about himself too.

On this Father’s Day, I bet Tyrion is thinking about his father… While we ponder that, I just want to say I love you, Pops! I’m happy you are no Tywin. I hope you have a great day and a better birthday later this week!

Back to the day!

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50 Page Fridays: Kevin Hearne

Posted by Admin - June 14th, 2014

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Suvudu. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

This week we’re reading an excerpt from Shattered by Kevin Hearne, in which he makes his hardcover debut with the new novel in his epic urban fantasy series starring the unforgettable Atticus O’Sullivan. Check out the synopsis and some of the fantastic praise he has received, below:

For nearly two thousand years, only one Druid has walked the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company.

Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy.

And Owen has some catching up to do.

Atticus takes pleasure in the role reversal, as the student is now the teacher. Between busting Atticus’s chops and trying to fathom a cell phone, Owen must also learn English. For Atticus, the jury’s still out on whether the wily old coot will be an asset in the epic battle with Norse god Loki—or merely a pain in the arse.

But Atticus isn’t the only one with daddy issues. Granuaile faces a great challenge: to exorcise a sorcerer’s spirit that is possessing her father in India. Even with the help of the witch Laksha, Granuaile may be facing a crushing defeat.

As the trio of Druids deals with pestilence-spreading demons, bacon-loving yeti, fierce flying foxes, and frenzied Fae, they’re hoping that this time, three’s a charm.

Praise for Kevin Hearne

“Clever, fast paced and a good escape.”—Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing

“[Kevin] Hearne is a terrific storyteller with a great snarky wit. . . . Neil Gaiman’s American Gods meets Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden.”—SFFWorld

“Celtic mythology and an ancient Druid with modern attitude mix it up in the Arizona desert in this witty new fantasy series.”—Kelly Meding, author of Tempest

“[Atticus is] a strong modern hero with a long history and the wit to survive in the twenty-first century. . . . A snappy narrative voice.”—Library Journal, on Hounded

“Outrageously fun.”—The Plain Dealer, on Hounded

“Superb . . . plenty of quips and zap-pow-bang fighting.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review), on Hounded

“An exciting mix of comedy, action, and mythology . . . [Atticus] is one of the best main characters currently present in the urban fantasy genre.”—Fantasy Book Critic, on Tricked

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Please enjoy this excerpt of Shattered by Kevin Hearne, on sale June 17th!

Shattered by Kevin Hearne, 50 Page Fridays by Random House Publishing Group

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Tour Details: SHATTERED by Kevin Hearne

Posted by Admin - June 13th, 2014

hearne-shatteredShattered by Kevin Hearne publishes next week on June 17th!

Atticus is back! And so is Oberon. What better way than to celebrate with a spiffy hardcover that will make other hardcovers jealous!? If you haven’t read Hounded and sequels, you are missing out on some of the best and most fun reading you are ever going to find.

And not only a new book release but Kevin is touring!


  • June 17, 7:00: The Poisoned Pen – SCOTTSDALE, AZ
  • June 18, 6:30: Murder By the Book – HOUSTON, TX
  • June 19, 7:00: Joseph-Beth Booksellers – LEXINGTON, KY
  • June 20, 7:00: Barnes & Noble at HarMar Mall – MINNEAPOLIS, MN (Roseville)
  • June 21, 6:00: University Bookstore – SEATTLE, WA
  • June 22, 4:00: Powell’s Books – PORTLAND, OR (Beaverton)
  • June 23, 7:00: Pandemonium Books & Games – BOSTON, MA (Cambridge)
    They are actually holding this event in the YMCA two doors down from the bookstore.
  • June 24, 7:00: Bakka Phoenix – TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA
  • June 29, 3:00: Tattered Cover – DENVER, CO (Highlands Ranch).
  • July 24-27: San Diego Comic Con – SAN DIEGO, CA!
  • July 26: Special Ninja Signing – SAN DIEGO, CA
    For people who can’t make it to Comic Con but would like to see Kevin while he’s in town, he has this cool place where you all can meet up! It’s a spiffy bookstore/cafe called Upstart Crow. They make these amazing Mexican mochas. Seriously, you gotta try one. 9 am! YES! Nine in the bloody morning, when it opens! They won’t have any of Kevin’s books for sale there, so you’ll need to bring whatever you want him to sign. Not an official signing, just a chance to get caffeinated together.
  • Labor Day: Dragon*Con – ATLANTA, GA

There you have it! Kevin’s tour events for his new book! Shattered will be in fine bookstores next week on Tuesday! Can’t wait to see people start talking about this.

To learn more about Kevin and his work, visit him at!

Hope to see some pictures of Kevin and fans on the road!

So does Oberon!

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Tolkien Re-Read Part II: The Fellowship of the Ring (Chapter 2.3)

Posted by Admin - June 12th, 2014

Last time on the Tolkien Re-read we learned that Frodo’s Ring is the One Ring of Doom and the wizard Saruman is a filthy traitor. Also, Frodo volunteered to toss the Ring back into the FIERY CHASM FROM WHENCE IT CAME.

Reminder that previous posts for the Tolkien Re-read (including my re-read of The Hobbit) can be found here.

A note on spoilers: there might be some ahead. Posts will mostly keep in time with the chapter(s) under discussion, but I can’t guarantee I won’t geek out about related things from later in the trilogy or elsewhere in Tolkien lore (watch out for those footnotes).

The Fellowship of the Ring – Book II

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Chapter 3: The Ring Goes South

After the Council of Elrond, Frodo and Friends have a meeting of their own. A Council of Hobbits, if you will. Merry and Pippin are a bit upset that Sam didn’t get into trouble for sneaking into Elrond’s meeting, and a tiny bit jealous that he’s getting to go with Frodo on his Trip of Doom.

(Seriously, guys? You want to go on a one-way trip to Mordor?)

Frodo is baffled by his friends’ reactions, since he’d really rather just stay in Rivendell forever and never do anything adventurous or unsafe ever again.

Relevant Quote Break!

Merry: [to Frodo] If you have to go, then it will be a punishment for any of us to be left behind, even in Rivendell. We have come a long way with you and been through some stiff times. We want to go on.

Pippin emphatically agrees, insisting that the hobbits should stick together, and then Gandalf shows up with Bilbo.

Favorite Quote Break!

Pippin: I shall go unless they chain me up. There must be someone with intelligence in the party.
Gandalf: Then you certainly will not be chosen, Peregrin Took!

(Sick burn.)

In any case, Gandalf reveals that nothing has been decided yet regarding who will and will not be accompanying Frodo and Sam. For the moment, Elrond has sent out scouts to search for signs of the Enemy, and they need to wait for them to return with news of the Ringwraiths before Frodo can begin his journey.

(But wait, weren’t the Nine destroyed by the flooded Bruinen at the Ford a few chapters back?)

Relevant Quote Break!

Gandalf: You cannot destroy Ringwraiths like that. The power of their master is in them, and they stand or fall by him.

(Oh, right, of course.)

However, Gandalf does hope that they were at least unhorsed and unmasked, and thus made a bit less dangerous, in the flood. They must find out for certain, though, hence the scouts. In other news, Gandalf plans to join Frodo on his Trip of Doom, if he can.

Thus, the days slip by peacefully for the hobbits. Frodo spends some of it helping Bilbo finish his book (The Hobbit, remember) and even mentions the next one that will chronicle Frodo’s adventures. Frodo isn’t very optimistic about that book.

Soon, two months have passed and fall is turning to winter. At night, a red star begins to shine in the south “burning like a watchful eye that glared above the trees on the brink of the valley.”

(Hmm…seems suspicious and very much not good and probably related to Mordor.)

Eventually, Elrond’s scouts return, but they discovered little regarding the Ringwraiths.

News from the Scouts

◊ There is no sign of Gollum
◊ Three of the Ringwraiths’ horses were found drowned at the Ford; five more were found on the rocks of the rapids below the Ford
◊ Also, a tattered cloak was found in the waters, probably belonging to one of the Ringwraiths
◊ So, the Ringwraiths have possibly disappeared from the North, maybe?

Gandalf is hopeful that this means the Nine have been scattered, but they probably shouldn’t delay Frodo’s journey any longer.

Later, Elrond summons the hobbits to him. He takes a moment to be sure that Frodo is still willing to be the Ring-bearer (he is) and then explains that he wishes he could be more helpful to Frodo (he can’t), but that he has chosen companions for him.

Relevant Quote Break!

Elrond: The number must be few, since your hope is in speed and secrecy. Had I a host of Elves in amour of the Elder Days, it would avail little, save to arouse the power of Mordor.

(Yeah, I wish Elrond had sent Frodo off with a host of Elves.)

Elrond has decided that Frodo’s company should consist of nine people, “Nine Walkers for the Nine Riders.”

Frodo’s Companions, a List

1) Gandalf – because this is sure to be his greatest task and the end of his labors in Middle-earth
2) Legolas – to represent the Elves
3) Gimli – to represent the Dwarves
4) Aragorn – because Heir of Isildur
4) Boromir – to represent Men

With Frodo and Sam, that makes seven, so there is room for two more. Elrond thinks to send some members of his household (his possibly twin sons??), but Pippin volunteers himself and Merry (shut it, Pippin!). Surprisingly, Gandalf has no objections and Elrond reluctantly agrees (dammit).

Before Frodo and his Fellowship of the Ring depart Rivendell, the Elves reforge Aragorn’s ancestral blade—the Sword of Elendil aka Narsil—and Aragorn renames it Andúril, Flame of the West.

Speaking of swords, Frodo also acquires a new blade. Bilbo gives him Sting, the sword he carried during his adventures in The Hobbit, as well as the dwarf-mail Thorin gifted to him from Smaug’s horde under the Mountain. The latter, however, is kept secret. Bilbo instructs Frodo to wear it under his normal clothes before sending him off.

Favorite Quote Break!

Bilbo: Take as much care of yourself as you can and bring back all the news you can, and any old songs and tales you can come by. I’ll do my best to finish my book before you return.

And so, at dusk, the Fellowship prepares to depart. They travel light, with few weapons, so as to arouse the least amount of suspicion possible, and bring Bill the pony as their beast of burden. Because Sam insisted.

When Elrond bids them farewell, he warns them all again of the peril of their quest and reminds them that they accompany Frodo by their own choice. They have sworn no oaths, he says, and so may “tarry, or come back, or turn aside into other paths, as chance allows.”

Favorite Quote Break!

Gimli: Faithless is he that says farewell when the path darkens.
Elrond: Maybe, but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.

(Stop questioning the words of Elrond, Gimli.)

The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell, heading south at the Ford of Bruinen. After two weeks of walking, they reach Hollin, an empty stretch of land once inhabited by Elves, where they can see the great peaks of the Misty Mountains in the distance.

Oh, look. A handy map. How convenient.


Upon seeing the mountains, Gimli bursts into an educational rambling, sharing the names of the peaks with his companions and speaking of the wonder of the ancient (also abandoned) Dwarven city of Dwarrowdelf (aka Moria) located beneath them. When Gimli finishes, Gandalf reveals the path they will travel.

Travel Plans for an Unpleasant Journey

◊ They will head for a valley called Dimrill Dale
◊ To do that, they’ll climb the Redhorn Gate pass up the forbidding mountain named Caradhras
◊ Then down the Dimrill Stair to the Eastern side of the Misty Mountains

But first they’ll take a long rest in Hollin, where the air is “wholesome” and untouched by evil on account of the Elves having lived there long ago. Because apparently it takes a long time for the land to forget the power of the Elves.

Relevant Quote Break!

Legolas: [The] Elves of this land were a race strange to us of the silvan folk,¹ and the trees and grass do not remember them. Only I hear the stones lament them: deep they delved us, fair the wrought us, high they builded us; but they are gone. They are gone. They sought the Havens long ago.

(Ouch, my feels. The Elves, I can’t.)

They make camp and are relaxing the day away, but Aragorn is uneasy because it’s quiet. Too quiet. Even for a place long abandoned. Later, when Sam and Aragorn are on watch while everyone else gets some sleep, they spot a large flock of crows scouring the land and heading towards them.

Once the birds pass overhead, Aragorn wakes Gandalf and tells him that the spies of the Enemy are watching them, even here in Hollin. Obviously, they’ll have to depart sooner than planned. Pippin is not pleased.

Favorite Quote Break!

Pippin: Well if it isn’t a plague and a nuisance! All because of a pack of crows! I had looked forward to a real good meal tonight: something hot.
Gandalf: Well, you can go on looking forward!

They spend the remainder of the day hiding from sight, then depart when the sun begins to set. After three days of travel, they reach the foot of Caradhras. Frodo overhears Gandalf and Aragorn debating the path they have chosen. Apparently, Gandalf wants to take a “dark and secret“² way, but Aragorn is uneasy about that path and insists that they take the pass over the mountains.

Soon they’re climbing the mountain pass, but not before Boromir (who is experienced at climbing mountains, apparently) suggests they each gather as much wood as they can carry. You know, in case they need a fire to keep themselves from freezing to death.

A ways up the path, it begins to snow. And then it snows some more. Conditions are getting rather a bit miserable when Gandalf brings up that other route again.

Relevant Quote Break!

Gandalf: This is what I feared. What do you say now, Aragorn?
Aragorn: That I feared it too, but less than other things.

(Hmm. Seems to me that if Aragorn is afraid of something, perhaps it should be avoided. But what do I know? I’m not an ancient wizard like Gandalf.)

Aragorn mentions that the snow is falling heavier than it should be, especially this low on the mountain (probably a bad sign), and Boromir wonders if it’s being caused by the Enemy, since Sauron can control the storms and weather in the mountains around Mordor (yep, definitely bad). But they trudge on.

It continues to snow, and then rocks and boulders start falling from the cliffs above them. Also, there are “fell voices on the air.” It’s determined that they must stop where they are, or go back, for the pass ahead will get only more treacherous.

Since they can’t make it back in the stormy conditions, their only option is to stop where they are and shelter against a cliff wall to wait it out. It isn’t long before the hobbits are almost completely buried in the snow, and possibly passing in and out of consciousness.

(Definitely not a sign of hypothermia. Definitely not.)

Favorite Quote Break!

Boromir: This will be the death of the halflings, Gandalf. It is useless to sit here until snow goes over our heads. We must do something to save ourselves.

In answer, Gandalf produces a flask of miruvor, an Elvish cordial, and instructs everyone to take a mouthful.

(I like the way you think, Gandalf.)

The miruvor helps to invigorates everyone and soon they’ve built up a fire (because they now fear the cold more than the eyes of the Enemy’s spies). It doesn’t last long, however, and their kindling runs out before dawn.

Once the sun is up, it’s decided that they will indeed turn back, but the path behind them is now covered in snow that goes well over the hobbits’ heads in places.

Favorite Quote Break!

Legolas: If Gandalf would go before us with a bright flame, he might melt a path for [the hobbits].
Gandalf: If Elves could fly over mountains, they might fetch the sun to save us. But I must have something to work with. I cannot burn snow.

(It should be noted here that Gandalf’s snark is probably caused by the fact that Legolas is currently prancing along above the snow, completely unhindered by it. Because Elf.)

Aragorn, Boromir, and Legolas go on ahead of the group to carve a path through the snow and, after not too long, return with news that they’ve found the end of the treacherous snowdrifts not far from where they are now. With Boromir and Aragorn carrying the frozen hobbits, they finally come to a much clearer stretch of path.

Oh, also, just as everyone rounds a bend, the snowdrifts collapse behind them, leaving Caradhras impassable. And, so, they abandon the mountain pass and climb back down its slope, defeated.


That’s it for Book II, Chapter 3! The newly formed Fellowship of the Ring—Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Legolas, Gimli—has left Rivendell, there was a lot of walking, then some mountain climbing, but the Fellowship was thwarted by snow and had to turn back.

Have some opinions to share? Sound off in the comments and stay tuned for Chapter 2.4: A Journey in the Dark!

¹Silvan folk: Legolas is referring to the Silvan (or Woodland) Elves—a branch of the Sindar (or Grey) Elves, who never made the journey to Valinor—which includes all the Elves of Mirkwood. Such Elves are collectively known as the Moriquendi (or Dark Elves) and would have had little understanding of the ways of the Calaquendi (or Elves of the Light/High Elves) who did make the journey to Valinor and lived there for a time. The Elves of Hollin were High Elves, which is why their presence has lingered in the land so long after their passing.
²Dark and secret way: SPOILERS—it’s Moria. Remember that scene in the movie adaptation of Fellowship of the Ring when Gimli was all “Let’s go through Moria!” and Gandalf was all “No, idiot! That is unwise.”? Well, that never happened. It was Gandalf arguing with Aragorn; and Gandalf was all for the dark and dangerous road.

Logan Balestrino is a minion in digital publishing for Random House and Del Rey. She is prone to Doctor Who rants, anime marathons, and extensive ramblings on Elven lineage and the creation of language in Middle-earth. When Logan isn’t working or hanging upside down at her aerials class, she can usually be found saving Hyrule or talking herself out of buying another pair of shoes.

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‘Star Wars: Battlefront’ Trailer Unveiled

Posted by Admin - June 11th, 2014

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Well, it’s sort of a trailer. Really, it’s a behind the scenes look at the research and preparation the Electronic Arts team is engaged in as they work on the hotly anticipated Star Wars shooter. There’s really not a lot of footage from the game to see – just a few pre-rendered scenes. It’s good that they’re putting in the work on getting this one right, but holy cats, I really would have liked to have seen some game footage of some sort. I guess good things come to those who wait, right? Right, EA?

“Star Wars™ Battlefront is the ultimate Star Wars battle experience, brought to life by DICE – creators of the award-winning Battlefield series.

Fight in epic Star Wars battles on iconic planets and rise through the ranks playing as the heroic Rebellion or the evil galactic Empire.

Whether fighting through blaster-wielding troops, or piloting your favorite Star Wars combat vehicles like Snowspeeders, Speeder Bikes, and AT–ST’s – Star Wars Battlefront puts you at the center of the galactic conflict!”

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June 2014 New Manga Releases

Posted by Admin - June 10th, 2014

AoT:NRThe weather’s been wonky all across the country, but we’ve got just the solution for too many hot days: your favorite cold drink, a swing, and your favorite manga. There are a few new titles this month too, in both the Shonen and Shojo section, so if the urge to explore hits you hard, there are quite a few new worlds among these hand-drawn pages. So get out that hammock and find your favorite shade tree, because the 2014 June Manga New Releases for the US and Canada are here to stay!


  1. Demographic Group (Boys’, Girls’, Kids’, General, Matured Reader)
  2. Series Title (Alphabetical), volume # – MM/DD of release – Publisher – Age Rating – Notes

* Age Rating: A (All), T (Teen), T+ (Older Teen), M (Mature/Adult)
* Publisher Guide: DH: Darkhorse Comics; DMP: Digital Manga Publishing; KC: Kodansha Comics; Seas: Seven Seas Press; Vt: Vertical; Viz: Viz Media, includes SB: Shojo Beat, Sig: Viz Signature, SJA: Shonen Jump Advanced, SJ: Shonen Jump, SS: Shonen Sunday, and VK: Viz Kids; Yen: Yen Press
* New series marked by an asterisk (*)

Arata: The Legend, vol. 18 – 06/10 – SS – T
Air Gear, vol. 31 – 06/24 – KC – T+
Are you Alice?, vol. 5 – 06/24 – Yen – T+
*Attack on Titan: No Regrets, vol. 1 – 06/24 – KC – T+
Battle Royale: Angels’ Border – 06/17 – Viz – T
Bloody Cross, vol. 4 – 06/24 – Yen – T+
Dragon Ball 3-in-1, vol. 5 (vols. 13-15) – 06/03 – Viz – T
*Dragon Ball Full Color, vol. 3 – 06/03 – Viz – A
*Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, vol. 2 – 06/24 – Yen – T
*Gakuen Polizi, vol. 1 – 06/17 – Seas – T+
*Girls und Panzer, vol. 1 – 06/03 – Seas – T
Fairy Tail, vol. 39 – 06/17 – KC – T
Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, vol. 7 – 06/17 – Seas – T+
Magi, vol. 6 – 06/10 – SS – T
Natsume’s Book of Friends, vol. 16 – 06/03 – Viz – T
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project, vol. 14 – 06/18 – DH – T+
No. 6, vol. 7 – 06/17 – KC – T
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, vol. 21 – 06/03 – SJ – T
One Piece, vol. 71 – 06/03 – SJ – T
One Piece Omnibus, vol. 9 – 06/03 – SJ – T
Sankarea, vol. 7 – 06/24 – KC – T+
*Seraph of the End, vol. 1 – 06/03 – Viz – T+
Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us – 06/17 – Seas – T+
*Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance, vol. 1 (manga) – 06/24 – Yen – T
Tiger & Bunny, vol. 5 – 06/10 – Viz – T
Toriko, vol. 22 – 06/03 – SJ – T
Vampire Hunter D, vol. 21 – 06/25 – DH – T
*xxxHolic Omnibus, vol. 2 – 06/17 – KC – T

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game, vol. 5 – 06/03 – Seas – T+
*Centaur’s Life, A; vol. 3 – 06-03 – Seas – T+
Dengeki Daisy, vol. 14 – 06/03 – SB – T+
Kamisama Kiss, vol. 15 – 06/03 – Viz – T
Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, vol. 19 – 06/03 – Viz – T
*Millennium Snow 2-in-1, vol. 1 – 06/03 – Viz – T
*Millennium Snow, vol. 3 – 06/03 – Viz – T
*Say I Love You, vol. 2 – 06/10 – KC – T+
Voice Over!: Seiyu Academy, vol. 5 – 06/03 – Viz – T

Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales – 06/17 – Seas – T+ – Seinen
*Deadman Wonderland, vol. 3 – 06/10 – Viz – T+ – Seinen
Gen manga – monthly online Manwha anthology, as well as trade books –
Judge, vol. 4 – 06/24 – Yen – T+ – Seinen
Happy Marriage?!, vol. 6 – 06/03 – Viz – M – Josei
Tale of the Waning Moon, vol. 4 – 06/24 – Yen – M – BL

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Mark Hamill Interviewed At Disney’s Star Wars Weekends

Posted by Admin - June 7th, 2014

We’ve got another interview with Mark Hamill! This one was filmed by Disney during Hamill’s debut at Star Wars Weekends: A Fan celebration of the saga that I can only imagine is even more awesome now than ever. Anyway, check out what Hamill has to say about his fans and the family that they’ve come to be over the decades since wrapping Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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Mark Hamill On Pleasing Hardcore ‘Star Wars’ Fans And More

Posted by Admin - June 6th, 2014

Mark Hamill sat down with the crew from the Orlando Sentinel to discuss his work in the upcoming Star Wars films and his worries about pleasing hardcore fans.

Here are a few excerpts from the full article, which you can read here.

Why the chance to reprise Luke Skywalker in Episode VII was an offer he couldn’t refuse:

“Look, I’m aware that a lot of people don’t care one way or another, but for the UPFs – the ultra passionate fans – they would come after me like the angry townspeople with torches in the old Frankenstein pictures. I would have a lot to answer for if I didn’t at least try to make the effort. It’s not like I had a choice. I feel like I was called up for service by the Selective Service.”

On Fandom:

…“I haven’t seen those movies since they were in movie theaters. I don’t watch them on home theater or DVD. There are people who are far more expert in it than I am. They know more, way more, about them than I do, and they care more. … You don’t have to love them, but I am surprised sometimes at how vehemently they get if they’re not satisfied, which is scary. I have this feeling that no matter what we do there’s going to be a faction that really is disappointed. You just can’t live up to that. Any kind of reunion type endeavor, whatever it is … you can never go home again.”

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Star Wars HoloNet Digest #59: May 28 – June 4, 2014

Posted by Admin - June 4th, 2014

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Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII announcement or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past two weeks.

Hey, remember how Star Wars Episode VII is a thing? Disney and Lucasfilm kept the film in the headlines on Monday by announcing two high-profile additions to the film’s already large main cast. Lupita Nyong’o, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave, and Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s Game of Thrones, join the likes of John Boyega and Daisy Ridley for Episode VII. After the news broke, Nyong’o tweeted, “I can finally say it out loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far far away!”

As numerous sites have pointed out, the casting of Nyong’o and Christie represents a major step forward for a franchise that has historically struggled to place women and minorities in prominent roles. As society changes, so too does entertainment. I’m glad that the cast of Star Wars Episode VII will be more representative of the 2010s than the 1970s.

Official Episode VII news wasn’t all that we got this week. In a pair of exclusives, the gossip site TMZ revealed photo galleries from the Abu Dhabi set and the Pinewood Studios set and prop construction area. I won’t go into too much detail, because I know a lot of people want to avoid this sort of material for spoiler reasons, but I will say that the first photo gallery underscores how authentic the Tatooine set is and how important Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art is to the Star Wars universe. As for the second gallery, well…let’s just say it’s good to see an old friend again.

Del Rey is happy to announce that the Star Wars Books Facebook page has hit 150,000 likes. To thank loyal Star Wars readers, Del Rey has posted an excerpt from the upcoming canon novel Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi by Kevin Hearne. Make sure you check out the excerpt if you’re interested in Hearne’s novel. The book is written from Luke’s point of view, making it only the second novel to take this approach. (The first was I, Jedi, which focused on Corran Horn.) Heir to the Jedi will be published in January 2015, as the third of Del Rey’s new slate of Star Wars books.

And finally, let’s check in with John Boyega and Daisy Ridley and see what they’ve been up to on Twitter. Both were tweeting from Abu Dhabi, and then from Star Trek Live in London following their return to the UK. What really caught my eye, however, was Boyega’s latest photo, which he captioned “On set reads.” I know the team at Del Rey was super excited to see what Boyega is reading, and as a diehard Star Wars (and Star Wars books) fan, I was too.

Eric Geller is a journalist from the Washington, D.C. area. He co-hosts The ForceCast podcast and manages social media for Star Wars fan sites TheForce.Net and He also contributes to The Official Star Wars Blog and Star Wars Insider.

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Terry Brooks Reviews: Railsea by China Mieville

Posted by Admin - June 3rd, 2014

mieville-railsea-tradeBestselling author Terry Brooks has an eye for talent.

Of course I would say that. He hired me, didn’t he? Ha! Maybe that just means his opinions are circumspect when it comes to people. But when it comes to books and writing, he is usually unflappable in his ability to spot great books and writing talent. He has forced me to read The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, The Briar King by Greg Keyes, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik, Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, and any number of other great tales, long before they became bestsellers.

The newest book he wants me to read? Railsea by China Mieville.

From Terry Brooks, concerning Railsea:

“This month’s book recommendation: RAILSEA by China Mieville. Here is a truly original writer, someone who takes sentences and reinvents them. I love how he says things. You have to focus because if you don’t pay attention you will miss what he is getting at. But this mostly YA book is a retelling of MOBY DICK, and it is a resounding success. I just loved it. I’ve been a China fan since reading KRAKEN and CITY AND THE CITY among others. He can be a tough read, but no one ever said that good books were for sissies.”

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

View all of Terry’s Goodreads reviews HERE!

Railsea by China Mieville is in fine bookstores now!

Ride the rails!

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