The Stargate Rewatch: SG-1 Season Six


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Stargate SG-1, season 6

Stargate SG-1 Season 6
Executive producers: Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson
Original air dates: June 7, 2002 – March 23, 2003

Mission briefing. Even as SG-1 mourns the loss of Jackson, there’s a fresh attack from Anubis, as he uses a weapon to overload Earth’s Stargate so it will explode, taking the planet with it. SG-1 manages to save the Earth with a combination of Carter’s brains, O’Neill’s piloting skills, and a clever suggestion by Quinn, who replaces Jackson on SG-1. However, the Stargate itself is lost, forcing the U.S. to purchase use of the other Stargate from the Russians.

[As in Bocce????]

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First Book to Give 60K Diverse Children’s Books to Kids in Need


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First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing educational resources to kids from low-income families, has plans to bring diverse reading children’s books to underserved kids.

The idea is that kids learn more when the read books with characters to whom they can relate. Therefore the nonprofit is making 60,000 children’s books featuring diverse voices and experiences available in trade paperback format. The program includes 895 curated titles including: “Niño Wrestles the World” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales; “Tiger in My Soup” written by Kashmira Sheth and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler; and “Boats for Papa” written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley. The collection will also include the first-ever bilingual edition of the iconic children’s books “Goodnight Moon” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” These books will be distributed to educators and programs serving kids in need.

Target, KPMG and JetBlue are sponsoring the program.

All Her Bridges Burned Behind Her: Defiant by Karina Sumner-Smith


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Defiant Karina Sumner-Smith Defiant is Canadian author Karina Sumner-Smith’s second novel, the middle book of a trilogy that began with Radiant (2014). In Radiant, Xhea—fierce, isolated, careless of other people—found herself caught up in conflict and politics due to her ability to see and affect ghosts. One ghost in particular. Shai was, and is, a Radiant: a person who produces so much magical energy simply by existing that they are essentially an industrial-scale magic-energy power generation station, both rare and vital for the functioning of magic-based technology.

A Radiant’s power doesn’t end with their death, and even as a ghost Shai is an important resource. And she also becomes a friend for whom Xhea is willing to sacrifice herself to protect.

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Afternoon Roundup: Agwengers, Assemble!


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Gwen Stacy Avengers Marvel variant cover

You know what Avengers: Age of Ultron could’ve used? Gwen Stacy! The Marvel variant covers imagining Ms. Stacy as every Marvel character ever decided to transplant her into the MCU Avengers, making for a pretty fearsome team. (There’s even a Gwen Fury with an eyepatch!) But where’s the Gwen Ultron robot—or, better yet, Gwen-as-Vision??

Afternoon Roundup wants to fly AirTargaryen while pondering science and storytelling and riding virtual rollercoasters in the Void.

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Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “The Fourth Day” and “The Perfect Couple”


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Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsAs you may have noticed, the reread went on a brief two week hiatus. Apologies! Things got a little crazy for me professionally and I simply couldn’t keep up. The good news is that we’re back now, and hopefully won’ t be rudely interrupted again as we race to the finish like in Last Argument of Kings and the entire First Law Trilogy.

Some long awaited events happen in today’s chapters. Well, one happens and the other almost happens, promising that it surely will in the coming days. For the former, Jezal gets married. For the second, Logen feels the Bloody Nine creeping up behind him. As it turns out, Jezal should dread the coming of his wife as much as Logen dreads the overpowering need to kill. Comforting, right?

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More Dinosaur Lords Art from Richard Anderson


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Dinosaur Lords

We released the Richard Anderson cover for Victor Milán’s The Dinosaur Lords last year with a bit of fanfare....Mostly of the “Holy Sh*t!” variety. The book roughly mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…but the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. As I said then, a painting of knights riding dinosaurs was either going to be a cheesy disaster or pure awesome. Thankfully (if not surprisingly) Richard Anderson was able to deliver the awesome.

The subject matter was just too rich not to indulge a little, so we commissioned Anderson to create a few interior drawings for the chapter heads. While Anderson is busy on the cover art for the sequel, The Dinosaur Knights, I thought I’d show off a couple of these drawings.

[Dinosaurs!]

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Blogger Inks Deal For Bob’s Burger-Themed Cookbook


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Bob's BurgerCole Bowden, the blogger behind Bob’s Burger Experiment, crafts recipes inspired by the “Burger of the Day” chalkboard featured on the Bob’s Burger’s animated series. According to BuzzFeed, he plans to create a cookbook.

Rizzoli has acquired the manuscript; no publication date has been announced. Bowden revealed in a post that he is teaming up with Bento Box Entertainment, Fox, and the show creator Loren Bouchard for this project.

Bouchard will create the illustrations. At this point in time, Bowden hasn’t shared any of those exclusive recipes yet, but he promises that “they’ve been delicious.” (via Eater.com)

Invented language lessons from George RR Martin and other writers


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Dothraki, the tongue devised for A Game of Thrones, is now being learned by fans. But the new invention joins a well-established tradition

When a Dothraki girl first wondered about her chieftain Drogo, remarking to herself “what a handsome man the khal was” in the opening scenes of George RR Martin’s novel A Game of Thrones, the author had no idea his imagined language would stretch to a vocabulary of 4,000 words, studied by legions of ardent fans.

But today, over at the Tongues of Ice and Fire site, dedicated fans of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels are contemplating the various linguistic puzzlers thrown up by Dothraki, the fictional language spoken by a nomadic, warlike race in the bestselling fantasy series. One reflects on forms of the present participle, while another wants to know the Dothraki for “poop” – apparently it’s “graddakh”.

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Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Twenty-One


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Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter twent-one of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Agent Carter Renewed for a Second Season


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Agent Carter renewed

ABC has renewed Agent Carter for a second season of 8 episodes and that feeling you’re having right now? That’s joy. (Or at the very least the lack of existential dread.)

The question of Agent Carter coming back to television was left open after the show’s first season, as its ratings were considered average for ABC and its line-up of dramas, despite the big jump in quality that Carter represented over its channel-mate show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Oliver Sacks & Sabaa Tahir Debut on the Indie Bestseller List


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An Ember in the Ashes (GalleyCat)We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending May 03, 2015–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #3 in Young Adult) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: “Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.” (April 2015)

(Debuted at #7 in Hardcover Nonfiction) On the Move by Oliver Sacks: “With unbridled honesty and humor, Sacks shows us that the same energy that drives his physical passions—weight lifting and swimming—also drives his cerebral passions. He writes about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual; his guilt over leaving his family to come to ...

Ghost Cities of China by Wade Shepard review – unpopulated replica towns explained


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From desolate copies of western towns to a village with a skyscraper taller than the Shard – the story of cities without people in the world’s most populated country

One of the many under‑populated cities visited in this book is Hallstatt, on the outskirts of Huizhou, in Guangdong province. It is a precise copy of Hallstatt in Upper Austria. “The resemblance to the real Hallstatt went down to the smallest detail … the sounds of birds tweeting were playing throughout the streets from hidden speakers … and The Sound of Music soundtrack played on an endless loop could be heard everywhere.” Wade Shepard was inspired to visit such places after his first, more mundane, sighting of a ghost city. He went to Tianti, in Zhejiang province, by accident getting off a bus at the wrong stop, and found a series of empty high-rises and office blocks so quiet he could hear only the ...

No Strings, But Plenty of Switches in the Whedonverse


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Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulk Black Widow lullaby

From the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, with its creepy rendition of Pinocchio’s “I’ve Got No Strings,” we know that Ultron seeks to free himself, and the human race, from the physical and metaphorical strings holding them down. But while he delights in the fact that, upon achieving artificial intelligence and something approaching the Singularity, “there are no strings on me,” there are still switches. Throughout the movie, characters (both good and bad) and plot developments are activated through the use of code words or literal buttons.

In fact, for the past ten years and more, in almost all of his properties, Joss Whedon has placed entire dramatic arcs around a switch being thrown. Sometimes it serves simply as a deus ex machina, but on other occasions, Whedon has used the trope to explore issues of control and ownership, over both men and women.

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Marcia Brown Has Died


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Children’s Book author Marcia Brown has died. The Caldecott winning author and illustrator was 96 years old.

The New York Times reported that Brown died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA.

Brown was the author and illustrator behind dozens of story books, which included original stories, as well as adaptations of classic folk tales and fairy tales. Her award-winning work includes: “Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper”; “Once a Mouse”; “Stone Soup” and “Shadow,” among many others.

Here is more from The NY Times:

As an illustrator, she employed a diverse range of styles and media, including woodcuts, collage, pen-and-ink drawings, watercolors and gouache. In \"Shadow,\" for instance, she invoked the haunting African landscape of the Cendrars poem through richly layered collages of paper, paint and print. Reviewing the work, The Washington Post called it \"a highly original and exciting picture book.\"

Jennifer Weiner Shares a Letter For Her Daughters


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Jennifer Weiner (GalleyCat)Writer Jennifer Weiner has contributed a piece to TIME magazine’s “Letters From Mom” series. This venture was organized in honor of Mother’s Day which is scheduled to take place on May 10th this year.

Weiner (pictured, via) shared a message for her two daughters, Lucy and Phoebe. She hopes that the two girls will realize that “you are so much more than your looks.” Over on Facebook, she posted a link to the piece and told her fans that she feels “proud of this one.”

Here’s an excerpt: “My prayer is that you’ll never lose sight of yourselves—all of yourselves. You are so much more than just your looks. Your bodies are perfect, perfectly made and perfectly sized. You don’t have to waste years of your life fighting against them, or trying to fit someone else’s idea of beautiful (especially if that person is taking your money and ...

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 15 and 16


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Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week, our companions had gotten drunk in a swamp, then captured by draconians, whom they escaped by setting fire to a wicker dragon. Best. D&D. Ever.

But, all kidding aside, this week’s chapters are where things really kick off—join in, if you dare.

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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