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The Top 5 Best Wizards in Fantasy Literature

Wizards are a classic staple of fantasy literature and it’s easy to see why these characters have been fascinating readers forever. From the classic image of the wizard as an old man in a pointy hat to more modern interpretations, wizards endure thanks to their varied abilities, cool characterizations, and usage to explore the fantasy realms they inhabit. But who are some of the best?

 

Here are top five of the coolest and best wizards (in our opinion) of fantasy literature.

 

5. The Crimson King from The Dark Tower

 

The Crimson King, a figure in a red robe, features hidden, sits on a throne of skulls with a crumpled form sitting before him
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Not all wizards are good. Many throughout literature have been downright evil, with the classic image of an evil sorcerer becoming a well known fixture of various novels. No villains of this caliber have become as far reaching as The Crimson King, the main villain of The Dark Tower and indeed, Stephen King’s literary universe. Introduced as a powerful and mysterious embodiment of evil, the Crimson King’s influence is felt across multiple universes, where he controls others to do his bidding. He appears as the dark force setting in motion the novels Insomnia and Black Housebefore he is properly revealed to behind the destruction of the Beams in The Dark Tower universe which holds reality together, plotting to rule the chaos that will follow.

The Crimson King takes many forms throughout Stephen King’s novels, appearing as Satan, a handsome young man, and withered old man with crimson eyes. He is the ultimate evil and although his powers are not explicit, it is known that he uses mind control to keep his men in line, as well as probably being a shapeshifter.

 

4. Rastilin Majere from Dragonlance

 

Rastilin, a wizard, stands before an open window as lightning flashes behind him
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Dragonlance by Tracey and Margaret Hickman is basically a Dungeons and Dragons campaign chronicled in novel form. Rastilin Majere fulfills the common characteristics of a classic wizard but he’s much more dark and ambiguous in his loyalties than his fellow party members. Although physically extremely weak owing to a traumatic upbringing and his magical usage, Rastilin is extremely intelligent and adept with his extensive knowledge of sorcery.

He’s ruthless in his pursuit of power, viewing others as mere tools and is characterized as arrogant, egoistical, yet possessing his own strange code of honor. He’s a fascinating character, instantly hatable yet strangely complex. This status as a fan favorite earned him the starring role of Dragonlance Legendsfollowing him from his own twisted point of view.

 

3. Harry Potter from The Harry Potter Series

 

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Harry Potter is one of the most enduring protagonists of young adult literature, made famous by the books and the movies to become a pop culture icon. Harry Potter himself is a great character, at once being a relatable POV character while also giving way to more nuanced characterization as the series goes on. We get to grow up with Harry, showcasing his uneasy steps into adulthood as he deals with mundane terrors such as schoolwork, girls, and bullies while the looming threat of Voldemort, who he is destined to destroy, looms ever on the horizon.

Harry Potter has flaws despite his Chosen One status, such as his temper and impulsive behavior, not helped by the pressure he’s under almost constantly. It makes him a hero for a generation, being just a regular kid thrust into the wizarding world to destroy the Dark Lord.

 

2. Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings

 

Gandalf, the robed wizard with a staff, stands with a fierce expression
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The Lord of the Rings set the standard for fantasy literature in many ways and it provided the classic image of a wizard whom many draw inspiration from: Gandalf. Gandalf himself was inspired by Merlin, the iconic wizard of King Arthur’s round table. Gandalf is in truth (secretly) more akin to an angel than a wizard, he is a Maiar, servants of the universe’s counterpart to God, sent to Middle-earth in human form to aid the mortal races. Gandalf is forbidden to use his true power, so he nudges everyone forward in more subtle ways, getting them to work together and using his wisdom as their guide. Gandalf perishes in the first book of the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but returns to life and is sent back to help the heroes as Gandalf the White, reborn with greater power and given permission to use (some) of his magic more explicitly. Gandalf, despite his wisdom, is often short tempered, mischievous, and sarcastic but considering all the Hobbits he has to put off, it makes sense that he’s a little stressed.

 

1. Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files

 

The wizard Harry Dresden clutches a staff covered in runes before a raging storm
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The Dresden Files chronicles the adventures of Harry Dresden, a modern day detective based out of Chicago, only he’s both a wizard and tackles supernatural cases. Working as a consultant for the Chicago PD, Harry tackles everything from werewolves to vampires to evil fairies to skin walkers. Harry’s life is a bit of a mess, as he’s generally anti-social, has bad luck with women, and suffers more and more with each book. Yet, he’s a hilarious protagonist, commenting on everything from a very meta point of view and making references to comic books to movies throughout his intense fights. Wielding all sorts of spells that he conjures with Latin words, not to mention magical items and allies, Harry builds up an impressive resume as he solves case after case, each one tougher than the last.

Who are some of your favorite wizards? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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11 Hilarious Twitter Reactions to ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer

The new Game of Thrones season 8 trailer is here, and it’s BANANAS.

If you haven’t seen it, here it is below!

 

 

Twitter users had some pretty hilarious reactions to the much-awaited trailer—I’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best reactions Twitter has to offer:

 

  1. Like this person, who does not want to be the next addition to the white walkers’ army:

 

2. This user, who is overwhelmed by the possibilities:

 

 

3. This user, who cannot. Stop. Rewatching:

 

 

 

4. This user, who will protect Arya at all cost:

 

 

 

5. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) who had a very relatable viewing experience:

 

 

 

6. This person who noticed that TORMUND IS ALIVE!!!!! (Nothing else matters to me TBH):

 

 

 

7. And this person, who also shares my enthusiasm for Tormund remaining in the land of the living:

 

 

 

8. This reminder of the additional content we’ve been blessed with:

 

 

 

9. Some people simply could not STAY CALM:

 

 

 

10. This person, who needed a way to cope:

 

 

 

11. Finally, I’ll leave you with Kit Harrington, who is trying not to let his facial expressions give away any spoilers:

 

 

 

At least we have these tweets to hold us over until the drop date on April 14th!!!

 

 

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The Bookworm’s Beach Survival Kit

It is summertime. The weather’s warmed up and every day is (hopefully, fingers crossed) filled with sunshine. That means…
 

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It’s beach time!

 

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Here is a list of bookwormy goodness you need for your next trip to the beach!

 

1. This cute book themed duffel bag to hold your book paraphernalia. 

 

duffel bag

Via Etsy

 

2. Adorable tumbler to hold your refreshing drink.

 

etsy

 

Via Etsy

 

3. These flip flops so your toesies can get some sunshine on the walk from your transportation to the perfect spot on the beach.

flip flops

 

Via Groovebags

 

4. Book beach towel because sand is gross.

 

towel

 

Via Social6

 

5. Cute jewelry because you can never be too extra.

 

bracelet thing

Via Etsy

 

6. You might also want to pack some book themed treats, like book shaped cookies!

 

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Via RoamingRosie

 

7. Your book! Here is a little suggestion~ Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

 

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Via Amazon

 

Enjoy your next trip to the beach!

 

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5 Classic Books Set in Amusement Parks

It is officially summer! Sound all of the alarms! Now that summer is here, there are probably so many things you want to do. If you mention summer, one of the first things that come to mind are fairs and amusement parks. Amirite? If you can’t make it to a park this summer, for whatever reason, don’t fret. Here are five books that are set in parks and carnivals that might make you rethink wanting to go anyway.

 

 

1. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

 

 

 

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When the carnival comes to town, two boys unearth the terrifying and horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show and learn the consequences of wishes, as a sinister and evil force is at work in Green Town, Illinois. (Via Amazon)

 

 

2. Joyland by Stephen King

 

 

 

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After realizing his romantic life is not going in the direction he’d hoped, Devin Jones decides to take a summer job at an amusement park. There he makes friends with Tom Kennedy and Erin Cook, also summer hires at Joyland, which years before had been the scene of the murder of a young woman named Linda Gray whose ghost is said to be seen at the Horror House. He also befriends a young boy, named Mike Ross and his mother, Annie. Their lives all become entwined when Devin decides to investigate the mystery of Linda Gray’s unsolved murder by the “Carny Killer. (Via Stephen King)

 

 

3. Swamplandia by Karen Russel

 

 

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Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness.

As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality. (Via Barnes and Noble)

 

 

4. Jurrasic Park by Michael Crichton

 

 

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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.
 
Until something goes wrong. . . . (Via Barnes and Noble)

 

 

5. Utopia by Lincoln Child

 

 

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Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track. (Via Amazon)

 

 

 

Is it just me or do all books that have amusement parks or carnivals involve something menacing or villainous? Doesn’t a little menace make you want to ride a roller coaster? What are some books set in amusement parks that you know of?

 

 

 

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6 Books to Read in Honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, a month that celebrates people in the United States with heritage from anywhere in the Asian continent or the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Obviously, that’s a huge geographic area to represent, but here are six books by Asian/Pacific American authors to get you started that you should read now. Or any time of the year, really. They’re that good. 

 

1. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

 

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This book actually won the Asian/Pacific American Award for literature as well as the Pulitzer in 2016. The narrator is a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who builds a new life in Los Angeles with other Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon, but secretly he is reporting information back to his superiors in Vietnam.

 

2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

 

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If you haven’t read it yet, you better read it now before the movie comes out in August. Rachel Chu, the book’s protagonist, agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend Nick and his family, but it’s not until she gets there that she finds out that his family is ridiculously wealthy and that Nick is, in fact, the country’s most eligible bachelor.

 

3. American Panda by Gloria Chao

 

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Just released this past February, this book tells the story of Mei, a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to go on to become a doctor and find a nice Taiwanese guy to marry. What she doesn’t have the heart to tell them is that she can’t stand germs and that the guy she has a crush on is definitely not Taiwanese.

 

4. From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon

 

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If you loved When Dimple Met Rishi as much as I did when I read it last year, then you’ll love Sandhya Menon’s newest novel, which was released just this week. Told through a series of letters, it follows Twinkle, an aspiring filmmaker. When she gets a chance to work on a movie with a fellow film geek Sahil, she jumps on the opportunity, especially since it also gets her closer to her crush and supposed secret admirer Neil, but over the course of making the film, she finds herself falling for Sahil instead.

 

5. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

 

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This novel, which was included on multiple best books lists for 2017, is about a girl named Desi who is a bit clueless when it comes to getting a guy. When she finds the meets the man of her dreams, she looks for guidance in Korean dramas, where the girl always ends up in the arms of her love. She gets drama for sure, but she soon finds out that real love is about so much more than that.

 

6. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

 

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This debut fantasy novel is the story of Nix, the daughter of a time traveler who can travel to any place and any time as long as there’s a map for it. When he finds a map of 1868 Honolulu, the year before Nix’s mother died during childbirth, Nix isn’t sure what will happen if her father tries to change the past, but she does know that her entire existence is in danger.

 

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