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Neil Gaiman Wants You to Watch New ‘Good Omens’ Trailer

Well, this was a pleasant surprise! In a tweet this morning, Neil Gaiman posted a link to the latest trailer for the upcoming adaptation of one of his most famous novels: Good Omens, co-written with the late, great novelist Terry Pratchett. Gaiman took to Twitter to ask fans: ‘So you’ve all seen this now, yes?’

Yes, Neil, yes we have, and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

Michael Sheen and David Tenant star in Amazon Prime's upcoming series Good Omens
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The novel was the result of a creative collaboration between the brilliant Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, a witty adventure that follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley as they both attempt to sabotage the coming of the proverbial end times, having grown used to living comfortably in England. A madcap comedy, the book features brilliant satire of common religious fixtures such as the biblical book of Revelationsthe Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, Satanic nuns, and the unlikely pairing between the two protagonists. The Amazon Prime series looks to be embracing all this fun.

Starring David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, the trailer seems to embrace the full imaginative and satirical bent of the novel. Just some of the things audiences get to see include krakens, aliens, demonic motorbikers, as well as glimpses of Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman. But the pairing of Crowley and Aziraphale looks to be just perfect, with Tennant and Sheen embodying their roles spectacularly. And it’s all set to a soundtrack by Queen for the icing on the cake.

Good Omens will be let loose on Amazon Prime on May 31st. It’s going to be one hell of a ride.

 

 

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5 Perfect Books for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, but you still have plenty of time to get Dad (or other father figures) the perfect book to celebrate them. Here are a list of some our top picks he’ll love. 

 

1. For the Dog Dad

 

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via Amazon

 

My Dog: The Paradox is the perfect illustrated explanation of man’s best friend, dogs. From the author of The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, comes a new comic about his observations of Rambo the dog answering questions like “why do dogs like to chase animals four times their size?” and “why are dogs so excited all the time?”. While Inman may not have all the answers, this book certainly makes a great gift.

 

2. For the Film Aficionado  

 

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via Bookfoolery

 

Universally recognized by most, if not all, by dads, Bill Murray is an iconic man when it comes to pop culture. He has played almost every character imaginable under the cinematic sun. Showcasing national treasure to film enthusiasts, Bill Murray, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray includes full color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography chronicling every Murray performance and milestone.

 

3. For the Outdoorsy Dad 

 

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via Offerman Woodshop

 

Nick Offerman is the epitome of a hardcore dad. He’s got a mustache, likes meat, and enjoys woodworking. Known for his role as Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, Offerman details his childhood, becoming an actor, and how he got into woodworking in Paddle Your Own Canoe. The book offers readers a well-rounded summary of manliness, love, style, religion, woodwork, and outdoor recreation.

 

4. For the Detective Dad

 

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via Brokelyn 

 

Named one of the best books of 2017 by the Wall Street Journal, GQ, NPR, and countless other, David Grann’s Killer of the Flower Moon details the shocking series of crimes that left dozens dead in Oklahoma in the 1920’s. The book, based off of years of research and evidence,  Flower Moon is a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction detailing the brutal murders and the beginning of the FBI. 

 

5. For the Fantasy Father

 

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via Books For the Trees

 

One of Neil Gaiman’s latest works and inspired by ancient mythology, Norse Mythology is a new and refreshing rendition of the Norse gods and their world. Gaiman turns the ancient mythology into new and novelistic arcs that begin with nine worlds and dives into the lives of dieties, dwarfs, and giants. Perfect for any fantasy fan, Gaiman’s latest work is truly a piece of mythological art. 

 

 

Featured Image Via Negative Space. 

 

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Nick Offerman Narrates Mark Twain Audiobook in Greatest Human Decision Ever

In probably the smartest move in literary history, Audible has recruited Nick Offerman to narrate Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

 

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The time-traveling romp follows a 19th-century engineer from Connecticut transported back to 6th-century England, where he uses his then-modern expertise to wow King Arthur and his posse. Things go awry in a hilarious fashion, and Twain proves yet again he’s a master of understated, cantankerous wit.

 

Enter Nick Offerman, whose Parks and Recreation persona may be the closest we’ll get to seeing Mark Twain in a sitcom. Having previously narrated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Audible, Offerman is neither a stranger to audiobooks nor to Twain. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Offerman said, “His jokes aren’t necessarily overt. They’re a lot of behavior or character-based pieces of humor. So it’ll make me laugh 50 times in a row, because that’s what makes his writing so timeless and classic.”

 

Offerman’s brusque, always-mildly-irritated voice suits Twain’s style nicely. The story itself has been on my to-read list for a while. It has King Arthur and time travel. It sounds like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure written by one of the greatest American novelists. And, now, narrated by one of the greatest Americans. Period.

 

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The audiobook of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is available now for your auditory pleasure. Check it out here!

 

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Featured image is a save the date for the PEN Center USA Awards.

Nick Offerman Will Host 2017 PEN Center USA Literary Awards Festival

At this year’s 27th Annual PEN Center USA Literary Awards Festival, writers from all across the book spectrum will be celebrated.

The ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on October 27. Along with the judges (listed below), PEN has announced that Ron Swanson himself (Nick Offerman, that is) will host the ceremony. Margaret Atwood, hot off the success of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” will receive a lifetime achievement award.

 

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Image courtesy of Her Campus

 

So, without further ado, here are the judges for each category:

Fiction:

  • Chris Abani
  • Alex Espinoza
  • Jervey Tervalon

Creative Nonfiction:

  • Dinah Lenney
  • Thomas Page McBee
  • Elizabeth L. Silver

Research Nonfiction:

  • Simone Browne
  • Lillian Faderman
  • Dan Slater

Poetry:

  • Natalie Diaz
  • Saeed Jones
  • Richard Siken

Young Adult:

  • Kami Garcia
  • Brendan Kiely
  • Bill Konigsberg

Translation:

  • Jennifer Croft
  • Elisabeth Jaquette
  • Idra Novey

Journalism:

  • Maria Bustillos
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Edward Humes

Drama:

  • Diana Burbano
  • Ruth McKee
  • Chelsea Sutton

 

Featured image courtesy of PEN Center USA