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Top Three Frankenstein Memes

Did you ever drop out of school to create unnatural life? No? Then live vicariously through Victor Frankenstein, a totally real and not unethical doctor!

Treat the invention of science fiction with exactly none of the reverence it deserves, and feast your eyes (stolen or not) on these Frankenstein memes.

 

1. For the Pedant in Your Life

 

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Oh, so the ‘Doctor’ didn’t give his child his name? Sure, a first name would have been polite, but at the very least, can’t we call him Monster Frankenstein, son of Victor Frankenstein? I’m just saying, just because Vicky doesn’t bother, doesn’t mean they’re not both Frankensteins. And as the ever quotable John Mulaney says, “just because you’re accurate doesn’t mean you’re interesting”. Next time someone tells you the monster’s name wasn’t Frankenstein, tell them any of this. Or strangle them. (Don’t do that).

 

 

2. When You Misunderstand the Instructions… Pretty Badly

 

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I mean, sure. He definitely didn’t do what they had in mind. Definitely. But can he really be disqualified? He definitely built a stronger body, no one said it had to be his own. Somebody check the fine print. Anyone who’s ever had their homework handed back because they did the assignment just completely wrong will relate. Do we think this is the secret reason he left school? They told him to write an essay on human organs and he brought in a bunch of organs with writing on them? I’m just saying, maybe take it easy, man.

 

 

3. An Actual John Mulaney Meme This Time

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I swear I didn’t plan this. But  we’ve had a lot of these no/yes, broke/woke meme formats, and I consider this a good addition to the art form. And I mean… it’s true. I’m not a parent, so maybe I shouldn’t be shaming anyone for their methods, but I think in this case foresight is as accurate as hindsight would be. Like…Do not follow the doctor’s lead on this. Plus, have you ever tried to learn French? The hyphens alone make ME have nervous fevers, and he did it in one year. Whether he’s a monster may be in question, but either way he’s an absolute beast.

 

 

 

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Top Picks: Five Awesome Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels

Each week, Bookstr gives you a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list.

Today, we’ll be recommending five Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels that will not only take you to the past, to the present, to the future, but will also make sure you have fun getting there!

 

 

5-Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

 

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Kira Jane Buxton spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband, but has taken the time to bring us a stellar debut novel.

 

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S.T. is a domesticated crow. He’s a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head. In a vein attempt to save him, S.T. starts beak-delivering beer while Dennis, Big Jim’s loyal, but dim-witted, dog, tries to lick Big Jim back to health. But there’s no point.

Thus, S.T. and Dennis venture out into the world.

Turns out humanity’s extinction has finally arrived, and it’s up to a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education, as well as a mangy mutt to find their way through the apocalypse.

From the lowest lows to the highest highs, this humorous romp will lift your spirits as you watch a cowardly crow can become a courageous hero. We can’t stop talking about this recent August release, and you won’t be able to stop reading it!

 

4-Containment by Caryn Lix

 

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First we had Sanctuary, a book about how a loyal corporate prison guard teams up with the superpowered criminal holding her hostage to an evil coming from space, and now Caryn Lix does her magic again in this gripping story.

 

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Now a former prison guard, Kenzie, finds herself stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go, surrounded by super-powered criminals and her mother who failed to even lift a finger to help her in the first book. To add to the mayhem, Kenzie is constantly haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly ripped her apart as well as when she accidentally had to kill one of the few prisoners who was actually kind to her.

As the aliens make their way towards Earth, Kenzie knows that the alien ship must be destroyed before they reach Earth. To make things worse, the aliens are coming after Kenzie first and the Omnistellar, the people she once loyally served, are after her as well.

This release had fans of the first book and newcomers both alike shocked, awed, and swooned away into this space adventure where “[m]ysteries, conspiracies, and legends become true“.

 

 

3-Their Last Hope by Krista and Becca Ritchie

 

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You want a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author? How about two? And how about they are identical twin sisters?

Your wish is granted, and now we have Krista and Becca Ritchie. One’s a science nerd, the other is a comic book geek, but both are fantastic writers and storytellers. Don’t believe me? Well, check out their newest release!

 

Their Last Hope

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Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal are desperate to escape, but to do so they’ll have to trust a mysterious young stranger who somehow knows everything about them. This man will give them the answers they need, if only they join forces on a mission that will determine the fate of humanity. 

What is this mission, you may ask? Well, legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets.

The trio has to find this infant. Better hope it’s not just a myth! Worse yet, as Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new.

Then everything takes a turn for the worse when the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

An equally stunning and thrilling conclusion to this sci-fi/romance duology, this August release, in the words of Kirkus Reviews, is “[t]ightly plotted and brimming with heart”.

 

2-Times Like These by Jan Stryvant

 

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Yep, that’s his Amazon profile picture, and it’s the closest thing to a face we could find for this author, but the book speaks for itself.

 

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The war has begun. The main gateway has opened and the minions of the Onderwereld are coming through. You can kill them, but they just reincarnate a week after you kill them.

However, Sean knows that there are weapons that can kill a demon so that it can’t respawn and he’s going to get them. One problem: he’ll have to find a way to sneak past a million demons, get into their home, and run around without getting caught.

But he’s ready for anything.

While Jan himself admits on his Amazon page that, “No I’m not the next great American literature writer, sorry, I just want to have fun (is there anything wrong with that?) and entertain people,” we here at Bookstr have to admit that he’s awesomely entertaining, and this action-packed adventure is one wild ride!

 

1-Harley Merlin and her Secret Coven by Bella Forrest

 

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Not only did her 2012 debut, A Shade of a Vampire, sell over seven million books, but Bella Forrest also brags that, low-key, “[s]he [herself] might be a vampire“. Her newest release is something for all you fantasy/horror fans out there!

 

Harley Merlin and her Secret Coven

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Harley Merlin has a secret power: she can sense people’s emotion. Her power has gotten her far in life, in fact it’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino, but there’s just one little problem: she has no idea where she got this power. An orphan whose only tie to her family is her father’s cryptic note, she’s as much a mystery to herself as she is to others.

Then one day she meets warlock Wade Crowley, who introduces her to a hidden world of beasts, magic beings, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past. But someone is out for her blood and Harley finds herself locked in a battle of good versus evil that threatens to make both the human and the magical world dangerously crash into each other.

Fun, exciting, and delightfully dark, this is for all those magic-loving young adults out there!

 

 

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The Real Life Controversy H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds’

H. G. Wells died this week in 1946. In honor of his death, we’re taking a look at the fake news broadcast that supposedly panicked many listeners.

 

 

Some people may know that H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was originally released as a radio broadcast in 1938. Played out by a cast of actors and presented as though it were really taking place, The War of the Worlds broadcast caused mass panic, and many people believed aliens were actually invading New Jersey. Or at least that’s how the story goes.

 

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There’s some evidence of this. According to NPR‘s Radiolab, about one in twelve people were listening in, enough to constitute mass panic, and many ran from their homes to see what was happening. This matter is contested, however.

Slate argues that this one in twelve number is just out of those with their radios on, in addition to the fact that Wells’ masterpiece was competing with a particularly popular variety show. In a ratings survey shortly after it aired, most respondents referred to it as a “radio play”. Certainly not as a news broadcast.

Still, contemporary news papers seized the opportunity to discredit radio as an unreliable source, and claimed that masses of people had taken to the streets in panic. Sort of ironic. At least we got a few movies about all that hype. And we finally got to see Tom Cruise running for once.

 

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I kid. Somebody let that man rest. He must have other skills that are being neglected. At least put him on a motorcycle sometimes. Wait.

So was there an actual scare? Maybe. A little. Certainly it occurred to someone that it could be interpreted as real news. Ultimately, though, people knew what it was, and if they didn’t, they dismissed it as a prank. Still, pop culture myths are pernicious, and it’s interesting to imagine a world in which a broadcast could convince a nation that aliens had invaded.

 

 

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Two Hugo Finalists Trying to Turn Silver to Gold

The Hugo Awards, the annual award for science fiction, will announce their winner later in the week, but for now, there are two finalists which are the first in their series—so you can start reading right now, and be ready for the winner this weekend.

 

Trail of Lightning, by Rebecca Roanhorse

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Maggie is a post-apocalyptic Navajo monster hunter, and that’s just the beginning. When a girl goes missing in a small town, she’s forced to team up with a medicine man to travel the reservation, uncovering secrets and coming closer and closer to a monster more terrible than either can imagine. An immersive flooded world, filled with gods and monsters, and characters with enough sarcasm and attitude to bear the weight of a dark plot and devastated world.

This has already swept a few awards, and is sure to be a good pick for anyone who likes any supernatural or speculative genres.

 

 

Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik

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You may have noticed by now I’m A LITTLE OBSESSED with Naomi Novik, but hey, the experts back me up. This is sort of a fairy tale, related to Rumpelstiltskin, but you always get much more than you can possibly foresee with Novik.

Since her father is running the family business into the ground, Miryim takes matters into her own hands. For better or worse, she’s very good at debt collecting, and ends up catching the attention of the supernatural—the icy Staryk—and it only gets more dire from there. You can expect gloriously lush world building and characters who feel like real people.

 

 

 

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This Interactive Short Story Will Make You Feel Things

Ever wanted to choose your own profound and horrifying sci-fi adventure? This article is for you.

“With Those We Love Alive” is a strange, deeply atmospheric short story, told a few pieces at a time. You are an artificer, drawn into the service of the Skull Queen. The magic is strange and tangible, and though you don’t see much of the world, you get an impression of its vastness. Live the luminous sense of listless terror made ambiance through the simple but powerful backgrounds, the eerie soundtrack, and the world’s uneasy details. Wander the palace and the city. Look on the outer world. You will be prompted to hold your breath. Look. Look away. Draw all over yourself (cue weird looks from the rest of the editorial team).

 

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You make many choices, shape the world, or does it shape you? The pull of the plot is inexorable, subtle. This is a land of monsters, of gruesome beauty, and unlike any fantasy world you’ve ever seen. You will come to feel trapped. You will come to realize you are terribly in love. With a sense of both choice and inevitability, walk through this place, the palace of the Skull Queen, her city, and see what it makes you. Find an ending as sudden and vibrant as the rest of the story, and etch each choice into your skin.

Eerie, gorgeous, and coolly violent, this story will stay with you long after the sigils you’re instructed to draw have faded.

Things you’ll need: headphones, a marker or pen.

See other people’s sigils here.