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You’ll Be Transported To The Stars By These New Sci-Fi Releases

The world feels a little crazy at the minute, and these new science-fiction releases will transport you out of your reality for a while. Now is the perfect time to escape to so many different worlds and just lose yourself into some of these awesome titles.

  1. Oona out of order by margarita montimore

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Oona Out of Order follows Oona Lockhart, whose life will change at the stroke of midnight in 1982. She has two decisions to make, to stay home with her boyfriend and purse music, or go to London to study economics. But then the unthinkable happens, she wakes up the next morning, and instead of being nineteen, she’s now fifty-two and living in a house that she doesn’t recognize. With each new year, Oona is pushed into another age at random. She still remains a nineteen year old on the inside, but her outside appearance reflects the age she is during that year. Oona never knows what each year will bring, and this novel highlights the importance of time and how important family is.

 

2. The Stars We Steal by Alex Donne

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The Stars We Steal follows Leonie Kolburg, the heir to a faded European Spaceship. Her only focus right now is which bachelor can save her and her family from financial ruin. Then, Leonie’s first love and best friend, Elliot, returns. At first, Leonie’s family didn’t believe he was marriage material, but now he is the most eligible bachelor and captain of a successful whiskey ship. Elliot is determined to make Leonie’s life miserable, but of course old habits die hard, and Leonie finds herself falling for him again during a game of love and past regrets.

3. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

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Upright Women Wanted follows Esther, on the run from her father due to an arranged marriage to a man that used to be engaged to her best friend. Esther was in love with her best friend, but she was executed for her part resistance propaganda. Now, Esther is a stowaway and the American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer Liberian spies that are doing their best to do the right thing.

4. The Hidden Girls and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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The Hidden Girl and Other Stories, is collection of short stories by Ken Liu. It contains some of his best  science fiction and fantasy stories from the past five years. In total, there are sixteen stories, and as a bonus there is a new novelette. There is also an excerpt from his new novel, the third book in the Dandelion Dynasty Series, The Veiled Throne.

 

5 The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray

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The Last Day is set in the year 2059 and the world is no longer moving.  Half of the world suffers from non stop frozen nights and the other has to deal with the burning of the sun. A slim region, where twilight lies, is where people can survive. Ellen Hopper lives in isolation in Britain, and one day she receives  a letter from a man that is dying. The letter holds a dangerous secret, so dangerous that people in power will do anything to keep it that way, even kill.

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5×5 International Women’s Month: Celebrating Amazing Female Authors

Welcome to the newest edition of 5×5, a series in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds five questions. Today, we are talking with Sofia Fenichell, AM Scott, Collette McLafferty, Susanne Tedrick and Finola Austin in honor of international women’s month. These fantastic women write in genres across the board.

We have some exciting releases next month with Susanne Tedrick’s fascinating read, Woman of Color in Tech, that will help women of color learn the skills they’ll  need to succeed in (and revolutionize) a technical field and AM Scott’s science fiction, space opera in her last book from her Folding Space Series, Lightwave: Longshot.

Sofia Fenichell is an author and CEO of Mrs. Wordsmith, a children’s edtech company. Their most recent book, FLUSH! and 37 Essential House Ruleshelps children learn how to respect their homes, their parents, and themselves. With the added flair of vocabulary words on every page, great artwork and puns galore, kids and parents a like can laugh and learn from this read. It’s available to purchase now, through Mrs. Wordsmith.com. And it’s available for pre-order on Amazon to be shipped in June.

Finola Austin’s anticipated historical fiction novel, Bronte’s Mistress, will be having a summer release this August. It’s a steamy and captivating imagining of the affair, that is still some of the hottest literary tea out there.

Last but not least, we have Collette McLafferty. Her book, Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer, is a memoir in which she details her life in the music industry and how she had to deal with a huge lawsuit for signing a cover in a bar. This is a fascinating read, indeed.

Now, that we’ve met our authors, let’s get to the question and answers.

 

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1. As a full time/part time writer, what is some advice you could give aspiring writers when things seem hopeless?

Collette McLafferty: I would say this to any writer feeling hopeless: You have to remember your voice is your gift and no one can take it away from you. There is no circumstance or rejection that can tear you away from a pen and paper, a laptop or hitting that “publish” button. At the same time, it’s okay to take a break once in a while. I’m a huge fan of “The Artist Date”, a once a week exercise from Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way”. Go out get fresh air, see a movie, call up that old friend. Inspiration is like a fickle lover, it goes away sometimes, but it always comes back!

AM Scott: a. Join some of the online writing communities. By participating in some of the pitch parties on Twitter and the writing community built around those parties, I got some really valuable critiques before I published. They’re also very supportive—there’s always someone willing to encourage you. active, not in your house or at your job. I find hiking can jolt loose ideas and help me feel more optimistic .Hang in there—don’t quit. Even if you can’t afford to take classes or buy ads,there are free writing and marketing resources out there!

Finola Austin: Every word you write brings you closer to your goal of writing a novel, and, most importantly,every word you write makes your writing better. Some writers set daily word counts for themselves but this approach has never worked for me. I write when I can—early in the morning,late at night, on weekends, and frequently on airplanes. Rather than beating yourself up about what you can’t do, given the other demands being made on you by the rest of your life, focus on what you can achieve.

Sofia Fenichell: Being a writer is a calling. It’s a need that you have within you. Not everyone has it. You can’t really give up if you have that need. When things seem hopeless as a writer, you have no choice but to keep going in one way or another. So as you grow into being a writer, remember that the best writers are those that know how to listen and take feedback. Failure is your phoenix rising.

Susanne Tedrick: I would say the first step acknowledging the feelings that you are having. I think our society has conditioned people to either quickly get over or stifle negative feelings. Ignoring or pretending you don’t have negative feelings, including hopelessness, is much worse for your overall health. Accepting your feelings as they are and giving yourself the time and space to cry, talk to a good friend or therapist, additional rest, meditation,exercise or whatever method of (healthy) release you need, is the best first step in getting over hopelessness effectively. The second, important part is dissecting those feelings and challenging them. For example, if you’re saying to yourself “there’s no point in going on” or “I’m destined to fail” in the face of a setback, what substantive indicators do you have to back those assertions up? You may need the help of an impartial, trusted friend or advisor to offer a different, less emotionally charged perspective. 

 

2. Did you choose the genre you wanted to write in or did that genre choose you?

Colette McLafferty:To say my genre chose me would be an understatement! In 2014 I woke up to the headline “Singer Sued for Being Too Old and Ugly for P!NK Tribute Band” via The New York Post and watched in horror as this story went viral about me worldwide! I was really named in a $10,000,000 lawsuit, but it was between two men and had little to do with me. I spent the next two years in The Twilight Zone as I spent $15,000 fighting a lawsuit against a man I had never met while the mainstream media completely rewrote my identity. I wrote daily in a blog called, “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” which eventually became the title of my memoir. Before this event, most of my writing was short form music journalism and songwriting. The day I wrote “The End” on that final manuscript of “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer” was the day I got my sanity back.

AM ScottLike many writers, I write what I read. I’ve been reading science fiction since I was a child, and my favorite subgenre is space opera, so writing it came naturally. But I started writing romance, because that’s what I read when I’m stressed. I was reading a “military” romance, but it was clear the author had never spoken to a military person, and I thought “I can do better than this!” Turns out I couldn’t, not at first. It took me a few years of writing before I felt comfortable publishing.

Finola Austin:A little bit of both. I’ve always loved nineteenth-century fiction, especially the works of the Bronte sisters and George Eliot, and my Masters degree focused on literature from the period. I didn’t want to be an academic as I couldn’t see the appeal of writing essays that only a few people in the world could understand. Instead historical fiction, for me, is a way of making the past accessible and visceral, and shining a light on the parallels between the then and the now.

Sofia FenichellThe genre of creating books for children definitely chose me! I wanted to help my own children fall in love with writing and become great writers. I could only see the value of writing going one way with the internet. But I was shocked by the poor quality of educational materials available for the  language-learning industry – poorly conceived, low-quality visuals, with many products that had very old copyright dates! The more I dug around, the more I realized that the sector was dominated by large publishing houses that underinvest in data-driven curation and high-quality content. All the investment and creativity was going into video games and entertainment. So, I was determined that Mrs Wordsmith would become the Pixar of Literacy.

Susanne Tedrick: The genre definitely chose me. Upon reflection on my own experiences in getting into tech – the successes, failures, and lessons learned – I realize that the sharing of this knowledge with the future women of color tech leaders was the book I was destined to write.

 

 

3. Who is your favorite author and why?

Collette McLaffertyMy favorite author will always be Louisa May Alcott. “Little Women” was the first book I picked out for myself. I found it at a garage sale. I was ten years old. I read the entire series including “Little Men” and “Jo’s Boys”. It was the first time in my life I connected to characters on the page and developed a long term relationship with them. I was an avid reader as a child. Sadly, during my teenage years I fell into a vortex of self esteem and body issues. Like many girls, I distanced myself from my interests and passions during this time. I stopped reading for a while. Louisa May Alcott represents a time in my life when I could show up to the page with curiosity and no sense of limitations. 

AM ScottOoh, that’s a hard question. I have a lot of favorites! But right now, my very favorite science fiction author is Julia Huni. Full disclosure here—she’s my developmental editor, and my sister, but her stories are full of fun and adventure.

Finola Austin: Two women novelists I very much admire are Mary Elizabeth Braddon, who wrote scandalous British novels classified as ‘sensation fiction’ in the nineteenth century, and Elizabeth Smart, the Canadian writer who wrote the beautiful By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept in 1945. Both women were incredibly talented. Both were also parents—Braddon had six children of her own and raised five stepchildren, while Smart was a single mother of four. I admire their writing, their grit and work ethic, and the fact that, for both, writing was an artform and a way to act as breadwinners for their families.

Sofia FenichellI like to read inspirational stories about people who defied the odds and retained their sense of humor, humility and integrity. My favorite author is Maya Angelou. I think we are at a point in humanity now where we all need to read more Maya Angelou. We need to hear from authors who make us think about our vulnerability and our unmitigated potential for growth. My favorite line from Dr. Angelou is “life loves the liver of it”; from Letter to My Daughter.

Susanne TedrickWriter and feminist activist Audre Lorde. I’ve found her poems and essays are always so powerful, thought-provoking and incredibly relevant today. It was through her writing that I came to understand intersectional feminism; while we may all identify as women,our race, class, sexuality and many other factors will ultimately shape what we experience in the world. No two women will experience life in the exact same way on gender alone.

 

4. As a female, do you think your gender/or how you choose to identify helps give you a different perspective in the world? And how has being an author helped you share that perspective?

Collette McLaffertyAs a female in the world, I constantly experience a lot that doesn’t fly with me. I see many whistles that need blowing and conversations that need to be had regarding the climate for women. When the mainstream media presented me to the public as a “bad, ugly singer” I realized my insecurities were not my own. They were taught to me and painstakingly marketed to me. As an author tackling this topic, I’ve had the opportunity to pull down the curtain and expose the multi million dollar business of shaming women for profit.  When I wrote the first draft of “Confessions” in 2014, it was before the “me too” and “time’s up” movement. I felt like a lone wolf of sorts. Now I’m part of a big, beautiful machine, that is disrupting the old narrative. There is a real opportunity to break the cycle, and it starts with the written word.

AM ScottI do have a different perspective than men—and many women too! This is my second career—I spent twenty years in the US Air Force as a space operations officer. It was a great career, but as a woman in a male-dominated profession, I had to fight against sexual discrimination. But think my background allows me to appeal to both sexes, because I understand the major issues of both, so my both my female and male characters ring true.

Finola AustinI’m going to speak in generalized terms here but, traditionally, girls have been raised to be highly attuned to the thoughts and feelings of those around them. We praise girls a lot for being ‘helpful’ and ‘kind’, rather than ‘brave’ or ‘daring.’ This kind of conditioning helps and hurts women as novelists. Having a honed sense of empathy is great for developing the interior monologue readers love to get access to when reading, and for unpacking interpersonal character dynamics. But women’s tendency to put themselves last, downplay their achievements, and shy away from risk can really hurt them when it comes to getting the damn novel written or promoting themselves once their books are ready to see the light of day. Again, this won’t hold true for everyone, but societal expectations can be hard to  overcome. Something that’s been amazing about sharing my writing with others is hearing that I’m not alone. Writing about some of the worst parts of being a woman has led to other women confiding in me, for instance about their unhappiness in their relationships, unpleasant sexual experiences, or ambivalent feelings towards motherhood.

Sofia FenichellYes definitely, I think being female and a Mom helped give me a particular perspective in the world. As the publisher of books for kids, I’m able to translate what I see going on in the world, into the eyes of my children. For example, we’ve just published a book called FLUSH! And 37 Essential House Rules which provides kids with the rules they need to become independent thinkers, visionaries, even renegades. Research also shows that kids who are able to accurately label their feelings, have more positive social interactions and perform better in school using their full range of vocabulary. Children who can think for themselves and respect their homes and the people around them go on to do unexpected and incredible things. We believe the home is a safe place where kids can test the boundaries and learn how to operate.Being an author helped me to conceive of this book as a way to equip kids with the language they need to take responsibility for themselves, laying the foundation for school and well beyond.”

Susanne TedrickBeing a woman, and specifically a Black woman, does give me a different perspective in the world. As part of a historically marginalized group, I see and feel the challenges Black women face in the world every day. Yet, Black women have learned to be incredibly resourceful and resilient in the face of any obstacle. It’s because of this that we’ve not only been able to survive but thrive in many domains. Being an author has allowed me to share this message of hope and perseverance with others. It can be hard,but it’s not impossible.

 

5. What is the best way, in your opinion, to celebrate Women’s History Month?

Collette McLafferty:The best way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to take a deep dive into your passions. Go out and find the women who not only made history but are the history makers of tomorrow. For me personally, I like to take a deep dive into the catalogues of female songwriters and performers  that are criminally underrated. Tracy Bonham is one of the best pop writers in my book and should have stayed on the charts. She hit #1 on the male dominated modern rock charts in the 90’s, a feat that was not repeated until Lorde cracked the code 17 years later with “Royals”. I’ll listen to the music of composer Maria Anna Mozart, who is often referred to as “Mozart’s Sister”.  I like to support groups like the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. They formed at a time when females were actively discouraged from participating in the rock world. Since music is my passion, that is how I will celebrate. 

AM ScottI love highlighting the accomplishments of women in science, technology,education and math. Stories like “Hidden Figures” are a wonderful way to bring those women to the attention of young women and hopefully inspire them to STEM careers

Finola AustinMy answer to this one may seem pretty obvious, but, no matter your gender, read books written by women (or pre-order books by women that will be out soon!). Don’t just read novels by women from your country, or of your ethnicity, or who share experiences similar to your own. Seek out the stories you haven’t heard before and, when you find ones you love, share them with others.

Sofia Fenichell: The best way to celebrate Women’s History Month is to acknowledge the hard work that it takes to pursue a dream and to encourage our children to find their own dreams. Seize the opportunity to teach your children about what you do each day whether you’re a female author or a CEO . Find gentle ways to bring them on the journey with you. They not only will help unlock solutions, but they will thrive as a result. Children learn most by the example we lead. Recently I sat down with my daughter to read our new book in the Mrs. Wordsmith child development series called Flush! and 37 Other House Rules and when she laughed out loud, I knew we had created the right book.

Susanne TedrickI think the best way to celebrate is to honor and spotlight the women in your life or in your circle who are out there doing amazing things. Sharing their stories and more about how they’ve influenced and inspired you is a great way for others to learn about more amazing women who are making things happen.

 

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Thanks For The Magic: ‘The Magicians’ Canceled!

The hit SYFY television show The Magicians based on the book series by Lev Grossman hasn’t been renewed for a sixth season. As a huge fan of the show, I’m sad to see it go. The cast made several posts across social media thanking their fellow castmates, showrunners, and fans for the past five years.

 

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This is a heartfelt Thank You to all you kids ( and grown-ups ) out there for your continued love and support over the years. Your dedication to each other and to the world inspired by Lev’s books helped keep us alive for 5 Seasons, and served as a constant reminder that family can be found, chosen, and nurtured in the most surprising and serendipitous ways. Meeting so many of you and hearing your stories has been a highlight of my life. Thank you for your love and attention through this very unusual and beautiful evolution. I’m eternally grateful to our creator @levgrossman, my show Dads @johnthemcnamara and @seragamble, our incredible cast, crew, producers and @audinkle: Thanks for giving me a shot at a character and show I’ll love forever. I’m so proud to be your Eliot. Only Love. —H

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It’s with a heavy heart, that after 5 glorious seasons THE MAGICIANS will not be renewed for a sixth 💔 To say this show changed my life would be an understatement. It has been the most magical gift, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. Playing Alice Quinn has been an honor. I love her dearly and I will miss her so 💔🤓🦋🧚🏻🦄 Thank you Lev for writing these books with beautiful worlds that we all got to play in for 5 years. I can’t thank our incredible Showrunners, EP’s, Directors, Writers, Studio/Network, and Crew enough. This cast and crew is my family and it’s going to take me a while to process not getting to spend 16 hours a day with them. Every person involved in this show poured their hearts and souls into every moment and I’m forever grateful for them. But none of this would have been possible without the fans. Our fans are the most passionate giving people out there. Thank you for making this experience so moving and heartfelt. I love you. I’ve been going through my phone all morning trying to figure out the best group of photos to post on here and I got overwhelmed with the literal tens of thousands of amazing memories I have of the last five years. Way too many photos to post so I’ll leave this one photo I took the first week of filming five years ago. Please excuse the flood of behind the scenes photos I’m gonna be posting over the next few weeks while we still have five incredible episodes left of our beloved show ❤️ #themagicians

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It is a bittersweet day… In case you haven’t heard, it looks like season 5 will be the last season of #themagicians 💔 My heart is incredibly sad, while simultaneously feeling incredibly grateful. I can hardly put into words how endlessly grateful I am for these past 5 years of magic. I’m grateful and proud of the stories we told, for the art we created, for the family we cultivated, the friends we’ve made, the lessons learned, the lives we’ve touched, and the difference we made… It took a village of true Magicians to make this dream a reality. There are too many to name here, but to all of our staff, crew, and talent, thank you for contributing your gifts to make this happen! Here are just some of the brilliant beings that made this magic what it is: @seragamble @johnthemcnamara @alonsomyers @reed_dave @silentmikeholymike @ellelipson @jhgard @alex.raiman @alexmritter @joey_mireles @esco_ala_jlo @morethanbunnies @brittanycurran @stellamaeve @oliviataylordudley @halebofosho @rickworthy1 @treveinhorn @arjunguptabk @summerybishil @mageina And a HUGE thank you to YOU! Our fans. Without you, our show would not exist. Thank you for 5 years of love and support. Thank you for 5 years of magic. I am forever changed because of it, and eternally grateful. I love you all ❤️

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SALUD!! All You Magicians, both old and young .. I humbly and sincerely Thank You for Believing in us .. And I thank you for your incomparable support since 2015 .. We worked SO VERY HARD making this wonderful and unique TV series about Magic week to week for 5 years .. I learned so much .. Not only about myself, but a macro-perspective on the people both within and without “The Industry” and the mechanisms of running a successful Television Program .. I have met SO many WONDERFUL fans .. At conventions 😀😀🤓, airports, airplanes, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and even walking through a mad-house of hundreds and hundreds of people in Times Square at midnight .. And they ALL say the same thing: WE LOVE THE MAGICIANS!!! Thank.you Magicians Fam, because WE LOVE YOU 😘😘😘 And we existed because of you .. THANK.YOU XOXO .. And as I write this, in honor of easily one of the BEST Characters ever in my charge, in a career of 33 years (and counting! :)), Dean Henry Fogg .. I salute you Henry .. And I sip a fine, fine Scotch in a very cool, off the grid hotel in honour of you :)) .. Thanks again, and disfruta the rest of Season 5 of The Magicians .. Love You Mucho XoXo @magicianssyfy #TheMagicians #TheMagiciansFam #TADA #FromTheDeansDesk #LetsSeeSomeMagic

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“Act out”- Josh Hoberman Thank you @magicianssyfy for the past 5 years. It was a gift beyond measure.

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The Magicians is ending after five marvelous seasons. Thank you everyone for the incredible adventure #themagicians

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Make sure to catch the remaining episodes of the show on SYFY 10/9c. If you want to binge the entire show, seasons one through four are all on Netflix. So binge away and keep up to date to give The Magicians a hearty goodbye for the last time.

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Best in Science-Fiction

It’s a new week and that means new titles to add to your TBR! This week’s spotlight genre is Sci-Fi, so for all you sci-fi readers or anyone that just loves a good book, this list is for you.

  1. Dead Astronauts by James Vandermeer

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Dead Astronauts follows three characters, Grayson, Chen, and Morse, who are traveling through forces that can consume them. These three characters also happen to be shapeshifters: amorphous, part human and part extensions of the world. A giant fish, a blue fox, and a language that stretches the limit. The blue fox slips through warrens of time and space and is on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman is haunted by a strange journal, and the fish remembers a past that may not be his own. These three are waging a war against a powerful cooperation. An invisible monster who can’t remember his name and he can’t remember his purpose. There’s also a madman who is haunted by his own creation and wanders the desert lost. This novel has a city without a name that lives in the shadow of an all-powerful company, with the earth at stake.

2. Anyone by Charles Soule

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Anyone follows a female scientist, from Ann Arbor Michigan, who is searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease but ends up finding herself in her husband’s body. This is believed to be a botched experiment, but it ends up changing the world. Twenty years later flash technology allows people to transport themselves into other bodies. The tagline of the company is “Be Anyone with Anyone”. There is also a black-market version where people secretly rent out their bodies for illegal purposes like crime, theft, and drugs. This novel goes from present day to the past as the creator of this flash technology tries to bring the darkness of it to an end.

 

3. The Revisionaries by A.R Maxon

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The Revisionaries follows Julian, a preacher that preaches in the streets in denim robes and running shoes, but despite his attire is an inspiration for his community. Then the neighborhood mental hospital releases its patients to run amok in the community. Julian meets one of the escapees who speaks of impending doom, and on top of that must face a religious cult that wears red, as well as smoking figure that knows what’s going to happen before it does. Can Julian confront and deal with them all?

 

4. The Pet Project by Amanda Milo

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The Pet Project follows people on a blue planet in a galaxy that is quite far from our own solar system. The aliens on this planet are tender skinned and intelligent, and they also make great pets. Everyone wants to own one of these pets when they realize they exist. Now these aliens must breed, and someone has to do everything she can to help them breed.

 

5. Accepting the Lance by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

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Accepting the Lance follows Clan Korval, as he goes back to the ground after bombing a city. Now he’s on the water planet, Surebleak, where the people are just as untamed as the weather. Korval’s network also needs a complete reset in order to recover from exile. Unfortunately for Korval, the Department of Interior is looking for revenge with Surebleak and Korval’s ship. At the same time, other ships are seeking trade and diving into a trap. People everywhere are in the crosshairs.

 

 

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Books to Read Before They Become Movies

If you’re a book lover, then your favorite thing to say is probably “Oh, the book was SO much better than the movie!” and we don’t disagree, because it probably was! So before these awesome tales turn into movies in the new year, make sure you snag a few so you can spit out the same line when the adaptations come out!

 

p.s I still love you by jenny han

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This is the ever anticipated sequel to the famous YA book and later Netflix film, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by author Jenny Han, and it will be available to stream on February 12, just two days before Valentines Day! This story is said to focus on Lara Jean’s new relationship with Peter Kavinsky. But this is a high school romance movie, so it’s required to feature a love triangle, and you bet it does!

 

 

dune by frank herbert

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Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece Dune, is getting its long promised screen adaptation since David Lynch took on the challenging task in the ’80s. Arrival director Denis Villeneuve is the perfect fit to adapt the famous book, and the film stars highly notable actors such as Timothee Chalamet as Paul Atreides, alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and fan favorite Zendaya.

 

 

the invisible man by h.g wells

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The talented Elisabeth Moss stars in the modern adaptation of this classic H.G. Wells novel. This version, a psychological horror film written and directed by Leigh Whannell, is a loose take on the Wells book, as the story focuses on a woman who, after her ex supposedly dies by suicide, thinks she is being hunted by someone invisible. The movie is out on February 28, and we can’t wait for this thrill ride!

 

 

emma by jane austen

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Regardless of how the late Jane Austen might feel, fan-favorite Emma is hitting the theaters on February 21, so all Austen lovers can rejoice! The book was also adapted in 1996 in the Douglas McGrath directed film starring Gwyneth Patlrow, but it’s been 24 years since its release, so it’s time for a remake, right? The new version, directed by Autumn de Wilde, features Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role as our favorite matchmaker and Bill Nighy stars as Mr. Woodhouse and Johnny Flynn is George Knightley.

 

 

the woman in the window by a.j finn

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Another great thriller on our list is The Woman In the Window by A.J Finn, coming to theaters in May 15 and starring Amy Adams, directed by Joe Wright. In this film, an agoraphobic woman drinks wine all day and spies on her neighbors. Nothing bad can happen from that, right? And if you’re like us and can’t wait until summer to find out, you could read the book right now – the choice is yours!

 

 

the secret garden by frances hodgson burnett

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This classic tale from 1911 is about to become a feature film for the fourth time, and will be released on April 17, 2020! The film stars Colin Firth and Dixie Egerickx as the child protagonist, and is directed by Marc Munden. If you want, you can read the book, and watch all the adaptations before the latest movie comes to screen!

 

 

the voyages of dr. dolittle by hugh lofting

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The second of the Doctor Dolittle novels has finally been adapted into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr. as the eccentric physician who finds out he can talk to animals. The film is simply called Dolittle and stars a number of prolific, diverse actors and comes out January 17, which gives us just about enough time to cram the book to judge if the movie does the famous book justice!

 

If this list doesn’t keep you up at night, I don’t know what will, because we here at Bookstr take film adaptations seriously and like to see for ourselves if the book actually was better than the film, or not!

 

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