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Continuing To Celebrate Stan Lee: Excelsior!

The Amazing Lee, gone too soon! Stan Lee, the creator of the world’s iconic Marvel superheroes, would have celebrated 97 years of life on December 28th.

 

 

Stan Lee was born in New York City in 1922, to his parents Celia and Jack Lieber, Jewish immigrants from Romania. At the age of sixteen, Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the Timely Comics. As an assistant, he oversaw making sure that the artists had their materials to make the comics, proofreading, and of course, lunch. Then the miraculous happened. Lee was given the opportunity to write and design his own comics.

 

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Stan Lee originally wanted to use his pen name, now legal name, for his “Great American Novel”. Unfortunately, he was never able to write that, but Stan Lee came in handy for when he co-created his first comic, the Fantastic Four. This allowed Lee the opportunity to continue to work with Jack Kirby on comics we now know today as the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and several other iconic Marvel superheroes.

 

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On December 20th, ABC aired a Stan Lee Tribute Special Celebrating Marvel’s Stan Lee. Lee’s fans and friends were able to commemorate all Lee was known for. The Marvel classics and his cameo appearances in many Marvel Films, never let you forget the legend that he was and continues to be.

 

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee! Excelsior!

 

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Top Picks: 5 Stellar Sci-Fi and Fantastical Fantasy Picks

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 you have to get on board reading or else you might be unprepared to deal with technological villains, menacing zombies, or the horrors of a tyrannical government.

 

 

5-Testaments by Margret Atwood

 

Margaret Atwood

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How could we forget about Margret Atwood? A total boss, she’s the woman behind this Tweet.

 

Queen of Twitter

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And she’s brought us a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Testaments.

 

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale by [Atwood, Margaret]

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Set fifteen years after the events of the previous book, the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but the lives of three different women are about to converge.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women come together thanks to a third voice belonging to a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

Released September 10th, this book has made headway and continues to stay in the public consciousness. Read it now!…Or be left behind.

 

 

4-Treason of Thorns by Laura E Weymouth

 

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Laura E Weymouth’s debut YA fantasy, The Light Between Worlds, was published to critical acclaim on October 23, 2018 and this year she’s given us another September 10th release: A Treason of Thorns.

 

A Treason of Thorns by [Weymouth, Laura E.]
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We follow Violet Sterling, a woman who once lived in the Burleigh House. One of the six great houses in England, Burleigh’s magic kept both the countryside and Violet happy until one fateful day when Violet’s father destroyed everything.

Seven years later, Violet has lived in exile with an overwhelming desire to return home. Now she must return home, grief-stricken, her very soul tearing itself apart, telling her that soon the magic that once made her so happy now threatens to destroy the countryside.

Gripping and utterly unique, we agree with Kirkus Reviews when they summed up this book with one word: “Spellbinding”.

 

3-A Trick of Light by Stan Lee and Kat Rosenfield

 

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Stan “The Man” Lee needs no introduction. You know him, you’ve seen him, he lives on in all our hearts, but before he passed on he teamed up with supremely talented Kat Rosenfield, author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. Together, they’ve given us this wonderful book.

 

A Trick of Light: Stan Lee's Alliances (Stan Lee’s Alliances) by [Lee, Stan, Rosenfield, Kat]
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The first installment in the Alliances series, A Trick of Light follows Nia, a 17-year-old genius hacker. Lonely beyond belief, Nia spends her days in a hologram classroom to learn everything about the world, a place she is forever separately from.

Then one day, everything changes. First, nerdy Cameron gets struck by lightning while filming a new video for his Youtube channel. Waking up in a hospital, he realizes that he has changed and he is able to connect to every electronic device.

From here, he soon meets Nia in an online game and they quickly become friends. But then they cross paths with OPTIC who wants their skill set for their own evil plans. Can they stop him and the galactic threat they poses?

Want to read this exciting, gripping, gut-punching story? It came out September 17th and has exceeded our expectations so much we here at Bookstr have to smile and say, “Excelsior!” to Stan and Kat.

 

 

2-The Bone House by Emily Lloyd Jones

 

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Author of The Hearts We Sold and Murder on the Disoriented Express, Emily Lloyd Jones brought us a new release last September 24th.

 

The Bone Houses by [Lloyd-Jones, Emily]

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Since the death of their parents, seventeen-year-old Aderyn “Ryn” and her siblings have been scraping by as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren. But things get hairy when she learns first hand that sometimes the dead don’t always stay dead.

Legend says that these risen corpses, known as “bone houses”, are the result of a decades-old curse, but when Ellis, an apprentice mapmaker with a mysterious past, arrives in town, the bone houses attack with new ferocity.

Together, Ellis and Ryn embark on a journey that will take them into the heart of the mountains, to search for buried secrets, but some things are meant to stay buried.

Kirkus Reivews, as well us at Bookstr, promises that this is “[a] stand-alone dark fantasy that readers will want to sink their teeth into”

 

1-There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

 

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This Katy Rose Pool’s debut novel, and thank heavens she’s got more in store for us!

 

There Will Come a Darkness (The Age of Darkness Book 1) by [Pool, Katy Rose]

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For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity using their visions of the future. Then, a hundred years ago, they vanished. But they left behind one final prophecy, foretelling of an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction.

Now five souls are set on a collision course:

A prince exiled from his kingdom.

A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand.

A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart.

A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone.

And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.

In the words of Kirkus Reviews, this September 24th release is “[a] well-crafted, surprising, and gripping start to a new trilogy.”

 

 

 

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Kit Harington Headlines the Hottest New Releases on Audible!

It’s summer, you’re busy with a million things: work, travel, friends, more travel— for what is supposed to be the most relaxing time of year, summer fills up fast and it can be hard to find the time to make a start on the summer to-be-read list you spent the year compiling! That’s where Audible comes in.

Audible have some amazing new additions to their already extensive library and we’ve got a list of some of the most exciting titles that are new to Audible this month! 

 

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Carlos ponce

 

 

As part of the launch of Audible Latino—an integrated, multicultural destination offering US Hispanic customers a robust catalog of Spanish-language and culturally relevant English-language spoken-word content on audible.com – Audible launched the much anticipated audio premiere of Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling, performed by internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican actor, Carlos Ponce. This is the first time that the Spanish-language Harry Potter books have been available in digital audio. Books 1-5 are now available, with the remainder set to be released later this year and next.

 

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light narrated by Yara Shahidi

 

 

In Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, one of Stan Lee’s final collaborations and most innovative works, the legendary creator invites you to unleash the power of your imagination, and bring to life an epic, superhero origin story set within a tech-centric, highly connected world, unnervingly reminiscent of our own. Performed by Yara Shahidi, People Magazine called this Audible Original “an immersive audio experience” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “a first-of-its-kind.”

 

Rise and Shine Yoga Flows by MoveWith 

 

 

Join a select group of MoveWith teachers in this uplifting series of yoga classesmeditationcore strength training, and more designed to get you moving and energized. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, this is the perfect way to squeeze a mindful sweat into your day. So grab your headphones and let a MoveWith coach guide you on a centering and rejuvenating journey. These high-energy classes are designed to be taken anytime of day and as many times through as you want. 

 

Black Sheep by Meghan March

 

 

Audible exclusively released Black Sheep, the first story in New York Times best-selling romance author Meghan March’s Audible Original series, The Dirty Mafia Duet.

 

 

Where The Light Enters by Jill Biden

 

 

Where The Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of the beloved Biden family and the life of a woman at its center. This is the story of how Jill built a family – and a life – of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles. 

 

 

Our Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson

 

 

In Our Harlem, award-winning chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson takes listeners on a music- and food-filled journey to his Harlem neighborhood and Red Rooster Harlem restaurant. The seven-hour Audible Original is filled with the sounds of Marcus’s kitchen, gospel and jazz from local bands, and conversation with friends. Marcus invites the listener to cook along with him, listen to the beats that flow through his restaurant, and learn about Harlem’s rich history, diversity, and vibrant pulse.

 

True West by Sam Shepherd, read by kit harington and johnny flynn

 

 

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama, True WestThe Cain and Abel conflict is a showdown of sibling rivalry, but also bears witness to a legacy of booze-fueled family brawls. As Harington and Flynn duel it out, they bring a cagey, wiry energy to director Matthew Dunster’s West End revival of this Pulitzer Prize finalist, delivered as an audio play.

 

Heads Will Roll starring Kate Mckinnon and emily lynne 

 

 

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/co-star (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Audible and Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook—it’s a 10-episode, star-studded, scripted audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more!

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland – an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them! This scifi Audible Original from bestselling author/narrator team Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Taylor is an absolute must-listen

 

Get excited for…

The Baby-Sitters Club by ann M. martin, read by elle fanning, coming august 13th

 

 

Three decades after The Baby-Sitters Club first rocked our world the beloved franchise is back to binge like never before! In the most exciting news since we first learned of Kristy Thomas’s great idea to start the Baby-Sitters Club, the blockbuster series that first celebrated young entrepreneurialism and fierce female friendships is now available only from Audible as an audio experience with the first five titles in the series performed by Elle Fanning.

 

 

Stan Lee’s Final Project to Be Published as a Novel

Stan Lee left behind an amazing legacy of comic book characters when he passed away last year at the age of 95. One of his projects is about to be released in the form of a novel.

 

Being classified as Lee’s first novel for “adult readers”, A Trick Of Light is about the friendship between Cameron and Mia. Cameron is a boy who has the ability to manipulate technology after a freak accident, and Nia is a hacker and coding genius with a mysterious past. The two must band together to use their abilities to stop global annihilation.

 

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In addition to an Audible version releasing on June 27th (narrated by Grown-ish star Yara Shahedi), a physical version will be available this September.

 

 

The book will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The publisher describes the book as an epic adventure that fits right into Lee’s signature voice:

 

“When Stan Lee passed away last fall, the world lost a genius whose fountain of creativity kept flowing to the very end. We are so grateful that one of his final projects was his first-ever novel for adult readers, and we are proud and excited to be publishing it this fall.”

 

A Trick Of Light will be released on September 17th.

 

 

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Ex-Manager Accused of Elder Abuse Against Stan Lee Appears in Court

Keya Morgan, the man accused of elder abuse against comic book legend Stan Lee, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court on the charge of being a fugitive of justice.

 

Stan Lee and his wife, Joan
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Stan Lee, the creator of Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man as well as many others unfortunately lost his wife, Joan on July 6th, 2017. Then Keya Morgan, also known as Keyrash Mazhari, a New York-based memorabilia collector, became involved with Lee as his business parter/manager.

 

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Come June 2018, according to The Guardian, Morgan was arrested when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check, claiming they were impostors trying to burglarize the home.

This resulted in Lee’s attorney filing a restraining order against Morgan. In the application for the restraining order in June, Morgan was “accused of isolating Lee from friends and family, and exploiting their relationship in order to embezzle artwork, cash and other assets worth more than $5m (£3.8m).

By August, the restraining order was granted and Morgan was ordered “to stay away from Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia “CJ” Lee, sixty-eight, and his eighty-six-year-old brother, Larry Lieber”.

 

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However, this wasn’t the end. Afterwards, Stan Lee apparently sued Pow! Entertainment , a company he himself founded, claiming he was “conned into signing over rights to his identity and likeness” but eventuality dropped the lawsuit, calling it “confusing”.

This seems odd, but it Keya Morgan came up again, this time “accused of taking control of Lee’s Twitter account, as well as being behind a surprising $1bn lawsuit launched by Lee in May 2018 against Pow! Entertainment”.

 

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Earlier this month, after Stan Lee’s passing in passing December, Keya Morgan was “issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court” on charges that “include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud”.

Finally, he has made “his initial court appearance early Sunday in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse”, writes Star Advertiser.

Currently, Morgan is in Phoenix, Arizona, but he is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles County, California.

Morgan stands accused of taking Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a Beverly Hills condominium “where Morgan had more control over Lee”. CNBC writes that “Keya Morgan allegedly mishandled Lee’s money.” which “included $262,000 that Lee never received from autograph signing sessions”. Furthermore, KTLA writes that Morgan also “stole more than $100,000 from Lee through fraud and embezzlement in May and June 2018”.

Morgan is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder by use of fraud and deceit, three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of more than $950 and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse for knowingly and willfully inflicting mental suffering on Lee.

Prosecutors recommend Morgan’s bail be set at $300,000. If Morgan is convicted as charged, hefaces a maximum sentence of 10 years in custody.

Alex Kessel, an attorney for Morgan, has said his client has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.

 

 

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