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#SnowDay Reads to Keep You Warm

Sure, it’s terrible outside if you’re anywhere north of the Red Sea, but these books will take you places that are always warm. I confess, I don’t want to live in the tropics ever again (I have a dark past), but come January who doesn’t want to be on the equator? It’s a little early, but in honor of the snow AND the freezing rain, here’s some early winter escapism.

 

The Ten Thousand Things

by Maria Dermoût

After living and having a child in Holland, Felicity returns home to Indonesia. Magic, death, and time all interact, creating a strange but grounded world that’s both alien and familiar. Abandoned by her husband, adrift in her own home, and with her superstitious grandmother, Felicity finds a way to make her idyllic birthplace her home, even in the face of tragedy. Shimmering, thrilling, and magical.

 

Swamplandia!

by Karen Russell

Ava Bigtree’s mother has just died, her father has disappeared, and her brother has defected to the enemy. Only thirteen, Ava must manage nearly a hundred alligators and her own grief, even as her family legacy of alligator wrestlers inexorably fades. Also, her sister is in love with a mysterious and probably dead man. What could go wrong?

 

The Descendants

by Kaui Hart Hemmings

He may be descended from a Hawaiian princess, but things aren’t going so well for Matthew King. His daughters are a recovering drug addict and a wild child, and his wife, comatose, is about to be taken off life support. The unimaginable grief may bring him closer to his daughters, but it also takes him further from home – on a journey to find his dying wife’s lover.

 

Nation

by Terry Pratchett
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A family can be a sole survivor, a cast away, a parrot, and legions of ancestral ghosts. All that with Terry Pratchett’s signature humor and lightness, and this is a must read if you’re looking for warmth. Sure, I always love found family, but this is more than that – having lost everyone else ,they become not just a family but a people, united by their cope and their isolation.

 

A Flower for the Queen

by Caroline Vermalle

An adventure starring a young gardener, Francis Masson, on his journey to find a rare orange blossom for the English king. He does not expect the extremity of the South African wildernes or the competition from rival botanists, nor fate’s twists.

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5 Quotes To Help You Kick Your NaNoWriMo Slump

With the month winding down and NaNoWriMo writers working to reach their respective 50,000 word goals, it should come as no surprise that many of these NaNo participants are experiencing a writer’s slump. Some of these individuals might be dealing with deadlines that relate to school, or perhaps work is taking its toll as the holidays fast approach. Or maybe it’s just good old fashioned writer’s block — the scourge of all writers.

Regardless, this is the time of the month where NaNo writers are confronted by their exhaustion, and they have to make the choice to keep working towards their goals or to call it good for the year. To keep you going, here are five quotes from writers to encourage you to keep working on your NaNo project.

1. “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison, author of Beloved and The Bluest Eye, is a Nobel Prize recipient and the writer of more than ten books.

 

2. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Sir Terry Pratchett

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While alive, Terry Pratchett wrote over 40 books. His impressive bibliography includes titles like Good Omens (co-written with Neil Gaiman) and the Discworld series.

 

3. “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” – Annie dillard

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Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the writer of books like The Writing Life and Living By Fiction. She has dabbled in multiple literary styles– everything from poetry to prose, and from fiction to nonfiction.

 

4. “It’s such a confidence trick, writing a novel. The main person you have to trick into confidence is yourself.” – Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith has been listed on Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists on two separate occasions. She is a recipient of the Orange Prize for Fiction award and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. She wrote the novels White Teeth and On Beauty.

 

5. “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been rewarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy award, and the Orange Prize. She wrote the novels Americanah and Half of A Yellow Sun

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5 Best Witchy Quotes

For all my fellow witches out there, here a few quotes to inspire your magic this spooky season.

 

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#1 “I am Wicked in many ways.”  Jessica Spotswood, Born Wicked

 

#2 “You have witchcraft in your lips.” William Shakespeare, Henry V

 

#3 “A witch ought never be frightened in the darkest forest because she should be sure in her soul that the most terrifying thing in the forest was her.” Terry Pratchett,  Wintersmith

 

 

#4 “For all you know, a witch may be living next door to you right now.” Roald Dahl, The Witches

 

#5 “Witches don’t look like anything. Witches are. Witches do.” Franny Billingsley, Chime

 

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Neil Gaiman Loves Bad Reviews From Certain People

The highly anticipated Good Omens has arrived, but not without its unpleasant detractors. One Twitter user complained about the amount of diversity shown in the opening few minutes, and decided to whine about it to the show’s creator, Neil Gaiman. Gaiman then reminded him of his place in the world.

 

 

The show begins with Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand narrating as the voice of God. The story of Genesis then unfolds with Adam and Eve, who are played by black actors.

 

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This was apparently offensive to certain people, and Gaiman had actually addressed this potential reaction during an interview with Slashfilm.

 

Slashfilm: Do you expect the black Adam and Eve to ruffle some feathers, since some devout people still assume they were white?

Gaiman: You’re talking here about a drama predicated on the idea that the antichrist might actually be a nice kid in which a demon and an angel are working against the orders of Heaven and incidentally Hell in order to stop the apocalypse from happening and save the world. On this basis, I think a black Adam and Eve is a nice way of letting anybody who would be significantly offended by any of those concepts know that they can stop watching this now. It is safe to turn off.

 

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Good Omens follows the demon Crowley, and the angel Aziraphale, who also happen to be best friends in love with each other, as they try stopping the apocalypse in spite of Heaven’s decision to end the world. But yeah, the thing that throws people off is Adam and Eve’s skin color.

It’s nice to see that Gaiman can deal with these unpleasantries with grace and wit.

 

 

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Neil Gaiman Fought to Keep This ‘Good Omens’ Scene

The upcoming release of Good Omens will be a bittersweet one, given that co-creator Terry Pratchett is no longer with us. No expense was spared to make his narrative contributions come to life, especially under the watch of co-creator Neil Gaiman.

io9 reports that Gaiman was keen on filming a small, yet expensive scene during the TV series’ production. The scene featured one of Pratchett’s characters, Agnes Nutter, played by Josie Lawrence, getting burned at the stake in front of a village crowd for practicing witchcraft.

 

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Agnes’s character is more important to the backstory and world-building of Crowley and Aziraphale’s journey to stop the apocalypse than the story itself. However, when production raised concerns about the scene’s cost and proposed a budget-friendly solution, Gaiman couldn’t bring himself to exclude Pratchett’s creation. (It would also be a little awkward to remove the Agnes Nutter character from a book called Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.)

 

It was a huge, complicated and incredibly expensive shoot, with bonfires built and primed to explode as well as huge crowds in costumes. It had to feel just like an English village in the 1640s, and of course everyone asked if there was a cheap way of doing it. One suggestion was that we could tell the story using old-fashioned woodcuts and have the narrator take us through what happened, but I just thought, ‘No’. Because I had brought aspects of the story like Crowley and the baby swap along to the mix, and Terry created Agnes Nutter.

So, if I had cut out Agnes then I wouldn’t be doing right by the person who gave me this job. Terry would’ve rolled over in his grave.

 

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It’s touching to see Gaiman’s consideration and loyalty to his beloved co-writer. A deal originally dictated that an adaptation would only be possible if both creators were attached to the project, until Gaiman received a posthumous from Pratchett himself, requesting that he adapt it.

 

Good Omens hits Amazon on May 31st.

 

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