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James Noll is a writer, a musician, a freelancer, and a teacher. He's published short stories and poetry in WHURK! and The Fredericksburg Literary Review, as well as three books on his own PULP! imprint, including A Knife in the Back, You Will Be Safe Here, and Burn All the Bodies. Each book contains collections of horror, post-apocalyptic, and science fiction short stories, followed by a novel in the Topher Trilogy: Raleigh's Prep, Tracker's Travail, and Topher's Ton.
In 2001, J.K. Rowling (under the pseudonym Newt Scamander) wrote a book called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This November, the movie Fantastic Beasts opens—the first of a planned trilogy.
Rumors of a civilization in the clouds have flowed for thousands of years. From classical mythology to medieval tales of women falling from the sky, the name Magonia was once whispered throughout the world. Now, though, the legend is nearly lost. The world has forgotten Magonia.
But Magonia has not forgotten the world.
Below the clouds, Aza Ray Boyle cannot breathe. She is drowning in air, suffering from a mysterious lung disease that makes it difficult to run, to speak, to live. So when Aza sees a ship floating in the sky, everyone thinks it’s a side effect of her many medications. The foreboding hallucination of a dying teen.
In the Kingdom of Dalemark, three kings have died without an heir. The kingdom has been in chaos for generations as earl after earl vies for the throne. Bloody battles have only produced a stalemate, and now the free North and the repressive South tensely await their next war.
Enter the family of Clennen the Singer. As licensed entertainers, they travel undisturbed from the North to the South, passing news and singing songs of old battles. Clennen's children—fiery Brida, bookish Dagner, and day-dreaming Moril—travel with their parents in a cheerfully painted pink and gold cart. They may argue, as families will, but they all agree how much they detest the snobby boy Kialan who has paid to accompany them.
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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Patchett
The world is going to end next Saturday, but there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race. (catalog summary)
If you like Good Omens, then these titles might peak your interest too:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Upon his release from prison, a widower accepts a job as a bodyguard and joins the battle between the gods of yore and the neotoric gods of present-day America. (catalog summary)
Death: A Life by George Pendle
A parody of the confessional memoir served with deadpan wit, this is a deliciously blasphemous, completely uncensored celebrity expos that paints a portrait of Death as a misunderstood, surprisingly sympathetic demon. (catalog summary)
Review on Death: A Life is here.
Things are buzzing in the Harry Potter world. A new book is coming out! I am among the fans anxiously awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31. When the last book in the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows, came out nine years ago, many fans had mixed emotions. While we couldn’t wait to know what happened with the story, we were also sad, knowing that, when we came to the end, our journey with Harry and his friends would be over. The Cursed Child promises to whisk us right back into Harry’s world, and I can’t wait! This eighth book in the Harry Potter story is going to be unique. The Cursed Child is a two-part play based on a story written by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne. The play opens in London on July 30, and will be followed the next day by the release of the script publication. The details of The Cursed Child are under tight wraps, but we know that the story is set in Harry Potter's adulthood, picking up 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. Harry is raising a family and working at the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Albus, figures prominently in the story.
Amani Al’Hiza isn’t exactly up to no good. Sure, she snuck out of her house disguised as a boy and riding a stolen horse in order to enter a sharpshooter contest at the most notorious pistol pit in town. But Amani needs the prize money to get out of Dustwalk. She has to escape before she winds up dead—or worse, married.
When Princess Adrienne’s parents lock her in a tower guarded by the fiercest dragon in the kingdom, they expect her to wait patiently for rescue by a handsome prince. But Adrienne would rather be Princeless than helpless . . . and she can save herself, thank you very much.
What if the world’s greatest villains had children? In the popular Disney Channel movie Descendants, that question is answered.
Meet Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay—four best friends living on the Isle of the Lost, where they and their evil parents have been banished since good has conquered evil in the classic children’s tales.
Rudyard Kipling, an amazingly gifted British writer who was born in India, tells stories of ghosts, gods, reincarnation, and the joys and madness of the human spirit in the collection, Tales of Horror and Fantasy.