Why you have to make your own rules for love and sex

Author Sarah Mirk never tells readers what they should do in bed, writes Glenn Fleishman, only what they might do.

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Movies: 'The Fault in Our Stars' reviewed by young woman, 14, whose mom survived cancer

Naomi Horn, 14, reviews the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling book about young adults with cancer who find love. Naomi is no stranger to cancer: her mom is a survivor, and others in her family have died of the disease.

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Escape: The Curse of the Temple (game review)

Jon Seagull reviews a board game in which players must team up in a race against time to escape a cursed temple, grabbing as much treasure as they can along the way.

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Jo Walton's "My Real Children": infinitely wise, sad and uplifting novel

An ambitious and nuanced story that left Cory Doctorow in tears, the new novel from award-winner Jo Walton is about an elderly woman who remembers two lives.

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Afterlife With Archie: Archie Andrews, zombie hunter!


Back in March, I blogged the Afterlife with Archie comics, and suggested that you wait until the first collection of the series came out before digging into it (the singles were going for silly money). Today, Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale hits stores, collecting the first series of the comic in one paperback edition. Afterlife With Archie is more than a silly gag -- the creators really do play out a grim, tense, serious zombie story here, albeit leavened with some comeuppances for Riverdale's most annoying recurring characters.

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Zombie Dice expansion pack: the hunk, the hottie, and Santa

zombie-expansionMy family and I have been continuing to enjoy Zombie Dice, a "press your luck" game in which you play a zombie who wants to eat as many human brains as possible without getting shot in the head. We recently picked up the expansion pack, called Zombie Dice 2 Double Feature, which adds good complexity to the game.

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MK Wren's Shadow of the Swan

Enjoy the second part of MK Wren’s new ebook, offered exclusively by Boing Boing

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The Oversight: conspiracies, magic, and the end of the world

The clever blendings of history and imagination in Charlie Fletcher’s new novel are satisfying enough to make resolution of its loose ends worth waiting for, writes Cory Doctorow

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This One Summer [excerpt]

An excerpt from Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s brilliant graphic novel.

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Review: This One Summer

Cory Doctorow reviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s brilliant coming-of-age graphic novel for young adults.

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Tales of Pirx the Pilot, classic scifi by Stanislaw Lem

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I can not help but root for Pirx the Pilot. Unfocused, day dreaming, and distracted at the drop of a hat, Stanislaw Lem's Pirx is a hero for all the wrong reasons. Also, I think Lem's books have amazing cover art.

It is pretty evident that Pirx is clueless. Starting as a cadet, we follow Pirx's rather successful career as a pilot and space adventurer. His commanders seem to understand his capabilities and assign him missions he can complete, but it always takes Pirx a while to figure this out. He imagines romantic scenarios around every simple mission. While he believes failure or death imminent, everything works out just fine. It isn't blind luck, Pirx puts in the effort but he doesn't trust himself. This is a very endearing read.

I've ordered a copy of More Tales of Pirx the Pilot. I bet they are just as much fun.

Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanislaw Lem

What Will You Miss Most? by Mark Ernest Pothier

What will you miss most? As soon as I heard Mark Ernest Pothier's What Will You Miss Most? was available, I had to read it. His stories grab my attention and his characters wrench my heart. Again, I was brought to tears.

What Will You Miss Most? is a story of coping with loss. Louise isn't dissatisfied with life, but things haven't been going her way for a while. When her father passes in a freak accident we are shown how sometimes a greater loss can put everything in perspective.

Mark's characters are so full and so excellently written I can not believe this is a short story. He is truly a gifted storyteller.

What Will You Miss Most? by Mark Ernest Pothier

Previously on Boing Boing:

The Man Who Owns Little by Mark Ernest Pothier

The First Light of Evening by Mark Ernest Pothier

Austin Grossman's YOU, now in paperback

Austin Grossman's 2013 novel YOU was a brilliant, mystical science fiction novel about game development and simulation (two subjects that Grossman knows plenty about, being a somewhat legendary game dev himself). The book came out in paperback this month, which is cause for celebration and a good reason to re-run my original review:

YOU is the second novel from Austin Grossman, whose 2008 debut Soon I Will be Invincible marked him out as a talent to watch. Now, with his second novel, he confirms his status as a major talent.

You is the story of Russell, who tries to leave behind his nerdy, computer-game-programming high-school life to get a law degree, but by the end of the 90s, he's dropped out and come to work at Black Arts, a game studio founded by three of his school buddies -- the three who stayed true to their nerdy roots. Black Arts is famous for its brilliant simulation engine, which was written by Simon, Russell's old school buddy, who has just died under mysterious circumstances, leaving the company he founded in uncertain shape.

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Orikaso: folding, cheap, amazing polypropylene flat-pack dinnerware



Orikaso is a line of super-cheap, incredibly durable, brilliantly conceived flat-pack plates, cups and bowls, created by Jay Cousins (here's his blog). They're made out of super-durable, long-lived, environmentally sound polypropylene. Folding them takes bare seconds, and once folded, they stay folded and are perfectly water-tight. They unfold in seconds, and are (theoretically -- I haven't tested this) top-shelf dishwasher safe. My favorite piece is the cup, which has lots of grace-notes, like metric volume measurements on both side and imperial on the other, and a handle that's so clever I actually giggled the first time I used it. The whole thing is basically a magic-trick.

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Exclusive ebook offer: MK Wren's Sword of the Lamb


Since its release, M.K. Wren's acclaimed trilogy about life in the 33rd century has drawn much-deserved favorable comparisons to Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Boing Boing and Diversion Books are pleased to offer Sword of the Lamb, the first book in the series, for $1.99. That's 60% off the regular price. And don't worry, we'll be offering deals on the rest of the fantastic series in case you get hooked. But get the first one here.

Click through below for an excerpt from the opening of Sword of the Lamb:

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