Boing Boing 

The Loch Ness ladle

It's $21.80 and will make your tureen into a cryptozoological mystery. (via Kottke)

Attack on Titan anthology is $5


My 12-year-old daughter introduced my wife and me to the immensely popular Attack on Titan TV animated series (it's on Netflix). We quickly tore through all 25 episodes and loved it in the same way we love zombie movies, Game of Thrones, and Guillermo del Toro's The Strain.

In short, the story takes place in a future where the human race has been nearly wiped out by giant humanoids who eat people for fun. The remaining humans live in land enclosed by three tall concentric walls. They have no electricity or gasoline engines, and are constantly being attacked by the titans, who seem incapable of (or unwilling to) communicate with people.

Now that we must wait for the second season (and the upcoming live action movie), we've started reading the manga, which came before the TV series, and extends way beyond where the first season of the TV show left off. Amazon has a good deal on the first Attack on Titan anthology, which collects issues 1-4 of the Manga. It's just $5 and runs 208 pages. I know I'm late to the party, here -- I imagine a lot of you are familiar with the show, but if you have not, you are in for a treat.

Note: Attack on Titan is gory and intense. I think 12 is good age to start with the series. I wouldn't give it to a younger child.

YA, graphic novels, books by people of color are most challenged in America's libraries

The ALA's new State of America’s Libraries Report [PDF] shows American public and school libraries are being challenged most often over graphic novels like Saga and YA novels and books by people of color like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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On the Hugo Award hijacking

A group of right-wing Internet users calling themselves "Sad Pupping" have hijacked the Hugo Award ballot this year, buying voter-only memberships to the World Science Fiction Convention in order to fill the ballot with stories aligned with their political agenda, including one published by "Patriarchy Press," calling on Gamergate supporters to join in with them in seizing control of the award.

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The Astounding Antagonists by Rafael Chandler

The Astounding Antagonists

In a world led by stereotypical, capitalism loving super heroes it seems only natural that the baddest of villains should team up. They've formed The Astounding Antagonists and if they can keep it together they might just save the world!?

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection as a $0.99 Kindle ebook

You can get all these Sherlock Holmes stories and novels for free, because they are in the public domain, but I was happy to pay ninety-nine cents for the convenience of this X-Ray enabled Kindle edition, which has 56 short stories and four novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes: the Complete Collection


Quite Contrary, a violence prone Little Red Riding Hood


Grumpy, stubborn, and sarcastic, Richard Robert's Mary Stuart is one pissed off 12 year old Little Red Riding Hood. Quite Contrary is a fantastic horror that turns fairy tales upside down.

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Inspector of the Dead, a Victorian era thriller with an opium-addicted hero

In 1821 Thomas De Quincey published his memoir, Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Even though the book sold well, and De Quincey would go on to write other essays with insightful pre-Freudian psychological observations, his life was marred by drug addiction and financial debt.

De Quincey died in 1859, but in 2013 well-known author David Morrell brought him back to life in his historical fiction thriller Murder as a Fine Art, and again in this year's Inspector of the Dead.

Both books are murder mysteries set in Victorian England, and Morrell has taken great delight in researching and presenting the details of daily life for the rich and poor of that era. In both novels De Quincey is a Holmes-ian amateur detective with an extraordinary eye for detail and a keen understanding of human psychology. In Inspector of the Dead, De Quincey and his proto-feminist daughter Emma meet Queen Victoria herself when it becomes clear the Queen is the next likely victim in a series of gruesomely elaborate murders of rich and powerful members of the government. The De Quinceys and a pair of Scotland Yard detectives are unofficially tasked with protecting the Queen and catching the unknown killer.

Morrell, best known as the author of the Rambo novels (which I have not read but am now thinking I should), knows how to write an exciting page-turner, giving it enough historical background, detail, and interesting characters to make it a fulfilling read. I felt like I was really in foggy old England, with snotty aristocrats treating poor people like animals, Bobbies waving their clackers, and horse hoove's clacking in front of Hansom cabs.

I have not yet read the first De Quincey novel, Murder as a Fine Art, but I'm reading it now and it looks like it's going to be as good as Inspector of the Dead. (You don't need to read the first novel to enjoy the second.)

Inspector of the Dead

10 captivating short stories everyone should read

Johnny has a great list of short stories from Asimov, Hemingway, King, Vonnegut, Gaiman, and others, with links to the stories. (I'll add a pick of my own to the list: Parson's Pleasure, by Roald Dahl.)

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel and Illustrated by Mark Podwal

A Passover Haggadah: As Commented Upon by Elie Wiesel and Illustrated by Mark Podwal

Choosing a haggadah, the book I'll use to lead my family in Passover seder, was an interesting process. Hannah and I have settled on Elie Wiesel's A Passover Haggadah.

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Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1)

If pulpy space opera is what you want Rookie Privateer is the book for you! A run in with space pirates is sets Liam and Nick on an unforeseen adventure in the Mars Protectorate.

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Genderswapped Sixth Doctor cosplay outfit

From Frockasaurus (previously), this brilliant Femme Sixth Doctor Who cosplay set, a custom made, genderswapped version of Colin Baker's outfit including a jacket, corset/waistcoat, necktie and skirt. (via Geeky Merch)

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Marin's Dale, a very creepy novella

Marin's Dale

Sleepy Marin's Dale, Colorado has been struck by an unnatural catastrophe. Something not of this Earth has come to challenge the town in this crazy, creepy horror!

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The Backworlds by M. Pax

The Backworlds

I was excited to read The Backworlds by M. Pax. This pulp science fiction style adventure is available free for Kindle!

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Photography books we love: 'Understanding Exposure,' third edition

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure is a fantastic book to help photographers old and new learn to manage light.

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Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Fluency (Confluence Book 1)

Jennifer Foehner Wells' highly recommended Fluency is a phenomenal story of first contact!

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Dead City by JJ Zep

Dead City (Zombie D.O.A. Book 1)

JJ Zep's Dead City is just the fresh twist on the zombie genre I was looking for.

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