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Thom Peart

Philip Pullman Announces Companion Trilogy to ‘His Dark Materials’

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Author Philip Pullman shot to fame in 1995 when he published the first installment in ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, which finished in the year 2000. Consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, these fantasy books went on to sell over 17.5 million copies, have been translated into over 40 languages, and, in the case of The Golden Compass, was adapted into a Hollywood film starring Danial Craig and Nicole Kidman.

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Fictional Characters Can Bleed into Our Lives, Study Reports

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A great book can leave a lasting impression on a reader for the rest of their lives. It’s not uncommon to hear people describe a certain as having changed their lives and we often become almost as attached to the characters we meet in books as we do our real friends and family. Despite all this, it’s still quite surprising to learn that a recent study has found fictional characters seem to be able to seep into our real lives. Read More

Vandal Teenagers Ordered to Read Books Themed Around Racism

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And the 35 Books He Handed Down in Sentencing

An unusual but thoughtful punishment has been sentenced to a group of five teenagers who were found guilty of vandalizing a historic African American schoolhouse with racist, antisemitic, and obscene graffiti. A judge in Virginia has ordered the offenders to read 35 books and watch 14 films that are themed around racism. They have also been told to visit two museums and then write a paper in order to encourage “a greater appreciation for gender, race, religion, and bigotry.” Read More

Most Borrowed UK Library Books: 2015-2016

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The Girl on the Train was first published back in January 2015 and has since become a huge hit. Not only did the novel debut at No. 1 in the New York Times bestseller list, it remained there for 13 weeks straight.

By March of 2015 the psychological thriller had sold over a million copies and by October of 2016, over 15 million copies had been sold worldwide. The book was once again hurled into the mainstream when a film adaptation starring Emily Blunt was released in late 2016. It certainly looks like the book has struck a chord. Read More

The Lord of the Rings Cast Reunites, Hijinks Ensue

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Those of you who wish you could holiday in Middle-Earth will no doubt have enjoyed the excellent Lord of the Rings films adapted by Peter Jackson from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy books.

It has been over fifteen years since the first film was released but it looks like the cast are still as tight as ever and always ready to stand against any Orcs that may be nearby. Read More

Netflix, A Series of Unfortunate Events: My Review

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I was in middle school when the Series of Unfortunate Events books became popular and I can clearly recall my English teacher recommending the books to my class, I believe he even read a chapter to us before the end of the lesson. The books quickly became popular amongst the other children but I must admit that, whilst they certainly seemed good, I never got around to reading them. I did manage to catch the 2004 film adaptation starring Jim Carrey but that’s about as far as my knowledge of the books goes. I was intrigued when Netflix announced it would be adapting the show, even more so when it was announced the actor Neil Patrick Harris would be taking on the role of the devious antagonist Count Olaf. Read More

Amazon to Open Physical Bookstore in New York in 2017

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You may recall that, as we reported in 2015, there was quite a buzz about the fact Amazon opened its first physical bookshop in Seattle, Washington. The store differed from other high street book stores in that it uses data from Amazon such as customer ratings, sales totals and Goodreads popularity in order to know what to keep in stock and what to recommend to customers. Read More