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The Books Tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Provide Crucial Connections

A list of books coming out tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story will explore Han’s childhood, future wives, relationship with Lando, his son Ben and more. Read More >>

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A Textbook That Turns Into a Lifesized Paper Skeleton Should be Standard at Med Schools

Human anatomy is something better learned by studying detailed models, or actual people. Mastering the ins and outs of the human body isn’t the easiest thing to learn from a textbook, although once you hit the last page of Taschen’s latest tome, you’ll have a pretty solid understanding of the human skeleton, having just built one. Read More >>

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After 500 Years, Someone’s Finally Made Progress at Cracking the Voynich Manuscript

Chances are you've heard about the Voynich Manuscript, a book seemingly detailing some of the finer points of botany that nobody can actually read. While some have claimed it's a fake, the book has been around for centuries and has stood up to even the most aggressive code-breaking techniques as people try and decipher its contents. Read More >>

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If Dr. Frankenstein Was Real: The Science Behind Creating a Real-Life Monster

Two hundred years ago, Frankenstein was published. It is often credited as the first science fiction novel. Like many works of science fiction, the fiction often came unnervingly close to fact. Read More >>

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Ironic Book Trend Thankfully Collapses

In last year's financial figures, high street retailer WH Smith gave us the fantastic news that adult colouring books were dying on their arse. And we rejoiced. This year, there's some even better news about the death of an execrable trend -- the concept of ironic funny modern versions of classic books is cratering now. And we rejoice harder. Read More >>

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Looks Like Audiobooks Are Coming to Google Play

Amazon's Audible has long had a stranglehold on the audiobook market, but that may be about to change. Thanks to some eagled-eyed work from 9to5Google, it looks like the Big G may soon be getting in the digital tome game. Read More >>

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The Expanded Universe Story That Led to Lucasfilm Re-Writing Star Wars Canon

The acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney in 2012 eventually brought with it a huge change for Star Wars fans: The dissolution of the Expanded Universe, which had been considered as part of the saga’s vast canon for over two decades. But apparently, it was one EU moment in particular that really convinced Lucasfilm to start all over. Read More >>

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Neil Gaiman Has Some Good Thoughts About Good Omens Fan Fiction

Recently, a friend of mine and I had a conversation on Twitter about shipping. Specifically, that we share a Star Wars ship: Rey and Kylo Ren (please be kind, commenters). We shared a couple jokes and thoughts about The Last Jedi and Reylo, and then went our separate ways. Read More >>

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This Book Is All About Death, Murder, Mourning, and ‘an Anatomical Christ’

“On an average day, visitors might encounter Dr. Couney’s Infant Incubators, where premature babies were kept alive by novel technology that had yet to be adopted by hospitals,” writes Joanna Ebenstein of the medical miracles once tucked away inside New York City’s most famous amusement park in her new book, Death: A Graveside Companion. “Although it is best remembered today for hot dogs and roller coasters, both of which originated there, Coney Island at the time of Freud and Jung’s [1909] visit was a far more surprising place.” Read More >>

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Tolkien’s Santa Fan Fiction Goes on Display

As well as pretending to be a dwarf and a few warriors, author JRR Tolkien spent a fair bit of his down time imaging a fictional universe based around Santa Claus for the benefit of his children. Read More >>

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This New Harry Potter Chapter, Written With Predictive Keyboards, Is Magically Unhinged

By now, millions of readers across the world are familiar with the tone and voice J.K. Rowling used to approach the main Harry Potter novels, which makes the experience of reading Botnik’s take on the series that much more unnerving. It sounds like Rowling’s writing voice, but it reads like the ravings of a mad person. Read More >>

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Here Are A Bunch Of Books You Should Read Over Christmas

Christmas is looming, and hopefully that means getting the chance to get through some of the books that are on your ever-growing shame pile. If you are looking for more to add, or are simply after some new recommendations - this is what the team will be reading over the summer break. Read More >>

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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys Is Being Turned Into a Radio Drama

It’s been a very good year for fans of Neil Gaiman. American Gods was excellent, there’s Good Omens on the way, and now another of his works is being brought to life on radio: his 2005 fantasy novel Anansi Boys. Read More >>

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London Unis Make Millions From Late Library Books

London's selection of universities are sitting on a secret money making scheme, with data showing that they've taken in more than £3m from their students via this clever little hack. The scam? Charging late fees for students returning books. That's somehow netted the establishments millions. Read More >>