Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

For more subversive, literary fantasy, try these next…

Peter & Max by Bill Willingham for fairy tale deconstruction and shadowy charm

The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan for painfully gorgeous language and magic that crawls right up your spine

Magic Casement by Dave Duncan for a sneakily wonderful main character

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman for head-spinning writing and thinking, and inside-out archetypes

This post was guest edited by Rainbow Rowell, author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Attachments. You can find her on Twitter.

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know About * I Learned from Monty Python

Searching for the “holy grail” of Monty Python guides? Everything I Ever Needed to Know About * I Learned from Monty Python puts Python’s myriad references into context for the legion of fans, scholars, and pop culture aficionados that still strive to “get” Monty Python.

Don’t let the French insult you, get your copy on 3/18!


SPOTLIGHT: Amazing 3D Street Art by Julian Beever

English artist Julian Beever is considered a leading chalk artist in sidewalk art. He’s also (clearly with good reason) called Pavement Picasso.

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Happy 84th Anniversary, Pluto!

Check out Michael Byers’ take on this amazing story in his novel Percival’s Planet, available in paperback from stmartinspress


Today in history: Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto on February 18, 1930.

In 1930, the young Tombaugh was working as a researcher at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, tasked with performing a systematic sky search for the theoretical Planet X, a mysterious trans-Neptunian object predicted by Percival Lowell and William Pickering. Using a 13-inch astrograph to snap photos of the same section of sky on different nights, Tombaugh used a “blink comparator" to match up the different images. When he toggled between the photographs, he noticed that a moving object (a planet, perhaps?) appeared to jump from one part of the sky to another while more distant celestial bodies seemingly stayed in the same place. This moving object, in a region predicted by Lowell, was observed to have an orbit beyond Neptune, ruling out its classification as an asteroid. Hence, it was determined to be the ninth planet — Pluto!! And so our stellar neighborhood (aka, the Solar System) got a little bigger. Decades later in 2006, the party poopers at the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto from “planet” to “dwarf planet.” Bummer!

Bonus fun fact: After Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in astronomy from the University of Kansas in 1936 and 1938. One can assume his college application was pretty impressive. When was the last time you discovered a planet?

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14 Books to Read if You Love Downton Abbey


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