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The Fall of Gondolin, 'new' JRR Tolkien book, to be published in 2018

Edited by his son Christopher, Tolkien’s tale of a reluctant hero defending a city was written while the author was in hospital after the Battle of the Somme<p>JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, his tale of a beautiful, mysterious city destroyed by dark forces which The Lord of the Rings author …


The 33 Most Exciting New Books Of 2018

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2018! (Ranked in no particular order.)


5 Suspense Novels to Read As Summer Turns into Fall

The end of summer and beginning of fall is the time for sunshine and suspense, and there are still a few weeks to get your fix of both. If you’re looking for the ultimate suspense TBR (to be read) pile, here’s a stack of five new books to add to your thriller-loving life ASAP.<p><b>1. A Game of Ghosts by</b> …


22 YA Novels You’ll Want To Read From Cover To Cover This Fall

Time to grow your reading pile to new heights.

100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

So, my favorite thing to read is probably medieval historical fiction. Well, maybe it is Star Trek. Historical fiction that is somehow also Star Trek …


10 great graphic books that deserve to win the Oscars of the comics world

<b>A NEW</b> comics-awards season is ramping up ahead of Friday, which is the submission and nomination deadline for the Eisners (a.k.a. “the Oscars of comics”).<p>With so many conventions and their companion awards ceremonies on the horizon, Comic Riffs urges voters to especially consider a handful of …

Graphic Novels

How to Stop Destroying Your Clothes in the Wash

Theoretically, it’s better to spend more on quality, but that’s only true if the quality item lasts. I used to have a bad habit of tossing my clothes …

American Chemical Society

How Indigenous people are rebranding Canada 150

The Canada 150 birthday celebrations could stand to be more inclusive of the Aboriginal experience. Vancouver is trying to make that happen.<p>Believe …


The Chatbot Will See You Now

In March of 2016, a twenty-seven-year-old Syrian refugee named Rakan Ghebar began discussing his mental health with a counsellor. Ghebar, who has lived in Beirut since 2014, lost a number of family members to the civil war in Syria and struggles with persistent nervous anxiety. Before he fled his …

Mental Health

Libraries promise to destroy user data to avoid threat of government surveillance

New York Public Library changed its data retention policies, and the American Library Association apologized for ‘normalizing’ the Trump administration<p>Public and private libraries are reacting swiftly to the election of Donald Trump, promising to destroy user information before it can be used …

Donald Trump

Up Your Camping Game With This Kitchen In A Box

Unless you’re Bear Grylls, going camping involves plentiful tools and sundries: a stove to make food, utensils for cooking, a surface for prepping ingredients, and light so you can see what you’re doing. Piecemeal, that adds up to a lot of stuff, and poses a clutter problem for the other 360 or so …


5 Historical Novels That Fantasy Fans Will Probably Love

The Romans occupied Britain for centuries, and now they’ve abandoned the land and its people to fend for themselves. While marauding Saxons, Irish …

Ancient History