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<b>The Copenhagen Affair by Amulya Malladi</b><br>(Fiction, Lake Union Publishing)<p>Sanya has had a nervous breakdown, battling severe depression. Her handsome …

16 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this October

Demons, space pirates, and more to add to your to-read pile<p>It seems like yesterday that I put together the September book list. Where did the month go?<p>I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction and specifically non-genre books recently. My background is in military history, so when I first saw Josh …

So You Want to Read Alternate History: Here’s Where to Start

I’ve tried to focus solely on alternate history novels where the twist is entirely historical rather than dependent upon some kind of magical act, …

The Cut’s February Book Club: 9 Books We’re Reading Right Now

For February’s book club, the Cut’s writers and editors are managing their political neuroses by rereading dystopian classics like <i>1984</i> and The</i> …

Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill, The Core of the Sun by Johanna Sinisalo, Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows by James Lovegrove, The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds, Gilded Cage by Vic James, Defender by GX Todd<p>Adam Nevill’s riveting ninth novel, <b>Under</b> <b>a Watchful Eye</b> (Pan, £12.99), …

Books

Five Fire Lookout Cabins With Amazing Views

In the early 1900s, thousands of lookout stations were built across the Western U.S. to spot wildfires. The bare-bones dwellings atop mountains from Montana to California numbered around 5,000 by the 1930s. Over the years, modern fire surveillance technology rendered these cabins useless, and many …

Hiking

21 things to smell before you die: the ultimate 'bucket whiff'

Following the opening of the Le Grand Musée du Parfum in Paris – “the first scent-centric attraction of its kind” – we take a sniff of some of the most distinctive scents around the world.<p><b>Which smells have we missed? Let us know in the comments below.</b><p>1. Roses in Morocco<p>Located about six hours’ …

Arrival's Denis Villeneuve to direct Dune remake

Hot off filming Ted Chiang's <i>Story of Your Life</i> to great acclaim and <i>Blade Runner II</i>, Denis Villeneuve is tackling the great white whale of screen …

‘Gotham’ Debuts The Riddler Costume And Starts Getting Real About The Joker

If you weren’t watching the winter finale of <i>Gotham</i>, just know that it was bonkers. Jerome got even more Joker-like and thankfully survived, although he did <i>get his face punched off</i> before being hauled off to Arkham for some of that John Travolta / Nic Cage face surgery. Another thing (among many) …

Batman: Arkham

Here are the books you need to read if you’re going to resist Donald Trump

Over the holidays, I spent a week binge-reading dystopian fiction. It’s something I wouldn’t recommend without an ample supply of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. But I wanted to try to understand the rise of Donald Trump, his path to the US presidency, and what this might mean for our …

9 books by black authors you need on your Black History Month reading list

Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time devoted to honoring the history of black Americans as well as educating people about the …

Draco Malfoy and Neville Longbottom have been reunited

There has been no shortage of <i>Harry Potter</i> reunions since the final film hit cinemas six years ago, which is good news for us, as we will literally …

Harry Potter

Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart missing after Florida dive, sister says time is 'critical'

Toronto filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart is missing after a Tuesday night dive off the coast of Florida.<p>The U.S. Coast Guard is on the scene …

'Star Trek: Discovery' Costumes, Captain's Chair Revealed

Production has begun on "Star Trek: Discovery," and to mark the occassion, CBS has released a behind-the-scenes featurette that shows off some of the …

Fallout gets the fine art treatment with these gorgeous new prints

For its latest video game collaboration, art gallery Cook & Becker is heading to the nuclear wasteland. Today the gallery announced a new collaboration with <i>Fallout</i> creator Bethesda, which will start with a series of high-end prints featuring concept art from the post-apocalyptic RPG <i>Fallout 4</i>.<p>Cook & …

Lava From Hawaii's Kilauea volcano gushes from 'firehose' into Pacific

Researchers have captured dramatic footage of a stream of lava pouring into the Pacific from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. The intensity of the lava …

The Most Stunningly Beautiful Train Rides in America

If you're trying to get from point A to point B as ruthlessly fast as possible, you're not taking a train. But for those who subscribe to the adage …

‘This Is Japan,’ and It Is Beautiful

Japan is… street markets, storm days, face shots, ice bars, dogs, low-angle turns, sushi, ramen, foreign billboards, dogs, temples, seafood, birch …

Bruce Wayne Is a Goddamn Monster

Bruce Wayne has had to do a lot of questionable things in his time as the Dark Knight—that conflict and struggle is what makes Batman such a …

Comic Books

JK Rowling Has Advice for Those Planning to Burn Harry Potter Books and Movies

J.K. Rowling doesn't have any problem engaging with angry people on Twitter -- she'll even offer them helpful, if cheeky, advice.<p>The creator of the Harry Potter series has been the target of a lot of outrage recently in response to her criticism of Donald Trump, but she doesn't seem too bothered. …

Books

10 Fantastic Things You Have To Do In Toronto, Canada

As I was writing this, I was thinking “O Canada…“, swiftly followed by the realisation that I don’t know any of the rest of the words to this …

The Expanse is the most politically relevant sci-fi show on TV

Divided we fall<p>Tonight, <i>The Expanse</i> returns to the Syfy channel for its second season. Adapted from the novels by James S.A. Corey, it’s about our Solar System on the brink of a future war. This year, <i>The Expanse</i> not only kicks off with a bang, it’s quickly cemented itself as the most important …

Sunrise visitors overload Maui peak, leading to restrictions

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — Well before dawn each morning, throngs of tourists from around the world make their way to Maui's tallest …

Seven incredible adventures you can have in a weekend

Have your weekends been a little lacklustre of late? You don't need to use up all your annual leave to have a real adventure – you'd be surprised how much you can squeeze into a couple of days.<p>From bear watching to bobsledding, these trips will do the trick. They start on a Thursday or Friday and …

Travel

There are more new science fiction and fantasy novels than you can handle this February

Stories of revenge and revolution<p>One of the things that I like about the winter months here in Vermont is the cold. It’s a bit of a stereotypical thing, I realize, but every time I end up going to my parents, I find myself sitting in a comfortable chair, inching closer and closer to their cast iron …

Daredevil walks slackline suspended 2,200 feet over Yosemite Upper Falls

Do you become paralyzed with fear in high places? You might skip the video above.<p>In this viral clip, a daredevil tip-toes across a cable suspended over Yosemite's Upper Falls.<p>The stunning footage with the backdrop of the national park captures the nerve-wracking feeling of traversing a thin strip …

Haha Look At This Dungeons & Dragons Thing

This is a massive and elaborate GM screen for your <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> (or any other role-playing game) adventures. For those who want to flex on their …

In its entertaining premiere, Powerless stakes out a quirky corner of the DC universe

Living in a world teeming with superheroes is something of a bummer in <i>Powerless</i>, the briskly fun new DC Comics TV series. The residents of the show’s …

How I Photographed Upper Antelope Canyon

Recently I paid my first visit to Upper Antelope Canyon in Page Arizona. I had wanted to visit here for several years before I got around to finally …

5 Pokémon That You Didn’t Know Were Based on Japanese Myths

Pokémon have been around for decades now and with each passing year, people find themselves wondering how on Earth they’re able to come up with these …

Anime