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You’re Not Fooling Anyone: Book Bromances That Should Totally Just be Romances

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Ever read a book and wonder why the main characters who are best of friends aren’t just dating each other? Sometimes, if they’re lucky, they will fall in love by the end of the story. However, in many cases, friendship doesn’t always lead to love; which is why we simply call it a bromance. However, let’s step outside of the heterosexual box and take a look at a few literary friendships that, let’s face it, would totally work better as just plain romances. Here, Matt and Katie from the BookTrib staff pick their top three bromances they pretty much consider a relationship: Matt’s Top 3: Frodo and Sam: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkein (Mariner Books, 2005) Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee are…

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Fantasy Fans: They’re Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Coloring Book!

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Get in line, Lord of the Rings fans, HarperCollins is producing a new LOTR coloring book full of illustrations by Nicolette Caven, the artist behind the lovely map designs of Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and our little hearts are all a flutter! In the wake of the ongoing adult coloring book craze, it’s nice that fantasy nerds will get their own chance to let loose their creative juices. The art, which is said to be inspired by “the breathtaking vistas” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will allow fans to return to some of their favorite parts of the books and movies, like Gandalf’s dramatic battle with the Balrog of The Mines of Moria, or the…

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JRR Tolkien’s Unfinished First Novel, Kullervo, Lays Seeds for Middle Earth

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Even legends have to get their start somewhere. Long before The Lord of the Rings became a worldwide phenomenon, JRR Tolkien started his fantasy career with a dark retelling of a Finnish poem called, “The Story of Kullervo.” This unfinished story, written in 1915 when Tolkien was only 23 years old, was published for the first time internationally on October 13. The Story of Kullervo (Harper Collins, August 27) is significantly darker than Tolkien’s later work. It focuses on the “Hapless” Kullervo, an orphan with unexplained powers. He grows up in the home of an evil magician who killed his father, kidnaps his mother, and tries to kill Kullervo three separate times. When he’s eventually sold into slavery, Kullervo vows revenge. But…

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When the printed word inspired Best Visual Effects Oscars

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The act of reading, it’s been said, is like a vivid and continuous dream. As the reader’s eyes scan the page (or the computer screen), the words disappear, and the imagination constructs the world being conveyed by the author. Wondrous settings, fantastic beings and acts that are impossible to achieve in the real world unfold before the mind’s eye. How, then, are these flights of fancy recreated on the movie screen? For generations, that task has fallen to motion picture visual effects artists. These artisans and technicians, working in concert with directors, have been responsible for bringing that which can only be imagined to life. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been handing out Oscars for Best…

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