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If Jupiter Ascending crashes and burns; 3 books to console yourself

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I’ve been drooling over the Jupiter Ascending trailer for almost a year now. And here’s why: A hot, alien Channing Tatum? Mila Kunis kicking some serious sci-fi ass? Produced and directed by the Wachowski siblings (also responsible for a little movie called The Matrix)? Seriously, what’s not to like here? Ascending was originally supposed to come out in July—we even paid a little tribute to it with our Five Powerhouse Heroines article. But due to marketing and additional special effects, the release date was delayed until winter. Now the film is finally, finally in theaters February 6, and, trust me—I will be the first in line. Just in case the movie doesn’t quite live up to its potential, I’m stocking…

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What kind of flower are you? Six literary heroines and their floral alter egos

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A red rose means love. A daisy, innocence. A violet signifies faithfulness. Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s bestselling novel The Language of Flowers (Ballantine, 2011) sparked renewed interest in Victorian “floriography,” or flower symbolism. Recipients used floral dictionaries to decode the meanings of complicated “talking bouquets” and made floral arrangements to communicate feelings society would not permit them to say aloud. To celebrate spring, BookTrib offers a bouquet of seasonal blooms and their fictional counterparts. These female characters (and one real-life heroine) are no shrinking violets. Daffodil: Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)  The daffodil, also called the narcissus, has several meanings in floriography. Sharing a name with a Greek character who falls in love with his own reflection, it’s no surprise that…

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