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Around the Common Room: January 11, 2013

Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has been chosen to write one of eleven new Doctor Who short books, and the big speculation of the week is that J.K. Rowling may be chosen to write another. Colfer’s much-revered name was the first to be released; other news will hopefully be coming soon.

A series longer in the making than Harry Potter released its finale on the eighth of January: Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time epic began with The Eye of the World in 1990 and now, after Jordan’s death in 2007, has been completed (from Jordan’s notes) by Brandon Sanderson with A Memory of Light. Jordan’s story is known for worldbuilding almost unrivaled in its depth and range, a cast of characters large enough to fill a decent-sized small town, a high page count–fourteen books averaging over 800 pages apiece, a fantastic magic system, a handful of repetitive descriptors, and–to its loyal fans–a great deal of awesomeness. One of those loyal fans happens to be writing this blog post, and can hardly stand the wait for her copy to come in the mail.

Brandon Sanderson’s release post offers some final details: for instance, that Jordan himself wrote the ending before he died, and why the ebook release has been delayed. Also, Tor art director Irene Gallo toured the bindery as the book was in production, and posted a long set of pictures from the process.

There are rumors–again, only rumors, but still–that Universal may be getting the rights to create a Middle-Earth theme park. It seems likely that a satisfactory recipe for lembas will be as difficult to come up with as a satisfactory recipe for butterbeer.

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Around the Common Room 3/2/12

All right, fellow geeks! If you haven’t gotten your Fandom Identification Card yet, you should definitely do so. Mine says I’m a Hufflepuff (no surprises there) and places me fairly in the Lord of the Rings universe (Ent–I’m tall) and Divergent faction (Abnegation), but I still don’t know what I did to be labeled a Borg and a Dalek. Be sure and stop back in the comments to tell us how you fared.

Over at Hogwarts Professor, check out the You know you’re really an adult Harry Potter fan if… list and add your own! I happen to be very much down with the Apparating and the use of chocolate.

Those of you dying for the Potter ebooks will find sympathy in Katherine Coble’s post ranting about the extended lack of same. Even as someone who probably won’t buy the ebooks immediately, I must agree with her about the way it’s been handled.

And then, here’s Harry, Dumbledore, Voldemort and Snape griping about not winning any Oscars. Via YA Highway.

Finally, since I’m reading The Silmarillion for the first time, I’ll leave you with this thought: when Tolkien called the great mountain in Valinor “Túna”, I don’t think he anticipated small cans of fish. Or the nicknaming powers of Andy from The Office.

Around the Common Room: 27 January 2012

While we’re discussing movies at the Pub, it seemed a good time to mention that quite a number of books–ranging from the popular to the obscure to the classic–are being made into movies. We all know about The Hobbit and The Hunger Games; maybe we’ve also heard about upcoming adaptations of Les Miserables (book to musical to movie) and The Great Gatsby. Young adult book blogger Rebecca has the most complete list I could find at a glance; the Huffington Post features a slideshow piece of their own top ten picks. From The Lorax to Anna Karenina, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to Great Expectations, this should be an interesting year for the movies. Whether the results are very good or very awful, book-loving movie-goers should have plenty to talk about.

A girl after our own heart: Given the suggestion to make a Top Ten list about any book-related subject, Briana from the review blog Pages Unbound lists the Top Ten Books Relating to J.R.R. Tolkien. Some of them look quite fantastic.

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