Judging a Book by Its Cover

 

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Here is a short list for all those authors out there, who are just about to order the cover for their book and need advice on what not to do. Or for all the readers who want to steer away from spending money on shitty books.

If you are easily offended and cannot take a joke, please leave immediately. 

  1. I agree with others on this one, so I felt urged to include it as number one. Boycott the books with a “motion picture” photo on the cover. It is awful, why would you want to do that to a book? If a movie has been made from the novel, fine. No need to paste the advertisement for it on the book. The book made the movie, not the other way around. Unless it is Twilight, then do whatever you want, preferably burn it.
  2. If the cover includes a half-naked dude or a girl, or both, on it (or him, whichever you prefer), throw it straight into the trash. Yes, even if you are at the bookstore. You will save others from having a ruined day, plus there will be more space on the shelves for good books.
  3. Abstract covers. Need I say more? A smudge of blue paint represents the book? What the hell are you smoking? “But Vikring, u no understen ze energies flowing thru…” Kill yourself.
    To the Lighthouse
  4. Author’s name written over half the cover. This usually means either of these two things:
    – He or she had one good book and now wants to convince you to buy this shitty one just because he or she wrote it.
    – He or she has a huge ego issue.
    Either way, I recommend a visit to the doctor’s office. We do not need that type of negativity in our lives.
  5. Turn the book around and check the back of the cover. Are there any one sentence reviews on it? If there are, check who wrote them. If there is no Viking Reviews mark on there, throw it in the trash.

Most Anticipated Books (July 2017)

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I have been feeling sick lately and ran out of time for a better article, but still wanted to give you guys something. Here are three bestselling pre-order paperbacks and three bestselling pre-order hardcovers. I hope you find something you would like to read.

Paperback

Tower of Dawn

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Price: US$10.18
Publication date: 05 Sep 2017

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two : The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production

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Price: US$10.18
Publication date: 25 Jul 2017

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Between Two Worlds : Lessons from the Other Side

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Price: US$16.31
Publication date: 08 Aug 2017

From Tyler Henry, a twenty-year-old clairvoyant and star of E!’s hit reality series Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, comes Between Two Worlds, a memoir about his journey as a medium thus far.

“Dying doesn’t mean having to say goodbye.”

Tyler Henry discovered his gift for communicating with the departed when he was just ten years old. After experiencing a sudden, accurate premonition of his grandmother’s death—what Tyler would later describe as his first experience of “knowingness”—life would never be the same. Now in his twenties, Tyler is a renowned, practicing medium, star of the smash hit E! reality show, Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry, and go-to clairvoyant of celebrities, VIP’s, and those simply looking for closure and healing. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Khloe Kardashian, Amber Rose, Margaret Cho, Jaime Pressly, and Monica Potter.

Despite struggling to accept his rare talent, Tyler grew to embrace it, and finally found the courage to share it with—and ultimately change—the world. For the first time, Tyler pulls back the curtain on living life as a medium in his first memoir, in which he fearlessly opens up about discovering his gift as an adolescent, what it’s truly like to communicate with those who have passed, the power of symbolism in his readings, and the lessons we can learn from our departed loved ones. With unparalleled honesty, Tyler discusses how his complex and fascinating gift has changed his perception of the afterlife, and more importantly, how readings can impact our relationships with our closest friends and family once they’re gone.

Hardback

Turtles All the Way Down (Signed Edition)

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Price: US$18.86
Publication date: 10 Oct 2017

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.

Medical Medium Thyroid Healing : The Truth behind Hashimoto’s, Graves’, Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr

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Price: US$25.33
Publication date: 07 Nov 2017

The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from Baby Boomers (and their parents) to millennials, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.

As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with “Hashimoto’s,” “hypothyroidism,” or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptomof something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms attributed to thyroid disease.

In Medical Medium Thyroid HealingAnthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation and autoimmune disease, then offers a life-changing toolkit to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it’s the approach that gets results. Includes photos and recipes.

The Furthest Station : A PC Grant Mystery

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Publication date: 28 Sep 2017

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

With this new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.

 

Best $5 Books (Classics Edition)

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Hey everyone!

This is a list of five fiction classics that cost less than $5 each. I did not take my rating into the account, only the rating from Goodreads. I know there are many more, and maybe even better than the ones on the list. If you feel like you know one like that, please leave a comment. Let’s get to it.

Hamlet

Hamlet

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US$3.98 with free shipping worldwide.

Rating: 4/5 (559,144 ratings by Goodreads)

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. ‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.’ Considered one of Shakespeare’s most rich and enduring plays, the depiction of its hero Hamlet as he vows to avenge the murder of his father by his brother Claudius is both powerful and complex. As Hamlet tries to find out the truth of the situation, his troubled relationship with his mother comes to the fore, as do the paradoxes in his personality. A play of carefully crafted conflict and tragedy, Shakespeare’s intricate dialogue continues to fascinate audiences to this day.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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Rating: 4.01/5 (428,114 ratings by Goodreads)

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― heavily in debt and obligated to his publisher ― began work on a book to help supplement his family’s meager income. That volume, A Christmas Carol, has long since become one of the most beloved stories in the English language. As much a part of the holiday season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favorite continues to delight new readers and rekindle thoughts of charity and goodwill. With its characters exhibiting many qualities ― as well as failures ― often ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginative and entertaining tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge’s eerie encounters with a series of spectral visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is ultimately transformed from an arrogant, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Written by one of England’s greatest and most popular novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine

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US$3.93 with free shipping worldwide.

Rating: 3.86/5 (291,528 ratings by Goodreads)

When a turn-of-the-century scientist travels into the distant future in his time machine, he expects to find progress and superior people. But instead he discovers a world in decay.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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Rating:  3.79/5 (250,893 ratings by Goodreads)

‘All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil.’ After taking an elixir created in his laboratory, mild mannered Dr Jekyll is transformed into the cruel and despicable Mr Hyde. Although seemingly harmless at first, things soon descend into chaos and Jekyll quickly realises there is only one way to stop Hyde. Stevenson’s quintessential novella of the Victorian era epitomizes the conflict between psychology, science and religious morality, but is fundamentally a triumphant study of the duality of human nature.

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild

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US$3.43 with free shipping worldwide.

Rating: 3.82/5 (241,794 ratings by Goodreads)

The Call of the Wild, considered by many London’s greatest novel, is a gripping tale of a heroic dog that, thrust into the brutal life of the Alaska Gold Rush, ultimately faces a choice between living in man’s world and returning to nature. Adventure and dog-story enthusiasts as well as students and devotees of American literature will find this classic work a thrilling, memorable reading experience.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Differences between the book and the movie (Part 2)

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If you have not yet, please check out parts 1, 2, 345, 6 and 7 (part 1). This is part two of the last book/movie. Big thanks to everyone, who managed to stick around for all these parts, week by week. Let’s get to it.

In the book, Bill Weasley tells Harry that goblins do not trust wizards, he then explains the whole history behind it as to why not. In the movie, he does not tell him, but the movie itself makes it very clear that they have zero trust. The example being when Griphook sees the Sword of Griffindor.

The polyjuice potion works differently. In the book, when Hermione uses it to change into Bellatrix, she is completely transformed. Even her voice. In the movie, however, she is transformed into Bellatrix, but her voice remains the same.

Prior to his death, Albus Dumbledore instructed Harry that he must tell no one about the Horcruxes, except to Hermione and Ron. In the book, Harry held his word and did not mention a thing to anyone. In the movie, Harry mentioned them to Aberforth, Albus’s brother. If we stick with Aberforth for a second more, in the book, he tells Harry the whole history of his family. About his sister and the reason why he is so upset with Albus. In the movie, he tells Harry that Albus made some big sacrifices referring to his sister, but did not go into any detail.

When Harry makes his majestic return to Hogwarts, he confronts Snape in the great hall. In the book, professors McGonagall, Sprout and Flitwick all duel Snape. In the movie, it is only professor McGonagall who duels him.

The book took a nice approach and evacuated all underage students from Hogwarts to Hogsmeade prior to the battle. In the movie, we do not see this happen, but because we do not see any underage students running around, we can believe that they took care of them too. Hopefully.

In the book, when Harry is looking for the Diadem, he makes his was to the room of requirements where he is confronted by Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle. After the battle Crabbe is killed. In the movie, Crabbe is not with Malfoy and Goyle. He is replaced by Blaise Zabini. Goyle is the one who gets killed. He must sure have wished that Crabbe was there. 

When the battle of Hogwarts is in progress, the Dementors charge for the castle. Seamus Finnigan, Luna Lovegood, and Ernie Macmillan all use their patronus to ward them off. In the movie, Aberforth wards them off on his own. Badass.

Now, to the sad part. In the book, when Snape is dying, his memories come out of his mouth, ears and eyes. His last words to Harry are: “Harry, look at me.”. In the movie, we see only a few tears streaming down his cheeks. His last words to Harry are: “Look at me. You have your mother’s eyes.”.

After the big battle, when Voldemort is finally killed, his body still remains on the ground. In the movie, his body disintegrates and is blown away by the wind.

After he defeated Voldemort, Harry used the Elder Wand to repair his Holly wand. After that, he returned the Elder Wand to Dumbledore’s tomb. In the movie, he snaps the Elder Wand in half and throws away both pieces.

This is all. Again, thank you for reading each part week after week. Now it is time for some new articles, eh? I might do articles like these again in the future, but for now, mischief managed.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Differences between the book and the movie (Part 1)

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If you have not yet, please check out parts 1, 2, 345, and 6. For the last part, I have separated it, just like the movies did.

When the Order arrives to Harry’s house with the intent to get him out of there alive, they use Polyjuice potion to disguise themselves as him. In the book, Harry gives his hair for the potion willingly, while in the movie, Hermione plucks it from his head when he is not paying attention.

When they fly off with their brooms, they get attacked by Death Eaters and Voldemort. In the book, Hedwig is with Harry from the beginning and is killed by a stray curse. In the movie, however, she is freely flying around and sacrifices herself to block the curse that was heading in Harry’s direction.

When our trio arrives to the Ministry in order to steal the locket from Delores Umbridge, they see that she has Mad Eye Moody’s magical eye in her door. It was taken after he died in the initial attack. In the book, Harry steals the eye back, but in the movie this does not happen.

They share the locket they stole, because it makes the person wearing it evil. When it is Harry’s time to wear it one night, he notices a deer patronus in the woods, who shows him where the sword of Gryffindor lies. Because it was in the water, under the ice, Harry had to jump in to grab it, but forgot to take off the locket. In the book, it strangles him into unconsciousness and when he wakes up, Ron is standing there with the sword. In the movie, Harry does not pass out and he sees Ron grab the sword.

Voldemort was on the hunt for the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in existence. In the book, he tortured Grindelwald for information about it and killed him after he was done. In the movie, Grindelwald is not murdered, he just tells Voldemort that the wand lies with Dumbledore and Voldemort disappears right after.

In the book, it is said that there is a Taboo charm, that will let Death Eaters know when the word “Voldemort” is used and where. This information was not given in the movie. When the snatchers catch our heroes it is Fenrir Greyback that leads them and they arrive there because of the Taboo. In the movie, where we do not know about the Taboo, Scabior is in charge of the snatchers and they catch them by mistake, as they apparate to their location by accident.

After they are caught, in the book, Hermione is taken for interrogation and is tortured with the Cruciatus curse. In the movie, she is also tortured, but is also whipped and they carve the word Mudblood in her arm.

In the book, when they are trying to escape, Wormtail is trying to kill Harry. Harry reminds him how he once saved his life. Wormtail hesitates and the silver hand that Voldemort gave him, turns on him and strangles him to death. In the movie, Dobby casts a spell that hits him. We do not know if it did in fact kill him, but we never see him again.

At the end of the movie, our free and beloved elf Dobby, is killed. Before he dies, he has a short conversation with Harry and thanks him for being his friend. In the book, Dobby was only able to say Harry’s name, before closing his eyes forever.

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Differences between the book and the movie

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If you have not yet, please check out parts 1, 2, 34, and 5. As always, I have included the most interesting differences.

In the book, we learn that Harry still lives with the Dursleys and has, as always, spent his summer with them. In the movie, we do not get this information. It starts in a restaurant at the train station where Harry gets lucky and arranges himself a date only to be denied by Dumbledore, who comes to pick him up. Poor Harry.

In the private meeting between the Death Eaters, Narcissa Malfoy asks Snape to swear that he will protect her son, Draco. Snape instantly agrees to do it, using the Unbreakable vow. In the movie, it is not Narcissa that suggest doing it, it is Belatrix. Snape also does not agree immediately, but takes a few moments to think about it.

When they are on the train and on their way to Hogwarts, Harry decides it would be a great idea to spy on Draco. He makes a wrong move, unknowingly revealing himself to Draco. When the train stops, Draco petrifies him and covers him back up with the invisibility cloak in hopes that nobody will find him. This is then where the story is different. In the book, Harry is found by Nymphadora Tonks who rescues him and walks him to the gate from where he is then escorted by Snape. In the movie, he is rescued by Luna Lovegood and he walks with her to the gates, from where they use the Thestral pulled carriages to reach the school.

Here is one that did not happen in the book, but is one of the best fear inducing scenes in the movie (in my opinion, of course). When everyone is home over the Christmas break, Harry spends the break with the Weasley family at their home. Just before he gets his first kiss from Ginny they get attacked by the Death Eaters. He follows them out in the field, Ginny behind him and is later joined by others. The Death Eaters used this tactic to draw him out, have some fun with him and as the grand finale, they destroy the Weasley’s home.

Later in the story, Harry once again decides to follow and confront Draco, this time to the bathroom. When he arrives there in the book, he finds Draco talking to the Moaning Myrtle. She also remains there during their fight and lets out a scream, when the fight is over, believing that Draco just died. The Moaning Myrtle, however, does not appear in the movie. It is just the two of them.

After Snape kills Dumbledore and Harry chases him, in the book, there is a battle going on between the Death Eaters and the students and professors at Hogwarts. This does not happen in the movie and the few Death Eaters that were with Snape, run away with him.

Just before Snape makes his escape, he reveals himself as the Half Blood prince. In the book, he explains that he came up with this name, because his mother was a muggle (this means he is only half wizard) and her maiden name was Prince, thus The Half Blood Prince. In the movie, he says that he is the Half Blood Prince, but offers no explanation as to why he calls himself that.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Differences between the book and the movie

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Hey everyone!

We are already at the fifth part! For those of you who have missed parts 1, 2, 3 or 4, feel free to check them out!

When Dudley and Harry start heading home, at the beginning of the story, they get attacked by Dementors. In the book, Harry manages to summon his patronus on the third try, saving them both. In the movie, he manages to cast the spell on his first try, but does not manage to summon his patronus.

After the attack in the book, Harry receives several letters concerning his expulsion from Hogwarts (because he used magic in the presence of a muggle), the final letter being the one that announces that he will have a hearing at the Ministry of Magic. In the movie, he receives only one, the latter, letter (I am so proud of the wording here).

When Harry arrives at the Ministry with Mr. Weasley, the book says that Harry is already 5 minutes late to his hearing. In the movie, Mr. Weasley says the hearing will start in 5 minutes and they manage to get there on time.

After they all get back to Hogwarts and get on the carriage, in the book, Ginny introduces Luna to everyone, prior to that, Hermione did not know her. In the movie, however, it is Hermione that introduces Luna to everyone.

When they decide to form the Dumbledore’s army, they are in need of a room for practice. So Harry makes it a job for everyone that until their next meeting, they have to come up with a suitable place. In the movie, Neville is the one that accidentally stumbles upon the Room of Requirements. In the book, none of this happens as it is Dobby who tells Harry about the room.

After many attempts, they are finally discovered by Umbridge. In the book, this happens because Cho’s friend leaks out the information. In the movie, Cho is the one who tells Umbridge under the influence of Veritaserum.

In the final stand-off they get confronted by the Death Eaters who want to get their hands on Harry’s prophecy. During the fight, Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black, gets killed by Bellatrix Lestrange, his cousin. In the book, he gets cursed by her and stumbles back into the veil. In the movie, he is hit by the death curse and is actually thrown into the veil.

When Harry goes chasing after Bellatrix, in the book, she gets trapped under a statue and Voldemort has to rescue her. In the movie, she does not get trapped and manages to use the Floo network to escape.

This is all! As always, I hope you enjoyed it! Remember to like it and share it!

See you on Friday!