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Robert Batten

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

Kate Harker and August Flynn's families rule opposite ends of Verity, a grisly metropolis where violent acts summon real monsters: bloodsucking Malchai; clawing Corsai; and soul-stealing Sunai. The truce that keeps the families at peace is crumbling, and August is sent to spy on Kate. But when Harker's men try to kill her and pin it on the Flynns, August and Kate find themselves running from both sides, in a city where monsters are real…

This Savage Song is another powerhouse from Schwab and I loved every second of it. Prior to this book, I’d read her Shades of Magic series, which is a stunning urban fantasy trilogy, and I was excited to dive into a different Schwab world. This Savage Song did not disappoint.

Set in a grim world of the future, where the US has separated into independent territories, the story takes place mostly within V-City; a territory divided in two by a shaky truce. It is a city where violent acts give birth to literal monsters. Where some monsters dream of being human. And some humans are… well, monstrous. In the middle of this we meet two youngsters on opposite sides of the divide, who despite everything, forge a connection and must learn to trust each other. The characterizations are deep and wonderful, the world gloriously dark and unique, and the plot sucks you inexorably toward the epic ending.

This Savage Song is the first of two books, with the sequel, Our Dark Duet, already available.

You can buy This Savage Song from Amazon using the link on the right, or from your favourite bookseller. You can also look it up on Goodreads here.

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First look at the BBC's His Dark Materials

We have our first look at the BBC's Dark Materials! Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials is an amazing series of Urban Fantasy. In 2007 we received our first screen adaptation in the American movie The Golden Compass. Like many, I rushed to the cinemas only to come away disappointed.

Now, it's the BBC's turn.

Hold me; I'm giddy.

This week, the BBC gave us our first sneak peak of what we're in store for, and while it doesn't show us much, it's promising.

Find out more over on the Nerdist here.

While you're here, check out these other news posts on my site.

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan in Good Omens

This is not a drill; if you were excited about David Tenant and Michael Sheen starring together in Amazon Prime's Good Omens, you may need to sit down. Amazon just dropped a doozy on us — Benedict Cumberbatch will play Satan. We also have a release date of 31 May, so mark that down in your calendars.

If you haven't already seen it, Amazon recently released the opening credit sequence for the show as well...

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Netflix cancels all Marvel shows

Netflix and Marvel have confirmed the relationship is coming to an end with the cancellation of their remaining marvel shows. After five years the two giants of entertainment are going separate ways, with the last of Netflix's Marvel shows now axed, bringing an end to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and The Punisher.

Given Disney has its own streaming service that is picking up steam (Disney Plus), it's a fair guess we'll see new content pop up there at some point in the future.

See what other sci-fi and fantasy news we're talking about here.

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Netflix is bringing us a new live-action Avatar movie

That's right — a new Avatar: The Last Airbender movie! It will be a reboot, not a sequel to the last live-action attempt, and the reports tell us this one won't be whitewashed. Queue interest.

The announcement also confirmed the animated series' original creators will be helming the production, which gives me hope this will be better than the last film adaptation. Could we finally be getting the live-action adaptation we deserve?

Note: the feature image from this post is concept art by John Staub sourced from the linked tweet.

Article source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbwvpy/a-non-whitewashed-reboot-of-the-last-airbender-is-coming-to-netflix-vgtrn

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You can now buy young blood with PayPal

As if every day didn't seem to bring fresh news about CRISPR that suggests Blood Capital will become reality before I can get the book on shelves, you can now buy "young" blood using PayPal and have it stuffed in your aging shell of a body.

The New York Post has the story here, but the TL;DR is this — a tech startup called Ambrosia (no relation to the company in Blood Capital) is harvesting the blood of healthy 20-somethings and jamming it into the bodies of anyone who can afford it. Now, there have been some studies — in animals — that suggest transfusing young mouse blood into old mice can reverse some of the effects of aging. However, (my understanding is) these studies are not yet conclusive (though studies on humans are underway).

The lack of conclusive evidence doesn't seem to bother Ambrosia's clients, however, as the company appears to be expanding. To badly misquote Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park,

"Capitalism, uh, finds a way."

Oh well... one step closer to the blight and my book becoming non-fiction.

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