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‘The Cipher’ is a YA thriller that keeps you guessing

“The Cipher” is an excellent thriller for all ages that depicts the brilliance of modern day encryption systems.

'The Knife' author wants readers to be 'uncomfortable'

Army veteran Ross Ritchell delivers a strong debut novel in "The Knife," cutting deep into the brutal reality of combat overseas.

Historian fights for Custer’s reputation

George Armstrong Custer is one of the most misunderstood and controversial figures in American history.

'Looking for Alaska' is just as engaging as ever

Ten years ago I picked up this book as a 15-year-old high school student and remember loving it.

SEE IT: The first six pages of ‘Fight Club 2’ comic book

Chuck Palahniuk gives a sneak peek of “Fight Club 2,” a comic book illustrated by Cameron Stewart.

Review: 'Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi'

Kevin Hearne's 'Star Wars' novel sends fans on a mission for the Rebel Alliance, from the iconic hero's point of view.

130. Action Adventure Romance: Elyse and Sarah Interview HelenKay Dimon

Elyse and Sarah talk with HelenKay Dimon about writing adventure and action romance, and about ways to describe the different kinds of romantic suspense. The audio gets a little muddy around 22 and 26 minutes – my apologies for that...

AVQ&A: Assuming the afterlife exists, in what fictional world do you want to spend it?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Show More Summary

AVQ&A: What are you reading in February?

We’ve expanded the regular AVQ&A discussion prompts to ask several of our regular contributors (and you) a simple question: What are you currently reading? If you have suggestions for future AVQ&A questions, big or small, email them to us here. Show More Summary

Comics Panel: Master Keaton, Shaft, an X-Force finale, and a haunting graphic memoir

The earliest of Naoki Urasawa’s works to be translated to English (pre-Monster, 20th Century Boys, and Pluto), Master Keaton (Viz) is a 12-volume series co-written by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki, originally published between 1988 and 1994. Show More Summary

Great Job, Internet!: A question about Harry Potter Dementors inspires cute drawing, more questions

It’s been more than seven years since Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows hit bookshelves, but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t still poking holes in J.K. Rowling’s intricately detailed, often poorly thought out Wizarding World. HitFlix...Show More Summary

Newswire: Drew Barrymore is writing her memoirs (again)

Shocking everyone who assumed that her 1991 book Little Girl Lost, written when she was fifteen, would be the definitive Drew Barrymore autobiography, People reports that the actress has signed a deal with Dutton to publish a collection of autobiographical essays. Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Guardians and Avengers unite in Guardians Team-Up #1

Nobody can say Marvel doesn’t know how to capitalize on a good thing, and after their hugely successful big-screen debut, the Guardians of the Galaxy have popped up all over the publisher’s output. Rocket Raccoon and Star-Lord both have...Show More Summary

For Our Consideration: Starships, swords, and the faded grandeur of science fantasy

Like many film fans, I’ve been waiting patiently for my local cinema to show Hard To Be A God, the swan song of the late Russian filmmaker Aleksei German. The movie, adapted from Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s science-fiction novel of...Show More Summary

Inventory: Sickbed successes: 20 great works created by the gravely ill

1. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby A note to idlers and procrastinators everywhere: The next time you think you don’t have the energy to “deal,” think of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French writer who wrote his memoir by using only his left eyelid. Show More Summary

Newswire: Invader Zim to ineptly invade Earth in comic-book form

The short-lived but much-loved cartoon Invader Zim is getting a second life in comic books, according to Kotaku. It’s a return to form for the show’s creator, comic book writer and cartoonist Jhonen Vasquez, who’s also known for Johnny...Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: The Dark Knight forms a desperate alliance in Batman #39

A Joker virus has overtaken Gotham City and Batman just found out that his greatest enemy may be an immortal being that has haunted Gotham since its early days, two suitably cataclysmic events for an arc titled “Endgame.” Writer Scott...Show More Summary

Book Review: I Am Radar is a quantum leap that sparks and fizzes

There is a lot of quantum physics in Reif Larsen’s sprawling, epic I Am Radar, an invitingly large book that promises but only partially delivers a grand story. Many pieces merge to form the whole, and like an optical illusion, readers must do the mental trick of shifting perspective to see a vase where an instant before there were two faces. Show More Summary

Au Revoir, Allentown!

Today is the last day that the LYNCS outreach staff of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be providing library services at 1206 Arlington Avenue. This is a bittersweet transition for our department and our organization, after spending 2.5 years in … Continue reading ?


I know I’m not alone in stating that The Princess Bride is my favorite movie. I was probably five or six when I watched it for the first time (thanks, Dad) and have seen it countless times since. I have it mostly … Continue reading ...

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