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Gail Carriger: The How's and Why's of Her Favorite Steampunk Costumes

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 30, 2013 | PERMALINK

Just in time for Halloween, do we have a treat for you! Today steampunk extraordinaire Gail Carriger is here today to showcase the ins and outs of her most trustworthy and favorite steampunk costumes. Gail, whose delightful steampunk YA, Curtsies & Conspiraciesis out next week, has a droolworthy costume collection, here for our ogling. Take a look!

I've had a love affair with costuming for as long as I can remember. For me any day of the year could be Halloween. Then I got into historical reenactment — and then I discovered steampunk. As a result, you might describe my steampunk costumes as quite proper, so far as these things go. I'm lucky enough to be able to attend several steampunk events a year, but because so many of them require flying I've settled on four basic outfits that travel well.

Each of my steampunk outfits has its variations and its reasons. Each includes parts that I have made myself and items that I have purchased. Some objects are quite meaningful, others are quite silly, and for me, that's the beauty of steampunk.

1. The Spoons


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Monster Mash Spooktacular: Month-long Mega Giveaway

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 29, 2013 | PERMALINK

Halloween is quickly approaching, and we're getting in the spooky spirit of things here at RT. Join us for our Monster Mash Spooktacular, a month-long celebration of the supernatural creatures who have stolen our hearts. Each week we’ll shine the spotlight on a different monster and add a set of books featuring them to our mega, month-long giveaway! Learn how to enter to win at the end of this post. 

 

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ZOMBIES


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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 1.4, “A Few Good Talisman”

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 28, 2013 | PERMALINK

As a soap fan, I’m used the slow burn with plotlines. But oh, did Witches of East End go there this week! There was drama, more drama and shirtless Freddie Prinze, Junior …

It’s 1693. A pilgrim Johanna’s running through the woods, screaming for her girls. Alas, she’s too late, she comes upon two burned bodies, tied to stakes. Ick. (This will not be the only time we are squicked out this episode.)

Bald guy — whom we now know is Johanna 2.0 from last week’s reveal — comforts Johanna, saying he’s sorry, but the girls were reckless with their gifts. Johanna, horrified, realizes what he’s saying: he turned them in. Johanna snags his knife and jumps him, magic style. He pleads for mercy. She says, “As you wish.”

Cut to present day: Ingrid and Freya are marveling over their mother’s bad-assery. “You actually cut off his ear?!” (Because I care, I rewound to last week’s big reveal, and, yup, Bald Guy 2.0 has a deformed ear.)

Creepy fingernails? Check. Icky hair doll? Check. Deformed ear? Yup, this guy’s a villain.

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The point of Johanna’s story (in addition to providing handy backstory on 2.0) was to illustrate how the Beauchamps don’t kill. Gauntlet: thrown.


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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland Recap: Episode 1.3 - "Forget Me Not"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

In episode three of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Alice puts away the bright red lipstick, Jafar’s guyliner returns, the Red Queen learns the meaning of “less is more” and Iggy Pop’s in the opening credits. Psych! Just kidding — about almost everything except Iggy Pop. Here’s what really happened.

Flash back to a few years ago in Once Upon a Time’s Enchanted Forest, when a bunch of ruffians held up a stagecoach. If you guessed they were Robin Hood and his Merry Men, you’d be right. If you guessed Will the Knave was also Will Scarlet, you’re one of the show’s writers. Don’t be so shocked. Given this universe’s track record, he’s probably also Willy Wonka, Prince William and I’m Losing My Will To Live.

In Alice’s present, she and Will stroll down a polka-dot road. Will alerts Alice to a forget-me-knot, a “terribly useful item” that may help them discover who took Cyrus’ bottle. Will takes her to The Underland, a club decorated like a Goth BDSM bordello. Quelle surprise, the Knave owes everyone money. The Caterpillar (Iggy Pop), who wears a jaunty fez, has gone all Jabba the Hutt and Will is his Han Solo. Too bad he doesn’t have the knot; “the Grendel” does. If Will brings the knot back after he and Alice are done with it, the Caterpillar will consider his debts paid. Will and Alice go off to Casa Grendel in the Whispering Woods. “Keep your cool and always stay one step ahead of your mark,” Will advises his new padawan in thievery. Of course, he and Alice promptly fall into a booby trap.


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Friday Free For All: Nora Roberts' Dark Witch

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

Dearest reader, we made it through another week! We're awfully proud of you (and, we admit it, ourselves). To celebrate we've got an awesome giveaway for you today, and we're pretty sure we need type only two words to have you entering: Nora Roberts.

That's right, we've got Nora's newest paranormal title, Dark Witch, to give away! Surely you want to read this paranormal trilogy starter, replete with la Nora's trademark romance, drama and action. The Ireland-set Dark Witch features three cousins readying to fight an ancient evil. Sounds like perfect October reading to us! Comment below for a chance to win one of five copies. U.S. residents only. 


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The Story So Far: Amanda Carlson's Jessica McCain Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 24, 2013 | PERMALINK

What happens when you discover an intriguing series but it's already a few books (or more!) in? You ask the author to catch you up, of course. Today Amanda Carlson is here to share the story so far for her wolf-y Jessica McCain series.

I’m very excited to be on the RT Blog today to discuss my books. Cold Blooded, the third installment, released this month and I’m so excited it’s out in the wild. In the Jessica McClain series, my main objective is to write urban fantasy with the intention to bring full-on action and adventure to the forefront. Don’t get me wrong I love the sexy parts too, and this series has its fair share, but I write all my books with a centered focus on the action. As a reader, adventure is paramount to me, because it leaves you breathless and excited. With each new installment of the series, I hope to take readers on a non-stop journey, until, of course, we all reach the end together.

 


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Excerpt Break: Coreene Callahan's Fury of Desire

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Ready for an excerpt break? It's been a long Monday already. Today we've got the entire first chapter from Coreene Callahan's Fury of Desire. A sexy brooding dragon shifter? Check. An imprisoned heroine determined to melt his icy heart? Oh yea. All while dragonkind teeters on the brink of war, mind you. So if you're in the mood for a wounded paranormal hero who falls prey to a lady's love, Fury of Desire has got you covered. And we've got the first chapter, available as a downloadable PDF for easy e-reading, to whet your appetite:

 

 

 


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Witches of East End Recap: Episode 1.3, “Today, I am a Witch”

BY Elissa Petruzzi, OCTOBER 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

You guys, I think the Witches of East End is a real hit. It’s entertaining, everyone’s hair is gorgeous — and they even make a joke about it!  — snaps, writing staff! And Aunt Wendy, played by Mädchen Amick, continues to be our BWF. (Best Witch Forever, obvs.) Onto the recap …

None of the Beauchamp ladies are sleeping — or so it seems. (Cue: Ooooh.)

Freya’s in bed with our guy Dash. She can’t sleep and so she wanders the halls of the Gardiner’s fancy estate. She’s wearing a gorgeous nightie, obvs, and runs into Killian (also obvs). They totally make out. Freya! Bad girl. Dash totally sees them! But wait: Freya wakes up.

Wendy’s awake, too, dealing her tarot cards, trying to figure out who’s going to bite it thanks to Ingrid’s unnecessary resurrection spell. Ingrid’s also up. The tarot cards forecast that it is Ingrid who will die. Ingrid’s hands turns to ice as Wendy tells her: This is all your fault. Ingrid wakes up.

Joanna jerks awake as well. Ooh! Joanna 2.0 is in her room. 2.0 lunges at 1.0, burning that symbol we’ve been seeing everywhere onto Joanna’s nice headboard. Joanna 2.0 strangles 1.0 and holds up a hair-covered totem (ew). Say it with me: Johanna wakes up.


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Once Upon A Time In Wonderland Recap: Episode 1.2 - "Trust Me"

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 17, 2013 | PERMALINK

We at RT love books, sure, but we also love books that make it to the small screen! Which is why we're recapping Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for you! Our intrepid Features Editor Mala continues with the second episode, "Trust Me," and here's what she had to say …

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Once upon a time in Agrabah, Aladdin’s Jafar still had a Jheri curl. He paid a visit to a surprisingly wealthy average Agrabahnian, wondering about his good fortune. Realizing Jafar was after his genie, the man quickly wished Cyrus as far from Agrabah as possible. Jafar dispatched the poor guy — as you do — as the genie’s bottle landed in Wonderland. So that’s how crossovers happen!


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RT Does NYCC: The Cosplay Recap!

BY Mala Bhattacharjee, OCTOBER 14, 2013 | PERMALINK

Geek Pride was in full force this weekend at the Javits Center for the 2013 New York Comic Con — and of course RT was in attendance. I, along with Assistant Web Editor DJ DeSmyter, got in on the fun. Below are some of my favorite NYCC cosplayers (that's "people who dress up in character costume" for you Muggles out there) from the weekend.

 

 

There were Batmen (Batmans?!) from many eras at NYCC. I stopped one who smiles! Gasp.

Jack Sparrow looked pretty exhausted on Day Two. Must've been all the rum!

As befitting her House, a gorgeous Rowena Ravenclaw had quite the clever— and detailed — period costume.

A stunningly accurate Kaylee and River from Firefly (and guest!) were definitely shiny!

Is it just me or does this dashing Nightwing look a little like Daniel Radcliffe in tights?

Wee Black Canary and wee Elektra have the best.parents.ever.


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