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Trick-or-Treat Give Me Something Good to Read

In need of a Halloween thrill? Then check out this wonderfully frightful collection of scary stories. 33 scary stories to be exact. Simply click on the link below to read some spooktastic tales.

http://www.blastr.com/2011/10/33_creepy_classic_horror.php

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5 Powerful Books to Improve Your Life

TIME

Quiz time: Can you name Newton’s first law of motion?

No? (Don’t feel bad, I had to look it up, too.)

Newton declared, “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.”

In other words, if you are flying in the International Space Station and toss an apple out the window (come on, use your imagination), it will keep going in that same direction forever, unless something stops it (like a planet, gravity or alien life form).

Although Newton was talking about physics, little did he know he was also describing life.

People tend to move in the same direction as they always have unless some external force is applied. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my life to be lived in a straight line. I want to change, to improve, to…

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The Pull List: 5/13/2015

Funk's House of Geekery

Must read comics


Hellboy

Abe Sapien #23

Hellboy guest stars on his buddy’s book to help him investigate one of those Loch Ness Monster wannabe legends.

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East of West #19

Oh crap, I feel like East of West has been missing for awhile. Glad its back. Babylon, the son of Death, thinks he is found the value of life, and it is in a mysterious place called “The Dead Wood.”

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Five Ghosts Special #1

The solicitation says this will explore the mythology of the Five Ghosts world, which I think might mean explaining the origins of the Dreamstone.

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Harrow County #1

A new horror story that got a Mike Mignola stamp of approval. It is about a girl who finds out on her 18th birthday that she has a connection to the creatures and ghosts that inhabit the forest that surrounds her home.

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Injection #1

Warren Ellis’ new multi-genre story about 5…

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The Pull List: 5/6/2015

Funk's House of Geekery

Must read comics of the week

archie

Afterlife with Archie #8

Delays not withstanding, I really like this book. A new arc starts here that reveals a dark history of Riverdale before the zombie outbreak, a pact made between the adults of Riverdale and the witches of Greendale.

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Feathers #5

Out feathered friend makes it to the center of town where he sees a giant statue of a feathered couple. Things are about to get interesting for Poe, but the “mice” are still in danger back in the city.

Hulk

Hulk #16

Hulk has been trying to cure gamma creatures, and now there is only one other left: She-Hulk. His own cousin. A Hulk who has had their head on straight from the beginning.

Inhumans

Inhuman Annual #1

The Inhumans have become one of the most exciting parts of the Marvel comic universe, so this has become required reading. A giant sized issue…

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From Post-Punk to Piketty: Summer Reading Recommendations from Policy Professors

The Public Policy & Governance Review

Alexandra Steindorff

With the school year coming to an end, I put out a call to University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance faculty asking them to share some reading suggestions for the summer. The response was enthusiastic and, as there were no guidelines or rules to follow, professors responded with single titles or more ambitious lists. Not surprisingly, the list compiled is long, challenging at times (it was inevitable that someone would recommend Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century) and diverse, with a rich mixture of fiction, non-fiction, and even some film recommendations. Collectively, the titles assembled provide intellectual stimulation, while also showcasing the SPPG faculty’s love of reading. If you need some inspiration for your summer reading list, or if you just want to know what books are on the respective night tables of SPPG faculty, read on!

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Doug Saunders,  Arrival…

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5 Stories From “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” That Were Pure Childhood Nightmare Fuel

Thought Catalog

If you grew up in the 1990s, you knew them. They were elementary school hot commodities; usually you had to sign up on the library’s waiting list just to get your hands on a copy. Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” series was, at its heart, a repackaging of folk tales, urban legends, and campfire ghost stories — but to the wide-eyed gaze of a child in the days before the internet, these books were the holy grail of scaring yourself shitless.

Whether it was the open-endedness of a tale that really got you or the drippy, gruesome illustrations by Stephen Gammell, “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” left all the other ’90s kids horror in the dust. “Are You Afraid Of The Dark”? Creepy, but you could still sleep with the lights off. “Goosebumps”? Good for a few scares (and occasionally a few laughs) but…

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A Little Tree Tells One Great Big Story

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Brain Pickings recently posted a delightful article about graphic designer and book artist Katsumi Komagata. One of his most famous pop-up creations being Little Tree, a children’s book detailing the cycle of life from a tree’s perspective. Elegant in its simplicity this story is one adults and children both would cherish.

To learn more about this wonderful story (and about Komagata) then click the link below. The Brain Pickings article is well worth the read.

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/23/little-tree-katsumi-komagata/

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