Hodderscoop: 30 May 2014

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By Anne Perry

Posted on May 30, 2014 in Hodderscoop with tags Elizabeth Moon, Penny Dreadful, Speed Of Dark, Stargate

Yep, we made a new Hodderscoop header! Our first attempt at a new Hodderscoop icon was a scoop of black dodo ice cream, but it looked a little… well, sinister. So now Hodderscoop is pink, with cherries on top, just in time for summer.

Nail-art inspired by books. This is well worth a look!

Salon has posted a long, fascinating look at true crime books – why we read them, why we do (and don’t) respect them, and what they tell us about mayhem, murder and ourselves. It’s very much worth a read.

Stargate is back! Twenty years after the premiere of the film that started it all, creators Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich are looking to reboot the franchise. We’re primarily interested to find out whether James Spader will be reprising his role as nerdy Egyptologist Dr. Daniel Jackson, because honestly, we’d watch that in a heartbeat. PS OMG that hair.

Learn how to draw… weasels!

Do you think these are the 20 best dystopian novels?

Bo3xR8FIgAA2G2PStar Wars macarons. Oh, if we must…

Richard III was definitely not a hunchback, you guys. He did have scoliosis, but that would (probably) have made him look short, not hunched. (One shoulder would have been higher than the other, but he didn’t have a withered arm or a limp.) Let’s all go reread Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time this weekend!

Who’s going to bring us a box of cronuts? (Seriously. Are these things any good?)

Wizards of the Coast is going to make the basic D&D rulebook free. What a great idea! Roll to confirm.

Someone made a unicorn outfit for their baby goat.

Here is some gorgeous, eerie underwater photography to give your Friday afternoon that melancholy weirdness you secretly crave – models in floaty gowns swimming around shipwrecks.

This is both art and awesome. Tattooed porcelain ladies!BofejYxIIAEem06

Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. There’s very little I could say to add to the heartfelt eulogies already pouring in, but her poetry was hugely important to me as a young woman, and it’s hard to imagine a world where there aren’t ever again going to be any more Maya Angelou poems.

Are you going to see X-Men this weekend? Maleficent? Edge of Tomorrow? (Is that even out yet?) Maybe you should just go watch Godzilla again, instead. Rarrrrrr.

 And here’s what happened on the blog this week!

The Hodderscape Review Project title this month is Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon. Editor Jenni Hill introduces the book here, and we round up the first reviews here!

Fleur worries that the new show Penny Dreadful might be a little slower than she’d like.

This week’s Uncovered is a masterpiece. In more ways than one!

Our Friday Favourites: villains. Who doesn’t love a good villain?

Illustrations © Chris Taylor-Davies. Follow him on Twitter @CTD!

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