Articles by " Athena Flint"
8 Mar
2016

Hot Presses = Hot Books!

NEW BOOKS OUT TODAY!

Welcome to this beautiful world, books! We're so excited your here!

Today is the release of 2 YA books that we're very excited about! Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop and Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

If you're looking for your own copy of these guys, let us know!!

1 Mar
2016

March 2016 Calendar of Events

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Bring it on, March! The Easter Bunny has already made a stop here at Kards Unlimited to make sure we're all ready for his favorite day, and we got gold stars! ....Well, gold carrots, anyway. But there are plenty of other reasons to have a party this month! Like  Pig Day (March 1), What if Cats had Opposable Thumbs Day(March 3), the expected release of Anne Bishop's Marked in Flesh and Cassandra Clare's Lady Midnight (both March 8), International Day of Awesomeness (March 10), Napping Day (March 14), and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (March 20)! Keep reading for even more fun!

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So, the very first holiday of the month is Pig Day (March 1)! This is probably a great reason to give up on your diet from the very start and just eat all the bacon. We'll be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day (March 2) in the store, so come on by and wear a silly hat with us. What if Cats had Opposable Thumbs is a real holiday. The internet says so! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot hits theaters on the 4th (Which is also Toy Soldier Day), so make sure you stop by to pick up a copy of the book first! Oh, and make sure you check out Tapescape at the Children's museum this month!

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Cassandra Clare and Anne Bishop both release a new book on the 8th! Lady Midnight and Marked in Flesh, respectively. If you aren't into spending the whole of the week reading, don't worry. This week also hosts Middle Name Pride Day, International Day of Awesomeness, Mario Day (all on March 10th),  and International Fanny Pack Day (March 12)! Of course you could always pack those AWESOME BOOKS into your FANNY PACK and celebrate everything all at once!

FYI, Disney on Ice is in town this week! Frozen will be at the Consol on the 10th through the 13th!! Seriously we are so excited.

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Daylight Savings starts this week off right! (March 13) Or very wrong. Seriously, why is this a thing?Good thing the next day is Napping Day and Pi day (both March 14). This week, we also celebrate (kind of?) The Ides of March (March 14), St. Patrick's Day (March 17), Awkward Moments Day (March 18).

This weekend, you're going to have trouble deciding what to do with yourself. On Friday the 18th, Little Prince THE MOVIE is coming out. Whhaaaat. Also, Allegiant (from the Divergent series) hits the screen.  On Saturday, fill yourself to gills at the Fleet Awakens Food Truck Rally and then head over to the Steel City Roller Derby game!

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It's World Folk Tales and Fables Week! On the 20th we celebrate all kinds of neighbors far and near, with Extraterrestrial Abductions Day and Won't You Be My Neighbor Day. It's also the First Day of Spring. (Thank Aslan!) If you're all about spring and stuff, make sure you check out the 49th Annual Ukranian Easter Egg Sale! The much anticipated Batman Vs Superman hits the theaters this week (March 25), so make sure you plan that into your weekend!

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Party Hard! It's Easter (March 27)! Followed by Pencil Day (March 30)! Just don't mix up your chocolate and your pencils.

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25 Feb
2016

Easy Food Fast: Potatoes Anna

ms1I freaking love potatoes. Yes. I AM Irish. But that's like a whole different story.

This month I decided to give Martha Stewart a try. You know how she has a million of those Everyday Food cookbooks? Well, we sell a lot of them. I decided to go with FRESH FLAVOR FAST! because I love alliteration. And Fresh food.

Anyway, back to the potatoes. I was paging through the book when I found a recipe called Potatoes Anna. It is basically thinly sliced potatoes, all buttered and baked into a cake. And I love cake as much as I love potatoes, so I was like, why not?

This recipe was DELISH. and really freaking easy, aside from the whole thinly slicing like 5 potatoes. Sounds easy, but making those sliced uniformly sized was a little tricky, especially since I didn't actually want to cut my fingers off.

But the rest of the process is basically Apply butter and salt and lay the slices out and then fry and bake that shit! Super easy!

I made this recipe for one of our Staff Meetings, since I thought that maybe it was time I started actually sharing my cooking with my dear co workers. You know, since they have to hear about all my cooking escapades anyway, they might as well enjoy a taste.

Overall, the reaction was pretty good.... But honestly, the perfectionist in me wants to make this dish a millions times over and over again until it's perfect! why? Well. below you will see the very pretty, pristine picture of Potatoes Anna as presented by Martha (F-ing) Stewart.

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So Pretty, Right???? And it looks so simple!
But below, you'll see MY version of Potatoes Anna:

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OMG, PEOPLE ATE THAT????

yes. yes they did. and it was DELICIOUS. it just happens to look like..... crap. clllll the crap.

So, Potatoes Anna, guys: really easy, really yummy, but apparently you have to make it a few times before it actually looks good. >.>

 

Potatoes Anna

6 medium russet potatoes (2 3/4 pounds total), peeled
6 tablespoons butter, melted
Coarse salt and ground pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Using a food processor with a slicing blade or a sharp knife, slice potatoes as thinly as possible, 1/4 inch thick or thinner. (Do not place sliced potatoes in water; the starch is needed to bind the layers.)

Brush bottom of a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter. Starting in center of pan, arrange potato slices, slightly overlapping, in circular pattern, covering surface. Brush with another 1 1/2 tablespoons butter; season well with salt and pepper. Repeat for two more layers.

Place over high heat until butter in pan sizzles, 2 to 4 minutes.

Transfer to oven; bake until potatoes are fork-tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven. Run a small spatula around edges of potatoes; slide large spatula underneath potatoes to loosen. Carefully invert onto a plate, and cut into wedges.

23 Feb
2016

A Gathering of Shadows! OUT NOW

1Another MUCH AWAITED BOOK has hit the stands!!! 
V. E. Schwab's A GATHERING OF SHADOWS!!

This is the super exciting sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic, which all the people were talking about. Personally, I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list. Especially because it has some pretty solid reviews from our own book tuber, Michael! Check out his synopsis and review below!!

22 Feb
2016

February Book Club Wrap-up: Once and Future King Part 1

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Thanks bunches to all you book clubbers that sacrificed your beautiful Sunday evening to come talk books with us!

For all you other people that couldn't make it, well. It's okay! We're going to keep talking about this book for next book club as well!!!

That's right, on April 10th, at 6pm, we will be getting together to talk about the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sections of The Once and Future King.

If you haven't started reading the book yet, let me tell you that one of the reasons we're going to keep reading it was that EVERYONE LOVED IT! We were all really excited about continuing on to the next section of the book. In fact, one of our clubbers said that she's been telling everyone she meets to read The Once and Future King. So we're not kidding guys. This one is a gem.

Things we loved in particular: 
Merlin.
Merlin, the skinny old man in running shorts when everyone else is in tunics and leggings.
Merlin, popping in and out of time. hilarious.
Robin Wood! (not hood. wood.)
Done. Done. Not done.
That questing beast, guys. <3

Things that grossed us out:
The house made of Meat...??? What was that??? LOLZ

See yinz in April!!

12 Feb
2016

Have you seen the Deadpool movie yet?

HAVE YOU? HAVE YOU SEEN IT? HAVE YOU SEEN THE DEADPOOL?deadpool
I mean it hit theaters TODAY. So like you should have seen it by now.

I mean. I haven't seen it yet. But everyone who lives with me has. They went to the midnight showing or whatever. AND THEY DIDN'T TAKE ME WITH THEM.
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What. Jerks.
I mean. I love you guys, roommates. I HOPE YOU HAD FUN AT YOUR MOVIE NIGHT THING. I hope you didn't choke on your popcorn.
Sincerely. I hope that.

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ANYWHO, DEADPOOL GUYS.
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GO TO THE THEATERS NOW.

9 Feb
2016

NEW BOOKS OH MY GLOB

I don't know whose idea it was to have these two books release on the SAME DAY, but it's happening, guys.

Today is the release of both: Glass Sword, the second book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard AND Morning Star, the third book in the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. WHICH ONE TO READ FIRST???

If you haven't heard about these series, you might want to get on that. Both series are pretty rad. And now the Red Rising Trilogy is complete, so there's that!! No waiting for the next book required.

Today is conveniently also Read in the Bathtub day..... soooooo you could celebrate with a nice hot bath and just read both wham-bam. That's our suggestion.

5 Feb
2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies THE MOVIE

pride-prejudice-zombies-poster-2016Today is a prestigious day in the universe! Today the long-awaited film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits the big screen!!!!!!
Okay, maybe that was a bit of an exaggeration. I actually only know one person who is eagerly awaiting this particular movie. But I swear, she's excited enough for like 3  people, so there's that.

If you're wondering what the hack I'm talking about, well let me catch you up on the new literary movement: adding monsters to classic stories! Seth Grahame-Smith has 'upgraded' a number of classic tales by adding vampires or sea monsters. The story of Abraham Lincoln (he fights Vampires, now), for instance. The gospel of Luke(The Wise men are actually murderous thieves apparently?)!   .... and Pride and Prejudice (And Zombies!)
So in honor of the movie being released today, I went ahead and asked my friend who is super excited about this movie just why exactly she is super excited. Because I feel like we all really need to know.
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This is Sara. She really likes hand sanitizer.

My friend and roommate is Sara. No 'h'. This is an important distinction for Sara(h)s.
She loves Jane Austen and so does her mom, and she's definitely planning on making her mom go to the movie with her. Here's what she has to say about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:

So, you've read the book, right? Can you tell us what about it you like?

I have actually not read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book itself.   I’m a huge fan of the original work though, and I really like anything that keeps it in people’s minds.  I feel like this refreshes and revitalizes the work and so people care about it ,which keeps it relevant.  As for the original book, I love it because of the characters.  People talk about the brooding Mr. Darcy and complain that he's  how we end up with characters like Edward Cullen.  But what people miss is that Darcy doesn’t find happiness until he lets that go.  Jane Austen’s characters usually have something to learn before they can find happiness, and Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are no exception.
So how do you feel about the fact that the guy who's playing Mr. Darcy in this particular rendition looks like a whiney, wet sock?

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Matt Smith <3

I usually prefer to avoid too much hype about things I'm already going to watch, so I hadn't been paying any attention to the casting. Then I found out that Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who) was in it and I was like, well clearly he's going to be Mr. Darcy and that's going to be really interesting. THEN I found out that he's Mr. Collins??? Who is SUPPOSED to be a wet sock. Why would you get the DOCTOR and then cast him as not a major character, and an intentionally unlikeable one at that! And you know what worries me much more? The actual Mr. Darcy actor has got like maybe a dozen credits on his IMDB page.
So I'm not feeling too great about it! But hopefully we'll all be proved wrong and he'll be amazing.

Haha I sure hope so. Matt Smith is a pretty amazing actor, so he'll probably steal the show. Okay. Final question! Which theater snack will you be enjoying during this very strange Zombie movie? 
Well popcorn obviously, and then probably cookie dough bites! A friend introduced me to them and now I totally love them. I'll also definitely be sneaking my own water bottle in because they only sell water in hilariously huge bottles.
Thanks Sara! I sure hope the movie is a fun watch!
Want to read the book before you head to the theaters? We definitely have it, and most of Mr. Grahame-Smith's other books as well.