1 Mar
2017

March 2017 Calendar of Events

Hap­py March, friends! Bulbs are com­ing up, days are get­ting longer, and we’ve got a whole new mon­th of cel­e­bra­tions, of course! From Wom­en of Col­or Day, to Nation­al Nap­ping Day, to Won’t You Be My Neigh­bor Day, and Nation­al Respect Your Cat Day, there’s a whole lot to cel­e­brate. Read on to see what’s get­ting our panties in a bunch this mon­th! Read more »

24 Feb
2017

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Pride & Prejudice for a New Generation

It is a rare occa­sion that I give even a moment’s thought to the ques­tion “Is this adap­ta­tion even close to as good as the source mate­ri­al?” So it is dur­ing the­se rare occa­sions that I must put a spot­light on the adap­ta­tion in ques­tion. Few sto­ries are able to reach the­se heights. Aside from the focus of this blog, the only adap­ta­tions I can think of in this cat­e­go­ry are Matil­da, Har­ry Pot­ters 1–3, and Spi­der-Man 2, the movie and video game. To fit this cat­e­go­ry, an adap­ta­tion should not sim­ply be a word-for-word recre­ation of the text, nor should it stray too far. It is, to me, most impor­tant to cap­ture the ener­gy and feel­ings evoked from the work. This cri­te­ria is what makes The Lizzie Ben­net Diaries one of the strongest adap­ta­tions ever.

The Lizzie Ben­net Diaries is a retelling of the Jane Austen’s Pride and Prej­u­dice, using vlog­ging as the plat­form. It aired from 2012–2013 on YouTube. Pro­duced by Hank Green, this adap­ta­tion tack­les both the love lives and careers of a stream­lined three Ben­net sisters—Lizzie, Jane, and Lydia—and Char­lot­te, Lizzie’s best friend. In mod­ern day, Lizzie and Char­lot­te are media grad stu­dents enter­ing their last year, while Jane works as an unpaid intern for a fash­ion line, and Lydia is fin­ish­ing col­lege. They all live at home, some­thing very sym­pa­thet­ic to this blog­ger, and one of the small things that makes Pride and Prej­u­dice an eter­nal sto­ry.

At its core, P&P is a sto­ry about fam­i­ly, love, life, and social advance­ment. The­se don’t change when you add in a series of jump cuts and char­ac­ter twit­ter accounts. The social media and vlogs start­ed by oth­er char­ac­ters add to the sto­ry in ways that oth­er adap­ta­tions sim­ply can’t. As she comes to learn through­out the plot, Lizzie is a hor­ri­bly stub­born char­ac­ter who can’t reli­ably nar­rate her way out of a social for­mal. Because this is a mod­ern sto­ry, oth­er char­ac­ters are able to give their opin­ions and thoughts on the hap­pen­ings sur­round­ing them. We get a fuller per­spec­tive on what’s going on as char­ac­ters like Gigi Dar­cy enter the stage much soon­er through their social media pres­ence than they actu­al­ly appear on screen.

A great aspect of this sto­ry is the time given to indi­vid­u­al moments. The orig­i­nal release had mul­ti­ple episodes com­ing out every week for a year, rang­ing from three to ten min­utes each. The result is the longest adap­ta­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice ever, in bite-sized pieces. It is easy to lose hours watch­ing the series. “Just one more” only means anoth­er four min­utes, but as you get lost in the South­ern Cal­i­for­ni­an lives of the Ben­net sis­ters, you quick­ly for­get what you were plan­ning to do after you fin­ish “just this episode.”

Although the love sto­ry of Lizzie and Dar­cy, dubbed “Dizzie” by fans (I kind of hate name-smash­ing as a ship name. What­ev­er hap­pened to the good old days of MSR? And why can’t peo­ple be fine with a sim­ple slash or x between names? I digress.), is still quite the pres­ence, it’s not the dom­i­nat­ing sto­ry line as it is in many takes on the tale, and in people’s minds. Dar­cy is, of course, still the incred­i­bly prej­u­diced, but incred­i­bly lov­ing, social­ly-awk­ward, hot dude he’s always been meant to be, but more of the plot is ded­i­cat­ed to explor­ing the dynam­ics of four young wom­en striv­ing to advance their lives and careers. I cried more over the fights and argu­ments between the girls than I ever did over the heart­break and love lives, and I’m sure most view­ers did the same.

I implore you, dear­est read­er, whether you have loved Pride and Prej­u­dice for a long time or have nev­er even thought about pick­ing up the book (as I had not before watch­ing this web series), to watch The Lizzie Ben­net Diaries. As for my orig­i­nal ques­tion, I don’t know that The LBD quite stacks up to the pow­er of the orig­i­nal nov­el, but no adap­ta­tion tru­ly can. It is a wor­thy adap­ta­tion all the same for being able to even start the con­ver­sa­tion, and it is my favorite adap­ta­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice for the same rea­son. The Lizzie Ben­net Diaries is patient and kind when the title char­ac­ter is less than so. It loves its char­ac­ters and wants to tell everyone’s side of the sto­ry even when she does not, and espe­cial­ly when she can­not. You can start with episode one, fol­low­ing along with all the asso­ci­at­ed social media in chrono­log­i­cal order by fol­low­ing this link (click it, click it please!).

20 Feb
2017

Find Someone to Love You Unconditionally on National Love Your Pet Day!

Feb­ru­ary 20th is Nation­al Love Your Pet Day!  Aka the best and most beau­ti­ful day of the year!  We love pets.  They are cud­dly and adorable and the actu­al best.  Pet own­er­ship has been sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven* to make your life bet­ter.  Tak­ing care of a crea­ture oth­er than your­self not only imparts respon­si­bil­i­ty and makes you a less nar­cis­sis­tic crazy­pants, but it is also the essen­tial ingre­di­ent for a per­fect meet-cute.  Basi­cal­ly what I’m try­ing to say is that you should have a pet.  Because if you don’t have a pet, you will get preg­nant.  And die.

Nev­er­mind that, though!  Let’s look at pic­tures of the var­i­ous and sundry pets of Kards Unlim­it­ed!

Pen­nyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Speck is so amaz­ing and majes­tic.

 

Ate and Ursu­la! Cud­dling kit­tens of DOOM!

Baby Ursu­la was the best Ursu­la.

 

Oh Wat­son. You goof­ball.

 

Ha, Sip­per. Too cute. Look at her lit­tle crossed eyes.

This is Rick. She clear­ly takes after her own­er Dale

And this is Clover! I love her so much and I haven’t even met her yet!

*I don’t really think that science has proven anything of the kind, but it sounds reasonable.  Pets are the best.  Just trust me.
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19 Feb
2017

Son of a Bat: The Story of Damian Wayne

Not every super­hero is lucky enough to have a fam­i­ly. In fact, it’s often the lack of loved ones that pro­pels a “Mask” into the bat­tle, as it were, and what push­es them to keep search­ing for jus­tice.

We know Bruce Wayne lost his par­ents at a very young age due to vio­lence, and Bat­man has nev­er been one to show much emo­tion. He’s reserved and qui­et when it comes to his feel­ings on…feelings. How­ev­er, every now and again we get a peek into the soft­er side of the Bat. Espe­cial­ly when it comes to his son, Dami­an.

There’s a father-son bond between the­se two that isn’t often seen in the many worlds of comics. Bruce was unaware of his son’s exis­tence; Damien was brought up by Tal­ia al Ghul and trained by the League of Assas­sins to be able to destroy Bat­man. The plans went awry and Dami­an end­ed up being adopt­ed by Bruce and trained as his next Robin. Bruce wor­ries about his son in the way only a man who has lost his whole fam­i­ly can, and vice ver­sa. They keep each oth­er in line. It can be quite dra­mat­ic and even adorable to see their inter­ac­tions togeth­er.

But where Bruce is very strict and straight-laced, Dami­an is easy-going and loves to laugh. Damian’s sassy atti­tude is quite amus­ing and his rule-break­ing can often get him into trou­ble with Bruce and the oth­er mem­bers of the Bat-fam­i­ly. There was always a con­flict with­in Dami­an that had him, on one hand, look­ing to Bat­man as his father and men­tor, but on the oth­er hand, look­ing to his grand­fa­ther Ra’s al Ghul (the Demon’s head) as an influ­ence. It’s all too easy to kill your ene­mies and walk away. Dami­an strug­gles with his inner demons on a dai­ly basis.

Because Dami­an has cho­sen to stay with Bruce and cho­sen the path of not killing, Tal­ia and Ra’s want revenge. They feel that he has betrayed the fam­i­ly and all of their teach­ings, so they set out to assas­si­nate him and to hurt Bruce in one ter­ri­ble moment.

The assas­si­na­tion plot a suc­cess, Damien is killed, but as long as the Mul­ti­verse flour­ish­es and the Lazares Pits boil, all is not lost…

 

 

18 Feb
2017

A [Star]Fleet of Fun on Flirting Day

Why thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson, you are out of this world, too.

Why thank you Neil deGrasse Tyson, you are out of this world, too.

Here at KU, the staff isn’t shy of flirt­ing. We flirt with cus­tomers, with each oth­er, and even with our­selves (OK, I can’t speak to the rest of the staff on that last one, but all I’m say­ing is that if you’ve nev­er looked your­self in the mir­ror and said aloud ‘my, my, someone’s look­ing adorably nerdy/damn sexy/pleasurably pleas­ant today,’ then you’re miss­ing out. Makes the soul feel good.) So Flirt­ing Day on Feb­ru­ary 18 should prob­a­bly be one of Kards’ offi­cial hol­i­days, behind May the Fourth Be With You Day, Pierogi and Taco Days, and, you know, actu­al hol­i­days.

Flirt­ing Day, or, alter­na­tive­ly, Flirt­ing Week if one needs more time for the flirtage, takes place each year in the third week of Feb­ru­ary as part of a post-Valentine’s week ded­i­cat­ed to cel­e­brat­ing sin­gle­hood. Oth­er days include Sin­gles Aware­ness Day and Per­fume Day. There’s not a whole lot of back­ground for this hol­i­day, but it’s pret­ty self-explana­to­ry. Find a per­son and have a good-natured, friend­ly, and most impor­tant­ly, not creepy flirt ses­sion.

Don’t know how to flirt? It’s cool, me nei­ther. (Have I brought up the fact that I’m a crazy cat lady way too many times while try­ing to woo a stranger? Yes. Yes, I have. And I will again and again and again because, well, you can’t teach an old cat new tricks.) How­ev­er, thanks to the inter­web, I have com­piled a list of some of the best nerdy pick­up lines to help you get your foot in the door. Once woo­ing is ini­ti­at­ed with the­se flaw­less lines,* you are free to flirt on, my friends.

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For the sci­ence nerd:

Are you made of cop­per and tel­luri­um? Because you are CuTe.

Do you like sci­ence? Because I’ve got my ion you.

Do you have 11 pro­tons? Because you are Sodi­um fine!

For the music nerd:

I bet you and I could get into some seri­ous tre­ble togeth­er.

You must be a choir direc­tor, because you make my heart sing.

You had me at cel­lo.

 For the lit­er­ary nerd:

Charles Dick­ens may have given you Great Expec­ta­tions, but I can meet them.

I believe in The Impor­tance of Being Earnest, so I’m just going to say it: I’m Wilde about you.

I like books, you like books, why don’t we start writ­ing the sto­ry of us?

If it was 1984, and I was Big Broth­er, I’d only watch you.

For the com­put­er nerd:

You must be wi-fi, because I feel a con­nec­tion here.

Is your name Google? ‘Cause you’re every­thing I’ve been search­ing for.

Ros­es are #ff0000, vio­lets are #0000ff, all my base are belong to you.

For the video game nerd:

Are you wear­ing Pega­sus Boots? Because you’ve been run­ning through my mind all day. (Zel­da)

Are you a pikachu? Because you are shock­ing­ly beau­ti­ful. (Poke­mon)

I think some­thing is wrong with my auto-aim. I can’t take my eyes off you. (Halo)

Will you be my Final Fan­ta­sy? (Not explain­ing this one. If you don’t get it, you prob­a­bly shouldn’t use it.)

For the fan­dom nerd:

I’ve fal­l­en hard­er for you than Bran Stark. (Game of Thrones)

You’re the Obi-Wan for me. (Star Wars)

The fires of Mount Doom aren’t near­ly as hot as you. (Lord of the Rings)

Your phaser’s on kill, but you’re stun­ning me. (Star Trek)

You must play Quid­ditch. I know a Keep­er when I see one. (Har­ry Pot­ter)

You must be an angel because your beau­ty is blind­ing. (Super­nat­u­ral)

Are you a weep­ing angel? Because I can’t take my eyes off you. (Dr. Who)

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All right, you are ready to head out on your flirt­ing adven­ture. Hap­py Flirt­ing Day!

*Pick­up lines have not been per­son­al­ly test­ed on humans, only my cat, who seemed to appre­ci­ate them. Or may­be she was purring at the bowl of food in my hand. Either way, results not guar­an­teed.

15 Feb
2017

(Puff Puff) Pass the Bill

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Feb­ru­ary is Nation­al Mar­i­jua­na Aware­ness Mon­th, though I’m sure if you’re read­ing this blog, you’re prob­a­bly very aware of that, or you for­got, and that’s cool too, because like, not every one is per­fect, man. This funky smelling, seed bear­ing plant has its roots plant­ed deep in Amer­i­can his­to­ry, cul­ture, and has sprout­ed in the med­ical field in recent years.

With all the­se “alter­na­tive facts” get­ting passed around like a joint at a Snoop Dogg con­cert, it’s hard to fil­ter out the the pri­mo stuff from the schwag. The his­to­ry of Mar­i­jua­na is long and well doc­u­ment­ed, and if you’d like to learn about that, you can here, but we’re focus­ing on mod­ern times.

imageEvery­one knows about mar­i­jua­na, I don’t think it needs an intro­duc­tion. What I think it needs is a re-brand­ing. Mar­i­jua­na isn’t just a plant that makes you sit at stop signs wait­ing for them to turn green. While I’m not one to claim pot is the end all, be all sav­ior we need (but do deserve), there is no deny­ing that mar­i­jua­na has plen­ty of uses that we’re not uti­liz­ing sim­ply because of out­dat­ed laws, for-prof­it pris­ons, and leg­is­la­tors in bed with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies.

This coun­try can­not move for­ward with chang­ing the laws regard­ing the plant if the peo­ple are not prop­er­ly informed. The laws do not rep­re­sent the pub­lic opin­ion. Six­ty per­cent of Amer­i­cans are in favor of legal­iza­tion.

Cur­rent­ly, mar­i­jua­na is clas­si­fied as a Sched­ule One drug, defin­ing it as “a drug that cur­rent­ly has no accept­ed med­ical use.” Oth­er Sched­ule One drugs include hero­in, LSD, ecsta­sy, and pey­ote. There is an argu­ment for each of those hav­ing some med­ical use. Hell, hero­in was the name Bay­er used to sell their mor­phine con­coc­tion under. But one of the­se things is not like the oth­ers. Mar­i­jua­na has no con­firmed over­dose deaths in the his­to­ry of humans, mar­i­jua­na is not chem­i­cal­ly addic­tive, and, most impor­tant, mar­i­jua­na is the only sched­ule one drug cur­rent­ly legal for recre­ation­al use in nine states and med­ical use in twen­ty eight states.

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We all know about the stereo­typ­i­cal ston­er: For­get­ful, long hair, red eyes, con­stant­ly hungry…so Shag­gy from Scooby Doo?  Come to think of it, the smoke was always com­ing from the back win­dows and not the muf­fler… but I digress. Mar­i­jua­na use among adults has risen in the past few years from sev­en per­cent in 2013 to thir­teen per­cent in 2016, that’s one in eight Amer­i­can adults. Look around the office you work in, there are most like­ly a few smok­ers work­ing hard just like every­one else. And if you work in the food indus­try, all your co-work­ers are stoned. Your TPS reports still get done, and your piz­za is still deli­cious, though it would taste even bet­ter high.

Not every­one who uses mar­i­jua­na is a recre­ation­al user either, there are over 1.2 mil­lion med­ical mar­i­jua­na users in Amer­i­ca, aver­ag­ing about 8.6 per 1,000 res­i­dents. My moth­er was diag­nosed with stage four breast can­cer, she has been through radi­a­tion, chemo, mor­phine pumps, and hos­pice care. Noth­ing has been able to curb her spir­it, but most of the­se med­ica­tions do curb her appetite. She was nev­er a heavy pot smok­er, the occa­sion­al joint with friends was about as much as she could take. One night, I got tired of her say­ing she wasn’t hun­gry, so I asked if she’d smoke. She agreed and, it only took a few puffs for her to look at me with the goofi­est expres­sion I’ve ever seen, and cack­le, “I want some fuck­ing Wendy’s.”image

Dave Chap­pelle, star of the cult hit “Half Baked” and leg­endary stand up come­di­an has a famous bit that goes along the lines of, and I“m para­phras­ing here, “When white peo­ple get high, all they do is sit around and talk about oth­er times they got high.” As true as that may be, if we want change, we need to act like adults and sup­port the caus­es, talk to leg­is­la­tors, get the right infor­ma­tion out there. The Pitts­burgh chap­ter of NORML is a great web­site to get start­ed. They orga­nize func­tions, raise aware­ness, and you can reg­is­ter to vote on their site. Med­ical Mar­i­jua­na and decrim­i­nal­iza­tion have both been passed in our Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia, though the strug­gle for full legal­iza­tion rages. Now, I’m not say­ing to start mak­ing signs and chant­i­ng, that isn’t going to help any­thing. Use your brain, don’t let let mar­i­jua­na define who you are.

10 Feb
2017

Get Lit This Valentine’s: 10 Literary Gifts For Your Book Nerd!

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and flow­ers would be a great gift if your Valen­tine didn’t prefer the smell of a new book over a fresh rose. This Valentine’s Day, make an evening of the things your favorite book nerd loves most with a lit­er­ary-themed night in. Here are some of the roman­tic, fun­ny, and fun book­ish gifts avail­able at Kards Unlim­it­ed to help you plan the night!

1. Out of Print T-Shirts

Set the tone for the evening with lit­er­ary shirts from Out of Print! Throw on match­ing Where the Wild Things Are tees before show­ing off your wild sides (ahem). The Alice in Won­der­land design (pic­tured) will lead the way down the rab­bit hole of love (ahem). Com­fort­able enough for sleep­wear, trendy enough for day­wear, your Valen­tine won’t be able to get enough of their shirt.

2. Bookish Jewelry

Gift the one you love (or real­ly real­ly like) book-themed acces­sories to fin­ish the look. Voz cuffs and pen­dants are per­fect for a Valen­tine-on-a-bud­get. Designed for pop cul­ture and lit­er­ary buffs, designs range from the bold (Books are sexy”) to the roman­tic (“You have bewitched me body and soul”).

Kathy Brans­field Neck­laces are hand-stamped neck­laces will sweep your sweet off her feet. Made of ster­ling sil­ver with gold-plat­ed brass over­lays, roman­tic themes include Tennyson’s icon­ic quote, “If I had a flow­er for every time I thought of you I could walk through my gar­den forever.” Cue the swoon. Here are some oth­ers, includ­ing for your bestie; don’t for­get Galentine’s Day is the Mon­day before Valentine’s Day!

3. Get Cookin’

Once you’re both dressed for the occa­sion, warm things up in the kitchen with din­ner from a lit-inspired cook­book. From the play­ful 50 Shades of Chick­en to cook­books inspired by the Out­lander and True Blood series, we’ve got plen­ty of cheeky, sexy, and deli­cious options to choose from. Make the meal solo or turn it into a team adven­ture; some­times two cooks are more fun than one!

4. Harry Potter Games

Ron and Hermione. Har­ry and Gin­ny. Always. Any­one who says the Har­ry Pot­ter series isn’t roman­tic is a dirty filthy liar. While the 32nd shade of chick­en is in the oven, have some light­heart­ed game time with Har­ry Pot­ter Triv­ial Pur­suit, Hog­warts Bat­tle, or Har­ry Pot­ter Clue. I’m sure there are ways to make it sexy, if that’s your kind of thing. Remem­ber, Gryffind­ors, this is Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to win.

5. Temporary Tattoos

Now that you’re all roman­tic over HP, you’ve prob­a­bly real­ized you’re soul­mates. But before you go get match­ing Always tat­toos on your first Valentine’s togeth­er, try some­thing a lit­tle less per­ma­nent. Go the sen­si­ble, roman­tic route with a set of Jane Austen tat­toos, or the dark but just as fun Edgar Allen Poe set. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is kind of Valen­ti­nes-y, right? I mean, it’s got a heart.

6. Coloring Books

All right, the Raven­claw won Triv­ial Pur­suit in five min­utes flat and tem­po­rary tat­toos are now plas­tered over arms, legs, faces, and the dog, but there are still fif­teen min­utes before din­ner is ready. What to do? Let your love relax and col­or pic­tures from their favorite books while you set the table. Whether col­or­ing siz­zling sce­nes from Out­lander and Game of Thrones, or re-liv­ing child­hood with The Lit­tle Prince, Lit­tle House on the Prairie, or Har­ry Pot­ter, col­or­ing books are all the rage right now for a rea­son.

7. Poetry

What’s sweet­er than dessert? Poet­ry. All right, don’t skip dessert. That would be a bad choice on Valentine’s, but cer­tain­ly add to the sweet­ness with some poet­ry recita­tion. Not a poet? We have you cov­ered. Love poems are always a great choice, but if you’re look­ing for some­thing for year-round, we also offer themed books of poet­ry cov­er­ing just about every­thing, includ­ing pets and ani­mals, music and the blues, mar­riage, par­ent­hood, soli­tude, and even a book of erotic poems. Take your pick, it’s hard to go wrong.

8. North Ave Candles

Time to get cozy before the evening’s main event: read­ing! (What’s bet­ter?) Pull out the plush­est blan­kets and add some ambiance with a North Ave Can­dle. Heat things up with a Fahren­heit 451 inspired can­dle, which smells of smoked pine and parch­ment, or play some jazz and light a gin, juniper, and daisy Great Gats­by can­dle. Offer­ing more than a dozen book-inspired scents, North Ave Can­dles are made right in Pitts­burgh!

 

9. Tea

Almost ready to cud­dle and read, but don’t for­get the best friend of book nerds: tea! Tea Forte’s heart-shaped gift sets will warm your Valentine’s heart, but any of the sam­plers are strong choic­es. Choco­late tea will sati­ate the sweet tooth, while teas for the heart will show you care. The Tea Forte Noir fla­vors are espe­cial­ly fun for after dark. Don’t know where to start? Our staff hap­pens to love tea, and we love to talk, so feel free to ask­for rec­om­men­da­tions.

10. Books

Now the best part of the evening, it’s time to read! We may be called Kards Unlim­it­ed, but we also have a pret­ty awe­some selec­tion of books. Bet­ter yet, we’ve com­piled a spe­cial sec­tion with our favorite love and romance books to make shop­ping for your Valen­tine even eas­ier. From Pride and Prej­u­dice to Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies, and tear-jerk­er Me Before You to Aziz Ansari’s comedic Mod­ern Romance, there’s some­thing for every taste and romance lev­el.

Come on in to Kards Unlim­it­ed for more great ideas to make your Valentine’s Day one for the his­to­ry books. And don’t for­get your Valentine’s Day card while you’re here!

6 Feb
2017

Learn to steal like Neil Gaiman!

I read a book a while ago called Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.  The book isn’t real­ly about steal­ing, of course, but about how to go about cap­i­tal­iz­ing on inspi­ra­tion and under­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences between emu­lat­ing a style because you appre­ci­ate it and straight up copy­ing some­one else’s work.

When I heard Neil Gaiman was going to pub­lish a book of Norse mythol­o­gy (inven­tive­ly enti­tled, Norse Mythol­o­gy), I imme­di­ate­ly thought of Steal Like an Artist because one of the things Kleon talks about in the book is get­ting to know the influ­ences of your influ­ences.  If you want to paint like Van Gogh, find out not only all you can about him, find out all you can about the painters that he admired and that influ­enced him.

Gaiman’s appre­ci­a­tion for Norse myth is very obvi­ous when you read his nov­el Amer­i­can Gods, since sev­er­al char­ac­ters direct­ly from Norse mythol­o­gy are trans­formed into main char­ac­ters of the nov­el.  How­ev­er, I’m excit­ed to read the Norse myths retold by Gaiman him­self, since they are such a sig­nif­i­cant influ­ence on his writ­ing.

Norse mythol­o­gy is not near­ly as well known in Amer­i­ca as its South­ern Euro­pean coun­ter­parts.  Indeed, the word mythol­o­gy in and of itself gen­er­al­ly gets peo­ple think­ing of Olym­pus and Her­cules and the rest of the Greek pan­theon.  Norse mythol­o­gy is quite dif­fer­ent.  The gods are more hero­ic and human, their ene­mies are much more diverse and, frankly, weird, and the nine worlds that make up the Norse uni­verse provide a mul­ti­tude of paths a depart­ed soul can take from life instead of a sim­ple trip across a river to the Under­world of the Greeks and Romans.

Any­one who has asked for book rec­om­men­da­tions at Kards Unlim­it­ed has undoubt­ed­ly been point­ed in the direc­tion of Neil Gaiman.  All of his books have been picked as favorites of at least a few of the staff and the KU Book Club has read three of his nov­els over the course of our meet­ings.  I’m cer­tain­ly not alone in being excit­ed for Gaiman’s newest book, and I think you will be too.  Come pick up a signed copy, on sale tomor­row, 2/7/17!

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