How To Get Into The Witcher Novels

If you play video games, you might be familiar with The Witcher. But before Geralt of Rivia dazzled gamers in CD Projekt Red’s series, he was the star of Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski’s hit fantasy novels. Want to know more about the literary origins of the Witcher? Here’s everything you need to get started. » 5/21/15 3:00pm 5/21/15 3:00pm

Save a Few Rupees on the Zelda Prima Game Guide Box Set

Need a gift for the Zelda fan with everything? The Zelda Prima Game Guide Box Set is down to $91 on Amazon day, if you’re willing to wait out a backorder. The set includes six guides in a treasure chest box, plus a certificate of authenticity and a laser-etched metallic bookmark. [The Legend of Zelda Box Set: Prima… » 5/15/15 6:15pm 5/15/15 6:15pm

Last Night’s Game Of Thrones Was Actually Pretty Hard To Watch

Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers… » 5/04/15 5:05pm 5/04/15 5:05pm

The io9 Guide to Discworld

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld might look intimidating — there are 40 books, and they’re humorous fantasy, which seems like it could be an acquired taste. But everybody should read at least one Discworld book, because they’re wonderful, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s our complete guide to Pratchett’s… » 4/28/15 2:55pm 4/28/15 2:55pm

10 Obvious Superhero Weaknesses (That Supervillains Hardly Ever Exploit)

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We think of superhero weaknesses as being fancy or complicated — radioactive fragments of their old home planets, or the people they love. And that’s why superheroes win. In fact, most superheroes have super-obvious weak points. Here are 10 obvious superhero weakness that villains almost never attack. » 4/27/15 1:25pm 4/27/15 1:25pm

From Metropolis To Ex Machina: Why Are So Many Robots Female?

The new movie Ex Machina has been pushing people’s buttons. It features a seemingly vulnerable robot named Ava, who’s as beautiful as she is mysterious. But Ava’s just the latest in a long line of artificial seductresses, girlfriends and mothers. Why are so many thinking machines female? » 4/21/15 4:24pm 4/21/15 4:24pm

On Game Of Thrones, Too Much Loyalty Can Be More Dangerous Than Betrayal

Game of Thrones keeps delving into murkier and murkier territory, as we sift through the ashes of war and the show adapts George R.R. Martin’s most morally ambiguous books. So maybe it’s not a surprise that too much loyalty poses as much danger as betrayal. Spoilers...
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On Game Of Thrones, It Turns Out You Win AND You Die

Back in season one of Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister told us that when you play the game of thrones, "you win or you die." But by now, it's become clear to Cersei (and everyone else) that this isn't an either/or proposition. You can win the game, and still be toast. Just ask Tywin Lannister. » 4/13/15 1:03pm 4/13/15 1:03pm

10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin


When George R.R. Martin released A Game of Thrones in 1996, he helped to change the game with his grounded approach to fantasy tropes. At the same time, people sometimes talk as though Martin was the first to bring realism to epic fantasy. So here are 10 other authors who were doing "gritty" fantasy before Martin. » 4/01/15 2:39pm 4/01/15 2:39pm

Wow, Game Of Thrones Season 5 Is Even Darker Than We Expected

We kind of assumed this year on Game of Thrones was going to be as bitter and dark as graveyard-shift coffee. After all, it's based on the two ugliest books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. But we saw the season premiere last night, and it's even nastier. Here are our spoiler-free impressions. » 3/24/15 5:25pm 3/24/15 5:25pm

New Star Wars Book Will Connect Return of the Jedi to The Force Awakens

A long time ago, there was a whole galaxy of Star Wars lore that told stories about the events that followed the destruction of the second Death Star. But the old Expanded Universe is no more. So it's time to build a new one, starting with a book by Chuck Wendig taking place after the Rebel Alliance's big win on Endor. » 3/17/15 4:00pm 3/17/15 4:00pm