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Weekend Reading: Borders, Barnes & Noble, Batman & Thor

NookBorders Books is finding no takers in its quest for a buyer, so unless a miracle happens, they’re probably toast.

So it’s a good thing they paid all those retention bonuses to people who can’t make anything happen for them.

Their main brick-and-mortar competition, Barnes & Noble, is currently looking like the smartest girl in class. They’ve gotten a $1 billion (with a “b”) offer from Liberty Media.

They probably aren’t interested in the books or the stores, but since Liberty has a lot of old school media holdings, the one thing they lack for modern-day exploitation is Nook technology.

Let’s go elsewhere for good reading:

Batman: Want to know a cool digital-only comic you could be reading for just 99¢? DC’s got one: Batman: Arkham City #1 by Paul Dini & Derek Fridolfs and artist Dustin Nguyen.

Thor: The writer Lance Mannion has seen Thor. “Not enough Loki making mischief. Not enough Don Blake doing good deeds - serving one plate of pancakes shouldn’t be enough to earn your way back into Asgard. And not enough Kat Dennings.”

Dinosaurs: As part of his ongoing Starlog Project, John Zipperer at Weimar World Service takes a look at Starlog #193, an issue that’s dear to my heart because something I created - Dinosaurs For Hire - is featured on the cover.

Reading: Wayne Markley has some summer reading suggestions at Westfield Comics.

Golden: Alan Cranis at Bookgasm reviews Carrie Vaughn’s After The Golden Age, a novel that highlights the “superhero-parent/ordinary-child dilemma.” Says Alan: “Vaughn’s prose is bracing and accessible, but loaded with credible emotion and insight.”

Wicked: Guess what’s up at Tor.com? An excerpt of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes by artist Ron Wimberly. Nice.

Wynonna: Wired reviews Beau Smith’s and Enrique Villigran’s Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars #1: “The concept is fun and Wynonna makes for a great lead character in that she’s completely unfazed at this point by all the supernatural events swirling around her missions.”

And finally, my pal Richard Pachter reminds authors that they have to do more than just write something good. Bonus: An appearance from Warren Ellis.

Now use your internets responsibly!

[Artwork: Nook]

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