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Can You Survive a Night Out in Epic Fantasy Town?

by a cat

When your day job is fighting dragons, or being a cantankerous mage in an imposing tower, or keeping the lava hot at the fantasy forge, or befriending dragons—basically if you’re doing anything in Epic Fantasy Town, you’ll have to unwind on the weekend. Where better to go than Epic Fantasy Tavern? The ale is frothy, the laughter is mirthy, and there’s no way you’ll meet your untimely end while you’re out relaxing!

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Better take this quiz, just to be sure. And then if you like the vibes, check out The Silverblood Promise by James Logan 😎

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The Official In the Lives of Puppets Playlist from TJ Klune

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in the lives of puppets by tj kluneLast year, TJ Klune provided us with a fantastic official playlist and write-up for his new novel, In the Lives of Puppets. Now that Puppets is releasing in paperback, we’re bringing his tunes and commentary back 😎

As of the day I’m writing this—April 12, 2023—I have over five hundred songs in my In the Lives of Puppets playlist. Below, I’ve selected fifteen songs from that list to tell the musical story of the novel. These songs are in narrative order to take you on the journey with Vic, Hap, Nurse Ratched and Rambo to save one of their own. There’s a mix of jazz, contemporary and some different versions of songs you’ll recognize.

Each of the major characters—from Vic to Giovanni—are based upon a particular type of music and/or musical performance. For example, the Coachman is partially based on Gerard Way’s performance as part of My Chemical Romance for Welcome to the Black Parade. The Blue Fairy is pure Annie Lennox in Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

Enjoy the playlist for In the Lives of Puppets!

TJ Klune

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A Puppets Vibe

The Irrepressibles — “In This Shirt”

There’s a thorn in my side
It’s the shame, it’s the pride
Of you and me
Ever changing


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Weather Report — “Volcano for Hire”

Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald — “Cheek to Cheek”

Heaven, I’m in heaven
And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
When we’re out together dancing cheek to cheek

Rihanna — “Disturbia”

It’s a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind, it can control you
I feel like a monster

Ethan Bortnick — “engravings”

All the pain is underneath, I’m listenin’
To everything, please tell me everything
I’ll put my hand up on your chest
So you forget your engravings

BT — “Simply Being Loved (Electronic Opus Mix)”

Some little joy some little joy,  it’s complicated
Some little time some little time, my heart’s been faded
Some little hope some little hope, and I pray again for love

(original substituted for remix on the linked Spotify playlist)


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Cosmo Sheldrake — “Come Along” (Reverb Edition by Kouyou)

Run along now don’t be glum
Get you gone now have some fun
Don’t be long for the end is nigh

(original substituted for remix on the linked Spotify playlist)

My Chemical Romance — “Welcome to the Black Parade”

We’ll carry on, we’ll carry on
And though you’re dead and gone, believe me
Your memory will carry on

Loveless — “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)”

You don’t wanna hurt me
But see how deep the bullet lies
Unaware I’m tearing you asunder
Oh, there is thunder in our hearts


Eurythmics: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (Music Video 1983) - IMDb

New Beat Order & Arc North & Aaron Richards — “Numb”

I’ve become so numb, I can’t feel you there
I’ve become so tired, so much more aware
I’m becoming this
All I want to do is be more like me
And be less like you

TALK — “Run Away To Mars”

I can’t tell which way is home
I’ve been gone for so long
It’s an empty world pp here
I skip stones and wonder
How long ’til I’m discovered?
It’s a quiet life up here

The Eurythmics & Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart — “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused

Phlotilla & Andrea Wasse & Topher Mohr — “Going Down Fighting”

If the city’s on fire
I’ll stand in the ashes
There’s no turning back
It’s ready or not

This Mortal Coil — “Song to the Siren”

Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
‘Til your singing eyes and fingers
Drew me loving to your isle
And you sang
Sail to me
Sail to me, let me enfold you
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you


Listen to The Irrepressibles - In This Shirt (True Identity Remix) by True Identity in My dear ones playlist online for free on SoundCloud

The Irrepressibles — “In This Shirt”

In the night to hear the engines purr
There’s a pain
It does ripple
Through my frame, makes me lame
There’s a thorn in my side
It’s the shame, it’s the pride
Of you and me

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Heartsong & the Hounds that Melt Our Hearts

heartsong by tj kluneTJ Klune’s Green Creek series is filled with heart-melting stories about queer love and werewolves. You know what else melts our hearts? The canine companions in our lives, and also TJ’s latest Green Creek release, Heartsong!

Check out this series of dogs we love with this lovely book!

rosie the chihuahua on the move next to heatsong by tj klune

Rosie the Chihuahua is notoriously difficult to photograph. Perpetually on the move, she is very puppy.


Bobby the Australian Shepherd is a Very Good Boy and not even the intended subject of this picture. This was supposed to be a snapshot with Marie (pictured below), but he was so excited about TJ Klune’s Heartsong that he had to jump in early.


Marie the Chihuahua is shockingly agile for her age and spends most of her time scaling to the highest point where people are around. Affectionately referred to as a “parrot” because of her penchant for perching on people’s shoulders, here she perches with Heartsong by TJ Klune.


Bobby wanted more pictures and has very pretty eyes.


Dolly the Australian Shepherd also has pretty eyes, and is the fastest thing on four legs. She loves her pack, her home, and hates riding in cars due to bad motion sickness.


Bobby is back and is such a good boy : )

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Which of the Atlas Six are You?

the atlas complex by olivie blakeby a cat 

At last.

After so many moons, the time has finally arrived.

The time of your initiation into the Alexandrian Society.

In the past, Tor quiz scientists have determined your Ally and your Nemesis, but it’s all been building up to this:

Which of The Atlas Six are you?

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by a cat 

Ever hear the phrase dead of winter? 

Yeah? Well forget it. This is the winter of being ALIVE and we’re taking that to the EXTREME.

Because nothing is more EXTREME than a silly quiz. Remember that. 

Forget the dead of winter; remember that.

Check it out!

And while you’ve got books on the brain, check out The Atlas Complex by Olivie Blake, and don’t forget to enter our gift-with-purchase campaign to receive a cool enamel pin!

left: enamel pin with sword and starscape design on the atlas complex cover right: the atlas complex by olivie blake text: pin enlarged to show detail; actual size 2"x1.53"

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The Atlas Complex Official Playlist

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the atlas complex by olivie blakeSix magicians were selected for the chance to study the foundational magics and laws of the world. You have been selected to listen to the playlist to compliment their heart-shattering series finale.

Please enjoy this playlist of tracks hand-curated by Olivie Blake, author of The Atlas SixThe Atlas Paradox, and the upcoming, world-changing The Atlas Complex.

And when you’re done, don’t forget to dive back into The Atlas Paradox Official Playlist, too!

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Featured Tracks

“HONEY (ARE YOU COMING?)” – Måneskin

“Nature Mother (with Emoni Wilkins)” – Until the Ribbon Breaks, Emoji Wilkins

“The Matrix” – Mother Mother

“life is good” – angelbaby, Jaguar Twin

“Safe And Sound” – Reimagined – Point North

“Wasteland” – TALK

“Hurricane & Sugar Highs” – FRENSHIP

“We Are All Insane” – AWOLNATION

“it’s my turn” – MisterWives

“Beyond The Pale” – Andrew Wyatt


“The Beginning of the End” – Klergy, Valerie Broussard


“Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome” – The Mountain Goats

“Good Girl Trauma” – Transviolet, Janelle Kroll

“Farewell To Nova Scotia” – Blitz//Berlin, bülow

“We’re Not in Orbit Yet…” – Broken Bells

“wide eyed” – JAWNY

“Here to Forever” – Death Cab for Cutie

“Tomorrow” – Young the Giant

“Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa” – FINNEAS

“I Love This Part” – The Wrecks

“We’re All Gonna Die (with Noah Kahan)” – Joy Oladokun, Noah Kahan

“radiohead” – Nightly

“Heaven, Iowa” – Fall Out Boy

“Sour” – 1990nowhere, Lostboycrow, Olivver the Kid, Olen

“Lemon to a Knife Fight” – The Wombats

“Novocaine” – The Band CAMINO

“Hold Me” – The Strumbellas

“How’s It Gonna End?” – Aidan Bissett

“Magic”  – Vancouver Sleep Clinic

“Francesca” – Hozier

“Last Rites” – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

“Slowly Spilling Out” – Saint Motel

“You First (Re: Remi Wolf)” – Paramore, Remi Wolf

“Dance On The Sun” – Sheppard

“Mother Nature” – MGMT

“On Your Side” – The Last Dinner Party

“I’ve Only Started Running” – HARBOUR

“The View Between Villages” – Noah Kahan


Festive Fur Family of Tor: Halloween Edition

Here at Tor, we love Halloween, and we love our pets! And our pets, for the most part, also love Halloween, when there’s lots of treats and love to make up for their ridiculous costumes. Check out this line up of Tor employee familiars in their holiday best!

kaz the cat looking suspiciously back over his shoulder. he's wearing bat wings

Don’t let the brooding expression fool you, Kaz is a good boy.

rosita the shark sheepishly creeping away bc she doesn't like her costume

Rosita is honestly not a big fan of her costume but being such a good sport about it.

hermes the prisoner is free and smiling outside

Hermes was framed for his crimes! Framed, we say!

bao is a distinguished gentleman, chilling in his fall flannels

Not quite a costume but Bao is living out his Fall vibes.

bandit the cat is lounging on the lap of a skeleton which pets him with chitinous fingers

Also not quite a costume, but here’s Bandit with his last victim…

sophie the dragon chilling in some fallen leaves. her wings are golden

Here’s Sophie the dragon!

tom the cat in a little halloween tent

Tom, seen here in his Halloween tent, is a frequent guest around Tor’s digital office

shakespeare the cat in a vampire cloak

Shakespeare was not excited to put his cape on but jokes on him, his attitude made it better!


Escape The Haunted Library

Endless night streams soft and silver through the reading room’s wide window. You are surrounded by volumes and tomes, candle and moonlight, and out that window—so many stars.

Inside there are so many spirits.

If you do not escape the library, you will join them. FOREVER.

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The Fragile Threads of Power Art Roundup!

The Fragile Threads of PowerThe Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab by V. E. Schwab is now available! At last, readers return to the many worlds spun into being by Schwab’s Shades of Magic series…and did we mention there’s art?? Check out these renditions of the Fragile Threads cast created by lasq.draws.

Kell & Lila


Rhy & Alucard


Queen & Ren


Kosika & Holland


Bex & Calin




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What’s Your Superpower According to George R.R. Martin?

The Wild Cards are back with Full House—an adventure edited by George R. R. Martin—now in paperback! With new Aces and Jokers, as well as some old favorites, the latest book in this long-running shared-world series has us wondering: if we lived in Martin’s shared world, what powers would we have? Would we be the famous Dr. Tachyon, mind reader extraordinaire? Or Croyd, whose abilities constantly change? Wonder no longer, because our quiz will tell you!

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