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'Genius': Albert Einstein is graphic novel's inventive variable

The term “prodigy” is an open blue sky when it arrives but in the instances when excellence has an expiration date the word is more like a clinging black cloud. That’s one of the themes in Genius, the new graphic novel from First Second Books and the tandem of writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Teddy Kristiansen, the same duo that delivered the Eisner-winning It’s a Bird back in 2004.

Genius introduces physicist Ted Marx a one-time wunderkind whose career is now more mass than energy, which is confounded by his inability to solve the emotional equations of being a husband and father. Marx finds a possible reprieve when he sees a chance to steal a secret discovery made by Albert Einstein. That opens the story up to the arrival of Einstein as a voice and with that Genius becomes a clear contender for the title of year’s most inventive graphic novel.

To find out more we caught up with Seagle, who is also a partner in Man of Action Studios, the collective best known for Ben-10 and its success for Cartoon Network. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'The Shining Girls' by Lauren Beukes -- EXCLUSIVE

A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (out June 4) features a time-traveling serial killer — yep, you read that right — named Harper Curtis who targets shining girls, bright young women who possess some unnameable quality that makes them burn with potential. Kirby Mazrachi is the only shining girl who managed to escape Harper once he set his sights on her. To bring her almost-killer to justice, she joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the reporter who covered her case. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to discover what she finds, but here’s the exclusive trailer for Shining Girls below: READ FULL STORY

Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE

To the Diana Gabaldon fans out there: You’ve been waiting patiently for the next Outlander novel since 2009′s An Echo in the Bone, but you’ll still have to wait until December for the eighth installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. The novel will follow your favorite characters through revolutionary Philadelphia as Jamie makes a dramatic return to Claire’s side, a new army sweeps the city, and romance and violence brew. While you’re waiting, Gabaldon has taken the time to tease Written in My Own Heart’s Blood without giving anything away. See below for some intriguing answers to your most burning questions and an exclusive look at the cover — which isn’t as simple as it looks:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The ending of the last Outlander novel thrilled some and infuriated some, and left all your fans in agony. It’s been four long years, so please assure us that there’s resolution in the beginning of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood?
DIANA GABALDON: Oh, yes. If you’re lucky, there will be quite a bit in the end, too.

What have your readers been most vocal about since An Echo in the Bone?
1. IS THERE ANOTHER BOOK!?!?
2. You left that poor little boy alone in that tunnel ALL THIS TIME?!?
3. OMG, what’s Jamie going to do to Lord John?!? What will he do to CLAIRE?!?!?
4. The next book isn’t the LAST ONE, is it?!? (No, it’s not.)

Where does the title come from?
From the rock polisher in the back of my brain. I throw Evocative, Significant, or Euphonious Words in there by the handful, let them tumble around, and now and then I pull them out to see if any of them are shiny yet.

How does this one differ from previous Outlander novels?
You notice the symbol on the cover? It’s an octothorpe. That’s because I’m juggling eight storylines here (and one of them has to do with the printing trade). The books are all different, in tone, approach, theme, shape/structure, and (of course) plot. This one is shaped like a chord progression, and the one-word theme is “Betrayal.” READ FULL STORY

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