Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!