14 notable differences between the book and Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’

Leigh Bardugo’s novels are so full of descriptive detail amid the bubbling romance and Grisha magic, with painstakingly detailed world-mapping and well-woven geopolitics, that the Netflix show Shadow and Bone has plenty to work with.

But as the book came out in 2012, there’s also plenty of room for the show to make its own improvements.

The eight-episode series draws from two books from Bardugo’s “Grishaverse”: Shadow and Bone (the start of the “Grisha trilogy”) and 2015’s Six of Crows (the first of a duology). Each follows the storylines of Alina Starkov, Mal Oretsev, and the Darkling (referred to in

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When the Stars Go Dark, by Paula McLain book review

McLain herself has gone on to mine the life of Hemingway wife No. 3, journalist Martha Gellhorn, as well as the British aviator, Beryl Markham, who, in 1936, became the first person to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic from Britain to North America. McLain’s latest novel, however, renounces the rewards of the tried-and-true. “When the Stars Go Dark” is a suspense story, and the grim history it draws upon is McLain’s own, interwoven with the real-life kidnapping cases of several young girls in Northern California in the 1990s.

As she acknowledges in her author’s note at the end of

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Michael Davis’ Sesame Street book Street Gang now a movie


“It’s kind of a pinch-me experience for me this week,” says Michael Davis, author of “Street Gang: The Complete History of ‘Sesame Street.’” “We’ve been working on this for so long. And to have this day finally arrive after a year of just real uncertainty about what was gonna be with the film, it’s a tremendous relief, mixed with tremendous excitement.”

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(Editor’s note: The subject of this story, Michael Davis, is southern region manager for Solutions Journalism Network and led the formation of the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative, made up of several local media companies, including The

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