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What Common Grammatical Mistakes Can Tell You About the Shameful Moral Failings of Others

Friends, these are dark times. Gangs of misused homophones run wild and unfettered through the streets. Tongues wag in nonsensical sentence fragments and keyboards transcribe contractions of words that should never be shortened. Superfluous commas and apostrophes glitter in the sky like the trail of an ominous, ungrammatical comet.

Sure, some may claim that “it’s no big deal” or that “you still get what I mean,” or that we should “stop being such a total jerk about it, Blair,” but we all know the truth. The Day of Judgment is at hand, when the ears of the deaf will be unstopped to how many times they’ve said “where is it at?” and the eyes of the blind will be forced to read all their flippant substitution of the second person possessive pronoun for the contracted form of “you are.” But we, the grammatically righteous, shall peer down the shining walls of our ivory tower and watch the doomed writhe in agony! We must accept the scepter of our sacred duty and must judge the erroneous in accordance with their grievous sins…which, conveniently, I have cataloged here, for ease of punition.

Five Flesh-Eating Series to Fill the Walking Dead-Shaped Hole in Your Life

How exactly have we lived this long since The Walking Dead's midseason finale? I'll keep this spoiler-free, but AMC's adaptation of the hit comic series left viewers on the edge of their seats—and probably without much sanity.

Everything You Need To Know About Being a Terrible Writer You Can Learn From Family Guy’s Brian Griffin

I watch a lot of Family Guy. It’s one of my favorite shows to unwind with at the end of a busy day. Good for a quick laugh, with pop culture references that tend to skew a little older and geekier, which I love. And it’s the perfect show to load up on Hulu while I’m cooking in the kitchen, or leave on in the background while I’m busy writing.

Send Your Sweetheart a Hollow City Valentine

When Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs came out, we made these adorable Valentines inspired by photos in the book. And now that Hollow City is out and about, we decided to do it again. Just for you, Quirk fans. 

Check out two more Valentines, after the jump. Feel free to send them off to your friends, or share them on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Tumblr! Enjoy!

February Book Giveaways: Signed Copies of Hollow City, Advances of The Empire Striketh Back, & More!

Oh my! We sure do have a lot of giveaways going on this month across Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes! In fact, we've been doing more of these than ever before, so we're going to start rounding them up here on the blog. It's your one stop shop for all Quirk giveaways. 

This month's giveaways include Haute Dogs by Russell van Kraayenburg, Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage and Secret Agent Gadget Battle by Science Bob and Steve Hockensmith, William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher, Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher, Colorstrology by Michelle Bernhardt, Stuff Every College Student Should Know by Blair Thornburgh, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer. 

Check out where you can request copies below. Good luck! 

Grab Copies of Nick & Tesla and Professor Gargoyle For Your Classroom

Update! So we're reposting this and giving this a bump up to the homepage. Because we really love sending books to teachers and schoo librarians! So feel free to request a copy, and we'll send them your way. 

The second book in Steve Hockensmith and Science Bob's Nick & Tesla series hits stores everywhere this month, and we're just thrilled.

I mean, the first book was an Amazon Book of the Month, the website for the series looks great, and Science Bob created some fantastic videos to promote the book. You can check out a whole bunch of them here, on the series website

Having published the first installment in our Lovecraft Middle School series in 2012, Nick & Tesla is our second venture into publishing middle grade books. Last year, we gave away copies of Professor Gargoyle and the first Nick & Tesla book, and we're doing it again.

So! If you're a teacher looking for some new books for your classroom library, go ahead and email me (eric@quirkbooks.com) with your details. I'll send you a free copy of Nick & Tesla, Professor Gargoyle, and a bundle of posters to share with your students. 

Hope to hear from you soon, teachers! 

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