Fortunate News! “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Will Be Coming to Netflix

5 Nov

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Another live-action version of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is set to hit screens — although this version will be brought to life on a multitude of small screens through streaming service Netflix.

VFD! VFD! VFD! VFD!

So forget about that other take on the book series! And apologies if you had forgotten about it until this moment.

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All Hallow’s Read: Creepy Children Who See Even Creepier Things Edition

31 Oct

All Hallows Read 2014It’s that time of year again: Halloween! Which means it’s also the Neil Gaiman created holiday All Hallow’s Read, in which instead of (or in addition to) giving strange children non-strange candy you can also gift them with the joy of reading. Or more specifically, books.

Children are inevitably creepy – especially children who talk about their dead ghost friends – which is why for this year’s All Hallow’s Read (not to be confused with the only other year we did this) our suggestions are centered around children who have a preternatural ability to see dead people. Or just dead things.

If you have no desire to go out this Halloween and would much rather stay inside cuddled up with a spooky book and some warm cider while avoiding the ghosts, ghouls and Queen Elsas wandering the streets, you may want to check out these terrifying offerings.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 28, 2014

28 Oct

AtlantiaAtlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Young adult Atlantis (which we are going to pretend is actually about mermaids).

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 14, 2014

14 Oct

In Real LifeIn Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer – a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author and digerati bigwig Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Gorgeous artwork meets an intriguing premise all tied up in what sounds like a thought provoking exploration of some of our favorite things.

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“The Mortal Instruments” May or May Not Be Ruined on the Small Screen Next

13 Oct

Shadowhunters

The Mortal Instruments movie may have been a totally incomprehensible flop (let us never speak of it again), but that hasn’t stopped the book series from getting another chance, this time on the small screen.

According to recent reports, rather than another film starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers rat tails, the novels will be turned into a television series.

Which means there’s still hope for that prequel adaptation of Will Herondale and That Time it Was Demon Pox!

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: September 23, 2014

23 Sep

HorrorstorHorrorStör by Grady Hendrix

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it!

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Have you ever been to an IKEA? If you’re not careful you can get trapped there. For forever. Bonus points for making the book look just like an IKEA catalog.

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The Great Tales Never End: Cassie-la Rates the Stories in “Stone Mattress” by Margaret Atwood

17 Sep

Stone MattressStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (Galley)
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Genre: Fiction, short stories, horror, vampires, literary, fantasy, further proof that Margaret Atwood can do no wrong
Rating: 4.89 out of 5 stars

Summary: Margaret Atwood returns to the short story form (at least anthology-wise) for the first time since her 2006 collection Moral Disorder. With nine tales centered around long dead authors, soon to be dead authors, old age and death and ranging from tales about severed hands and vampires, to long-dead grooms, tiny imagined people and death by stromatolite, this is Atwood at her darkly comedic best.

Despite the seemingly impossible feat I may have set for myself, I decided to go a different route with this short story collection and rate these nine stories (or rather tales) written by the perpetually fabulous Margaret Atwood and order them from best tale to worst tale. Worst being a relative term since really, I loved them all. Honestly, if I were rating them according to US academia none would receive lower than an A.

While only three of the tales are interconnected, the same themes run through all the stories. Specifically themes of aging and in turn death (through either murder or old age), revenge, change (the old making way for the new and the juxtaposition that comes with it) and acceptance.

Most of these ideas Atwood explores through classical poetry, literature, and more specifically, long dead poets and authors, always keeping in mind (to borrow a quote) that storytellers never die. They just disappear into their own stories.

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