Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: August 25, 2015

25 Aug

New Book Releases August 25 20145

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Book Cover Battle: ‘The Diviners’ by Libba Bray – US Cover VS. UK Cover VS. AU Cover

24 Aug

Diviners Book Covers US UK AU

After three long years, the second novel in Libba Bray’s Diviners series — Lair of Dreams — is finally being released tomorrow (August 25).

To celebrate, we made a three way book cover battle!

Which cover would you display on your shelves? The original US hardcover (left), the UK paperback (center) or the AU paperback (right)?

Keep reading for the synopsis and vote for which cover deserves the top spot below the jump.

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Till Human Voices Wake Us and We Drown: Cassie-la Dives Into ‘The Gracekeepers’ by Kirsty Logan

22 Aug

Gracekeepers Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, circus, mermaids, absolutely nothing to do with Waterworld
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars

SummaryThe world was forever altered by a sudden rise in sea levels, dividing the planet into two groups: the powerful landlockers and the sea-faring damplings. Lonely dampling North has only known her life aboard the circus boat the Excalibur with her bear, while landlocker Callanish has chosen isolation and performs burials at seas. When a storm brings the two girls together, they begin to dream for the first time of a brand new world.

Kirsty Logan’s beautifully written debut novel The Gracekeepers is perfect for fans of mermaids, circuses, fantasy worlds and prose that sings from line to line.

It’s set in a fully realized post-apocalyptic world where rising sea levels have destroyed cities and created a brand new landscape dominated by the ocean. Because of this global warming allegory, those who own and live on land (landlockers) have more food and resources and thus more power, while the 99 percent (damplings) are forced to live at sea.

Both classes resent each other, with the always hungry damplings being forced to wear bells to distinguish themselves when they’re on land and the damplings insultingly referring to landlockers as clams for their insistence on clinging to the old ways.

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Twitter Reactions: Jonathan Franzen Considered Adopting an Iraqi War Orphan to Learn About the Youths

21 Aug

Jonathan Frazen Twitter

In things you should never ever do news, noted curmudgeon and author Jonathan Franzen considered adopting an “Iraqi war orphan,” not because he wanted to provide him or her with a loving home, but because he couldn’t understand young people.

Said Franzen in his interview with the Guardian, “One of the things that had put me in mind of adoption was a sense of alienation from the younger generation. They seemed politically not the way they should be as young people. I thought people were supposed to be idealistic and angry. And they seemed kind of cynical and not very angry. At least not in any way that was accessible to me.”

To the surprise of no one, this created ire across the internet. We have collected the best reactions we could find under the cut.

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Warner Bros. Wants to Bring Dante’s ‘Inferno’ to the Big Screen

20 Aug

Dante Inferno

Warner Bros. has purchased a movie pitch for Dante’s Inferno, which is an adaptation of (you guessed it) the epic Dante Alighieri poem Inferno.

The movie will focus on the Beatrice/Dante love story, with Dante traveling through hell to find Beatrice after she dies an early death.

It will be penned by screenwriter Dwain Worrell.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: August 18, 2015

18 Aug

New Book Releases August 18 2015

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Watch James McAvoy + Daniel Radcliffe Create Life in ‘Victor Frankenstein’ Trailer

18 Aug

Young Professior Xavier (James McAvoy) and Harry Potter if Snape was his father (Daniel Radcliffe) star as mad scientists looking to reanimate life in this remake of the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein, titled Hot Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein.

The film hits theatres on November 25, a day before Thanksgiving.

Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Is it a dramedy? Your guess is as good as ours.

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