“The Girl With All the Gifts” Is Getting a Film Adaptation Starring Glenn Close

23 Mar

Girl with All the Gifts

Last year’s near-perfect post-apocalyptic horror novel The Girl With All the Gifts (like all good and bad things) is being adapted into a film.

The adaptation — which is getting re-titled She Who Brings Gifts — will star Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.

Even more exciting? The film will be directed by Colm McCarthy, who has worked on UK shows like “Peaky Blinders,” “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock.”

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To the Surprise of No One, “Game of Thrones” Will Spoil George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” Series

23 Mar

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To the surprise of no one who knows how Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin writes at a glacial pace, the “Game of Thrones” television show will finish before the author is done writing his epic fantasy.

Meaning the show will spoil the last two books.

On the plus side (because optimism?) at least we won’t have to wait 20 years to find out who lives, who dies and if the zombies and dragons ever make it to the Iron Throne.

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The “Paper Towns” Trailer Has Arrived

19 Mar

Remember that time we told you John Green’s Paper Towns was being adapted into a movie following the expected success of The Fault in Our Stars?

(Spoilers: it was a success and would have been even more of one if customers had paid in tears.)

Anyway, the trailer for the Paper Towns adaptation is officially here (watch above), which means they can get started on that Looking for Alaska film John Green is regretting selling the rights to.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: March 17, 2015

17 Mar

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With Great Power Comes Great … Something: Cassie-la Powers Through “Less Than Hero” by S.G. Browne

16 Mar

Less Than HeroLess Than Hero by S.G. Browne (Advanced Reader Copy)
Release Date
: March 17, 2015
Genre: Fiction, superheroes, supervillains, humor, satire, don’t do drugs kids
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary: Lloyd Prescott is part of a not-so-elite group of people who volunteer as human guinea pigs for pharmaceutical trials. You know, the kind that test out drugs that aren’t yet on the market. As a result, Lloyd and his fellow misfits (who make a living guinea pigging for pharmaceutical companies) begin to exhibit strange superpowers that may be connected to their years of testing untested drugs. Now that they finally have a purpose in life, will these 21st century Mystery Men use their powers for good or evil?

Less Than Hero is a fun new look at the superhero genre inspired by ridiculous drug side effects, human pharmaceutical testers and outcast superheroes like the Mystery Men, the X-Men and the duo in M. Night Shyamalan’s only other good film: Unbreakable.

It was also originally a short story entitled “Dr. Lullaby” in Browne’s collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel.

Have you read Browne’s second novel Fated? The two tales take place in the same universe — modern day New York City– and are occurring at the same time so be on the lookout for crossovers! Browne revealed that oddly enough he came up with ideas for both books at 10PM “exactly 30 days apart.”

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Sir Terry Pratchett Passes Away at 66

12 Mar


Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, best known for his humorous Discworld series has passed away after an eight year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, which in Pratchett fashion he referred to as an “embuggerance.”

He fought bravely and poignantly before, “pass[ing] away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015.”

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One London, Two London, Red London, Black London: Cassie-la Travels Through “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab

10 Mar

A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
: Fiction, fantasy, magic, parallel dimensions, how do I get a coat of many colors?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary: Kell is a blood magician and ambassador with the power to travel between Londons. There’s the magic-less Grey London, the flourishing Red London, war torn White London and the long lost Black London. The doors between the Londons were sealed off centuries ago to protect the worlds from a magic plague, but Kell may be forced to return to forbidden Black London when he gets pulled into a nefarious plot (are there any other kinds?) involving a dangerous artifact from the lost city. With the help of a cross-dressing ally and thief named Lila, Kell must travel through the Londons to return the artifact, or risk destroying all the worlds.

Victoria Schwab (also known as V.E. Schwab when she’s not writing young adult or middle grade books) has done it again with A Darker Shade of Magic, her novel about multiple Londons, magic, dimension hopping magicians with multiple-sided coats and cross-dressing wannabe pirates.

Protagonist Kell is a blood magician and one of only two people in the universes who can now travel between doors, acting as an ambassador between the three Londons: Red, Grey and White. There was once a fourth London, known as Black London, but more on that later.

Kell serves Red London, and for traveling throughout these parallel dimensions, he is armed with a coat of many sides to blend in or stand out from the crowds of the various Londons depending on his needs.

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