This week, I got movies on my mind. Book-to-movie adaptations, that is.
This is happening:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Also known as the first book assigned for English that I read and liked. My sixth grade self was enthralled, and I remember listing is as “Favorite Book” for about a year hence.
Except, I have a confession to make. I have absolutely no memory of the plot. I remember the experience of reading it (positive), but so foggy on the details (all the fog). The trailer looks like pure magic, but doesn’t help out in the story department.
Yesterday, I got my hands on this book to do some much needed brushing up on plot. Anyone with me?
Release date: March 9, 2018
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Another book that’s on my To-Read list and my actual shelf.
Just hoping that it will do more than a feature length fan service for 80’s/90’s nostalgia. In the trailer alone, I’m seeing Tron, Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and dozens of other references. There is a plot, though, right? Continue reading
In which we bring you the latest, greatest and (sometimes) strangest blurbs from the book world.
It’s no secret that I hate rhetorical questions in book blurbs. But this blurb totally rocked by expectations. Talk about concept! This could be incredibly hackneyed, or incredibly good.
Call me intrigued. Now to wait till November 2017…
Rex is a Good Dog. He loves humans. He hates enemies. He’s utterly obedient to Master.
He’s also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he’s part of a Multi-form Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, Southeastern Mexico.
Rex is a genetically engineered bioform, a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that he must do exactly what Master says and Master says he’s got to kill a lot of enemies. But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow bioforms even have a right to exist? And what happens when Rex slips his leash?
– Dogs of War by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Have you come across any books that have caught your eye recently?
This year, one of my reading goals included a dive into the science fiction Locus Award list, from 1978 to 2016.
Progress so far:
- 1985 The Integral Trees by Larry Niven ★★☆☆☆
- 1992 Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold ★★★★★
- 2000 Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson ★★★☆☆
- 2012 Embassytown by China Miéville ★★★★★
- 2013 Redshirts by John Scalzi ★★☆☆☆
And here are my upcoming reads: Continue reading
Before reading the blurb, I totally thought this was going to be a werewhale romance novel…I can’t decide if I’m disappointed that it’s not.
Captain Ahab’s daughter refuses to let her brother be lost to the sea’s call and the mysteries of their father’s stories.
Determined, Morgan tracks down Ishmael and convinces him to help her on a quest to find and bring back her brother who searches for the fabled island of nightmares. When Morgan and Ishmael are captured by mercenaries far out at sea, they convince their captors to head to the island of nightmares where there are rumored to be riches beyond imagination.
Once on the island, Morgan’s hopes are dashed as members of the crew disappear one by one as the true secret behind the island’s raw natural power is revealed. Can Morgan and the others escape, or is there some darker power trapping them there for its own fearsome purpose?
– Ahab’s Daughter: The Werewhale Saga by Ron Vitale