William Golding’s classic exploration of the darkness inherent in all of us, Lord of the Flies, is generally seen in one of two lights. It’s either that boring book packed as densely with prose descriptions of the rainforest as its figurative jungle is with liana vines and ferns, or it’s a timeless classic that drags humanity’s hidden evils out from under the murky veneer of civilisation and into the light where they can be exposed for all to see. It’s also highly influential. Its themes and plot are mirrored in contemporary works as varied as The Walking Dead, The Terror and The Hunger Games, but the most recent direct adaptation of Golding’s masterpiece is almost thirty years old. It’s about time we updated that movie with a more faithful – and visceral – adaptation. (more…)
Del Ray Books is teaming up with 40 writers to bring the anthology Star Wars From A Certain Point Of View to Star Wars fans this October. The announcement went under the hastag #OperationBlueMilk and laid out the interesting concept behind the project which will donate all proceeds that would have gone to the authors to the charity First Book. an organization dedicated to providing books and learning materials to underprivileged children. Click through to find out more. (more…)
The release of the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a smash success last fall, and before it was even released, Warner Bros. knew it was going to be a smash success because they had already green-lighted a sequel with plans for several more sequels. But you have forgotten that before it was a movie, Fantastic Beasts was a book, and seeing as how they’ve got to start getting some promotion going for the sequel, the latest edition of the book may offer some reveals about where the next movie may be going. Hint? Two words: “Albus Dumbledore.” (more…)
For years, a great many Star Wars novels and comics went into great detail about the further adventures of Lando Calrissian after he piloted the Millennium Falcon to victory in the Battle of Endor. Of course, all that was swept away following the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and the building of a complete, canonical Star Wars world centred around the development of a new Wars film series. So now, almost five years later, we don’t know what the official Lando story is in the new (first?) order of the Star Wars universe… Until now! (more…)
It’s hard to say who was a standout character in the ensemble that was the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but two of the nominees have got to be Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe and Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. The twosome where kind of just chilling on Jedha, minding their own business, when they got swept up in the Death Star caper, which immediately begs the question: What were they up and why were they up to it in the time before Rogue One? Well prepare to have all questions answered as Jedha’s favourite odd couple is getting their own novel. (more…)
Fans of George R. R. Martin’s mega-hit series Game of Thrones are pretty accustomed to waiting a long time for new additions to the story. The next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, was supposed to be released sometime last year and has since been pushed to an unspecified time this year. With so many rabid fans chomping at the bit for anything out of Martin’s sadistic mind, it’s a bit surprising to learn that he is working on a short story set to be released later this year. Don’t freak out and slam the message boards just yet though, he is still working on The Winds of Winter and this appears to be a side-project fans of the series will likely enjoy.
After almost three decades of waiting, the first collaborative novel between Sir Terry Pratchett (Discworld novels) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, and Coraline) is finally being made for television! Development for an adaptation of Good Omens began in 2002 as a film, but the project remained somewhat mired in development hell for years. By 2008, the project appeared dead in the water. Fortunately, for fans and pretty much everyone else who appreciates amazing fantasy fiction, Amazon greenlit the series, which is set to premiere sometime in 2018.
It’s not the new Harry Potter movie you might have wanted, but it’s pretty darn close, and now it’s coming pretty darn closer than the famed east end theatre district of London. You may have read – or more likely devoured – the book version of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II, but if you’re terribly interested in seeing the events play out as intended, there’s good news for you. Harry Potter is coming to Broadway! The Boy Who Lived, now the Man Who’s Overworked, will be bringing the gang to the Great White Way in fabulous New York City about 18 months from now. (more…)
Before there was Game of Thrones, before there was even Star Wars, there was Dune. Frank Herbert’s classic novels have been beloved since 1965 and have been very influential and are considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Many argue that there wouldn’t even be Star Wars or The Matrix without the Dune novels’ influence and themes. Basically, it was Game of Thrones before there was even a Game of Thrones, perfectly blending religion, politics, and fantasy in a compelling series. Dune is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel that many consider the Lord of the Rings for science fiction.
For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)