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…)
NPR‘s Too Hot For Radio podcast is worth checking out, it’s full of interesting things that couldn’t make the radio because of adult language, situations, and violence. One such item was actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova) reading Batman and Robin Have an Altercation, a short story found in Stephen King‘s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. This isn’t your typical Batman story, but a tale of a man and his father with Alzheimer’s on their weekly trip to Applebee’s.
*Please note that there is NSFW language in this reading. (more…)
Last night, a new Harry Potter story came out to the masses in book stores, albeit in a different format than what we had come to know and love; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story starring The Boy Who Lived is, as you’re probably already aware, a stage-play script released in book format. Despite the unconventional format, people are very excited for more Harry Potter stories to dive into all the same. However, people had been wondering if there was even more stories untold from the lightning scarred English wizard in our future… well, Potter-author J.K. Rowling recently gave us an answer. (more…)
From Sandman to Stardust, Neverwhere to Wayward Manor, Coraline to American Gods, Neil Gaiman‘s writing is rich with legends and mythology from around the world. His work draws on every fantastical thing from fairy tales to religions, putting his own unique spin on each new incarnation he creates. His stories are populated by witches and sprites and ghosts and gods in a way that blends the down to earth and the magical in a convincing and gripping way. Gaiman famously said that his fascination with mythology meant that he had to do only minimal research to confirm the occasionl fuzzy memory while writing American Gods. (more…)
Yesterday, a ton of information about the North American Wizarding School hit the Pottermore along with a new story. The new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based onthe book by J.K. Rowling, should give us a closer look at the school later this November, but fans can go online now at Pottermore and take the North American Wizarding School House Quiz that helps place students in the house that suits them best. We’ve got the breakdown on the four new houses and the link to take the quiz. (more…)
Recently George R.R. Martin and Stephen King spent an hour talking about life and writing in front of an audience in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Kiva Auditorium. It’s an hour-long conversation filled with interesting anecdotes from both writers and fans of either writer won’t be disappointed. While the pair do share many traits, one glaring writing trait they do not share was questioned by George R.R. Martin when he asked King “How the fuck to you write so many books so fast!?” (more…)
Yesterday the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage production tweeted out the first official cast pictures of the Potter family. Today, it’s time to check out what Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley), Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni), and their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete) look like. (more…)
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play is just a week away from the first preview performances and the production is introducing the public to an aged Harry (Jamie Parker) and Ginny (Poppy Miller) Potter and their son Albus (Sam Clemmett). While the official opening performance is July 30th in the London Palace Theater, the production will hold several preview performances in the following weeks to work out any kinks. (more…)
It’s really happening, you guys. The adaptation of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series into (hopefully) just as epic films has begun. Filming is taking place in Cape Town, South Africa presently; with Nikolaj Arcel directing a talent-ridden cast including Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road). King is adamant on forewarning fans not to expect a direct adaptation of the books, however, because that’s not what they’re going to get. Anthony Breznican (from Entertainment Weekly) recently interviewed King and Arcel on his Sirius XM show, Behind the Scenes with Anthony Breznican, and here’s some excerpts of what the duo had to say about the highly anticipated first film. (more…)