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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fantasy Feast, Voodoo Child, David Morrell & More...

Starting August 1, 2007 and running through September, the Reader’s Paradise Bookstore in South Africa will be hosting their first-ever Fantasy Feast. During the two-month event, any books purchased that are part of the promotion will include a Signed Bookplate from the author. Among the 40+ fantasy/science-fiction writers participating there is Neil Gaiman, Terry Brooks, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jacqueline Carey, Charlie Huston, Orson Scott Card, Tad Williams, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Charlie Stross, James Clemens, Daniel Abraham, Kate Elliott and many others. Additionally, every book purchase during the event will automatically enter you in the Fantasy Feast Raffle where prizes include autographed items by Terry Brooks, Tad Williams & L.E. Modesitt Jr. among other cool prizes. Fortunately, for anyone not in the Cape Town, South Africa area, you can get details on how to order a book that is part of the promotion by EMAILING Reader’s Paradise Bookstore. Click HERE for the full scoop on Fantasy Feast!!!

Over at Newsarama, there’s a six-page preview of Voodoo Child #1 HERE, which was created by Nicholas Cage (Ghost Rider, National Treasure) & son Weston. The comic book is written by Mike Carey (Ultimate Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hellblazer), – interviewed HERE by yours truly – drawn by Dean Hyrapiet, and will be released July 11, 2007 via Virgin Comics (John Woo’s7 Brothers”, Guy Ritchie’sGame Keeper”). Read Newsarama’s interview with the Cages HERE, check out a review of issue one HERE, and view the synopsis below:

In 1860, the plantation of Mason Moore—a known Unionist sympathizer—is burned to the ground by secessionists. In the battle, Moore’s illegitimate son is killed, but as he gasps his last breaths, a voodoo bokor places a spell upon the dying boy. Flash forward to 2005: four months after the worst natural disaster in its history, New Orleans is gripped by fear as young girls start to disappear from its streets while a brutal gang war rages. When Detective Robert Julien starts to investigate, he finds that there's something else out in the shadows: something that's neither dead nor alive—an enigma. But is it a possible ally, or the darkest nightmare of all?

David Morrell, award-winning author of numerous novels including “First Blood”, which introduced the character John Rambo, – turned into a film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Cliffhanger) – recently sold the rights to “The Brotherhood of the Rose” (1984) to Warner Bros Pictures. The book was originally adapted as a television miniseries for NBC in 1989 starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Strauss & David Morse. Mr. Morrell’s latest thriller is called “Scavenger” (Released March 2007) and brings back protagonist Frank Balenger (Creepers).

Staying on the subject of movies, the big news over the weekend was not so much the successful opening of Michael Bay’s Transformers$152 million grossed domestically, $246 million worldwide – but the trailer that accompanied it. Speculations have run rampart regarding the untitled film, – described as a Blair Witch Project-styled giant monster/sci-fi flick – but about all that’s really concrete is that J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) produced it, and that it will be released 1-18-08. There’s actually a website HERE and you can now view the trailer via Apple HERE. Looks interesting…

Lastly, but definitely not least, there are a ton of news books released today, including the sequel to “The Traveler” – John Twelve Hawk’sThe Dark River”, the debut novel from noted comic book writer Mike Carey, additional debuts from David Bilsborough & Camille Deangelis, and the latest from Emma Bull, not to mention others that I’ve probably overlooked. I won’t get into specifics on these titles, but you get links to excerpts, websites, etc., on the aforementioned HERE.

2 comments:

Jak said...

JJ Abrams is really churning out some wonderful stuff. Thanks for the link to the preview, looks sensational. I especially loved Liberty in the road, to think where we are with special effects nowadays. Compare that preview and Bay's Transformers to say Ghostbusters!

Robert said...

Special effects have definitely come a long way. You know though, I still have a soft spot for Ghostbusters. It just had a certain charm that seems lacking anymore with today's bigger budget films...

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