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Saturday, January 12, 2013

NEWS: Blake Crouch, R.T. Kaelin, Teresa Frohock, Tim Marquitz & Best of 2012 lists

Pines” by Blake Crouch was one of the best books I read last year and was # 3 in my Top Ten reads of 2012. So it was to my great pleasure that I came across this news on Blake’s Facebook page that announced the following: 

Fox has announced the first two event drama series it has put in development: Wayward Pines, from M. Night Shyamalan and Chad Hodge and the FX Prods. Division.” 

Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines is an intense, mind-bending thriller evocative of the classic cult hit Twin Peaks. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, on a mission to find two missing federal agents. But instead of answers, Ethan’s investigation only turns up more questions. What’s wrong with Wayward Pines? Each step closer to the truth takes Ethan further from the life he knew, from the husband and father he was, until he must face the terrifying reality that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive. Wayward Pines was written on spec by Hodge (The Playboy Club) and executive produced by Shyamalan, Hodge, Donald De Line (Green Lantern) and Ashwin Rajan (After Earth).” 

This is simply fantastic, as I believe the book's plot will transition greatly on the TV screen if handled competently. I for one can’t wait to hear more about this project and I’ll be sure to update readers with more news as it gets revealed. 

Triumph Over Tragedy is an anthology organized by R.T. Kaelin with vital and unflagging assistance by Sarah Chorn of Bookworm Blues. R. T. had written this deeply personal and amazing blog post about his own experiences and how it has shaped his writing. 

This anthology has garnered a whole host of amazing authors and here’s the entire list of contributors

• Robert Silverberg (Hugo & Nebula Award winner) 
• Marion Zimmer Bradley (Locus Award winner) (donated by the MZB Literary Trust) 
• Timothy Zahn (NYT Bestseller & Hugo Award winner) 
• Michael A. Stackpole (NYT Bestseller) 
• Elizabeth Bear 
• Bryan Thomas Schmidt
• Michael J. Sullivan 
• Mark Lawrence 
• Bradley P. Beaulieu 
• Philip Athans 
• Adrian Tchaikovsky 
• Tobias Buckell 
• Stephen D. Sullivan 
• Rick Novy 
• Jean Rabe - 
• Tim Marquitz 
• Maxwell Alexander Drake 
• SM Blooding 
• Erik Scott de Bie 
• Alex Bledsoe 
• Elisabeth Waters 
• R.T. Kaelin 
• Ari Marmell 
• Matt Bone 
• Sarah Hans 
• Rob Rogers 
• Jaym Gates 
• C.J. Henderson 
• Marian Allen 
• Bryan Young 
• Donald Bingle 
• Janine Spendlove 
• T.L. Gray 
• Steven Saus 
• Addie King 
• Vicki Johnson-Steger 
• Tracy Chowdhury 
• Doris Stever 

So basically the anthology is now live on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. With all the proceeds from this wonderful anthology going directly to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I believe it's imperative for us speculative fiction readers to help by buying this wonderful anthology. I did and I hope more of you jump in and help out as well. 

Tim Marquitz has had quite an eventful year in 2012 and like last year wherein he put an amazing anthology focusing on Monsters and apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic themes, this year he has turned his head towards urban fantasy. I couldn’t be more excited for it as urban fantasy is something that I enjoy and with Tim’s editorial skills, I can’t wait to see what stories he picks for this anthology. Learn more about this upcoming anthology on his blog and to know more about Tim, read this fascinating new interview with him over at Fantastical Imaginations

Teresa Frohock along with a bunch of talented folks recently completed a fascinating project about Gender bending and reader perceptions. Read more about the results and the project over on her blog. Plus there’s a bonus, readers get to read these 10 fascinating shorts: 

Lastly among the blogosphere, there have been several wonderful and diverse "Best of 2012" lists. I would like readers to take a look at the following ones from some of my fav. bloggers and find out what my fellow book-lovers have found amazing among the books they have read last year: 

Note: Teresa Frohock & Tim Marquitz pictures courtesy of the authors themselves. "Best of 2012" pic courtesy of


Bob Milne said...

After reading all of the Twin Peaks / X-Files comparisons for Pines TV show, I'm really anxious to give it a read.,

Bryce L. said...

Thanks a ton!...but I'm only the second best "best of" list. Kinda disappointing. :D :D

Bryan Thomas said...

Thanks for recognizing Triumph Over Tragedy. Since I both helped edit and have a story in the anthology, however, your "complete" list is not.

The Reader said...

@ Bob

I hope you give it a shot, it definitely way more than TP/X-files. There's a crucial element that I can't mention because I don't want to spoil it :)

@ Bryce

Aah that numbering wasn't supposed to denote any ranking ;) I'll edit it. I loved your Paul Kearney trilogy review. I hope you give David Dalglish a shot, I want to know how you find it.


The Reader said...

@ Bryan

My apologies at the oversight, I've edited the author list.


Bryce L. said...

I was completely joking but I appreciate it nonetheless. Great summary here and very pumped to put more things on the list to languish over and not read. :) I DO need to read Dalglish some day. Maybe after I take the bar (again).

The Reader said...

@ Bryce

Damn, the bar is a hassle, hope you get relieved of it soon. In regards to the "list to languish over and not read", yours and others gave me lots of options :)

I really need to get my hands on RJB's The Troupe, it seems to be the book that has wowed a lot of people (including you) and it seems to be the book that I regret not reading this year.


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