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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Winners of the Patricia Briggs/Bone Crossed Giveaway!!! Plus Misc. News...

Congratulations to Wendy Diaz (California), Morgan McCormick (California), Julie Goble (Indiana) and Jennifer Zibart (Kentucky) who were all randomly selected to win a COPY of Patricia Briggs’ new Mercy Thompson novel “Bone Crossed” thanks to Ace Books!!! “Bone Crossed” is officially out today and you can find more information HERE including tour dates.

Miscellaneous News:

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any news roundups so some of the following information is probably pretty old. For that, I apologize...

For starters, author, poet, and critic
John Updike passed away last week. Truth be told, I’ve never read a book by Mr. Updike, but I loved the film adaptation of his “The Witches of Eastwick” and have always wanted to read the novel. So it’s definitely sad to see him go, but from all accounts, it seems like John lived a long and fulfilling life. For more on the author, here are a few articles from Newsweek, Telegraph, LA Times + Forbes.

Also last week, Neil Gaiman’s novel “The Graveyard Book
won the Newberry Award, America’s most prestigious children’s fiction prize. So congrats and yet one more reason why I need to read “The Graveyard Book” :) Of more interest to me though was the announcement that Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire, The Brave One) would be writing and directing the film adaptation of “The Graveyard Book”! An interesting choice in my opinion...

In other adaptation news, it
has been reported that Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Paradise Lost) will be directing a film based on Dan Simmons’ Hyperion Cantos. The movie, based on a script by Trevor Sands, will combine two of the author’s books in “Hyperion” and “The Fall of Hyperion”. “The Terror” is the only book I’ve read by Mr. Simmons, but I’ve heard nothing but praise for the author’s Hyperion Cantos, so this could be interesting if done right...

Moving on, I recently came across the covers and descriptions of Jacqueline Carey’s two new novels. “Santa Olivia”, set for release on May 29, 2009, is Jacqueline’s take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth, and is described as follows:

Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive “Wolf-Man” who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The “Wolf-Men” were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.

After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia...

Naamah’s Kiss” (June 24, 2009) meanwhile, takes place several generations after the end of the Imriel trilogy, and is the start of a brand new Kushiel trilogy:

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn; the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now, only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts—the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life; the bright lady, and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, it isn't until she comes of age that Moirin learns how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great granddaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Donn, and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance . . . on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills are a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon...

In other book news,, in promotion of David Moody’s upcoming novel “Hater”, recently posted an article HERE about the author’s ‘Addiction to Armageddon’. Here’s an excerpt:

“I have an unhealthy addiction to the end of the world, and it seems I’m not alone (see posts 18/01
Post-Apocalyptic: The Past and the Future and 26/01 Geek Survival Guide: tips you may never need). I write about it (you can read extracts from my latest version of Armageddon–Hater–here on from today), and if I’m not writing then I’m usually reading books or watching films about the apocalypse. Hell, the last Facebook group I joined was called The hardest part of a zombie apocalypse will be pretending I’m not excited.”

In addition to the article, will also be posting the first four chapters of the book. You can read the Intro and Chapter One HERE. Look for my review of “Hater” this Friday!

Next, the second installment of the Eternal Vigilance vampire series by
Gabrielle Faust, entitled “The Death of Illusions”, is now available for pre-order HERE! The official release date is currently set for late March, but the first 20 pre-orders will receive a beautiful silver celtic bookmark from Oberon Design! For more information about the new book, check out the press release HERE. There’s also a book video for the book HERE and “The Death of IllusionsBook Tour.

David Oppegaard’s excellent debut novel, “The Suicide Collectors” (Reviewed HERE), is featured for the month of February in the Barnes & Noble Science Fiction Book Club chat room. David himself will be answering questions and talking smack all month long, so feel free to stop by and jaw a spell :) To visit “The Suicide Collectors” chat room, click HERE.

In comic book news,
Del Rey recently announced the team that will be handling the adaptation of “The Talisman” by Stephen King and Peter Straub. Not surprisingly, the comic book will be written by Robin Furth who was King’s research assistant and co-wrote the comic book adaptations of The Dark Tower. The artwork though will be provided by Tony Shasteen who I’m not really familiar with. Lettering and project management will be handled by Dabel Brothers Publishing with the first issue of the monthly comic dropping in Fall 2009. For the full press release, click HERE.

In other comic book news, MTV has posted an exclusive 10-page preview of “The Warriorsissue #1 movie adaptation, plus an interview with the writer of the book, David Atchison HERE. Issue #1 of “The Warriors” comic book by Dabel Brothers hits stores everywhere February 18th!

Lastly, I have a few tidbits regarding science fiction writer
Robert J. Sawyer. Firstly, ABC will begin filming a one-hour TV series pilot based on Rob's novel “Flash Forward” in Los Angeles on February 21, 2009. The pilot script was written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Unborn) and Brannon Braga (Star Trek, 24) with David directing. Rob is serving as consultant, and will be writing one of the first-season episodes. “Flash Forward” is described as follows:

At the CERN research facility in Switzerland, Lloyd Simcoe and Theo Procopides are using a particle accelerator in pursuit of the elusive Higgs Boson, a theoretical subatomic particle. But their experiment goes incredibly awry, and, for a few moments, the consciousness of the entire human race is thrown ahead by about twenty years.

While humanity must deal immediately with the destructive aftermath of the experiment—thousands were injured and killed as every single person's body was left unconscious in the here-and-now—the greater implications take longer to surface. People who had no vision of the future seek to learn how they will die, while others seek out future lovers.

Lloyd must deal with the guilt of accidentally causing the death of his fiancée's child, while Theo gets caught up in the search for his own murderer. As the implications truly hit home, the pressure to repeat the experiment builds. Everyone wants a glimpse of the future, a chance to flashforward to see their successes . . . or learn how to avoid their failures...

Secondly, Robert’s 18th novel, “WWW: Wake” will be published in the U.S. on April 7, 2009 (Ace Books) and in Canada on April 14, 2009 (Penguin). Excerpts, press releases, reviews and more can be found
HERE, while the description is below:

Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math—and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin’s brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes. While exploring this amazing realm, she discovers something—some other—lurking in the background. And it’s getting more and more intelligent with each passing day…

Finally, in support of “WWW: Wake”, Robert will be touring coast-to-coast throughout Canada including a launch party in Toronto: Dates are listed below, but further details can be found

* Monday, April 20: Vancouver
* Tuesday, April 21: Calgary
* Thursday, April 23: Edmonton
* Saturday, April 25: Moncton
* Tuesday, April 28: Montreal
* Wednesday, April 29: Ottawa
* May (date to be set): Waterloo
* Saturday, May 16: Winnipeg
* Monday, May 25: Sudbury
* Thursday, June 4: Saskatoon
* June (date to be set): Regina



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