Welcome to our new feature where we talk about random things we’ve seen around the blogosphere. It could be an interesting article, a book trailer, maybe a fun piece of news we feel you should know about, and maybe even a stylish pair of shoes or handbag we’ve seen (if Laura has her way!). Basically it’s a bit of a mashup! Enjoy….
New Bridget Jones Novel
It was all over the book news sites a couple of weeks ago, Helen Fielding has decided to pick up the character of Ms. Jones once more and give us a new book about her. The book is going to be released in autumn 2013, so there’s still a bit of a wait ahead for fans, but it’s going to take place in London and will be and I quote, ‘an entirely new scenario for Bridget’. Hmm I’m thinking pregnant Bridget, Bridget the Mum? I’m not sure, but I did love the books when they were first released, but at the same time I do hope that Bridget herself has moved on from the Bridget I read about ten years ago. Either way, I’m pretty sure it will make my reading list!
Source: Random House Press Release
Horror Genre Doomed?
As big horror fans here at BCC, it was with interest that I read an article about the horror genre declining. It talks about science fiction and crime, horror’s counterparts in the ‘speculative fiction’ category, and how they have moved forward and modernised with the likes of Iain M. Banks and Sophie Hannah. But horror does not seem to have undergone the same revolution. The work of Stephen King is touched on, but sadly the writer felt that he lacked the ability to deliver the right conclusion to his stories:
I am fond of Stephen King’s novels, but he regularly fails to nail the dismount: Under he Dome was claustrophobic and compelling, but the final reveal was bathetic and frustratingly arbitrary: it didn’t seem to matter whether a demon or an alien was responsible.
October and our All Hallows Eve event aside, it’s been quite a long time since I have read a pure horror novel, although I have enjoyed Sam Stone’s Vampire Gene series, most of my more ‘gritty’ reading falls into the urban fantasy genre now. But while I’m not a big reader of them myself (that falls to Carolyn!), I think the article has missed the rise of the zombie genre and the revolutions it is making in concept and popularity. It is horror is it not? And what about the apocalyptic trend? Admittedly not all fall into the horror category, but many do. Personally, I think horror is far from dead, there are too any people who enjoy scaring themselves silly. There are changes afoot in horror, you just have to know where to look.
Source: Guardian Books
Stephen King Musical All-Star Cast
So, while we’re on the subject of both horror and Stephen King, last month we talked about Stephen King’s collaboration with his son Joe Hill. But this month it’s about King’s new musical. The musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, is a ghost story about two brothers who fight over a woman and one ends up dead. News just in is that both Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow will be singing on the soundtrack. Exciting, as I’m a fan of Crow, but interesting, not sure how I feel about a horror musical, what do you think? I kind of like them glossy and happy. Although I have seen the stage show of Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black twice now and it’s fantastic, but it’s also not a musical.
Source: Guardian Books
The Host Film Trailer
Fresh from the cinema of watching the finale of the Twilight saga, what more could get me excited as a Meyer fan than a trailer for The Host that will be released next year? I have to admit, I haven’t quite managed to read the book yet, so this will be on more new year reading list so that I’ve read it in preparation, as I prefer generally to read the book first before I see the film. Anyone else the other way around?
Book Page Christmas Wreath Tutorial
December and the call of carols and jingle bells are looming. I’ve already read three Christmas books as I love Christmas, so I went on the hunt for something fabulously bookishly themed for my decorations this year and came across this fab tutorial on the blog Inspirations By D. There is also a video for anyone who fancies getting creative and giving it a go themselves. That is if you can face destroying a book for creative purposes (it would have to be a very bad book!).
Source: Inspirations By D
Amazon UK Ebook Lending for Prime Customers
This is a big one for UK Kindle reading book lovers, it looks like we’re finally going to get book lending that our US friends have had for about a year before us! It’s only available to Prime members at the moment, but they can now borrow one book per month from a list of 200,000 popular titles. Prime does cost £49 per year, so I guess if you’re not a big Amazon shopper you need to work out if it works out most cost effective to pay for Prime or just buy the book. But, if you’re already a Prime customer this is rather exciting news. Happy reading!
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond Optioned by MTV
There is definitely a rather large spate of popular books being made into films or TV series at the moment.We’ve got three of them if this month’s Monday Mashup alone! Last week author Gwenda Bond was the latest author to share her exciting news. Her book Deadwood has been optioned by MTV to be made into a series. The series is going to be written by Peter Calloway, the man responsible for Brothers and Sisters, which bodes well. I’ve not read the book, but I look forward to watching the series.
Design Fahrenheit 451′s Next Book Cover
Any book loving, budding designers out there? Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 turns 60 next year, and to celebrate Simon and Schuster have launched a competition for people to redesign the book cover. The prize aside from well, designing the book cover (super cool in my opinion), is $1500. The closing date is the 7th December, so there’s still time to get drawing if it’s been your dream to seen your name in print without actually writing anything, well, here’s your chance!
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Trailer
This is a series that has never quite made it onto my reading list. But I have seen some absolutely glowing reviews of it. However, I do know that BCC reviewer Becs is very excited about the release of the movie adaptation next year. Having just watched the trailer myself, I can see why. It looks pretty awesome! I think this may be another book I need to read in the new year, the film looks brilliant!
Radley Kindle and iPad Covers
Anyone who knows me, knows that as well as a bookworm, I am a complete handbag junkie. And one of my absolutely favourite handbag brands is Radley – my collection is very nearly into double figures, if you include accessories I’m already there! So I very nearly combusted in excitement when I discovered they have launched a collection of Kindle and iPad covers! If Santa doesn’t manage to fit one into my stocking this Christmas, I shall be saving my pennies for in the new year :-D.