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….
Happy Monday everyone, it’s Gemma here, taking over from Laura for this month. Here are a few interesting bits and pieces I’ve come across on the web during January. Hope you enjoy!
Dan Brown to Release New Robert Langdon Book in May
The Robert Langdon series of books; The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol were one of the best selling series of the last decade. Now it seems that fans are in for a treat with the announcement of the forth book in the series due to be released in May this year. The title of the book is Inferno. Brown is quoted as saying he was influenced by Dante’s “Inferno” and a trip to Florence. Apart from the title, little is known about the book but Brown says this about his forthcoming novel:
“Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn’t until recently that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante’s work on the modern world,” Brown said.
“With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm… a landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways.”
I’ve never read any of Brown’s books, but it will be interesting to see how it’s received especially after the mixed reception J. K. Rowling received on her book The Casual Vacancy.
Source: BBC NEWS
Jim C. Hines Discusses Sexism in Fantasy and Urban Fantasy Book Covers
This subject came to my attention through, yet again, a story on the BBC website. What caught my eye was the title of the post The Battle Against ‘Sexist’ Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Covers along with the picture below. Needless to say, I had to read on.
It isn’t something I really noticed until I read his interview. To me scantly clad female models with disproportionate bodies were to be found in comic books. Yet as I read the article, the more I realised that Hines has a point. True the heroines inside these books do indeed kick-butt, yet they are represented by models who at times would make a Victoria’s Secret Model jealous of their body, while they could easily win Gold at Gymnastics in the Olympics!
To reiterate his point, Hines recreated a number of covers including two of my favourite series, The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost and The Signs of The Zodiac series by Vicki Pettersson.
This was done in the aid a charity called Aicardi Syndrome Foundation. This is a condition that causes brain malformation, visual problems, developmental delays, seizures and other medical complications. Most research puts the life expectancy for people with Aicardi between 8 and 16 years. Haines met the target of $15,000 and has stated on his blog that we can expect a 2014 calendar with cover parodies. Go check out the main post that has an index of all the covers here.
Many thanks to Jim for allowing me to use some of his photo’s for the blog.
Source: BBC NEWS
Do You Have What it Takes to Be the Next E. L. James?
Here in the UK, a morning show called Lorraine has just launched a completion to find the next Erotic Writer. Entitled “Racy Reads”, entrants have to submit the first 1000 words of their erotic novel. The prize is a chance to have your novel published by Mills & Boon. This is a great prize for all you budding writers out there. The closing date for entries is Wednesday 6th February. For more information, click here for completion details.
The White Queen is Coming to BBC 1 Later in the Year
Not many of you will know this about me, but I do love my historical fiction books too. So I was really happy to hear that the BBC are filming a 10 part series based on Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins War series of books. This is all about the War of The Roses and I just love this period of time in English history. It is going to be shown later this year, but for more information on the cast look here.
Here is the trailer with the BBC’s 2013 highlights. There is a little snippet of The White Queen at the end.
Official Trailers for Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies
Having the luxury of going to the cinema often, I end up catching posters and trailers for future films. Two that have particularly caught my eye are Beautiful Creatures and Warm Bodies (which Carolyn reviewed a little while back).
As soon as I got home, I IMDB’ed both and found out that they were based on books. Both look really good and I can’t wait to see them. Now to read the books before the films come out!
So here are the trailers for the films
Seriously Cool Bookshelves
I’m going to finish this Monday Mashup with a seriously cool bookshelf I found online. You know the drill. You are lying reading a book, so comfy. Then you come to the end of the book and your bookcase is ALL. THE. WAY. ACROSS. THE. ROOM. Here is the answer to your prayers! Now all you need to do is reach under and pick the book from under you!
Source: Stephens Lighthouse
And if you find that you have WAY too many books like me, you can always recycle them into a handy desk!!
Source: Stephens Lighthouse