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Some books are a bit too mature for middle school, but does John Green's The Fault In Our Stars apply? According to six of the seven people in California's Riverside Unified School District's book reconsideration committee, it does, as the novel, which centers on a terminally ill teen who falls in love was banned by the Riverside, California school system's middle school library.
Facebook users have apparently been participating in a trending status update that asks readers to list the ten books that have stayed with them. Facebook compiled the data submitted and came up with 100 books that top the list. Holding the #1 spot is J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. That's followed by To Kill A Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
We probably have Lifetime to thank for bringing Flowers in the Attic a bit closer to the forefront of pop culture than it was in previous years. The cable network aired a TV Movie adaptation of the popular V.C. Andrews novel, and later this month, they'll air the followup, Petals on the Wind. So it doesn't come as a complete surprise that we'd hear news of not one but two planned spinoff novels in the works.
Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion played a prank on his fans last week, posting a phony description of the sequel he's been working on for the zombie story for quite a while now. And then a couple of days later, he made amends by offering up a couple of tidbits about what he's really planning for the follow-up, including the expected length of the book.
The history of cinema is filled with a lot of weird books. There’s the one from Evil Dead, the one with the creepy eye from Hocus Pocus, the one from Knights Of Badassdom. The list goes on and on, but apparently, none of that literary creepiness can compete with what lies inside the walls of the Harvard University Libraries.
Models are not my thing in particular, at least not as a collector. Still, this piece of work by Grant Louden based on the cover art of James Blish’s The Star Dwellers novel is spectacular. I have been in the presence of a full scale Tardis replica, as well as a scale model of Serenity that was so detailed it could have been used to film a scene with.
With over sixty novels, and countless characters, Stephen King has created the imaginary worlds of our lives. So much of modern make believe is informed by King’s creations, and invariably we are affected by these scribblings of words on paper. The fake men and women who are tested remain with us long after we close the book.
Need help figuring out what to read next? Amazon released their list of Best Books of 2013, a selection of 100 “editors’ picks” as well as Top 20 lists in over two dozen categories, from Children’s & Teen to Cookbooks to Celebrity Picks. And nothing says “fill up your Kindle with all of these books” better than the helpful (free) guide Amazon has made available for all U.S. customers.
The setting of a great book can prove to be just as memorable and relevant as anything else in the story. So when we consider the most famous book set in every state, it's actually not all that difficult to guess some of them. For example, Maine would probably be something Stephen King, right? And if you guessed The Great Gatsby for New York, you'd be correct. What about good-old Washington? I'll give you a hint: Think vampires.
Popularity of a book doesn't automatically translate to box office success. For example, young adults seem to love Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but that didn't do much for the film's opening box office, and the planned sequel has since been put on hold.
It it's with great sadness that we share reports that author Tom Clancy has died. It sounds like this news is unconfirmed -- officially anyway -- but multiple sites are reporting the news that the author has died at the age of 66. Clancy's biggest claim to fame is the surely the Jack Ryan series of novels, a number of which have been adapted to film over the years, with numerous A-list stars portraying the character, Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford among them.
In this day and age of viral marketing, it rarely takes the internet very long to unravel a mystery that wants to be unraveled. Such was the case for the mysterious Bad Robot trailer that made its way online last month, leaving fans wondering what J.J. Abrams had up his sleeve. Soon after, people began to put the pieces together and it seemed all but certain that the mystery trailer was related to S., an upcoming book created by Abrams, written by Doug Dorst.
Following up on their excellent AutoRip feature and Whispersync for Voice, Amazon is introducing "Matchbook," a new incentive that offers a discounted price for select eBooks if you purchase or previously purchased the print edition of the book. This feature will go into effect this October, so if you're a Kindle reader who's ever purchased a print book from Amazon at any point since 1995, you may benefit from this feature come next month.
In less than two months, Divergent fans will have all of the answers they've been waiting for. Or most of them, anyway. With the Divergent movie and the Tobias eShorts along the way, there's certainly no shortage of material in the works for fans of Veronica Roth's young adult series. The third and final book in the main trilogy arrives October 22, and we now have our first little sample of what's in story. And we do mean little…
After the success of The Catcher in the Rye and a few other publishing ventures, Salinger stopped publishing altogether, but he never stopped writing, and just a few years after his death in 2010 at the age of 91, it seems fans of the author’s works may get to read more of them.