Monday, October 22, 2012

Film News: The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon's The Bone Season isn't released until next August but has been snapped up by Imaginarium:

Performance Capture Studio Founded by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish secure rights to “The Bone Season” and “Animal Farm”
London, England – October 22, 2012 – London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium has secured the film rights to the highly anticipated book series The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon as well as the film rights to adapt George Orwell’s seminal novel Animal Farm, it was announced today by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, founders of The Imaginarium. 
“The dystopian world created by Samantha in The Bone Season series offers a fantastic setting for a truly extraordinary and thrilling narrative,” said Serkis.   “We are honoured that she chose to collaborate with us in the adaptation of her work.”
“Samantha has created a compelling and unique world and a gripping story crafted to span a series of novels.  The Bone Season offers the opportunity to create a dynamic franchise with global appeal,” adds Cavendish.
Scheduled for publication on August 20, 2013, by Bloomsbury, The Bone Season was acquired during the London Book Fair in a pre-emptive bid by the publisher.
"Samantha Shannon is an extraordinarily talented writer. The Bone Season is a startling combination of a unique literary voice, a fully conceived, terrifying parallel world and a narrative pace that grips like a vice,” said Alexandra Pringle, Bloomsbury editor-in-chief. 
 “I am thrilled to be working with The Imaginarium,” said Shannon.  “Their name had me from the start: a place devoted to imagination.  There is a strong, visual sensibility to my writing process and I am very excited by the creative possibilities for how The Bone Season could translate from page to screen.  I am confident that all the members of the Imaginarium team are as passionate about the book as I am and I look forward to working with them to make this project a reality.” 
In addition to The Bone Season, The Imaginarium has negotiated the rights for a feature film adaptation of George Orwell’s classic tale, Animal Farm.  
“Both The Bone Season and Animal Farm are perfectly suited to the Imaginarium,” said Cavendish.  “With Animal Farm, we will reinvent this iconic story for a new generation, using the unique storytelling techniques offered by performance capture. The acquisition of these two projects marks an exciting time for all us at The Imaginarium.”
Serkis and Cavendish will serve as producers on The Bone Season; Serkis will direct and act in Animal Farm and produce along with Cavendish. 
The Imaginarium is represented by CAA and Larry Taube, Principle LA Entertainment; publishing and films rights for The Bone Season and Ms. Shannon were handled by David Godwin Associates, UK (DGA, Ltd.).
"We are delighted to officially announce our involvement in bringing this classic yet controversial fable to life, hopefully allowing it to resonate for our times with a combination of a fresh perspective, real emotional heart, a great deal of humor and satire," said Serkis.   "By utilizing performance capture, a deeply talented and committed cast of actors will be able to explore and fully inhabit Orwell's fairy tale world where 'some animals are more equal than others.' "
Established in 2011 by actor/director Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish, The Imaginarium harnesses the power of performance capture to fuel a new generation of storytelling in film, television and videogames.  The Imaginarium’s central London studio base acts as magnet to the international film community as well as providing a development and production base for writers, filmmakers and creative visionaries from all over the world.
The Bone Season begins in 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of London. Paige is a clairvoyant, and in this future world, clairvoyance is forbidden and Paige is committing high treason. Attacked, kidnapped, and transported to Oxford, a city that has been kept secret for two hundred years, she meets Warden, a Rephaite with dark honey skin and heavy-lidded yellow eyes. He is the single most beautiful and frightening thing she has ever laid eyes on—and he will become her keeper. 

Born in 1991, Samantha Shannon was raised in West London, where she started her first novel at the age of fifteen. She is currently studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. The Bone Season is the first in a projected series of seven novels.
First published in 1945, George Orwell’s allegorical tale Animal Farm has been hailed by TIME magazine as one of the best 100 English-language novels (1923-2005), is currently listed at number 31 on the Modern Library List of the 20th Century’s best novels and was awarded a retrospective Hugo Award in 1996. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Amazon Kindle Bargains

I've just come across a few bargains in the UK Kindle store. Not sure for how long they'll be this cheap!

Ali Cronin - Girl Heart Boy: No Such Thing as Forever (Book 1) 49p

Ally Condie - Matched 99p

Lauren Conrad - Sugar & Spice £1.49

Lots of Simon & Schuster bargains:

Unrest by Michelle Harrison (Kindle Edition -26 Apr 2012) - Kindle eBook

Fury by Elizabeth Miles (Kindle Edition -8 Sep 2011) - Kindle eBook

Tithe by Holly Black (Kindle Edition -27 Sep 2012) - Kindle eBook

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (Kindle Edition -26 Apr 2012) - Kindle eBook

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Kindle Edition -2 Feb 2012) - Kindle eBook

Private by Kate Brian (Kindle Edition -11 Oct 2012) - Kindle eBook

Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson (Kindle Edition -4 Aug 2011) - Kindle eBook

The Demon's Lexicon (Demons) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Kindle Edition -18 Feb 2010) - Kindle eBook

UnStrung by Neal Shusterman (Kindle Edition -15 Aug 2012) - Kindle eBook

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda (Kindle Edition -10 May 2012) - Kindle eBook

Dead & Gone by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle Edition -15 Aug 2012) - Kindle eBook

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry (Kindle Edition -3 Mar 2011) - Kindle eBook

Stitches by Daniel Waters (Kindle Edition -15 Aug 2012) - Kindle eBook

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (Kindle Edition -10 Nov 2010) - Kindle eBook

Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles (Kindle Edition -27 Oct 2011) - Kindle eBook

Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles (Kindle Edition -5 Jul 2012) - Kindle eBook

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Kindle Edition -10 Nov 2011) - Kindle eBook

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cover Theme - Girl in Blue

The levitating girl in blue is such a striking image, I'm not surprised it's popular:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Review: Passion by Lauren Kate (audio book)

Passion by Lauren Kate and read by Justine Eyre (June 2011, RHCB Audio, ISBN: 9781846577444 )

Notes: May contain spoilers for the previous books in the Fallen series.

Review: Passion is the third book in the Fallen series about Lucinda (Luce) Price and fallen angel Daniel. Lucinda's soul has had many previous incarnations but each time when she and Daniel have fallen in love, Luce has died around the age of seventeen. This time around she's still alive; she's broken the curse it seems. Passion explains more about the creating and breaking of the curse.

At the end of Torment, Luce was fleeing for her life and from her situation by diving into a shadow (an announcer). In her current life she is now able to control the announcers and travel through them in time. In Passion, Luce visits several of her previous lives going deeper back in time. She meets a small (flying) gargoyle called Bill in one of her announcers and he joins her and offers guidance (as well as period clothing).

Luce's quest is to see how much and why Daniel loves her and also to break the curse once for and all and she has to witness 'herself' dying again and again.

Meanwhile Daniel and an assortment of Angels, Demons and Nephilim are searching for Luce through time, meeting their own selves at times, until finally Daniel goes back to the beginning...

Passion answers some of the questions about Luce and Daniel and hints at why she is so important to both the Angels and Demons. We find out about the Fall and how Cam ended up on the opposite side to Daniel and though the story doesn't end on quite the personal cliff-hanger of Torment it sets up a mighty global problem to be resolved in Rapture.

I enjoyed Passion more than I thought I would as it seemed like it would be a bit repetitive with Luce going to a time period and Daniel would miss her by a few hours and so on, but enough different information was revealed at each stop to keep the attention. Bill is a humorous character and made things more entertaining. I did prefer the non Luce bits though which revealed more about Daniel and his colleagues. There was one icky part which involved beheadings which I thought was a bit scary!

Justine Eyre continues her excellent performance of this series with readily identifiable voices for the main characters.

I'm eagerly awaiting the library's purchase of the audio book of the final book, Rapture.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Free eBook: The Revenge of the Praying Mantis

For a limited period only, Jane Prowse is giving away an ebook of The Revenge of the Praying Mantis at her website.

"Free eBook giveaway only available until Hattori Hachi has reached at least one person in every country in the world..!"

Hattie Jackson is just an ordinary fifteen-year-old - until her mother disappears and Hattie's life is turned upside down. With the help of her friends Mad Dog and Neena, Hattie discovers the truth about her mother's 'other life' and the role she must now take on to defeat a terrifying army of evil Ninjutsu warriors, led by Praying Mantis - the most deadly assassin of all ...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (June 2012, Simon & Schuster UK, ISBN: 0857207237)

Review: I've been so looking forward to reading The Age of Miracles after the publishing deal was announced and it didn't disappoint.

The story is told in retrospect by Julia who tells the reader about what happened when she was 11 and the year following it. Set about ten years in the future, it is revealed by scientists that the earth's rotation is slowing. Just a few minutes at first but with no obvious cause and the days continue to lengthen. Initially the world copes by sticking to living in the day sleeping in the dark but then a decision is made to stick with a twenty-four hour day, “clock time”, ignoring the light/darkness issue. A splinter group forms of “real timers” who try and stick to the sleep/dark, live/light routine which causes discontent. The “slowing” begins to affect the plants and animals and then humans...

Meanwhile Julia's life undergoes significant milestones – the change in friendships, the possibility of first love, loss and loneliness and disappointments.

The Age of Miracles is an adult fiction book which can be read by teenagers, no problem but will appeal more to an older audience I think, one that has had a few years of life experience and to whom age eleven is a nostalgic while ago!

It has a conversational and matter of fact tone which draws you in and you just want to read a bit more. There is a science-fiction backdrop but this is a coming-of-age story and the things that happen to Julia may have happened without the catalyst of the slowing but the danger the earth and the human race is in, ups the pressures on everyone.

I really loved The Age of Miracles and it's one that's stayed with me. I look forward to seeing what Karen Thompson Walker writes next.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Published in October 2012

Here are some of the teenage/YA titles that are being published in the UK in October 2012. I will put a link to this post and previous and subsequent "monthly" lists in my sidebar. January's list is here, February's is here, March's is here, April's is here, May's is here, June's is here, July's is here, August's is here and September's is here.

I have tried to identify all the British authors which I hope will be useful to those doing Kirsty's British Books Challenge at The Overflowing Library (please let me know of any errors or omissions).

This is still a work-in-progress so I'll continue to update it during the month. 
Gennifer Albin - Crewel (18th, Faber and Faber, pb)
Stefan Bachmann - The Peculiar (20th, HarperCollins, HB)
Cyn Balog - Starstruck (9th, Ember, pb)
Holly Black - Red Glove (4th, Indigo, pb)
Malorie Blackman - Untitled (25th, Doubleday Childrens, pb) British Author
Cylin Busby - Blink Once (11th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb)
Kate Cann - Witch Crag (4th, Scholastic, pb) British Author
PC & Kristen Cast - Hidden (16th, ATOM, HB)
Cassandra Rose Clarke - The Assassins Curse (4th, Strange Chemistry, pb)
Harlan Coben - Seconds Away (11th, Indigo, HB)
Kresley Cole - The Poison Princess: The Arcana Chronicles (2nd, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, HB)
Lauren Conrad - Fame Game: Starstruck (16th, HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, HB)
Susy Cox - The Dead Girls Detective Agency (20th, HarperCollins, pb)
Ali Cronin - Girl Heart Boy: Rumour Has It (4th, Puffin, pb) British Author
Sarah Crossan - Breathe (11th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb)
Sean Cummings - Poltergeeks (4th, Strange Chemistry, pb)
Steven Deas - The King's Assassin (18th, Gollancz, pb) BA
Joseph Delaney - The Spook's Blood (25th, Bodley Head, HB) British Author
Paul Dowswell - Eleven Eleven (11th, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, pb) BA
Catherine Fisher - The Obsidian Mirror (4th, Hodder Children's Books, pb) BA
Becca Fitzpatrick - Finale (25th, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, HB)
Michelle Gagnon - Don't Turn Around (20th, HarperCollins, HB)
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - Beautiful Redemption (25th, Puffin, pb)
Susan Gates - Viridian (11th, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, pb) British Author
Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate - Eve & Adam (1st, Egmont, pb)
Anthony Horowitz - Oblivion (4th, Walker, HB) British Author
Stephen Kelman - Pigeon English (11th, Bloomsbury Publishing, pb) British Author
Krystyna Kuhn - The Crash (4th, ATOM, pb)
Theo Lawrence - Mystic City (11th, Corgi Childrens, pb)
Jonathan Maberry - Flesh & Bone (25th, Simon & Schuster Childrens Books, pb)
Gemma Malley - The Killables (11th, Hodder, pb) British Author
Simon Mayo - Itch (25th, Corgi Childrens, pb) British Author
Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim - New Moon Graphic Novel Part 1 (30th, ATOM, pb)
Christopher Ould - Knock Down (1st, Usborne Publishing Ltd, pb) British Author
Christopher Paolini - Inheritance (25th, Corgi Childrens, pb)
James Patterson - Daniel X: Armageddon (18th, Arrow, HB)
Kathy Reichs - Seizure (11th, Arrow, pb)
L B Schulman - League of Strays (1st, Amulet Books, HB)
Sarah Shepard - Ruthless (4th, ATOM, pb)
Sarah Shepard - Twisted (4th, ATOM, pb)
Sarah Shepard - Hide and Seek (11th, ATOM, pb)
Gena Showalter - Alice in Zombieland (5th, MIRA Ink, pb)
Joss Stirling - Seeking Crystal (4th, OUP Oxford, pb) British Author
Tamara Ireland Stone - Time Between Us (25th, Doubleday Childrens, pb)
Linda Strachan - Don't Judge Me (31st, Strident Publishing Limited, pb) BA
Lydia Syson - A World Between US (4th, Hot Key Books, pb) British Author
Chris Wooding - The Iron Jackal (4th, Indigo, pb) British Author