Welcome to this week’s news edition! This week has been an interesting mix of news, with Amazon’s launching of another imprint, this time biographies, Stephanie Meyer ‘being over’ Twilight and Orson Scott Card’s is at it again.
Amazon has announced that it will be launching a new imprint called Icons which will focus on short biographies of famous historical and contemporary people who have changed history or affected current and cultural events. Icons shorts will be released bi-monthly and the first biographical short will be featuring Jesus which will be written by Jay Parini.
I found this really interesting but a Reddit user compiled the different stages of a library book shelf’s life – There are nine stages which ranges from the order of a book and shelving it, which is named the Marriage stage, all the way to the final stage, The Life Cycle which is when a book is sold at a library sale. You should really check it out because I love the names of the different stages, and I have definitely come across all nine stages at one time or another!
I really do think Summit Entertainment who is the Studio behind ENDERS GAME would really like to muzzle Orson Scott Card’s racists/homophopic posts, but then again they should have probably checked him out before they adapted his book. Although he wrote a post, during May, blasting President Obama where he states, “Obama is, by character and preference, a dictator,” and has an urban gang running riot. I am surprised that it only got traction now because OSC hasn’t been shy in the past about his crazy views but it is probably the high profile of the movie coming out which is gaining a much wider audience. Summit who did release a statement about the previous views on OSC homophobia, refused to comment in this new post. I suspect the premiere, and promo will raise some interesting responses when the movie finally comes out.
News in Brief:
It looks like any hopes for another TWILIGHT book featuring Renesmee and Jacob may not to come to light. Stephanie Meyer has basically stated that she’s over it and feels sorry on the attention that Robert Pattinson is getting due to the success of the series. I suspect that the whole slew of Pulled to Published fanfiction might also be a factor as well.
To celebrate its 5th birthday - Tor is giving away 151 original stories by SF & Fantasy authors!
Patricia Briggs has confirmed the title for the upcoming Mercyverse anthology which is slated to come out in the fall of 2014 will be titled, SHIFTING SHADOWS. She also stated that there will be an all new Ben story which will be THE BET, which will have him taking a wager with Adam that he wont swear for a week (ha!) and a prequel story which will focus on how Sam and Ariana first met.
Now books to watch out for!
Melissa Mayhue’s PNR series looks fun! WARRIOR UNTAMED’s cover really caught my eye and I love the premise of the plot!
In the third page-turning novel in the captivating Warriors series, a fiery lass bent on revenge meets her match in a powerful Norse warrior.
If only Bridget MacCulloch, descendant of the mighty Picts, could control her temper and overcome her lack of patience, she’d likely be the most formidable warrior of her day. But how’s she supposed to master that temper when all the men she encounters seem determined to thwart her every move, suggesting that she find a good husband and settle down? Her only interest in life is avenging her father’s death—a goal which in no way includes spending time with the arrogant, domineering Norseman who saved her life.
As a descendant of the Norse god Thor, Halldor O’Donar carries his ancestor’s title as the Protector of Man. Though he’s plagued by interfering Faeries, he’s determined to save Mankind from a monster that escaped from his ancestors’ world. The last thing he wants is a wild-tempered woman to distract him from his quest.
But the Fates have other ideas. Brie and Hall find that the only way to meet their individual goals is to work together. To succeed, she must learn to harness her negative emotions to free the power of the warrior within, and he must let down his protective walls to allow one very special woman inside…
Rachel Caine has two series ending this year but she has a new book slated for next year which is a retelling of ROMEO AND JULIET.
A standalone built around the character of Benvolio, from Romeo and Juliet. The novel will be told from the point of view of Benvolio, who is Romeo’s cousin and, in Shakespeare’s play, attempts to get the lovelorn Montague interested in other girls after it’s discovered that Juliet is a member of the clan his family despises: the Capulets. Caine’s novel, her agent said, explores a scenario in which Romeo and Juliet are not the only couple to fall into dire romantic straits and is “a tale of intrigue, betrayal, hatred, and tragedy,” about “lovers lost, and lovers found.” (Blurb is from Publisher’s Weekly)
And finally we have THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst. I really like the look of the premise which is very eerie in tone.
Lost your way? Your dreams?
Welcome to Lost.
It was supposed to be a small escape. A few hours driving before turning around and heading home. But once you arrive in Lost…well, it’s a place you really can’t leave. Not until you’re Found. Only the Missing Man can send you home. And he took one look at Lauren Chase and disappeared.
So Lauren is now trapped in the town where all lost things go-luggage, keys, dreams, lives-where nothing is permanent, where the locals go feral and where the only people who don’t want to kill her are a handsome wild man called the Finder and a knife-wielding six-year-old girl. The only road out of town is engulfed by an impassable dust storm, and escape is impossible….
Until Lauren decides nothing-and no one-is going to keep her here anymore.
What do you think of any of the news stories I highlighted this week?