Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on September 10, 2010 @ 11:45 am 8 comments

We have movie and award news this week!

Tomorrow, When the War Began based on a series of popular YA books by John Marsden has broken Australian records last weekend and which debuted in Australia. It tells of a group of teens, while camping realize that they are facing an invasion from an unidentified country, and they soon defend against this new enemy. Trailer can be found here.

More news about the Hunger Games movie. It looks like there is a shortlist of three directors which has been narrowed down- The directors rumoured to be on the shortlist are: Gary Ross (Pleasantville), Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and David Slade (30 Days Of Night). This looks really promising because they have directed some really good movies. It is also rumoured that Katniss has been chosen and according to USA Today -Kick Ass’s Chloe Moretz is linked to the role. The script has also been completed and filming should commence early next year. [source]

The Booker shortlist nominees have been announced this week – the following authors/books are up for the running for the prestigious award.

  • Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
  • Emma Donoghue Room (Picador – Pan Macmillan)
  • Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books – Grove Atlantic)
  • Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury)
  • Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Review – Headline Publishing Group)
  • Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape – Random House)

The Hugo Award winners was also announced this week and HUGE congrats to everyone who won, including fan fave Seanan Mcguire for best debut author!

  • Best Novel: TIE: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK); The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • Best Novella: “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross (Wireless; Ace, Orbit)
  • Best Novelette: “The Island”, Peter Watts (The New Space Opera 2; Eos)
  • Best Short Story: “Bridesicle”, Will McIntosh (Asimov’s 1/09)
  • Best Related Book: This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), Jack Vance (Subterranean)
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the StormWritten by Kaja and Phil Foglio; Art by Phil Foglio; Colours by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Moon Screenplay by Nathan Parker; Story by Duncan Jones; Directed by Duncan Jones (Liberty Films)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who: “The Waters of Mars” Written by Russell T Davies & Phil Ford; Directed by Graeme Harper (BBC Wales)
  • Best Editor Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
  • Best Professional Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Best Semiprozine: Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
  • Best Fan Writer: Frederik Pohl
  • Best Fanzine: StarShipSofa edited by Tony C. Smith
  • Best Fan Artist: Brad W. Foster


Publishers Weekly have announced they will be stopping their mass market reviews and concentrate on genre specific section, which will include Romance. Journalist, Rose Fox will be helming this new review section!


Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty  revealed the cover of their upcoming collaborative book under the name  Ellen Connor. Nightfall will be released in June 2011, it’s the first book in the DARK AGE DAWNING trilogy. Here’s the explanation behind the name Ellen Connor:

Who are we, you might ask? Well, we’re a collaborative writing team comprised of Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty. Our pen name comes from two bad-ass female SF characters: Ellen Ripley (from Alien) and Sarah Connor (from The Terminator). When you put them together, you get Ellen Connor…and we hope to rock your world.

Book Blurb:

Their instincts will save them.
Their passion will transform them.

Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought, in her wildest nightmares, that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her–one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest.

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna’s father. Skilled and steadfast, he’s ready for the Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and the mutant dogs attack–vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong.

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion–a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

You can read the first chapter HERE

What do you think of the rumoured news about The Hunger Games? Do you think it will be a good adaptation or it won’t be as good as the books, especially since the violence will be toned down for a PG13 rating?

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Vampires and Tofu September 10, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I'm actually really looking forward to the movie version The Hunger Games. Of course there is always that fear that they won't do it justice, but if they do it could quite possibly be awesome!

  • pattepoilue September 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    @Vampires and Tofu I'm pretty sure I won't like it. The best feature of this series is the violence to which they are confronted. A PG 13 is ridiculous *sigh*
    LOl I'll still be waiting to see the movies =P If only to have something to rant about 😉

  • Blodeuedd September 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Please don't mess up the hunger games, oh please, I think that will be my new mantra

  • Sullivan McPig September 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I'd rather rewatch Battle Royal if I have to choose, That's one awesome movie and at least that's not PG13

  • pattepoilue September 10, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    @Blodeuedd *sigh* exactly! I'm really scared about the result.

  • Jenny N. September 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Even if they did make a movie I still feel that I will like the books more. Just the feeling I got when I read the first book and finishing it and seeing how amazing the book is.

  • Ina September 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    honestly I don't like books made into a movie – I didn't get the same feeling and in the end I often dislike both book and movie :/

    thanks for mentioning Nightfall – I didn't know about their co-writing and I will def put the book on my wishlist 🙂

  • Scorpio M. September 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Book to movie adaptations are never good for me. No director, actor, cinematographer can beat the mind's eye. Hopefully, they'll treat The Hunger Games with care.

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