Around the Bookish World: News Week-in-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on November 18, 2011 @ 12:00 pm 8 comments
Welcome to this week’s news post and it has been pretty quiet in the publishing news front, but we do have some exciting links and trailers such as the full Hunger Games trailer that actually looks good!
A few weeks ago I reported that Amazon had launched a lending library amongst its Prime customers for the Kindle. Well it looks like that the Authors Guild is unhappy with this new development because of the issue of royalties and a breach of contract of sales. However none of the Big Six publishers are involved with this scheme and the smaller and independent publisher’s have refused to join the Author’s Guild complaints about boycotting this venture. I think this is disagreement is going to run and run, but I do hope there will be a resolution to this.
Genre Publisher, Angry Robot is going to launch a new YA imprint, which will be edited by blogger who use to write for Floor-to-ceiling books. The imprint will be called Strange Chemistry and like its adult counterpart will concentrate on Sci Fi and Speculative and Fantasy fiction.

The full Hunger Games trailer was released a few days ago, now you all know I wasn’t keen on the casting choices but I have to say that I am feeling more optimistic. The movie is slated for release on the 23rd of March.
This week also heralded the battle of the Snow White movies. Hollywood is firmly on the fairytale train with a few adaptations on the way. But this week, two trailers were released which both had a different take on the fairytale of Snow White.
Snow White and The Huntsman

And Tarsem Singh’s Snow White take, Mirror Mirror.

And finally – There will be new changes afoot at Book Lovers Inc. From next week we will be moving to WordPress, so be aware that there may be some trouble logging into the site because of the transfer. Also watch out for some exciting more changes too!

This week’s upcoming books – we have Kelley Armstrong’s Thirteen cover for the last Otherworld book. Can’t believe this is going to be last book of the series!

Now this book, I have a huge hankering because it sounds like something I would love! – Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin book one. By Robin LaFevers.

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

This also looks fantastic!
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia… 

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

And finally – The Selection, which is like a cross between The Hunger Games and The Bachelor.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

So any of the books or movies that I highlighted tickled your fancy? 
Which Snow White trailer did you like the best? And what do you think of Hollywood’s recent obsession with Fairytales, from the tv series, Grimm and Once Upon a Time and now movies?

About Has

Has is a bookaholic and feeds her addiction whenever she can. She usually can be found lost in a Romance or an Urban Fantasy novel. Her favourite sub genres are Paranormal, Fantasy and some Scifi. Her most treasured authors are, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Ann Aguirre, Lisa Kleypas and Tamora Pierce. She loves that discovery of finding a brand new author and falling in love with their books. Has also blogs a The Book Pushers - Book chatter and reviews

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  • Stella (Ex Libris) November 18, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you has for drawing my attention to Grave Mercy! It sounds fantastic and love the atmospheric cover as well, I will really have to check this out, so excited about the novel premise! (yes, I repeat quite often how there just aren't enough female assassin books :-D)

  • okbolover November 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Love the look of Grave Mercy! will have to add some books to my list now.

    I'd have to say I'm more optimistic about The Hunger Games too. I also like Snow White and The Huntsman better than Mirror Mirror. Seems Fairy Tales are the new trend in Hollywood now…

  • miki November 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Seems like Grave Mercy will have a fan club already ^^;
    I will keep my eyes open for this one.

    The last book of the otherworld serie oh my i need to read faster i way behind.

    The fact you are going to change for wordpress won't supress our membership ( gfc etc?)?I'm a bit anxious but it's because i know nothing in informatique…

  • Mel November 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I can't believe that the Otherworld series is coming to an end – I'm going to miss my annual catch up with Elena, Paige, Savannah and the others – I always enjoyed that it was the same world but different heroines. But looking forward to reading Thirteen still! 🙂

  • Has November 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I cant wait for Grave Mercy – I mean it got me at hello with the idea of ninja nuns!

    I am also sad to see the end of the Otherworld series, but Kelley has stated that she may continue with anthologies and short stories and she may go back with a full book too!

  • Susan November 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I'm going to have to check out those books. They sound interesting. (You often end up costing me $$!)

    I saw the Hunger Games trailer the other day and was pleased/excited. Like you, I was initially very leery about the casting, but was somewhat placated when I saw stills showing the makeup and costumes. (Blonde actress cast as lead looks believable as Katniss once they colored her hair.) I looove this series and have high hopes and expectations for the (first) film.

    Both of the Snow White movies also look good. Very different approaches.

  • Alisha (MyNeedToRead) November 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    For my part, I'm throwing in for the Huntsman version of SW. I'm skeptical about Kristen Stewart playing the titular role, but man. That trailer looks freaking amazing. Charlize Theron will knock it out of the park. Rock!

    The other one (Mirror, Mirror) looks like fun, but surprisingly, Julia Roberts seems like a horrible fit for the role of the queen. And that accent…atrocious! o.O

  • Aurian November 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Love those covers. I wonder if the authors can call Amazon a bookpirate… and go to court …

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