Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on July 5, 2013 @ 3:00 pm 8 comments

Welcome to this week’s Bookish news! In this edition we will have another twist in the long-running saga of Google’s lawsuit with the Author’s Guild, Shakespeare meets Star Wars and more news from authors and upcoming books to watch out for!




The big news this week is over the long-running saga with the lawsuit with the Author Guild and Google over Google Books. It seems now the 2nd Circuit judge has made a decision which could allow Google to argue a Fair Use argument but they have to refer to a lower court to judge the case. If the lower court decides in favour of Google they may win the 8 year long case on that argument but  it looks like this lawsuit will rumble on for a while yet.


Quirk Books, the publisher behind PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, will be releasing a book which combine Star Wars and Shakespeare, I am surprised it has taken this long for a book or a production which hasn’t done a similar adaptation yet because it is pretty fitting. Author Ian Doescher rewrites the first STAR WARS movie in Shakespearean prose and you got to check out the trailer  (which has Vadar in a ruffle collar) which Quirk Books have released to promote the book, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS.


And talking about fanfiction mashups, I think this is  a sign of things to come with Kindle Worlds and Pulled to Published fanfiction ala 50 SHADES and the successes other ex fanfic has gained. While Maurice Sendak promised never to do a sequel to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, two Kickstarters, Geoffrey O. Todd and Rich Berner claimed they looked into the legal issues of creating a Kickstarter for a sequel and claimed they had the right. HarperCollins sent a DMCA which Kickstarter has now removed the posting which was aiming for a $25 thousand kick start for the project. It was obviously an infringement because the copyright belongs to the estate of the author and the publisher but it does feel that fanfiction followups is becoming more and more overt but without the permission granted for those projects.


News in Brief:

Ann Aguirre has listed her upcoming appearances on her site, it includes con signings and panels at San Diego Comic Con and a UK informal meet up for those who live in Merry Olde Englande.  For info about the meetup click here.

The first picture stills from James Dashner’s adaptation of THE MAZE RUNNER has been released which is another dystopian YA. Although this one looks pretty good!

And the blurb for the 8th MercyThompson book, NIGHT BROKEN,  has been released finally and it looks like Adam’s ex wife is going to make the life of the pack very interesting. Poor Mercy.



And now books to watch out for!


Yes I have been waiting a long long time for this book, but there is now a cover and updated blurb and it looks like THE WINTER KING by C.L Wilson is finally slated for this November. I am anxiously counting the days for this one!





Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.



Thea Harrison has unveiled her first self published novella which is going to focus back on Drago and his vacation which looks like things wont be all smooth sailing.




And finally we have Sharon Shinn’s latest Elemental Blessings book, ROYAL AIRS. I adore her prose and I think this is one of the most prettiest covers I’ve seen in awhile.




“Master storyteller Sharon Shinn created the thrilling and enchanting world of Welce in her acclaimed novel “Troubled Waters.” Return with her to that elemental universe in this tale of secrecy, romance, and a battle for power…”

Josetta is a princess of one of the Five Families. But she is far from the throne, so she is free to spend her days working in the poorest sections of the city.

Rafe Adova, an outcast since he was born, lives the life of a career gambler in those slums. He has no ambition other than cheating at the card tables—until the night he decides to help a girl named Corene, who looks like she’s stumbled into the wrong bar. She, too, is a princess—sister to Josetta, who finds her with Rafe. He fascinates her.

Josetta has never encountered anyone like him—someone seemingly devoid of elemental blessings. He is drawn to her, though he thinks they are unlikely to ever meet again—but their connection grows strong when she nurses him back to health after he is assaulted by foreign mercenaries.

And when they learn the reason he’s being hunted, they know that the truth about his history could endanger not only their love but also their very lives…



What do you think about Star Wars crossing over with Shakespeare? And what kind of literary mashup would you like to see Shakespeare combined with any popular PNR or UF series out now?

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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  • blodeuedd July 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    What.. I do not understand the Shinn blurb about the 2 princesses…

    Anyway, this whole fanfiction, it was nice once, but to take money for it?! I saw one twilight one were the names were the same, the story the same and yes the cover taken from the movie

  • aurian July 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Really? The Winter King? I think I preordered that book over 3 years ago, and the publication date kept being shoved back. I wonder if she still has the same magic in her writing as in the first series now it has taken her so long to write one book.

  • draconismoi July 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’m still feeling my hangover from Dragos the first time around. I don’t know if I can handle additional installments….

  • LSUReader July 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    I’m not a fan of literary mashups. Take Author A’s creative, original work. Add Author B’s entirely derivative contribution. Get a result that is less than Author A’s solo work. I don’t view that equation as offering a desirable result.

    • Draconismoi July 5, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      I dunno. I thought Pride and Prejudice was vastly improved by zombies…..

      • Marlene July 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm

        But YOU would…You probably thought it would have been improved more if they had added dragons instead.
        On the other hand, Elizabeth’s mother was the same in both the regular and zombified versions.

        • Draconismoi July 6, 2013 at 12:38 am

          DUDE! If Mr. Darcy made his fortune as a dragon tamer, I would have shipped that SO HARD.

  • Jane July 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I wish I could go to ComicCon. I think mashups could be great, fun reads, but some ideas just seem so ridiculous.

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