Around The Bookish World: Week-In-Review

Filed in News , The Smutty Lover Posted on August 16, 2013 @ 3:20 pm 10 comments

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!


Richelle Mead fans rejoice! The first teaser trailer for THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY : BLOOD SISTERS movie is up! There are also a few movie stills which were released earlier this week.

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? 

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 August 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Oh man, Orson Scott Card

    • Draconismoi August 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Yeah, the studio must definitely want to muzzle him. Sitting on the juncture of the feminist and scifi corners of the internet – I’ve seen an insane amount of coverage on Ender’s Game. All of the calls to boycott due to outrage – and all of the studios desperate attempts to convince liberal-minded nerds they aren’t supporting homophobic and/or racist institutions.

      Note: I’m of the totally NOT going to see the film group. And I’ve never read the book. There is no way someone that virulently hateful could write something that didn’t incorporate his prejudices. There’s plenty of other awesome SF out there for me to ingest.

      • Has August 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

        I find it ironic he writes in a genre which has progressive themes and explores what it means to face prejudice. But I definitely wont be seeing the movie or reading his books.

    • Has August 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

      *Sigh* yep

  • Diane August 16, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    The Melissa Mayhue sounds very good!

    • Has August 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

      I am going to check out the previous books – it is the first time I’ve heard of this series but it does look fun!

  • FredTownWard August 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I think we need to reclaim the language a bit here, not to mention our freedom of speech with regards to Mr. Orson Scott Card.

    First, it is not “homophobic” to claim that laws against homosexuality are no longer in force because they aren’t. It is not “homophobic” to oppose gay marriage, and most important of all it is not “homophobic” to question the method by which those who would legalize gay marriage are choosing to go about it: by finding a majority of supreme court justices willing to pretend it was always in the constitutions, we just hadn’t noticed it yet. If you want to change the law, get the legislature and the executive to change the law. Turning the written law of the land into the Etch-a-Sketch of the United States, which says only what a bare majority of current supreme court justices wrestling for control of the knobs say it says will be the end of ALL so-called constitutional rights, not just the ones you happen to disagree with.

    Second, when the heck did it become “racist” to condemn the President of the United States or to make wacky accusations against him? Remember what President Clinton was accused of? How about “W”? A rodeo clown in Missouri will never work again because he wore an Obama mask, and Orson Scott Card is being organized against because he called Obama a dictator. Earth to Around the Bookish World, this is what happens to people in dictatorships who insult the dictator. Instead of cheering along you ought to be scared out of your wits that this is happening.

    At least when crazed Islamists go this nuts it is over insults directed at the founder of their religion.

    Americans are going this nuts over insults directed at the current President, something that throughout all of our history up until now was considered acceptable.

    • Has August 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Well parallel Earth calling to FredTownWard. Let’s reclaim the language of comparing someone to Hitler. I wont go into it about the negatives or even the positives about Obama and his policies because past presidents have committed questionable things as well as good things in the past. But I do take umbrage that Obama did not imprison millions of Jews and sent them off to death camps, as well as gay people, people with disabilities and anyone else who the Third Reich deemed undesireable and did not fit into THEIR vision of what people should be like.

      Also inferring to raising an ‘urban’ army is racist in tone, OSC is a writer and FULL well knows what this implies. He is welcome to make his statements and actually campaign for beliefs he believes in such as curtailing a gay couple to have equal rights such as the fact, if one is hospitalized and the other partner has a spouse’s say in their care. If they have children they have a full legal right to care and support them etc… And all of the reasons why gay people should have equal rights really doesn’t affect heterosexual rights, and wont make the world end in a Zombie plague.

      And may I add the fact, that everyone has the right to have free speech and OSC has certainly exercised that, but he is not protected to the criticism of any kind of backlash that may be generated to this. Also he previously asked for tolerance when his views first was picked up in the mainstream press which was only due to the fact that the boycott to his movie which may affect any potential earnings – isn’t that hypocritical? Why should people support someone who may use their money to suppress against a cause they believe in or if they were gay themselves?

      By the way the same points you made about laws – was linked with equal rights cause for black people in the past. It was deemed legal and accepted that there was segregation. Laws change for a reason, because society changes due to social norms and mores. The very same points you made is what some have claimed when the laws changed, and the civil rights movement faced opposition and support, from those who did not want to grant people of colour equal rights. OSC is right to practice his right to free speech. But people are also free to criticize him because that’s free speech right?

      Parallel Earth channel signing off….

      • Draconismoi August 17, 2013 at 1:32 pm

        Don’t feed the trolls, Has! They are like Gremlins. Their bullshit exponentially multiplies.

        Pretty soon he’ll start justifying OSC’s public support for groups that want to criminalize homosexuality, and go into vapors at any holocaust parallels one might infer from incarcerating an entire group of people for the crime of existing.

        Or else he’s one of those birthers who will start up with the Obama is really a foreign born muslim terrorist sent here to infiltrate and destroy America with his crazy notions of accessible health care.

        Note: Totally find it hilarious that the nutjobs go off on racist hallucinatory tangents about urban armies and death panels, rather than focus on the things Obama has actually endorsed that are truly appalling (NSA wiretapping? Anyone?).

      • Susan August 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        As much a I might agree with your sentiments, I’m not sure where Hitler comes into this. That comparison really needs to be excised from most discussions.

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