Monday, March 5, 2012

BOOK REPORT: Book News For The Week of March 4th

Flavorwire presents ten special books for adults to enjoy; books that will make you feel like you’re taking a wonderful adventure across time and space, leaving in you a lasting memory you won’t soon forget.

We’ve all come to the albeit reluctant acceptance, at least for some of us, that ebooks and ereaders are not going to disappear or wane in popularity, but are here to stay.  So with the many ereaders out there, which one is the best for you? Have no fear: PC Tech & Authority have done a thorough review of ten ereaders you can check out to help you in your decision to join the future of books.  As for me, I’m kind of leaning towards the Kobo Touch.

Through a worldwide ebook and audiobook distribution agreement between Pottermore and OverDrive, Harry Potter ebooks may soon be available at your local library.
With the sad passing of Darrell K. Sweet, who was the masterful artist behind the many memorable Wheel of Time book covers, Michael Whelan, who was originally commissioned to do the ebook version of the final Wheel of Time book, A Memory of Light, will also be doing the cover for the print version.  Whelan is best known for his moving and sweeping covers to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings.
Editor David G. Hartwell has revealed an interesting project he is working on, inspired by a unique piece of art by John Jude Palencar that was to one day grace the cover of a book, but was never chosen.  Hartwell was always moved by the piece and came up with “The Palencar Project,” where he invited writers to write a story based on the original artwork.  The writers include Gene Wolfe, James Morrow, Michael Swanwick, Gregory Benford and L. E. Modesitt Jr., and their stories will be available at through the month of March.  The book is also available as an ebook.
If you’re a writer and you’re looking for a good podcast to start listening to to help you in your writing, it can be very intimidating, as there are many writing podcasts out there and it’s simply impossible to listen to them all and get any writing done.  Fortunately, Make Use Of has brought you the six best must-listen podcasts, and my personal favorite, Writing Excuses, featuring Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler.
Did you know the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is a co-writer on the John Carter Disney movie?  Well I didn’t.  In this fascinating article from IO9, the background is revealed to this and how Chabon has wanted to do a Mars movie for some time.
In a new study on children’s books, it’s been found that while there used to be more references to nature and animals and the environment, there has been a shift to towns and cities and homes recently.  The big question is: what do you think it means?

Game of Thrones Trifecta
 With the release of the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones coming this Tuesday, and the new season coming April 1st, there are three interesting books coming out this month to do with the epic series from George R. R. Martin: A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel; a parody, called A Game of Groans; and Game of Thrones and Philosophy.
SF Signal presents a thorough round up of all the big releases in science fiction, fantasy and horror coming out in March, with their glossy, colorful covers on show.
Terry Pratchett has announced he will be releasing a new novel on September 25, 2012 in the US, called Dodger, set in the Victorian era, and potentially set in the same universe as his young adult novel, The Nation.
From Mark Alan Walker comes a listing of the best science fiction books of all time, many of them old classics that you will already be familiar with.  If you’ve been meaning to knock some truly great scifi off your list, then this is the one to start with.
And to end this book news on a funny note, here’s a recent comic from a truly great comic artist, Kate Beaton, as she illustrates Leo Tolstoy’s response to reading a review of one of his classics on Goodreads.  Also, the review is linked with the comic.

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