Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]
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The fourth annual 31 Horror Films 31 Days Challenge is accomplished. And for the third year straight (let us never speak of 2009!) I claim victory. I prepared a full statement last night. And I quote: Bwa-ahaha-aha-hhah-ahahahaaha-a-ha-a-hahaha-hahh-ah-ahahahaah-ahah-haa-hah-ahahah-hahah-hahhha-a-ah-aaa-ha-ha-ah-aa-ha-haha-ha-ha-haha-a-aha-ha-ah-a-ha-hah-ah-a-aa-hahahaha-aha-ahah-h-ah-a-ha-haa-ah-a-ha-h–ha-hahhahahah-ah-ah-h-a-a-a-ha–a-h-ah-a-h-ah-a-a-h-ahhahahaha-ha-a-ha-h-ahaahhaa-h-a-ha-ha!!!!!!! End quote. This “victory” I speak of was not a comfortable one. I clawed through my 31st film […]
David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]
Carrie Ryan, Lawyer. What the heck was wrong with that? But no, drunk on the accomplishment of mastering U.S. law, this ambitious lass up and decided to burden the general populace with a few more volumes of bound pages. Hence The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places. […]
The Greendale Public Library’s Greendale Reads title this month was The Year of the Flood (2009) by Margaret Atwood. A dystopian novel, it moves back and forth through time plus is narrated by three different main characters. Adam One is the cult leader who has predicted the Waterless Flood that appears to have actually happened, […]
Courtney Summers lives in Canada. Now, it’s true, I’m not a quote-unquote “expert” on Canada, but I’m pretty danged smart so let me paint you a picture of her writing life. Somewhere in the frozen, unforgiving Canadian tundra squats an ominous black cabin stinking of yak hide and bear piss (aka “the smell of fear”). […]
Rave reviews for The Dog Stars by Peter Heller may generate interest in other postapocalyptic literary fiction at your library. Fortunately, there are some mighty fine examples. (And a surprising number of one-word titles–The Passage, The Pesthouse, The Road, The Stand… The Bible.) Check out Keir Graff’s 2008 Booklist article Core Collection: Before and After the Road for […]
Enjoy (yes, you must!) this week’s trailer for The Last Policeman, a book David Pitt calls a “solidly plotted whodunit with strong characters and excellent dialogue,” a preapocalyptic thriller for those who think the postapocalypse has gone utterly blasé. Sure, asteroid-countdowns have happened before, but this memorable beginning to a planned trilogy promises to entertain.
Envelope-pushing writer/director/Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane’s new movie Ted features a live-action teddy bear as Mark Wahlberg’s foul-mouthed and furry wing man. And, just like it’s hilarious to hear old people swear or rap, anthropomorphized animals acting outside the Disney norm is always good for a chuckle. Don’t get these quirky critter books mixed up with […]
Everyone’s convinced that Victoria Dahl is the bee’s knees. (Provided that we’re talking about an abnormally titillating bee with unusually come-hither knees.) She’s the award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Impressive? Sure. But does she have the stamina to withstand my super-sexy cross-examination? Let’s get started — right after I slip […]