- The Bone Season‘s 21-year-old author Samantha Shannon was hailed as the next J.K. Rowling, but now that the book is out, has it measured up to expectations?
- Your childhood is entering the future: Dr. Seuss picture books will now be available for coloured e-readers.
- Five newly discovered books by J.D. Salinger are set to be published within the next few years.
- A new novel authorized by Agatha Christie’s estate is in the works, written by Sophie Hannah and featuring Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot.
- Amid the current controversy, a Russian novel featuring a gay character is published with an 18+ warning attached.
- Margaret Atwood’s latest Maddadam, the last in the trilogy beginning with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, was released this week to positive reviews.
- The first chapter of the next Percy Jackson book, The House of Hades, is now online. The spoilery synopsis is as follows:
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors on both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
Book to Screen
- After much speculation, Fifty Shades of Grey has finally cast its stars: Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam. Apparently, the fans aren’t happy.
- Author John Green has been sharing photos and stories from the set of The Fault in our Stars.
- The arts may not always be a lucrative field, but apparently artists have high job satisfaction, at least in Europe.
- Here’s something fun: a world map depicting a battle ground between different types of art is on display at an exhibit in New York.