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HBO To Adapt Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

HBO will adapt The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta's upcoming novel, as a television series. The cable television channel has had incredible success with series that are based on bestselling novels such as the quietly popular television show No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's book series by the same name, and the breakout hit of this past season, Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. However, to the best of our knowledge, The Leftovers is the first novel that HBO has ever decided to develop as a series before the book has even been published.

The Leftovers novel is slated to hit shelves at the end of the month. Perrotta's book will tell the tale of a group of people who are left behind after the Rapture. HBO has plans to turn this novel into an hour-long series with Perrotta both penning the pilot episode and coming on board as an executive producer alongside Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger.


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Check Out A Free Short Story From Catherynne M. Valente!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 12, 2011 | PERMALINK

Science fiction and fantasy fans will want to check out the free short story by Catherynne M. Valente that is being hosted by Subterranean Press.

The author’s latest full-length novel, Deathless, got an RT Top Pick in the April 2011 issue of the magazine. The story, which re-works a traditional Russian folktale, follows a Marya, a girl who becomes tangled in the events of 20th century Russia, such as Stalin's influences on the country and the siege of Leningrad, even as she has one foot firmly in the world of fairytales.

“White Lines on a Green Field” is another story about people caught between two worlds. When the mysterious Coyote comes to Bunny’s high school, everything seems to change. However Bunny is the only one who seems to notice that mass pregnancies, uncontrolled fighting and lax adult supervision — are not normal. Although the football team’s sudden winning streak has occupied everyone’s attention, something is rotten at West Centerville High.


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Morgan & Whitney Dish: Dead Iron By Devon Monk

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

When Devon Monk's new series starter Dead Iron was nominated for the July Seal of Excellence, Morgan and Whitney were both intrigued by the interesting interplay between good and evil in Monk's unique steampunk Wild West setting. 

Morgan: Where do we even begin with this book? It is an Old West/steampunk/paranormal/fantasy. Try saying that five times fast.

Whitney: This story will definitely appeal to fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or anyone who likes a mash-up of the Old West and steam technology. In the world of Dead Iron, people “devise” automated machines of all shapes and sizes that run on what else? — steam. But what I really loved more than the fantastical devices is the way that Monk laces her world with the eerie magic of the Strange.

Morgan: The author was a bit skimpy on the details of the Strange, but that just makes it more mysterious and scary. There is no real way to define the Strange other than to say "evil" or "other."

Whitney: The magic of the Strange feels so … different and wrong. Cue the creepy western music!


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Aron Warner's Pariah To Be Released This Week — Read The Web Exclusive Review!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

Film producer Aron Warner's newest project, a co-written comic book series about teens who are the result of a genetic mutation experiment, has been on our radar since it was first announced in February. We brought you more news of the series in the June issue of RT BOOK REVIEWS when author and RT Senior Contributor Anne Elizabeth got a chance to talk with Warner.

In the interview, Warner revealed his inspiration for the series. He also described how he met the artist he and his co-writer, Philip Gellat, would use to illustrate the series, Brett Weldel.

Finally, this week the much-anticipated comic series will be debuting at the San Diego Comic Con with Pariah!


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Tags: Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga, Science Fiction
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George R. R. Martin Breaks Records With Latest Book In His Song Of Ice And Fire Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons broke publishing records earlier this week when it sold 298,000 copies in print, digital and audio formats across the U.S. and Canada on its Tuesday release day. The novel is the fifth in Martin's Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series and the first to be published since the books were adapted into an HBO TV show. 

Gina Centrello, the president and publisher of Random House, the parent company of Martin's longtime publisher, Bantam Books, attributed the sales to the author's "devoted fans and also to the tens of thousands of new readers who are now devouring his books because they loved the Game of Thrones HBO series."

The show has a dedicated viewership and has already begun to rack up awards including an Emmy nomination! To learn more click here.


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A. Lee Martinez On The World Of Chasing The Moon

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

This month science fiction author A. Lee Martinez opens up a world of possibilities with Chasing the Moon. RT reviewer Donna M. Carter said, “Readers who like their science fiction on the wacky, mind-bending side, à la Douglas Adams, are sure to love this story that examines our place in the cosmos and our need to understand even the most inexplicable things.” Today, the author shares a behind the scenes look at the inspiration for this unusual tale. 

Chasing the Moon is a story you aren't meant to understand. It's about a universe too large and inscrutable to comprehend, where nothing is certain and everything our protagonists do just might be (at best) pointless or (at worst) dangerous. In short, it's a story about being human. Except with monsters.


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RosettaBooks Hosts Science Fiction Writing Contest

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, start your science fiction engines! The publisher RosettaBooks has just announced that they will be hosting a contest to find new voices in the genre. 

As RosettaBooks gets ready to release a selection of stories from the classic science fiction magazine Galaxy in digital format, they are scouring the galaxy, okay the Internet, in search of this generation’s newest brilliant storytellers.


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BEA 2011: Giant Book Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

We spent the past week at BEA meeting authors, publishers and fellow book enthusiasts. And each day we braved the long lines in the Autographing Area in order to give readers a chance to win signed books from fan favorite authors. 

Today is the day you've all been waiting for, because we are giving away not one, not two, but five bags full of signed books and ARCs from across genres! And with much thanks to all of the authors who contributed and publicists who made this giveaway possible, you can check out the lists below to see which books are in each bag.

To enter to win one or any of the bags, simply leave a comment below telling us what new book you can't wait to read and which bags you are hoping to win:

 

Mystery, Suspense and Thriller:

Inside by Brenda Novak — Signed and pubs in July!


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, Mainstream, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Nebula Award Winners Announced!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has officially announced the winners of the 2011 Nebula Awards. Top honors, the wining novel, went to Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis. We were especially pleased by this since we absolutely love Ms. Willis’ books, and have been awaiting new works from the author for the past few years. In fact, these two novels are her first published full-length stories since 2002. But Willis has certainly made up for lost time with the fantastic novels that have three history researchers from the future Oxford University stranded in England during World War II. Willis’ Nebula win is certainly not a surprise (we nominated her ourselves this year for a RT Reviewers Choice Award), but what makes her works unique is that they are part of a “duology.” Her two novels should be read as a set. 

Other Nebula award winners this year are Rachel Swirsky for her novella “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers Beneath the Queens Window”, Terry Pratchett for his YA novel I Shall Wear Midnight and the film Inception


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Maria Zannini On The Zombie Chicken Apocalypse

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

You may remember Maria Zannini from the Kensington/RT Writing With the Stars competition. This month the Zannini's newest tale of love and adventure, titled Apocalypse Rising, is releasing from Carina Press. Today the author gives readers a taste of her writing style with this special blog post! 


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Tags: E-Book, Science Fiction
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