Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Even if all the clocks in the station break down, thought Hugo, time won't stop."

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Hugo Cabret is an orphan that lives in a wall at a busy Paris train station. His quiet life's routine of thieving to survive and keeping time with a large clock can be timed down to the second. But that routine is disrupted when he meets an excitable girl and an angry toy booth owner.

I have not read the book yet but I have it on do 121 other people. It sounds pretty stellar. It's supposed to blend story and illustrations together and I cannot express just how much I enjoy that sort of thing. It's also a movie now, directed by Martin Scorsese.

This adaptation kind of crept up on me. I didn't even know it existed until about two weeks ago. The trailers were short and I always seemed to catch them right at the end. That's simply no way to be introduced to an adaptation. One needs time for these things!

And even though I dislike 3D films (because I can't watch them without feeling ill due to my eyesight and their overabundance of the last few years), I want to see this movie. Visually it looks stunning and the story has me more than interested in seeing it. I am so looking forward to watching it sometime soon.

(note: title quote from is from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick)

Monday, November 14, 2011

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

So...who else got chills? The music in the background is stunning (someone get me the soundtrack!) and the way everything looks is near perfect (so far). I'm actually quite excited for the movie.

I didn't expect to be. I thought I wouldn't actually care about it (much like I don't care that Breaking Dawn Part 1 is coming out despite how often my friends bring it up) but I do.

Gotta say though, I didn't think Jennifer Lawrence could pull it off but she's proving me wrong. She's the perfect Katniss Everdeen. And everywhere I look there is someone I adore. Seriously, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz in the same film? Catch me before I fall into a swoon from all this awesome.

(note: title quote comes from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

"I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone."

I've been remiss in my attentions to news surrounding the two films so here I am, posting the last 3 videos Peter Jackson has posted on his facebook. A lot of fun things to see in each video. Truly amazing to be seeing all this before the films come out in 2012 and 2013. Enjoy.

(NOTE: title quote from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.)

Friday, November 11, 2011

"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. "

Dark Eden by Patrick Carman: Will Besting is 15 years old when he's sent to Fort Eden, a place that is supposed to help him deal with his fears. But Will is not alone when he arrives there. There are six other teenagers just like him at Fort Eden, each of them struggling with their own intense phobia.

Will thinks the treatment process is a little weird. Each patient must spend time inside a chamber where they must face their fears. Strangely enough, it works as each of them leave the chamber feeling stronger. But soon after something starts to feel wrong as all seven patients experience odd aches and pains.

What did the fear chamber really do to them?

I used to seriously have a fear of the dark. Turn off the light and I wouldn't be able to sleep for the entire night and every little sound freaked me out. It wasn't until I truly faced my fear that I actually got over it. Now I can actually sleep without the light on (except after watching The Walking Dead for some reason). So I'm really interested in the whole idea surrounding these teenagers facing their fears and somehow being changed by their experience. Sounds creepy so I am down to clown with this novel.

Dark Eden is out now in hardcover.

Dark Eden 2: Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman.

I was so surprised to see the cover art and the description up for the second book in the series. I didn't expect it at all. I'm not going to post more than the release date and the cover for now since I think the synopsis gives away a lot.

Dark Eden 2 comes out April 24th 2012 in hardcover.

(note: title quote from Mark Twain.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Since golden October declined into sombre November..."

Death Watch (#1 in The Undertaken series) by Ari Berk: When Amos Umber goes missing, his son Silas is overwhelmed by loss and incomprehension. Why his father and where could he be?

Silas eventually learns that his father was not just any mortician but an Undertaker, an individual who is able to bring peace to those spirits trapped on earth in various states of limbo. As his father's disappearance continues, Silas and his mother are forced to leave their home and go back to the small town of Lichport, where Silas was born, and move in with his uncle Charles.

As time moves on, Silas explores Lichport's abandoned streets and cemeteries and begins to grow suspicious of his uncle Charles and of his uncle's strange house. Silas can't quite put his finger on it but he knows that whatever it is has to be connected to his father's disappearance. Silas' exploration eventually leads to the discovery of his father's old office and of the Death Watch, an old Hadean clock with the power to grant its possessor the gift of seeing the dead.

I've been waiting since the summer months to talk about this book. First off, I love the cover. The dark and eerie colours fit the book so well and I like how the title of the book seems to rise up out from the 2nd darker colour. Also the little drawing of the skull with wings and a compass is pretty cool.

The story has a lot going for it too since it's a good ol' supernatural mystery. Also, ever since I read American Gods and Thoth and Anubis turned out to be the town morticians, I've been interested in the figure of the mortician. Not in a morbid sense but in a this-could-be-a-great-character-for-a-book-no-one-ever-talks-about-the-mortician kind of way.

Death Watch by Ari Beck comes out November 15th 2011 in hardcover.

Darker Still(#1 in the Magic Most Foul series) by Leanna Renee Hieber: It's 1882 in New York City and Natalie Stewart is obsessed with the painting of the young British Lord Denbury. Every time she visits the painting, Natalie notices that something is different about it. As if Lord Denbury has moved within the framed confines of his painting. She also begins to feel like Lord Denbury's painted eyes are looking right at her.

Trapped by dark magic, Jonathan Denbury's soul is stuck in a painting while his possessed body runs around New York causing mischief. But Jonathan believes there may be a way out but to do that, he would have to lure Natalie Stewart into the painting. Because only together do they stand a chance at breaking the curse.

This novel sounds exciting. Partly because it reminds me slightly of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Of course, it won't be anything like those books and I don't expect it to but just the allusion to them caught my interest. Also the cover is quite pretty and I can be quite shallow when it comes to book covers.

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber is already out in paperback!

(Note: title quote from T.S. Eliot)