Book News: Writing Spaces, Graphic Memoirs, Pat Conroy RIP & More!

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Dark Tower Casting 
The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s opus has cast its two leading roles and they’re amazing.

American Gods Casting Update 
The TV series adaptation of the Neil Gaiman bestseller has added a notable lead actor to its cast.

Remembering Pat Conroy 
On the passing of this bestselling author.

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“The Sandman: Overture” by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by JH Williams (Vertigo, 2015)

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Twenty-five years ago the world was introduced to one of the most important comic series ever created and it launched Neil Gaiman’s career. Gaiman put the series to bed some years ago, but now on the quarter-century anniversary he returns to tell a tale he’s had in his imagination since he began the series, as he says in his introduction. It is a story he has wanted to tell for a long time and now readers finally get the chance to enjoy it.

Fans who’ve read Sandman know of the Endless: Delirium, Desire, Despair, Destiny, Death . . . Dream. They know the events – eventual catastrophic ones – of the comic book series. But in The Sandman: Overture, readers get a prequel of sorts. At the beginning of the first Sandman volume, Preludes & Nocturnes, Morpheus is exhausted and has apparently been through a great ordeal and this is that story.

Dream travels to a place and time where he encounters the many manifestations of the sandman across the entire universe. Here a meeting will be conducted and decisions will be made. And then Dream will go on a journey with some unusual companions and meet some family members he didn’t expect to see anytime soon. Again, decisions and choices will need to be made that will affect the entire universe.

One might be hesitant about what to expect when a writer returns to the opus that made him so well known after a quarter century. Will it be a captivating original story or a quick thrown-together thing to milk an already successful series? Fortunately it is the former, and Gaiman shows he had a least one more important story to tell in the Sandman universe that has earned itself a spot next to the other volumes of this popular series.

Originally written on January 13, 2016 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Book News: Gaiman Speaks! King Honored! Sacks Remembered! Mieville Adapted! Book Club Reinvigorated! & More!

 

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Obama Honors Stephen King 
In addition to Sally Field and Alice Waters, Stephen King was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts.

Worldreader & Opera 
Worldreader, a global nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy in the developing world through digital books, has partnered with Opera Software to extend reading to even more people.

Neil Gaiman Interview 
In a recent interview, bestselling author Neil Gaiman talks about writing and his books, and more importantly also about censorship.

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“Chu’s Day at the Beach” by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex (Harpercollins, 2015)

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The cute little giant panda Chu jumped on the scene in Chu’s Day to the delight of parents and children alike in a fun board book as a circus suffered the deleterious effects of Chu’s sneezing. Now the duo – Gaiman and Rex – are back with the followup, Chu’s Day at the Beach, this time in full picture book format. Now, some parents might be thinking their kids won’t enjoy it as much since it’s not a board book, but when they see the finished product they will realize their kids are going to love this sequel just as much as its predecessor.

As the title says, Chu joins his parents in a trip to the beach. As Chu is enjoying his ice-cream, he takes off his sunglasses and looks up at the sun, making his nose twitch, and then lets out a big squeeze that causes an even bigger problem than blowing away the circus and this time it will take some other characters to help him put everything back together again.

The beauty of the picture book is in the larger artwork from Adam Rex which is vibrant and colorful and simply fascinating to study with the vast menagerie hanging out at the beach in their strange and entertaining anthropomorphic ways. The story’s fun; the artwork is astonishing; all around a great book.

Originally written on January 30, 2015 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Book News: More Literary Adaptations, James Patterson Donates to School Libraries, Brazillian and Lesbian Lit & More!

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Zombies! 
You’ve no doubt seen your fair share of zombie movies and TV series, and likely zombie-related books. Well here’s a breakdown on the philosophy behind the walking dead.

American Gods Update 
In other good news about the American Gods TV series adaptation for Starz, Neil Gaiman will be writing some of the episodes.

Lesbian Literature 
So if you’re interested in enjoying some lesbian literature, here’s a great list!

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Book News: Books To Make You Queasy, When Neil Met Kazuo, You Don’t Know Ray (Bradbury) & More!

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Do You Know Ray Bradbury?
Ten things I bet you didn’t know about Ray Bradbury.

Book Art 
These images take your imaginings of folded book art way beyond your limits.

Folio Society Books 
The Folio Society has recently produced some truly beautiful and incredible books, so check these out.

Books That May Not Agree With You
Here are five books you will want to avoid reading on an empty stomach.

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“Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances” by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, 2015)

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In Neil Gaiman’s third short story collection, fans can expect a similar collection to the last, Fragile Things, with an introduction explaining the origin and history of each of the works, a wide selection of short stories and poetry they have likely not read before, and a nice thick novella set in the world of American Gods. The title, however, may have been in poor choice for, while he does talk about it in his introduction, the more correct and appropriate meaning of the term has little to do with being scared and/or entertained with some stories.

The collection runs the true gamut, showing Gaiman’s breadth and spectrum as a writer, and would make an ideal introduction to the author for anyone wanting to read him for the first time. “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” is the haunting story of a dwarf in search of a guide to take him to a cave where riches lie. “The Sleeper and the Spindle” is a fairytale that blends Snow White with Sleeping Beauty. “Nothing O’clock” is an original Doctor Who story from Gaiman. “The Case of Death and Honey” looks at an aging Sherlock Holmes looking to solve one last mystery.

No two stories are alike in Trigger Warning, which is what you really want in a short story collection. The stories here cover all the genres and take the reader to interesting and unusual places. There is joy and sadness and everything in between.

Originally written on April 18, 2015 ©Alex C. Telander.

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