BLOG ARCHIVE FOR June 2013

  • POSTED ON: June 28, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Film, Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Weekend Recommendation

  • POSTED ON: June 28, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books, Film
    TAGS: Adaptations, Book review, Dune, Film Review, Science Fiction

    Books, Film

    On Adaptations

    By Anne Perry

    On Adaptations

    Our Book and Film Club will meet today to discuss Dune, both Frank Herbert’s 1965 masterpiece and David Lynch’s 1984… attempt. In preparation for it I watched Dune, for the third time ever, over the weekend.

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  • POSTED ON: June 27, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Richard Matheson, Science Fiction

    Books

    Richard Matheson: Long Live the Gremlin on the Wing

    By

    Benjamin Percy

    Richard Matheson: Long Live the Gremlin on the Wing

    Every time I fly, I peer out the window and think about “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” the short story made into a famous episode of The Twilight Zone about a gremlin on the wing of an airplane tearing apart the engine wiring. Every time I drive on the freeway and a semi fills my rearview mirror, I think of “Duel,” the short story adapted into Steven Spielberg’s first film about the unseen driver of a tanker truck playing cat-and-mouse with a terrified salesman. Every time I shop at Costco, I look at the barred ceiling windows and the stacks of dried goods and think that this would be the place to go when the apocalypse — so rivetingly and despairingly captured in the 1954 novel I Am Legend — finally turns our family and friends into night-stalking ghouls.

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  • POSTED ON: June 26, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Adam Baker, Science Fiction

    Books

    The Undead World According to Adam Baker

    By Oliver Johnson

    The Undead World According to Adam Baker

    WARNING – Contains spoilers!

    An ancient Soviet space station begins to decay in its orbit. Pieces of it re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. Fiery meteorites streak the sky.  Sonic booms shatter windows. When the carbonised wreckage strikes the Earth, the impact areas are cordoned off amidst fears that the material might be radioactive. But it’s not radiation sickness that emanates from the sanitised zones. Somewhere out there in space a disaster occurred that threatens civilization.

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  • POSTED ON: June 25, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Book Covers, Westerns

    Books

    Classic Cover – Mystery Valley

    By Anne Perry

    Classic Cover – Mystery Valley

    An outburst of interest in commercial fiction in the 1920s led Hodder & Stoughton, then about sixty years old, to develop its ‘Yellow Jacket’ series – smaller format paperback reprints of successful crime and mystery fiction, usually reproducing the superb cover-art for which Hodder was known.

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  • POSTED ON: June 24, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Edinburgh, Ghosts, Hauntings, Mary Kings Close, Paranormal

    Fun Stuff

    Weekend Round-Up: Edinburgh

    By Sarah Dyer

    Weekend Round-Up: Edinburgh

    Apologies for the lateness of today’s article, I’ve just this moment stepped off of a train from Edinburgh, where I’ve just spent the most fantastic weekend.

    Now, I’ve been regularly visiting the city for the past year or so, and I have completely fallen in love with the place… But not in the way you might expect. The literary history of Edinburgh is well documented, from Ian Rankin to J K Rowling, but I’m talking about its dark side.

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  • POSTED ON: June 21, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Film
    TAGS: Film Review, World War Z, Zombie Apocalypse

    Film

    Weekend Recommendation – World War Z

    By Poppy North

    Weekend Recommendation – World War Z

    So it seems that my rabid enthusiasm for Man of Steel may have been premature and purely influenced by some brilliant trailer editing. So don’t worry – this weekend recommendation steers completely clear of a trailer which sees the ever-heroic Brad Pitt abandoning his family to save the world.

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  • POSTED ON: June 20, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books
    TAGS: Iain Banks

    Books

    A Trip to the Isles with Iain Banks

    By Oliver Johnson

    A Trip to the Isles with Iain Banks

    If someone were  to ask me what the most fascinating trip of my publishing career has been, I would without hesitation opt for the two days ‘researching’  with Iain Banks, his first wife Annie and photographer Martin Gray on the Hebridean islands of Islay and Jura in March 2003.

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  • POSTED ON: June 19, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Fun Stuff
    TAGS: Abominable Snowman, Wednesday Wonder

    Fun Stuff

    Wednesday Wonder

    By Naomi Berwin

    Wednesday Wonder

    We are ‘wondrously’ pleased to announce that we have teamed up with our friends at Brewer’s to bring you the Hodderscape WEDNESDAY WONDER. Each Wednesday we’ll be sharing one of the weird and wonderful gems from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable – we hope you find them as enjoyable as we do!

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  • POSTED ON: June 18, 2013
    FILED UNDER: Books, Film
    TAGS: Book and Film Club, Book review, Dune, Film Review

    Books, Film

    The Book & Film Club!

    By Anne Perry

    The Book & Film Club!

    If there’s one thing we all love doing, it’s talking about books. But plenty of our favourite books wind up being adapted to film – some more than once – and gosh, who doesn’t really love talking about books vs. film?

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