AUTHORS & BOOKS
This week, the good publicity people at Grand Central Publishing have given me four copies of Carolyn Jewel's My Wicked Enemy to give away. Here's the book summary:
"A desire that can't be controlled...Carson Philips is a witch on the run. For years, the notorious mage, Alvaro Magellan, has held her as his psychological prisoner. But once Carson gets a glimpse of the true extent of his evil, she flees Magellan's mansion--stealing a stone talisman of unimaginable power on the way. Her only hope for survival is a demon who ignites a voracious hunger in her she can't deny, a longing she can't resist...:
Want to win a copy? All you have to do is leave a comment with your favorite fantasy book or movie. (Mine is "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" because that cat was hysterical.) The winners will be drawn at random on Friday evening.
Interview with Stephanie Meyer about the musical influences for her Twilight series. Meyer’s got the same hysterical fans, midnight release parties and movies in the works as the Harry Potter scribe, but there’s a rock & roll side to her work that makes her unique..." (Rolling Stone)
Speaking of Stephanie Meyer, there is much the hullabaloo about cracktastic, and craptastic elements in her stories. Read and make your own decisions.
- Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books posit that awesomeness is its own reward.
- Jezebel writes, "I think ultimately we shouldn't worry too much about what ideas young adult books promulgate. We should worry about whether the books themselves are awesome.
- Stephanie Meyer talks about backlash against Breaking Dawn in video: "There's no way to make everybody happy."
- Book Room Reviews talks about the proported backlash. "Out of 1.3 million copies sold, Barnes and Noble has had FIFTEEN copies returned. Ooh such a backlash!"
- Moonbeamdancer reviews Breaking Dawn and comments on Meyer's religious agenda: "Another thing I didn’t like was how Meyer shoved her religion down everyone throat in this book. Namely waiting until marriage to have sex and that sex is had to only have children." (Live Journal)
Interview and book contest with Jocelynn Drake, author of Nightwalker. "With the Dark Days series, I've tried to create a very open-ended world with a rich tapestry of characters." (AmberKatze's Book Blog)
Review of Jeanne C. Stein's Legacy. "This is the fourth installment in the Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and is as riveting as the rest." (Darque Reviews)
If you live in Terra Haute, IN or Brentwood, MO, you can go to one of the booksignings this week with Colleeen Gleason and Jennifer Rardin. (Scroll down to the Appearances section on the right sidebar of Colleen's site for info.)
MOVIES & DVDS
Review of "Underworld" dvd, starring Kate Beckinsale. " Vampire Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a PVC-clad killing machine." (The Sun)
Oh, my, I had no idea that brilliant Sarah Waters' spooky novel, Affinity. had been adapted onscreen! "'Affinity' is at once a gothic mystery, a romance, and a quasi-supernatural tale, with plenty of moody atmospherics to go with it." (DVD Town)
TELEVISION & THE INTERNETS
Alan Ball's graphically sexed-up and gored-up version of Southern Vampire series, "True Blood" has some people keeping HBO. " For all the rutting and violent exsanguination, at the heart of True Blood is an oddly sweet love story. For a 175-year-old ambulatory corpse, Vampire Bill is an awfully courtly gent." (MediaWeek)
NOT-SO-GRATUITOUS VIDEOS OF THE DAY
I was saddened by the news that two wonderful performers died. Composer, singer, actor Isaac Hayes and his deep, sexy voice, his humor, his gorgeousness died over the weekend. His was a voice that we all recognized and loved, and his musical contributions went far beyond the Oscar-winning soundtrack to "Shaft." He was bigger than life and his legacy will go on.
Comedian and actor Bernie Mac also died over the weekend of pneumonia. He cranked down his raunchy nightclub act to create a really endearing and funny TV series based on his own experiences when he and his wife adopted his sister's children.