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1. Hey -Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?

I try to avoid all the "How-much-did-they-make" nonsense because, as long as you make a living and have financial security for yourself and your family (don't get into comics if that's what you are looking for) that's it. No one elses business really.

But Ali Gray at Yahoo! Movies came up with a piece that I'm sure will interest all you Marvel movie buffs -and start many an arguement!

Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?

Combined, they’re the most powerful superhero ensemble the world has ever seen: super-strong, super-fast, super-smart and damn near unbeatable. But split apart The Avengers and what becomes of their component parts when they’re not on duty? With Robert Downey Jr making an increasingly rare non-Iron Man appearance this week in legal thriller ‘The Judge’, we decided to see which Avenger was the most successful at the box-office outside of the Marvel canon (i.e. ‘Iron Man’ onwards). The champ might surprise you…



#7. Chris Evans
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £98 million
Who's The Most Successful Avenger Outside Of Marvel Movies?
It’s perhaps no surprise that Chris Evans has the least pull at the box-office outside of the Avengers: Evans has said many times he plans to move into directing once his Marvel contract is up, and with no sign of those superhero paycheques stopping any time soon, he doesn’t need to work if he doesn’t want to. With both of his ‘Fantastic 4’ movies pre-dating the current Marvel universe, Evans’ biggest hit post-‘Iron Man’ was his least known superhero outing, ‘Push’, which made £29 million worldwide. Perhaps if the Weinsteins had actually bothered to release heavily-buzzed sci-fi ‘Snowpiercer’ properly instead of indefinitely shelving it, he’d have made a better showing in this rich list.


#6. Mark Ruffalo
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £499 million
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The third actor to play Marvel’s Hulk in ten years, Ruffalo brought credibility to the role of Bruce Banner in ‘Avengers Assemble’, and it looks like he’ll bring some stability to it too. Since 2008, Ruffalo’s indie cred has been bolstered by several high-profile roles, including the co-lead in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ and a role in another ensemble, ‘Now You See Me’, the sleeper hit which netted a quite frankly unbelievable £217 million at the box-office. Ruffalo’s smaller roles don’t fare too badly either: recent romcom ‘Begin Again’ opposite Keira Knightley was no HULK SMASH but it did make a respectable £34 million.


#5. Scarlett Johansson
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £609 million
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Johansson is a box-office behemoth: she’s graduated from surly-looking, croaky-voiced teen in the likes of ‘Ghost World’ to an all-conquering, audience-slaying A-lister – she lit up cinemas as the lead of Luc Besson’s action/sci-fi ‘Lucy’ and it’s closing in on a £248 million take worldwide. That could be the Marvel effect in action (they pay low wages but bump up their cast’s star factor considerably) but don’t sell Scarlett short: ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’, ‘We Bought A Zoo’, ‘Don Jon’ and ‘Chef’ were all decent-sized hits. Frankly Johansson’s work-rate puts some of the male Avengers to shame.


#4. Chris Hemsworth
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £647 million
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When he’s not swinging the hammer of Thor, Hemsworth has picked his non-Asgardian projects well, working with directors like Ron Howard and Joss Whedon (with Michael Mann and Steven Spielberg still on the slate). If you count his brief role in JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Trek’ reboot – and we do, because he’s brilliant as Kirk’s dad even with just a few minutes of screen time – then Hemsworth’s non-MCU CV tops a billion in revenue. His biggest hit was ‘Snow White And The Huntsman’ and Hemsworth’s pull is now so great, the forthcoming prequel will ditch Snow White and be all about him instead.


#3. Samuel L Jackson
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £737 million
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Yes, we know Nick Fury isn’t technically an Avenger – spare me the structural hierarchy of S.H.I.E.L.D. and all associated subsidiaries – but Jackson’s contribution to the Marvel universe cannot be overstated, so he makes the list. Jackson’s approach to work seems to be quantity AND quality – he’s never not working, but he mixes box-office hits like ‘RoboCop’ (£150 million) and ‘The Other Guys’ (£105 million) with all manner of straight-to-video schlock. Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ contributes almost half of his post-Nick Fury career takings, but it’s worth remembering that Samuel L Jackson is technically the most successful actor of all time, with no less than £2.5 billion to his name (thanks to ‘Jurassic Park’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘The Incredibles’ and something called ‘Star Wars’). 


#2. Robert Downey Jr.
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £935 million
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Shock horror! He’s the highest paid actor in the world and one of the most high profile names in the business, but Robert Downey Jr is not the most successful Avenger when it comes to extra-curricular activity. To be fair, five of his last 11 films have been Marvel movies, and not only did Tony Stark kick off the MCU with the phenomenally successful ‘Iron Man’, he scored its biggest hit to date with ‘Iron Man 3’ (£745 million). Downey has still worked wonders elsewhere, however, with two ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies racking up over a billion at the box-office, and even lesser comedies like ‘Due Date’ scoring big (£131 million). Still, Tony Stark will have to stand aside for the true big winner of The Avengers…


#1. Jeremy Renner
Non-Marvel box-office takings since 2008: £1.03 billion
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Hawkeye? Seriously? I mean, who saw this coming? Often thought of as the forgotten Avenger – “Where’s your standalone movie, Clint?” tease his super-friends – Jeremy Renner has nonetheless forged a crazy successful career almost out of nowhere. The secret to Renner’s success is not billion-dollar blockbusters but several different medium-sized franchises: with ‘Mission: Impossible’, ‘Bourne’ and even ‘Hansel & Gretel’ all on the go, those millions keep coming (and further sequels to all three movies are lined up). Even his dramatic roles register at the box-office, with ‘American Hustle’ profiting from David O Russell’s awards season sheen and ‘The Hurt Locker’ benefiting from Renner’s Best Actor Oscar nomination – he’s the only man on this list to receive one since MCU ground zero.

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2. DRAGON CON 2014 - PART 1 (Epic Cosplay Party)

I'm sorry but 1m 16s in...WHAT character costume is this????

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3. The Transfiguration of Blogging

Some awesomeness found its way onto my Facebook feed this morning.

The Transfiguration of Mister Punch (including my novella This Foolish & Harmful Delight) has made it onto the following list: The Literature of Fear: 12 High-Quality Horror Books for Sleepless Nights by Rick Kleffel.

Other books on the list include Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, The Conspiracy against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti, Last Days by Adam Nevill, and The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter.

That's two blog posts within a week. Next thing you know a whole fleet of buses will turn up.

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4. The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn

The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt

by Eric von Schmidt (Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1964)

Okay. It’s time for a teensy bit of name dropping. I have this cousin who is a brilliant singer and songwriter and he’s racked up a few Grammys as well. (Do you say Grammies? I don’t think so.) If you are into good, old-fashioned bluegrass and Americana, check out Jim Lauderdale. Musicians are such great storytellers, don’t you think? Sometimes I wonder if I can pack the same amount of heart and soul into a 500-word picture book that he can in a 3-minute song.

That’s partly why I was so drawn to this book, The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn. And that was even before I realized that there were all kinds of connections to song. That title begs to be picked and strummed, right?

The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt

I purchased this book a while back from Elwood and Eloise on Etsy. The owner, Mallory, also runs an excellent illustration blog, My Vintage Book Collection (in blog form), which is an incredible archive of gorgeous out of print materials. Thank goodness she sells some of her collection, cause I’ve added some sparkle to my own thanks to her shop. (Also, the images in this post are courtesy of her post here.)

This is the story of Jeremy Sneeze. Where he fails as a farmer he succeeds at making children laugh. (Which is to say by wiggling his ears.) He replaces fallen birds nests and makes pictures and poems. And so, of course, the elders of his town denounce his slack and shifless ways. A town meeting. A crow. A spell is cast. A sneeze. A surprise.

The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt

This book’s design is reminiscent of a song. Here’s what I mean. That color—washes of analogous color in oranges and yellows and greens, those are the harmonies to the stark black’s melody. It’s steady and rhythmic like the downbeats of an upright bass. Unless they are splashed and chaotic like a mandolin’s intricacies.

The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt

On top of stellar bookmaking, the story itself is a sweeping epic wrapped up in the short pages of a picture book. Listen to some of its lines:

Just about then he would get to puzzling about other things like “How high is up?” or “Who plants the dandelions?” or “Where do the stars go during the day?”

And every year all Jeremy had to offer was a big weedy field filled with assorted brambles and unchopped briars, bounded by dirty broken boulders.

Flap-flap, past bats that watched with eyes like razors, past lizards, toads, and laughing spiders, down past rats and rattlesnakes and monkeys dreaming evil dreams of moons.

We have specials today on stars that dance or boiling oceans, and a bargain rate for setting mountains into motion.

He hurled himself at the brambles and flung himself at the weeds with such speed you couldn’t tell which was hoe and which was crow.

True enough he is a sorry farmer. But in his head dwell pictures and in his heart are poems.

The Young Man Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn by Eric Von Schmidt

The listen-ability, the meter, the storytelling grumble. It’s all here. What a gem.

P.S.—A bit of poking around online still left me slightly confused about the history of this book and the similar-ly titled song. Did the book inspire the song? Did the song know about the book? I think the song inspired the nitty-gritty backstory of the young man who wouldn’t hoe corn. I can’t really tell, so I’ll just be sitting here enjoying both. Hope you are too.

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5. Guess What? Ultimate List Of Every Superhero Movie Release Date From 2015-2020

What I'm hoping will be the final posting for a while on DC/Marvel movies (I hear rumours but who cares?). I think this piece by Tom Butler, though nothing new, does encapsulate the entire release dates shindig -and nice visuals.


Warner Bros. officially announced a load of new movies based on DC Comics including two Justice League films, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and even another outing for Green Lantern. Heck, even Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman are getting new solo outings too.


Add this to Marvel’s upcoming Avengers slate, Sony’s Spider-Man-related films, and Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four pictures, and you’ve a super-sized selection of comic book movies coming your way.
If, like us, you’re struggling to keep up with all the superhero films coming out soon, here’s all the release dates in one handy place...
Ultimate List Of Every Superhero Movie Release Date From 2015-2020
It’s worth noting that these are subject to change and we’ve gone for UK release dates (we get ‘Avengers 2’ early, yay!) where we know them, the rest are the US release dates.

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6. Coloring Page Tuesday - BAT!

     Scree! Scree! I think bats are so cool - don't you? And this one is all dressed up for Halloween. (Bats don't have to wear costumes - just scarves to keep warm!)
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     Click the cover to learn about my Halloween picture book - Lula's Brew. She's a witch who would rather be a famous chef!






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7. Dr Who: BAFTA Cymru, BBC Cymru Wales and Film Hub Wales announce special Doctor Who events

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20 October 14

An exciting series of events which will offer new access to the Doctor Who series, featuring episodes from episodes that have been filmed in Wales throughout its 50 year history.

The programme of six events, devised and coordinated by Film Hub Wales and BAFTA Cymru, and hosted in partnership with BBC Cymru Wales and 6 key venues around the country, will offer fans of the series a chance to see monsters from key episodes of the cult classic on the big screen and hear from the creative team working on the series.

The events will be held between November 2014 and January 2015 and will be part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, the BFI’s landmark season dedicated to cinema’s most spectacular genre, presented together with 02. Tickets will be available to BAFTA members and the general public.

Hannah Raybould, BAFTA Cymru Director, said: “BAFTA Cymru exists to celebrate excellence in production in the moving art form and this new partnership with BBC Wales and venues around Wales – made possible by the funding received from Film Hub Wales, will allow us to offer new access to the amazing talent working on the Doctor Who series in Wales.”

“We are particularly pleased to be working with new venue partners – from Scala Cinema and Arts Centre in Prestatyn, Theatr Harlech in Gwynedd, Savoy Theatre in Monmouth and Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli, which expand the breadth of our offer, and add to our existing fruitful partnerships with the Film Hub lead organisation Chapter in Cardiff and Aberystwyth Arts Centre.”

The first event in the series, to be held in partnership with Chapter pop up cinema on 4 November at the landmark National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, will be a preview of Death in Heaven, the current season finale, which will be screened ahead of its broadcast on BBC One and will be attended by cast and crew.
The wider programme of events includes The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe at Ffwrnes in Llanelli on 1 December ; The Sontaran Stratagem / The Poison Sky at Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Prestatyn on 12 December; The Unquiet Dead at the Savoy, in Monmouth on 12 January; ending with The Five Doctors on 27 January at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. An additional double bill screening of Mask of Mandragora and The Prisoner will be confirmed to take place in January at Theatr Harlech.

The events will each have a specific theme, focusing on one creative department within the Doctor Who production team.

“We are delighted to offer this unique opportunity to Film Hub Wales member venues, including our Film Hub Lead organisation Chapter, as part of our exciting BFI Sci-Fi programme. We couldn’t imagine a Wales-wide Sci-Fi season that didn’t explore our cultural connections to Doctor Who and are thrilled to work with BBC Cymru Wales and BAFTA Cymru to bring these events to life,” said Hana Lewis, Strategic Hub Manager, Film Hub Wales.

“We have a rich and diverse range of exhibitors developing audiences for film across Wales but many are divided by rural landscapes, limited capacity and lack of funding. Film Hub Wales exists to support a more sustainable independent film sector, bringing more film, to more people, in more places. We anticipate that special screenings of this cult classic can bring audiences together to experience the wondrous world of Doctor Who on the big screen.”

Tickets for these special events will cost £12 and £8 (concessions) and are available exclusively from the venue websites here:
 
Doctor Who: Death in Heaven
Tuesday 4th November 7pm
Reardon Smith Theatre, Cardiff
www.chapter.org/doctorwho
029 2030 4400


Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Monday 1st December at 7pm
Theatr Ffwrnes, Llanelli
www.theatrausirgar.co.uk
0845 2263510


Doctor Who: The Sontaran; Stratagem & The Poison Sky
Tuesday 16th December 7pm
Scala Cinema and Arts Centre, Denbighshire
www.scalaprestatyn.co.uk
01745 850197


Doctor Who: The Unquiet Dead
Monday 12th January 7pm
Monmouth Savoy Theatre, Monmouth
www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk
01600 772467


Doctor Who: Doctor Who Masque of Mandragora & The Prisoner
Saturday 17th January at 7pm
Theatr Harlech, Snowdonia
www.theatrharlech.com
01766 780667


Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
Tuesday 27th January at 7pm
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
01970 623232


For further information, please contact:
Fiona Lynch, BAFTA Cymru
T 02920 223898
E fional@bafta.org



 

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8. Newsletter BilBOlbul 21 Ottobre 2014


 

 
NEWSLETTER 21/10/2014
  
 
 
"EDITORIA SENZA EDITORI?", CONVEGNO DI APERTURA DI
BILBOLBOL 2014
 
Giovedì 20 novembre, BilBOlbul si apre quest'anno con una giornata di studio, presso gli spazi del MAMbo - Museo d'Arte moderna di Bologna (Via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 14, Bologna), con l'obiettivo di disegnare una mappa della pubblicazione di fumetti italiana e porre con chiarezza le domande più urgenti.
Partendo dal racconto delle diverse esperienze, abbiamo invitato numerose personalità del settore a confrontarsi su temi quali i ruoli di editori ed autori nell'attuale industria editoriale, o i margini di sviluppo per fenomeni quali autoproduzione ed editoria di progetto.
Per guardare al presente senza paraocchi, ma anche per individuare le tracce di nuovi modelli dell'editoria futura.

 
 
SONO ONLINE LE MOSTRE OFF DI BILBOLBUL 2014
 
Ogni anno BilBOlbul seleziona e propone una serie di appuntamenti ed esposizioni per promuovere il lavoro di nuove realtà emergenti nel campo del fumetto e dell'illustrazione, con una serie di mostre ed incontri che si terranno nella settimana precedente alle giornate ufficiali del festival.

Visita il sito di BilBOlbul 2014 per conoscere le date e scoprire gli artisti e i progetti coinvolti.
 
 
"CROCEVIA PER L'INTERNO", WORKSHOP DI PAOLO BACILIERI PER BILBOLBUL 2014
 
Sono aperte le iscrizioni a "Crocevia per l'interno", workshop di Paolo Bacilieri, quinto e ultimo dei laboratori promossi nel contesto di BilBOlbul 2014, in collaborazione con Ateler Sì.

Il workshop, della durata di due giorni, si terrà mercoledì 19 e giovedì 20 novembre h10-13/14-17, presso gli spazi di Atelier Sì (via San Vitale 67, Bologna).

Le richieste di iscrizione dovranno pervenire entro lunedì 3 novembre.
 
 
BILBOLBUL
A LUCCA COMICS & GAMES 2014
 
Dal 30 ottobre al 2 novembre, veniteci a trovare a Lucca Comics & Games 2014 presso lo stand E123 del padiglione di Piazza Napoleone, dove troverete le nostre cartoline e i programmi di BilBOlbul 2014 freschi di stampa.

Per festeggiare l'ottava edizione, durante Lucca Comics and Games inviteremo al banchetto Bilbolbul gli autori amici del festival a stringere mani, dedicare copie dei loro libri e brindare alla nuova edizione!
 
 
PERFORMING GENDER: FINGERPRINTS
 
Una mostra speciale che unisce due festival.
Gender Bender, insieme a BilBolBul, presenta gli schizzi, i disegni e le illustrazioni che Luca Di Sciullo, Viola Niccolai, Lisa Passaniti e Cristina Portolano hanno realizzato per il progetto europeo Performing Gender.
In mostra anche le foto di Elisa D'Errico e i video ad opera di Enrico Galli e Fabio Fiandrini realizzati a ottobre 2013 per documentare l'intensa settimana di ricerca legata al progetto, che investiga attraverso la danza contemporanea le differenze di genere e orientamento sessuale.

Inaugurazione mercoledì 29 ottobre h18.30.
 
 
BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
Future Film Festival: 1 > 6 aprile 2014 - futurefilmfestival.org :: Live Arts Week: 8 > 13 aprile 2014 - liveartsweek.it :: Angelica- Festival Internazionale di musica: 2 > 31 maggio 2014 - aaa-angelica.com :: Biografilm: 6 > 16 giugno 2014 - biografilm.it :: Gender Bender: 25 ottobre > 1 novembre 2014 www.genderbender.it :: BilBOlBul: 20 > 23 novembre 2014 - bilbolbulnet

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9. How Image Systems Can Supercharge a Novel

You know, after 5+ years, we’ve covered a lot of writing-related topics at this blog. At times, it’s a challenge to come up with meaningful material that hasn’t been done to death. So I was super excited to receive C.S. Lakin’s post on a topic that we’ve never discussed before at Writers Helping Writers—a topic that I’d never actually even heard of before: using image systems to improve your novel. What the heck is an image system? I’m so glad you asked….

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Filmmakers use a term called “image systems,” and novelists can benefit greatly by creating a similar kind of image system for their novel.

Just What is an Image System?

Think of the overall message coming through your novel. What themes are you honing in on? What controversial issues or moral dilemmas are you presenting? What is the “take-home” feeling you want to leave with your reader after she finishes reading the last page. Asking these questions can help you step back and look at the tone, mood, and intent of your story.

In a film, an image system might include repeating shot compositions—for example, a movie might use a certain shape or image in a landscape and repeat it throughout the film. An image system often uses specific colors—some which may not be easy at first to notice or that work on a subliminal level in some way.

Great novelists know the power of motif and symbolism, often using something like a repeated word or phrase, or an object of importance to the character, to bring a richness to the story and to enhance the theme of their novel. In effect, they are creating something similar to an image system. By taking a look at some of the ways filmmakers develop image systems for their films, novelists can learn much and expand their technique.

Get a Clear Vision of the Story You Are Telling

Filmmaker Gustav Mercado says, “If you want to become an effective storyteller, one of the most important things you can do is to have a clear vision of your story, so that it reflects your unique take on it, not somebody else’s. . . . Anything and everything that is included in the composition of a shot will be interpreted by an audience as being there for a specific purpose that is directly related and necessary to understand the story they are watching [or reading, in the case of a novel].”

Writers, as well as filmmakers, need to first identify the core ideas of their story in order to create an image system. Once that is determined, they can design a system that supports and brings out that core idea in either obvious or subtle ways consistently implemented throughout the book.

Ask these questions about each of your scenes:

• What are the main elements (or one main element) that should dominate the scene and be brought to the reader’s attention? Can these be an object or word/phrase or bit of setting that can be symbolic and repetitive in your novel?
• What should and shouldn’t be included in the scene that will help the reader focus on that element? (Think about all that unnecessary narrative or trivial dialog.)
• What meaning will be conveyed subconsciously by these elements you show?

Overlying all this is your main theme or core idea. You’ve perhaps been told you should be able to sum up your premise in a sentence or two (elevator pitch). In that premise lies your core idea for your book. You may have gotten a germ of an idea for your novel, and from that you developed characters with issues and goals, and you came up with settings and scene ideas to play out your storyline. But overlying all that is your core idea.

In Just a Few Words

See if you can encapsulate the main theme or idea of your story in one line or a few words. For example, the core idea behind the movie Rocky might be about gaining self-respect. That’s a simple summation. But if you can come up with a basic thematic concept, you can gear the elements in your scenes to bring out that theme.

Emblematic Shots to Highlight Theme

Think about including emblematic elements that reveal theme and motif.
• Is there a place your character keeps coming back to?
• An emotion she keeps struggling with that can be symbolized by a particular scene composition and “camera angle”?
• A place where she reflects and looks out on the world that can subliminally indicate her mood, self-image, or view of others?
• An object that she studies close up?

Emblematic shots are usually placed at the beginning and end of meaningful scenes, to emphasize them, make them stand out.

Sum It Up in One Picture

Here’s something you can try. Imagine taking one (only one) snapshot of your novel (not of the actual physical book). This picture needs to “tell” what the core idea or theme of your story is about. Think movie poster.

A movie poster has to somehow convey the feel and premise of the entire movie. Imagine showing this picture you took of your novel to a stranger and asking him what he thinks the theme or core idea is behind the photo. Ask him what symbolism comes through. Did you include symbolic elements? What colors did you choose?

Even without knowing the emotional power of each color, we all resonate similarly when it comes to colors. Can you come up with one image that can be the core of your image system? We’ve heard the cliché: a picture is worth a thousand words. If your picture can just speak a dozen key words to you, you can build an image system around it.

Try jotting down six key words that best “represent” your novel. Then think of emblematic images, places, objects, or phrases that will capture those succinctly.

Developing an image system is just one way to infuse your novel with cinematic technique. The more novelists can borrow great “tools” from filmmakers, the more visually powerful and dynamic their novels will be.

What about your novel? Can you come up with some elements to make up your image system? Share your “poster” concept in the comments. Do you have some emblematic objects, places, or phrases that help create an image system for your story? If so, share them!

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C. S. Lakin is a multipublished best-selling novelist and writing coach. She works full-time as a copyeditor and critiques about two hundred manuscripts a year. She teaches writing workshops and gives instruction on her award-winning blog Live Write Thrive. Her new book—Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Technique to Supercharge Your Story—is designed to help writers learn the secrets of cinematic technique. You can buy it here in print and as an ebook. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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10. DRAGON CON 2014 - PART 2 (Epic Cosplay Party)

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11. Would this be too much for readers?

Question: What do you think of a fantasy war story that is written from two main character's perspectives? One pov would be from the side of a single man

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12. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

absolutely true diary The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time IndianIn The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie tells Junior’s story with a lot of humor, but pulls no punches in depicting the brutal truths of alcoholism, poverty, and bigotry both on and off the reservation. Does humor have a place in a realistic novel about tragic circumstances? If you’ve had classroom experience with this book, how have your students responded to Junior’s story?

We are also reading Alexie’s Wall Street Journal article, “Why the Best Kid’s Books are Written In Blood.” Go ahead an comment on that article here, too.

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13. Exquisite Captive: Review

Finally, a paranormal romance where the focus is on the paranormal and not a human who unwittingly stumbles upon it. Exquisite Captive is a breath of fresh air. It has jinni in it. Jinni! This book is full of unique, immersive mythology, swooning romance, and the importance of free will. Although we briefly go into the heads of a few different characters, at the heart of it this story is about Nalia. Nalia is a jinni, and not just that. She is the last surviving member of the ruling class of jinni, called the Ghan Aisouri, meaning she is one of the most powerful jinni alive. After escaping the slaughter of her people by the fire-wielding Ifrit she is sold into the jinni slave trade, called the Dark Caravan, and enslaved to Malek, a man who never seems to age and refuses to use his third wish, which is the... Read more »

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14. Opening the Door to Failure and Starting the Path to Success

I quit writing for almost fifteen years.

I cringe to think about that now, because I imagine what I could have learned in that time. . . . Where would my writing career be now? I look at the young writers starting out, and I’m envious of all the years they have left to hone their craft.

So why did I quit?

I could say it was because I had two young children, both with medical problems. I could say that it was because the Air Force sent my husband away to school for a year. I could say that I started a business because we needed the money, and I ended up working close to eighty hours a week. I could say it was because the rock-star agent who intimidated the crap out of me dropped me like a hot potato and I didn’t know where my manuscripts had been or hadn’t been. . . . All those things are true.

But there’s a bigger truth.

I was scared and discouraged and tired to my soul of being rejected.

There’s also another truth.

I didn’t realize that failure was an opportunity.


Thomas Stasiuk - Do Not Fear Failure


As writers, as artists, we need failure to enable growth. If we don’t fail, we keep writing the same thing that everyone else is writing, which is great if we want to write fan fiction. But if we want to earn a place on bookstore shelves and in the hearts of readers, we have to write something that only we could write.

Writing something unique is scary. It opens us up to even more failure and rejection—a different kind of rejection, the kind that doesn’t have the safety net that comes with subconsciously knowing we’ve held a little something back and protected ourselves at least a little bit. Fear is what holds us back

But fear can also push us to a breakthrough.

Celestine Chua - Life's Real Failure


The breakthrough that finally got Compulsion published came from fear. I had amassed a list of about ten agents who, while rejecting a previous manuscript, had asked to see more work. Writing Compulsion, I had already pushed myself further than ever before. I wrote a southern gothic paranormal romance when I knew that paranormals weren’t really what agents were looking for anymore. I wrote bigger than life characters, knowing that some people wouldn't get them. I wrote a heroine who makes lots of mistakes, knowing some people wouldn't identify with her. I tackled a huge story. I scared myself writing this book. And I fell in love with it, with every single aspect of it. When it came time to start thinking about querying it, fear that others wouldn't love it the way I did kept me staring at my lists instead of typing up the query letter.

At that moment, it wasn’t just the fear of rejection that held me back. I had finally learned enough about writing a novel to know how far I still had to go in mastering my craft. I feared that I hadn't done justice to the characters and the story. I feared losing the opportunities I had built with the agents who had asked to see additional work.

I needed a safety net of expert opinion.

Ross Mayfield - Experts Only


I considered doing a mentorship. Cynthia Leitich Smith, one of my writing heroes, offers a mentorship for several months, as do other writers. Ultimately, I opted to hire a private editor to look at overall structure. For me, that didn’t work out. The changes she suggested were minimal, but they didn’t resonate, but because I didn’t really trust myself, I implemented them anyway. Every one of those was ultimately taken out in the editorial process.

Next, I looked for a workshop that was intensive and craft-oriented. I found one called Your Best Book through Free Expressions Seminars and Literary Services. The timing, price, and duration were right. It was a week-long, craft-based program mentored by Lorin Oberweger (half of the Noelle August of Lorin and Veronica Rossi who wrote Boomerang), Brenda Windberg, Emma Dryden (former Vice President and Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books, imprints of Simon & Schuster), and literary agents Josh and Tracey Adams. Not only did they all provide brilliant suggestions and insights over the course of the week, but the caliber of writers attending the program was truly stellar. These were writers who knew their craft and were looking to push themselves further. Many were already published, or agented and on the point of publication. Working with them opened my eyes and showed me how much talent agents and editors see every day. That was both daunting and exhilarating.

BK - Robert Warren Painter Jr. Good things are coming
I took my manuscript home, incorporated the suggestions I’d received and carried them through the rest of the manuscript. I sent off my queries with a sense of calm assurance. I knew this manuscript was going to be “the one.”

Of course, that assurance disintegrated as the querying process drew out. I got to the point where I convinced myself it wasn’t going to work after all, and decided maybe I needed to do another round of revision. But right at that exact moment, I got the first email from an agent wanting to schedule “the call.”

I ended up getting multiple offers of representation for Compulsion, and then interest from multiple publishers that resulted in a pre-empt from Simon Pulse. I couldn’t have landed with a better publisher, and I’m a firm believer that everything that happened along my journey needed to happen to bring me to this point.

Is every manuscript publishable? No. Is every publishable manuscript published? Sadly, also no. There is an element of luck involved, I’m not going to lie.

All we can do is learn our craft, study what others have written, read what publishers are publishing AT THAT MOMENT, and write the best version of a manuscript that only we can write.

Once we’ve done that, we send it out. We hope it finds a home, and if it doesn’t, we write the next manuscript. That previous book will still be there, waiting for us to look at again after the next is published.

What we can’t do is quit. Not if we have something to say. Not if we have a compulsion for writing and sharing our ideas with others.

To help YOU make the breakthrough, Lorin Oberweger of Free Expressions is generously offering a ten-page critique to a random winner, and I’m offering a $100 gift certificate to any of the Free Expressions seminars or services.



I want you all to learn from my mistakes. Don’t quit. Don’t tell yourself you aren’t good enough. Don’t tell yourself you don’t have time to become good enough.

Tell yourself instead that everyone fails. Tell yourself you’re going to embrace failure as a badge of honor, as a mark of courage.

Feed your compulsion to write.

And if you’re writing and you’re struggling, I’m sending you an enormous hug. Keep going. It’s worth it.

Compulsion hits stores in less than a week. I had my first school visit a week ago.


And my first book signing on Thursday. While I was there, I got to open the package with my first finished copy of my book. An actual, really-truly, never-thought-it-could-happen book.



Best feeling EVER, especially when the road has been so long.

It can happen. It will happen.

Just believe!

Want to win the Free Expressions gift certificate or critique from Lorin Oberweger, or a critique from Kent D. Wolf, my agent, or critiques from other agents, and tons of other gifts and prizes?


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2) How or why you almost quit
3) What brought you back from the brink of quitting
4) Your favorite bit of advice or inspiration you'd like to share with other writers

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15. Release Blitz- Deceptions by Sean Hayden

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An Urban Fantasy Novel

DECEPTIONS

(Demonkin, #2)

by

Sean Hayden

Published by Untold Press

Deceptions
The great State of California has elected themselves a new governor…and he’s a vampire! Many hope it will bring some peace between the humans and vampires. Many don’t, which could be the reason someone is trying to kill him. Knowing they can’t protect him from supernatural terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security turns to the only people who can, the FBI. More importantly, their only vampire agent. Ashlyn may be Governor Greer’s only hope, but can she keep him alive without starting a war of her own? When the lines begin to blur and it becomes difficult to separate her enemies from her allies, Ashlyn may end up doing just that.
The great State of California has elected themselves a new governor…and he’s a vampire! Many hope it will bring some peace between the humans and vampires. Many don’t, which could be the reason someone is trying to kill him. Knowing they can’t protect him from supernatural terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security turns to the only people who can, the FBI. More importantly, their only vampire agent. Ashlyn may be Governor Greer’s only hope, but can she keep him alive without starting a war of her own? When the lines begin to blur and it becomes difficult to separate her enemies from her allies, Ashlyn may end up doing just that.

Due to mature content recommended for 18+

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Born the son of a fire chief, Sean naturally developed a love of playing with fire. His family and friends quickly found other outlets for his destructive creativity. Writing is his latest endeavor.
Always a fan of the macabre, mythical, and magical, Sean found a love of urban fantasy and horror. After writing several novels in this genre, he found, fell in love with, and immersed himself in steampunk. He has always wanted to rewrite history and steampunk gave him that opportunity.
Sean currently lives in Florida as a fiber-optic engineer as well as an author. He was blessed with the two most amazing children he could ever hope for, has met the absolute love of his life, who coincidentally is his partner in everything. His hobbies include grand designs on world domination as well as a starring role in his own television sitcom.

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Excerpt

“I’ve told you fifteen times already, Agent Grimes, I don’t know how he died. Cicero and I fought and I heard Thompson getting his ass kicked. I ended the fight as fast as inhumanly possible and rushed out to help him. That’s when the cavalry came in through the proverbial window. When we went back into the office, Cicero wasn’t undead anymore.” I sighed as I recounted the made-up chain of events for the fiftieth time since returning to Washington, D.C.
I closed my eyes and thanked the gods the events of the past month were over. The weeks I spent working as an agent in the Chicago field office of the FBI had been pure hell. I got my partner assaulted by one vampire, and then killed by a different vampire named Cicero. The master of the City of Chicago had been a crazed lunatic and my partner paid the ultimate price. I held back the tears for my dead friend and smiled, for the gods had given me Thompson, my current partner, werelion extraordinaire, and the only reason Cicero had his ashes in a ceramic container and I didn’t.
“Agent Ashlyn,” Agent Grimes began and cleared his throat, “the forensic team found Cicero’s body with his throat torn out and completely drained of blood. Let me get this straight, you have absolutely no idea how he ‘became un-undead’?” I’d answered this question so many times I was about to snap, and how dare he quote me to myself.
“Grimes, I’ve explained this a hundred times and at least five of those times to you. The wounds inflicted on Cicero couldn’t have killed him. Even a common vampire couldn’t be killed by blood loss, so I didn’t kill him. Even if I had, it would have been self-defense! The deputy director himself congratulated me on a job well done. Why the sudden change?”
“It’s easy. We didn’t know you ate the rogue vampire, Ashlyn. You’re an FBI agent, hired to police the rogue vampires. That means bringing them in so they can be incarcerated, tried by jury, and punished by a court of law!” He seemed to mean every word he said. Was this guy joking? A vampire who kills somebody doesn’t get a jury. They’d be lucky to get a cell without a window.
“Which is why I tried to non-lethally subdue him,” I lied again through my teeth. The douchebag abducted my injured partner, used him to get to me, and then killed him without a second thought. If you ask me, he got what he deserved. I fought down the urge to flip my superior off and walk out of the room. “What else can I do for you, Agent Grimes? I’ve answered all your questions, I’ve filed all my reports, and honestly I don’t know what else to say. If you don’t believe me, the Deputy Director will have my resignation in the morning.” I stood and made my way to the door, not giving the mousy man a chance to respond.
I thought the entire act of my rebellion quite debonair until I placed my hand on the knob and tried to turn the handle. I could have sworn I heard a trombone somewhere in the room going wa-wa-waa. Talk about ruining the moment. I watched Grimes when he came through the door. He didn’t lock it, so I knew something wasn’t right. I turned around and stared at the balding man sitting at the table tapping his pen on his notepad and staring pointedly at the mirror on the wall. “Sonofabitch,” left my lips beforeI could curb my tongue.
Instead of rounding on Grimes, I walked over to the mirror. I stopped in front of it and crossed my arms. I thought about knocking on it to get their attention, but settled for my secondary idea. I uncrossed my arms and held out my talon. Slowly, I etched a circle slightly larger than my head in the otherwise perfect surface of the glass. Once it was completely etched, I rapped my knuckles against it. I smiled as the circle fell out smoothly and shattered on the floor in the tiny dark room behind the mirror.
A normal human wouldn’t have been able to see in the dark room, but I didn’t have a problem. I peered in and saw the Deputy Director standing next to a tall slender man I’d never seen before. I stood there staring at the both of them and waited for some sort of explanation.
“Agent Ashlyn, please meet me in my office in five minutes,” the Deputy Director said without a hint of emotion or surprise.
I seriously considered telling him what he could go do with himself in his office, but I blinked and pulled my face from the Ashlyn-sized hole in the glass. I turned and strode past Grimes. By the time I reached the door, the handle was unlocked, denying me the satisfaction of ripping the door off its hinges. I snarled and made my way to the elevator.

Teasers/Quotes

“Kid, I hope you know you’re filling out the report on this one.”
”Hey, it wasn’t my fault, chief. They had rocket launchers.”
”Why is it with you, they always have rocket launchers?”
”Whatever works? They keep missing with the smaller crap.” 
He laughed, a little.
”Can we get a ride?”
”Not if they’re still out there with more rockets.”
I really hoped not to get shot tonight. I hated clothes shopping.
I didn’t look back as we got into the suburban and drove back to the hotel.
Why should I look back? Marcel would fix it. Marcel fixed everything.

Looking for more books by Sean Hayden, click the titles below!

Rise of the Fallen Series

My Soul to Keep

Your Soul to Take

The Demonkin Series

Origins

Deceptions

Anthologies

Flashy Fiction and Other Insane Tales

Novellas

Lady Dorn


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16. The Salem Witch Trials [infographic]

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?

In A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience, Emerson Baker places the Salem trials in their broader context and reveals why it has become an enduring legacy. He explains why the Salem crisis marked a turning point in colonial history from Puritan communalism to Yankee independence, from faith in collective conscience to skepticism toward moral governance. Below is an infographic detailing some of the numbers involved in Salem and other witch hunts.

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Download the infographic in jpg or pdf.

Headline image credit: Witchcraft at Salem Village. Engraving. The central figure in this 1876 illustration of the courtroom is usually identified as Mary Walcott. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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17. Query Question: Agents moving agencies mid query



Some months ago I received a full request from Agent A at the Good Literary Agency. A few weeks after that I received a full request from Agent B at the AlsoGood Literary Agency. No problem so far.

ThenAgent B left the AlsoGood Literary Agency and joined the Good Literary Agency. I believe she took her earlier full requests with her, which means two agents at the same agency now have my manuscript. I haven't alerted them to this fact because I don't want to jeopardize my chances with either one of them. Is it my responsibility to bring this up, or should I take a "wait and see" attitude?

First, huzzahs for two requests for full manuscripts. Let's not forget that happy fact as you sort out what to do here.

This kind of thing happens a lot these days. Sometimes agents will email writers with updates on this, sometimes not. What we don't know here is whether B did take those full requests with her. That's NOT a given that she did.

Here's what you do: You email Agent B. You congratulate her on her new position. You mention that Agent A also requested the full and you want her to know to avoid any bumps in the road here at her new job.

You do NOT take a "wait and see" attitude here. Even if it means one of the agents has to drop out of consideration, you will have acted with honesty and integrity and that's going to serve you well in your entire career.


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18. DC Movies: $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin -like ****!

I lied.

I just can't help it.

I'm guessing this is all just blow hard publicity since various sources -including journalists- saw the actress with Snyder and on the film set so the idea that an extra is going to shoulder all the blame is pretty dumb-ass and what extra earns $5 million?

If anything, any such extra deserves $5 million from the studio for revitalising what was in all honesty a corpse of a movie publicity or news wise.  Gadot is Wonder Woman.  Affleck is Batman.  Cavell is Superman. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

NOW fans are talking and raking up the excitement that DC seems to find impossible to do by themselves. Marvel never have this problem with their movies.  Give the extra a pay-rise!


Holy smokes! Possible $5m fine for Batman extra who leaked female Robin

Jena Malone said to be playing Carrie Kelley in Superman v Batman, Zack Snyder’s followup to Man of Steel – information that could cost extra who broke non-disclosure agreement dear



Jena Malone attends at the Time Out of Mind premiere in New York in October.
Jena Malone attends at the Time Out of Mind premiere in New York in October. Photograph: Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImage/REX/Henry Lamb/Photowire/BEImage/REX

Ben Affleck’s Batman will be teaming up with a female Robin for his debut as the caped crusader in Warner Bros’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, according to an anonymous extra on the forthcoming superhero epic.

Jena Malone, who recently made an appearance in the Hunger Games fantasy saga as the tempestuous Johanna Mason, is reputedly in line to play Carrie Kelley. The character was introduced in Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, and has been called the first full-time female version of Batman’s best-known sidekick in the DC Comics title.

The news broke through the WILX-10 News station in Michigan, where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been filming at the Michigan State University. The extra told reporter Kirk Montgomery: “I’ve also learned that the character of Robin is now female.” Meanwhile, Malone has been spotted on set and at recent film premieres sporting Kelley’s trademark red crop.


Studio Warner Bros has not yet made any public comment on the rumour. However, several US sites are reporting that the extra in question now faces a possible $5m fine for breaking a non-disclosure agreement.
Batman v Superman, the followup to Zack Snyder’s 2013 superhero epic Man of Steel, will feature Affleck taking on Henry Cavill’s Superman. The film already looks set to be a crowded affair, with a debut for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and potential bows for Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg.


Snyder is said to be riffing heavily on The Dark Knight Returns, which sees an older, jaded Batman coming into conflict with Superman after the latter is called in to take down an increasingly out-of-control dark knight. Kelley is a 13-year-old schoolgirl in the comics, somewhat younger than the 29-year-old Malone.
While the introduction of a new movie Robin would usually prove controversial with fans, the cache of Miller’s classic graphic novel could yet make the character’s big screen debut a popular move. Dawn of Justice is due in cinemas for March 2016.

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19. Weekly Boomerang Books LIKE, SHARE AND ANSWER TO WIN Competition: Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seaons by Annabel Langbein

Win a SIGNED copy of Through The Seasons by Annabel Langbein To Win: 1) Like this Post on Facebook, Favourite on Twitter or +1 on Google+ 2) Share this Post on Facebook, Retweet or share on Google+ 3) Be an active member of Boomerang Books (sign up here and get a $5 credit) 4) Tell […]

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20. Some Favorite New Books for 3rd Grade Transitional Readers

I have been on the lookout for short reads for my 3rd graders. I still have a handful of students who are struggling with finishing books.  Finding quality books for 3rd graders is always a struggle. So I am always thrilled when I find something with a little more to it than most.  And with a humor that is perfect for 8 and 9 year olds. I've found several great ones for kids pretty new to chapter books lately.   Here they are:













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21. Celebrating Ballou Sr High School's library dynamo


We are often asked why we have chosen to stay with Ballou Senior High School for our annual book fair. Prior to Ballou, Guys Lit Wire worked with a group serving juvenile offenders in Los Angeles and two schools on reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. While we certainly were happy to help those folks and felt that our book fairs did a lot of good and were appreciated, when we first teamed up with Ballou we quickly realized we had found a special situation.

Melissa Jackson, the Library Media Specialist, loves her job and her enthusiasm is quite infectious. A look at the library's facebook page shows the many events she plans there from poetry slams to club meetings to author readings and tons of visiting speakers. Melissa works tirelessly to get students excited about reading and has been key to the past success of the book fairs. She cares so much about the kids at Ballou and has shown us just how much one dedicated librarian can accomplish for a whole school. Melissa is a powerhouse whose dedication can not be denied. We are thus delighted to work with her, and help her, through the current book fair.

If you want to know how the world can be changed, then Melissa is a shining example of what a force for good looks like. Guys Lit Wire organizes these book fairs each year through her direct coordination and support; Melissa is the one who gets all these books you purchase off the list into the hands of teenagers eager to read them. Please know how much you making her job easier with every title you send to Washington DC and every effort you make to spread the word.

The Book Fair for Ballou Sr High School continues. Please check out the details and shop the Powells wish list.

[Post pic of Melissa Jackson with the Ballou mascot, the "Golden Knight".]

Cross posted from Guys Lit Wire.

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22. The Sixteen - Soul Jumpers - book two



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Today's featured book:




Title:  The Sixteen - Soul Jumpers
Book Two
Author:  Ali B.

About the book:

This young adult novel is full of the paranormal and thrilling suspense.  Once you enter into the story you find yourself, along with the main character, Iris Brave, trying to figure out who are the courageous heroes and who are the evil villains.  

Iris is a young, brave, skeptical girl whose father Micah is a soul jumper.  What is that you may ask?  A soul jumper is someone who does not die with their bodies but lives on in the bodies of others.  Iris makes the startling discovery that her dad is still alive, living in a teen age boy's body, and that he has been kidnapped by the villainous Council.  He needs her help to rescue him.  She, along with sixteen other soul jumpers, carefully create a plan to do just that.  Iris is about to have her reality turned upside down as she agrees to partake in an adventure that literally will change her life forever.  Along the way as this plan is implemented, she must discern who is on her side and who are her enemies. She is in constant danger and the cruelty and abuse that she suffers by the hands of The Council only makes her more determined to defeat and eradicate them.  

Young adults readers will be enthralled and totally enjoy the fantasy and mystery that the author has woven throughout this novel from the very beginning to the very end.   I, myself, as an adult (I think I am) enjoyed the book a lot.

About the author:



I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading. I love books! My mother was an incredible librarian and she always had a stack of books by her chair. Now I have my own stack. I also have a lengthy library queue, a To Be Read list on Goodreads, and a virtual online shopping cart full of brilliant titles.
I love writing too. I love creating characters. I love giving them lives, adventures, challenges and quirks. For me, writing is about developing characters that are worth knowing, throwing obstacles in their path, and then sitting back and watching them grow. And typing. Lots and lots of typing.




 Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have an amazing day. 

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23. Eleanor and Park

rowell eleanor park Eleanor and ParkRainbow Rowell’s nontraditional romance novel Eleanor and Park portrays a young love that is genuine in its intimacy and awkwardness, as well as the painful realities of life that are well beyond the control of the young protagonists. What are the entry points in the story for readers whose lives are very different from those of the two main characters, set in the 1980s? Why, do you think, has this book resonated so powerfully with young readers and critics alike?

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25. The Thing About Luck

kadohata thingaboutluck 197x300 The Thing About LuckIn The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, Summer has important duties to fulfill as the daughter and granddaughter of migrant harvest workers, and she must also meet the daily demands of her traditional Japanese grandparents. Summer’s multi-generational family and their lives as agricultural workers are facets of contemporary American culture that may be unfamiliar to many young readers — or adults for that matter. How does Kadohata invite all readers into Summer’s story while maintaining her family’s distinct experience and perspective? What surprised, delighted, or intrigued you most about Summer, Jaz, Obaachan, and Jiichan?

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