Now, it would all fall into place.
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Two things book related are happening this week. Wednesday is the debut of PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS by Rick Riordan. If you or your children haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson novels, I urge you to give them a try. Action/adventure and a memorable main character make for great summer reading.
Friday is National Book Lovers Day. Go to the library or your favorite bookstore and read your favorite story. Or, have your child read a story to some younger kids. Or, share books with those who have none. Happy Reading!
This is a big Rick Riordan week for us as not only does the final Kane Chronicles book, The Serpent's Shadow, release today, but the author himself is coming to town--and we want to ask him your questions.
What would you like to know? Questions about Carter or Sadie Kane? Percy Jackson? What Rick Riordan does on his day off? Send in your questions for Rick via the Comments section and we will compile a list to ask him on video this Friday. We’ll let you know when it’s ready to watch, don’t worry, it won’t be long! This Thursday, May 3rd is our cut-off for questions--I can’t wait to see what our readers come up with!
Speaking of waiting, it's been a year since we last saw Carter and Sadie Kane in The Throne of Fire and in that time we wondered, what do Carter and Sadie read when they aren’t tangling with angry gods or trying to save the world? If you've been asking yourself this same question, you're in luck because we have the answer in this exclusive straight from the Kane's themselves:
Sadie Kane: "Reading? You should talk to my brother the genius… Sometimes I read books about London and occasionally I try to learn new hieroglyphics, but mostly I’m too busy with trainees and trying to defeat Apophis.”
My Reading List:
• The Symbolic World of Egyptian Amulets by Philippe Germond
• Treasures of the British Museum by Marjorie Caygill
• The Annotated Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
• A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
• The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
• City Secrets London: The Essential Insider’s Guide by Robert Kahn and Tim Adams
• The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
• Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian by R.O. Faulkner
• Egyptian Love Spells and Rituals by Claudia Dillaire
• Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
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A little of this and a little of that, as I'm ahead in reading and behind in writing!
(short stories, novel, audiobook)
Wisdom’s daughter walks aloneThe Mark of Athena burns through Rome,Twin snuff out the angel’s breath,Who holds the key to endless death.Giant’s bane stands cold and pale,Won through pain from a woven jail.
Star Trek into Darkness, 2013 looks to be a good year for movies based on children's and YA books.
Author Stephen Chbosky will direct a film adaptation of his 1999 novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. According to New York Magazine, Chbosky will write the screenplay as well.
Although no one has been cast yet for the lead role of Charlie, two book-based-movie stars have signed up: Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and Percy Jackson actor Logan Lerman.
In 2009, Chbosky’s book hit the #3 spot on the American Library Association’s top ten most frequently challenged books of 2009. The association listed these reasons for the challenges: “anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group.” (Via the Huffington Post)
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Winter’s Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film adaptation. As of this writing, fans have left more than 380 comments on Facebook, many protesting the choice.
We’ve included some of the comments below. Some complain that Lawrence (pictured, via) is too “old” because she is 20-years-old. In the first book, Katniss is 16. Others find fault with her appearance; Lawrence has blond hair, milky-colored skin, and blue eyes. Author Suzanne Collins describes Katniss as being a brunette with an olive complexion and gray eyes.
Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga, has said in past interviews that his hiring was met with initial fan protest. These days, Pattinson enjoys great popularity and has even gotten mobbed during outdoor movie shoots. What do you think?
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A 3D film adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers will hit theaters in October 14th. The official trailer is embedded above–what do you think?
The film stars Percy Jackson actor Logan Lerman as a young D’Artagnan. Other cast members include Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom, and Milla Jovovich.
Last year at Comic-Con 2010, MovieWeb caught up with director Paul W.S. Anderson who promised fans, “We’re being relatively faithful to the book…we’re telling it in a very modern way but it is the classic [Dumas] story.”
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I have been so busy here at ALA's Annual Conference in New Orleans, that I haven't had much time to post. However, you can check out the ALSC blog for what's new at the conference. I've been blogging for them daily.
In a nutshell, here are some highlights
|Rick Riordan signing my copy of The Lost Hero|
I'm always excited when a new reader guy sends us a review and today a new friend, mathfan, has written to us for the very first time. He's going to tell us about a book that I really enjoyed. Let's hear it, mathfan!
THE LOST HERO
Imagine flying horses, goat men, and horsemen hovering around your cabin as you came out for breakfast. This is what it would feel like to be in the Lost Hero. Through my many years of reading, I have enjoyed many books, but the Lost Hero by Rick Riordan stands out.
The nail-biting fast-paced action, in-depth details, and the hints of Greek Mythology in Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero impresses me immensely. The action is spread out all over the book; for example, Jason (the main character) and the sky-spirit Dylan battle it out in hand-to-hand combat. Another instance occurs when Jason impulsively jumps off of the edge of the skywalk to go save Piper, who falls off by mistake. When Jason jumps, he finds out his amazing power of being able to fly.
Given the fact that the book involves Greek gods, centaurs (horse people), and satyrs (goat people), I am instantaneously fascinated. Also, the really in-depth details bring these characters to life. For example, let’s describe the satyr. The satyr is half goat and half human. If you have friends who have really long hair (to cover their horns), always wear pants (to cover their goat legs), and eats cans and tin foil, you are likely to have a satyr on your hands. I like those characters because I am fascinated with Greek Mythology.
Another aspect of the book that I am fascinated about is the fiction and fantasy and that it is not like a boring history textbook. Rick Riordan is able to also push the limits by making fantasy sound like reality. For example, the setting of Camp Half-Blood may seem like a fantasy if someone else describes it, but the author makes the place seem like home. Camp Half-Blood is full of people in different cabins and is full of weird goat people. The Apollo Cabin practices archery and the Hephaestus cabin makes a celestial bronze sword. Jason thinks, “There is no way I can fit in here.” But he just has to wait and see. This is how the fiction and fantasy affects the book.
Having always enjoyed reading Rick Riordan’s books, I know that he is always going to be in the Hall Of Fame for writers. As you climb back into bed, overwhelmed with the sights, you now know all about the animals that live on the made-up land, of The Lost Hero.
Thanks, mathfan! I've always enjoyed Rick Riordan's books too and The Lost Hero is indeed full of "nail-biting fast-action." AND---did you know the next book in the series comes out soon? Like on October 4? Like in only fifteen days?? It's called
Just how big is Rick Riordan in the publishing world? Well, he doesn't have a mere web page, he has a world, The Online World of Rick Riordan. And he needs an online world to contain all of his projects!
I've been meaning to share a few things about Rick Riordan since attending the American Library Association conference this summer. I am so impressed with Rick Riordan's commitment to his craft, his boundless imagination, his friendly personality, his circle of talented colleagues, and most of all, his ever-increasing appeal to readers. Like Midas, whatever he touches turns to gold.
Did you know that The Lightning Thief and subsequent books in the series are being released in graphic novel format? I might have passed on this news, had I not attended a session in New Orleans that featured Rick Riordan in a panel discussion with his colleagues. One of the panel members was Robert Venditti, who wrote the adaptation for the graphic novel.
|Robert Venditti signing books @ ALA in NO|
Riordan, Rick. 2009. The Last Olympian. (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5) Disney/Hyperion. 381 pages.
The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car. Up until then, I was having a great afternoon.
Percy Jackson's sixteenth birthday is approaching--and fast--soon the Great Prophecy will be fulfilled. Not understanding just what his destiny holds, Percy and his friends are fighting with all their might to save the world as they know it. To save Olympus--a.k.a. Manhattan--from the Titans--led by Kronus--who would destroy it. Percy, in case you're just getting caught up, is a demi-god. He's got an all-too-mortal mother and a god of a father--Poseidon. He's not alone. There are plenty of other demi-gods (on both sides of the war I might add) with various gods (and goddesses) as parents. All with different strengths and weaknesses. Different temptations. Percy and his closest friends--Annabeth especially--face some difficult choices in this final book of the series.
For those that need a refresher course, the first four books are The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, and The Battle of the Labyrinth.
Why I love this series:
They're action-and-adventure packed.
They're also packed with mythology. In a fun way. An inviting way.
They're just as fun to reread as they are the first time around. (How many books can you really and truly say that about?!)
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IT'S HERE!!!! THE LAST OLYMPIAN!!! Here I am with the copy I just checked out:
I've heard nothing but good reports on this one. Master Jedi Zack calls it "awesome." One boy told me this afternoon that he'd finished and agreed with Master Zack's assessment. I'll keep you all informed!!
Speaking of Percy and TLO, let me let all you North Carolina people know that Rick Riordan will in Raleigh, NC this Saturday!! Yes, he will speak at Quail Ridge Books on Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm. Click on the bookstore to go to their site and get all the details.
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Hey, everyone, this is the Great and Clumsy CARLMAN, reporting back to duty after falling off our loading dock last weekend. Yep, fell off a loading dock! Can you believe it? I was helping someone unload a few things out of a car when I suddenly stepped off the dock by accident. Fortunately, it wasn't very high and I didn't just fall right over. But I did twist my leg and had to take a few days off.
My excellent coworker, Ms. Leah, has written and told us some cool news:
Ok Boys! This is Ms. Leah contributor to the Girls Read, Girls Rule(The World) blog. Just wanted to give you some breaking Percy Jackson news!The first movie is coming out on Presidents Day, February 2010.Take a look at the recently released trailer!
Thanks, Ms. Leah! I've taken a look and it's pretty impressive. Check it out, guys!
1. a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, esp. one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature
New buzz on the Percy Jackson Lightning Thief movie, anyone?
Check out School Library Journal’s inside scoop on the movie companion guide.
2. an imaginary or fictitious thing or person.
Is Scarlet Whisper: Librarian/Rockstar/International Jewel Thief a mythological creature?
3. an unproved or false collective belief.
Check out super ninja agents Brandi Bowles, Emmanuelle Alspaugh, Colleen Lindsay and Jason Allen Ashlock bust myths about queries, agents, and publishing in general. This eight minute clip features their panel discussion from the 2009 Backspace convention. The video is truly worth a look.
Hungry for more?
Try my Italian Cream Cake. Although it’s delish, I don’t recommend trying to sneak it into the Percy Jackson movie.
Italian Cream Cake
1/2 shortening (butter flavor Crisco is best)
1 stick butter
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 cups coconut
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans are great)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup butter milk
Cream shortening, butter, and sugar. Add eggs. Beat well. Add buttermilk, soda, flour, coconut, nuts and vanilla. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Makes three 9 inch layers. Cool completely. Frost.
1 stick butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 box powdered sugar (3 3/4 cups)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional, I don’t add them)
1 tsp. vanilla.
Combine until smooth. Frost your cake, then frost your beak.
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British YA spy series 'Cherub' (comes to the big screen. Also in anticipation of the release next week — an update on all things "Percy Jackson." And in case you missed it: another whitewashing episode sparked by the illustrated "Mysterious... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Percy vs. Potter (the myth-based series debuts this weekend and unsurprisingly can't escape comparisons to director Chris Columbus's previous supernatural success. The verdict: the magic is gone. Plus USA Today reviews the The Percy Jackson and The... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Query letter update: With my revision done (yay!), I’m back to working on my query letter story pitch. So far, I’ve got 17 versions, some similar with minor tweaks, some with more major differences. This is a process I started a couple weeks ago, and I did maybe four or five versions yesterday. Good news is, I think I’m finally in the right direction. A few more tweaks and I think I’ll be there. Fingers crossed.
Publishers Weekly put up a great article this week giving sales numbers of the biggest titles from 2009. (Thanks to Gregory for the link.) PW says series are still the biggest sellers, and all the usual suspects are there topping the list, Twilight, Percy Jackson, Wimpy Kid.
What’s wonderful is to see Aprilynne Pike’s Wings in the 100,000 copies on hardcover sold. Wings is her debut novel, and it’s great to see a debut novel do so well. Encouraging too. It’s also the first in a series, so expect to keep seeing them on this list.
The other intersting thing is in the hardcover backlist titles, which are mostly the older classics, like the Dr. Seuss titles and Golden Books’ everlasting The Poky Little Puppy. It’s wonderful that these books are still being celebrated in new generations. It’s something we should strive for with our own titles.
If you’re looking for books to read, this is a great way to find them.
Manuscript update: 291 words so far on my new book, and I hope to do more this afternoon, between loads of laundry. I wrote my second book in three months, so I’m setting a tentative goal of two months for this one. So, I hope to be done by June 1. I’ll keep you up to date.
My husband and I went and saw How to Train Your Dragon this weekend, and it’s a great movie. Fun, exciting, sweet, touching, funny, lots of action and piles of goey emotion — it has it all.
I wasn’t surprised to see that it was based on a book — most of the best movies are based on books — and that book is now on my to-read list.
I’m a big believer that when movie studios buy rights to a book, they should follow the story of the book. However, film and print are two different mediums, and some things that work in one won’t work as well in another. But, when a studio changes a book, I think it has a responsibility to be true to the book as much as possible and at the very least, be true to the spirit and action of the book. Some succeed, some don’t.
I haven’t read the book series on which How to Train Your Dragon is based, but judging by the Wikipedia description, the movie is different. BUT, the movie stays true to the spirit of the books, a reluctant hero finding his heroism in a way that’s unconventional from his norm. The difference is, the movie upped the anti, so to speak, made the stakes higher by changing the norm of a society that lives with dragons and trains them (the book) to a society that is threatened by dragons and so must fight them (the movie). The added danger provides more drama, which is more necessary in a movie when, as a viewer, you’re more detached than reading a book.
Also, the books are chapter books, so aimed at a younger audience. The filmmakers raised the age of the main character from 11 in the books to teen in the movie, but that works because of the added danger.
In contrast, the filmmakers behind the Percy Jackson movie changed the age of the titular character and made other changes that took away from the books, diluted the drama and alienated the fans of the books.Display Comments Add a Comment
Note this blog entry contains spoilers about the final two Harry Potter books
It’s a truism that cinematic adaptations often pale besides their literary counterparts. An obvious counterexample is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner but, off the top of my head, I can’t think of more. For those who’ve only seen the film, it’s well worth reading the Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to see just how different it is, but to explain some elements of the screen version you’d have to gloss over otherwise.
A wonderful thing about a book is that everyone’s idea of it is unique. The reader converts the printed word from the page into a world of their own imagination. How I see the Imperial Palace on Melania in my head, is different from any readers of the Johnny Mackintosh books. Perhaps that’s why film adaptations so often disappoint, as the Director is competing with thousands of movies that have already run within a reader’s head.
There’s no film I can remember that’s disappointed me more that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, directed by David Yates with a screenplay by Steve Kloves. As someone who loves the stories so deeply, it horrifies me that this pairing were also asked to make the double film of the final book. While I think the quality of film-making in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince isn’t terrible (though it is weak), what I can’t fathom were the drastic, totally unnecessary changes to the plot that were introduced, diverting from Rowling’s marvellous story architecture and characterization.
With a long book, why introduce a mad scene where Bellatrix Lestrange destroys The Burrow? Where will they hold the wedding in the next film, or has that been scrapped too?
A more important example was the death of Dumbledore. In the book, Harry is powerless to act, hidden under the invisibility cloak with Dumbledore’s body-bind curse on him. He would do anything to fight to save his pseudo-grandfather figure, and knows all too well the Hogwarts Headmaster is dead when the curse lifts. If the film, Harry is hiding in the background, and chooses simply to watch and not act, perhaps due to some bizarre element of cowardice that Yates and Kloves wanted to introduce into Harry’s character. There are numerous other examples and a lot concerning Dumbledore’s relationship with Harry: in the books, our hero is kept in the dark and has o puzzle things out for himself; according to this film, Harry is Dumbledore’s confidant.
When I write the Johnny Mackintosh books, I confess I sometimes have a secret nod to possible future film adaptations. I know a fair amount about film theory and structure, and sometimes I’ll be particularly proud of a passage because I know how well it would translate onto the big screen. I see the same in Jo Rowling’s writing at times, where she’s gone a little out of her way to write a beautiful, cinematic scene for her directors, knowing how much it would enhance the film. Yates completely ignored this. There arAdd a Comment