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Archive for August, 2012

Thu, August 30th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Other Woman
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s trailer is for The Other Woman, a starred review from our freshly minted September 1st issue. Combining author brain-picking and footage of the thriller’s actual Boston locales, this trailer is a great vehicle for TV journalist and author Ryan’s latest. The 48 Hours-style soundtrack makes you almost worry that Hank herself could get trounced […]


Mon, August 27th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Erin Morgenstern
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Night Circus. If you’re a publisher, you’ve probably spent long weekends clutching your head, weeping, wondering how it wasn’t you who published this internationally beloved debut. If you’re a reviewer, you’ve likely lingered over your typewriter, swishing your tumbler, wondering if transcendent mellifluousness was really the phrase you wanted to use. If you’re a […]


Thu, August 23rd, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Last Dragonslayer
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

The October release of best-selling author Jasper Fforde’s first book for teens is big news–some might even call it “a historic event of magical proportions”– so it’s no surprise that with it comes this breaking news-style trailer: Read the high-demand review of The Last Dragonslayer here. And get excited!


Wed, August 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: Tony Scott
Posted by: David Pitt

I don’t know what his reason was, but I’m sure there was one. Film director Tony Scott took his own life recently, and the news came as quite a shock to pretty much all of us. Scott directed a lot of popular films (Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder) and some very good ones […]


Mon, August 20th, 2012
Hostile Questions: A.S. King
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Given the gushes of accolades gushed upon A.S. King (Printz Honor for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, six starred reviews for Everybody Sees the Ants), it’s shocking that no unscrupulous muckraker has put an end to her awesomeness by solving the the shady mystery of her full name… until now. Ladies and gentlemen, I am just […]


Thu, August 16th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Sorry Please Thank You
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Rats! You just flipped back to BTT during a commercial break. …or did you? Surprise! A book trailer after all, for Charles Yu’s first story collection Sorry Please Thank You, where he “explores losers, loners, and lovers in the digital age.” I’ll borrow Booklist reviewer Jonathan Fullmer’s words again to declare this trailer “refreshingly distinctive.”


Mon, August 13th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Gregg Hurwitz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When Gregg Hurwitz isn’t banging out bestsellers like Trust No One, They’re Watching, and You’re Next, he’s writing screenplays and dabbling in comics featuring such obscure Marvel and DC characters as Wolverine and Batman. (Ha! A “bat-man”? No one’s gonna buy that, Hurwitz.) But methinks Mr. Busypants has spread himself too thin. While he’s busy […]


Sun, August 12th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Harker
Posted by: David Pitt

You might know this already, but Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula is being made into another movie…sort of. Harker, directed by Eli Roth — best known for the gory horror movie Hostel and its sequel — will feature Russell Crowe as the fangy dude. Deadline.com talks about it here. If I had ever made a […]


Thu, August 9th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Kill You Twice
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

At first glance, this short promo for Chelsea Cain’s Kill You Twice looks like another book-trailer-slash-workout-video, but.. I don’t think this is what most people mean when they say running makes them “feel like dying.” Since I’ve only borrowed a measly 30 seconds of your time so far, let’s look at this second trailer, which […]


Tue, August 7th, 2012
When Your Heroes Get Old
Posted by: Bill Ott

Just read Dan Kraus’ fine review of Jonah Winter’s “You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!” which will run in our September 1 issue. Terrific book, but I was frankly appalled by the premise. Really? Young people have never heard of Willie Mays? Given that he retired from baseball almost 40 years ago, I guess I […]





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