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Archive for October, 2012

Wed, October 31st, 2012
Q & A: David Moody
Posted by: David Pitt

David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]


Tue, October 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Jonathan Maberry
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I could begin this by listing all of Jonathan Maberry‘s books, but that would be a bona fide tragedy for Hostile Questions fans, because it would take me several weeks and by then I’d be, you know, dead. If anyone could resurrect me, though, it would be Maberry, the literary world’s go-to guy for all […]


Thu, October 25th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: We Killed
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s title might have you believing that another week of BTT horror is in store, but don’t worry: it’s time to laugh again. The trailer for We Killed is well matched by what our reviewer calls “a remarkable oral history and a must-read for entertainment buffs.”


Mon, October 22nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Joe Hill
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Oh, Joe Hill. Joe, Joe, Joe. Where did things go so wrong for you? First you wrote Heart-Shaped Box. Hearts… as in love? Boxes… as in candy? Definitely a romance novel, far as I can tell, and yet not a single romance reader has said a durned thing about the prose setting their loins a-tingle. […]


Thu, October 18th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Red Rain
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

What’s scary about homeless orphan twin brothers? I don’t know… Everything? The trailer for R.L. Stine’s first horror novel for adults, Red Rain, doesn’t tell us much, but it’s enough for me. Whenever “staying dead” is in question, I tend to stay away, so it should come as no surprise that Goosebumps were never my […]


Wed, October 17th, 2012
Acknowledgments Pages Say More Than Thanks
Posted by: Keir Graff

There is no better form of literary one-upmanship than a well-written acknowledgments page. Well, other than holding down the top spot on the New York Times best-seller list, of course. Having your very own fatwa is also hard to beat. (“Oh, I’m fine, other than the fact that I had to go into hiding because […]


Wed, October 17th, 2012
Hilary Mantel Wins the Man Booker Prize
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Yesterday, Hilary Mantel won her second Man Booker Prize for her novel, Bring Up the Bodies. Mantel is the third author ever to win the award twice and the only author to win for a sequel. Here’s an excerpt of Booklist‘s starred review of the award-winning novel: Mantel’s Wolf Hall (2009) took the literary world by storm and was quickly […]


Mon, October 15th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Carrie Ryan
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Carrie Ryan, Lawyer. What the heck was wrong with that? But no, drunk on the accomplishment of mastering U.S. law, this ambitious lass up and decided to burden the general populace with a few more volumes of bound pages. Hence The Forest of Hands and Teeth, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places. […]


Thu, October 11th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Pudsey
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Talent, thy name is Pudsey. The dancing mutt (for the curious: border collie, bichon frise, and Chinese crested), first canine victor of Britain’s Got Talent, quickly pawed a book deal after winning the TV show’s half-a-million-pound prize. His forthcoming autobidography will chart his “early life, before he found fame and fortune,” according to the UK’s […]


Thu, October 11th, 2012
Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize in Literature
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

The results are in, and this year’s favorite for the Nobel Prize in Literature will have to wait another year. Not that anyone would begrudge the acclaimed Mo Yan the win—not only did he win the Nobel Prize in Literature this morning, but he’s the first Chinese author to receive the coveted accolade.  The Nobel […]





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