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Archive for the 'Fantasy' Category

Thu, September 8th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: The Name of the Star
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Show me a Likely Stories reader who doesn’t have 30 seconds to spare for a bit of Thursday morning spookiness, and I’ll show you a liar. Dan Kraus calls The Name of the Star, the first in the new Shades of London series, “a cut above most paranormal titles.” Until the end of the month, you’ll […]


Thu, September 1st, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Halo
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In the September, 2011 issue of Book Links, middle school English teacher and “Dean’s List” columnist Dean Schneider rounds up his students’ (some more reluctant readers than others), favorites from 2010. A frontrunner? Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto, who could count her age on fingers and toes (with a few left over!) at the time of […]


Tue, June 28th, 2011
2011 Locus Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The 2011 Locus award winners have been announced: Science Fiction Novel Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis Fantasy Novel Kraken, by China Miéville First Novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin Young Adult Novel Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang Anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin […]


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Awards Round Up: Locus, Christopher, Independent Publisher Awards
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are five contenders in the Fantasy novel category for the 2011 Locus Awards presented by the  Locus Science Fiction Foundation: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay Kraken, by China Miéville Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross The Sorcerer’s House, by Gene Wolfe Winners in fifteen categories, including science […]


Tue, January 4th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Firestarter
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this story at Cinema Blend, there’s going to be a remake of the 1984 Drew Barrymore movie Firestarter. Firestarter is a fair-to-middlin’ (mostly middlin’) adaptation of one of my favorite early Stephen King novels. The book, published in 1980, concerns a young girl who can set fires just by thinking about it. It’s […]


Fri, December 10th, 2010
Reading the Screen: The Wicker Man
Posted by: David Pitt

Before you ask: no, I’m not talking about the dreadful Nicholas Cage movie from a few years ago (shudder). I’m talking about the original, the classic, the tragically little-seen The Wicker Man  from 1973, directed by first-timer Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer, author of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Frenzy and Sleuth, the brilliant […]


Sat, November 27th, 2010
Reading the Screen: World War Z
Posted by: David Pitt

Unless you’ve been dead the last few months, you probably know that Max Brooks’ rather brilliant novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) is being made into a movie. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, and the unfairly maligned Quantum of Solace), the movie stars Brad Pitt […]


Fri, September 10th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Richard Matheson
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen The Box, writer-director Richard Kelly’s adaptation of Richard Matheson’s short story “Button, Button”? You should. It’s brilliant. It’s set in 1976 – the story was published in ’70 — and it’s so well done that it actually looks like it was made thirty-five years ago. The colors are washed out, like they would be […]


Thu, September 2nd, 2010
Reading the Screen: Words About Pictures, Part One
Posted by: David Pitt

So it’s the thirtieth anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment in the first of George Lucas’s Star Wars trilogies. In celebration  — okay, and also in the interest of making some money — Random House is releasing a splendid book, J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. If […]


Sat, June 12th, 2010
Reading the Screen: Some Other Pirates of the Caribbean
Posted by: David Pitt

The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, subtitled On Sranger Tides, is based on Tim Powers’ popular 1988 novel of the same name (switching out Powers’ characters for Jack Sparrow and the gang). It’s not the only pirate movie that’s based on a book. The various movies called Treasure Island, or something similar (there are at […]





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