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Thu, March 25th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Gone
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Australian Paul Murphy is a freelance producer who creates three to four book trailers per month. He’s also an avid reader of Book Trailer Thursday, and he contacted me recently to show off his latest work, a teaser for Mo Hayder’s fifth Jack Caffrey thriller, Gone. We get all kinds of self-promotion here at Booklist, […]


Thu, March 18th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: The Dead-Tossed Waves
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I’ve been fortunate enough to review both of Carrie Ryan’s horror/romance/action/post-apocalypse/period-drama zombie books. What I like about them (aside from the way they pull off that fivefold-hyphenate) is that they take zombies seriously. So seriously, in fact, that the z-word is not used; rather, the undead are “the Unconsecrated” or “the Mudo.” Classy, huh? (Another […]


Mon, March 15th, 2010
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls Book Trailer
Posted by: Keir Graff

Oh, how will I be able to live with myself for abetting the hype machine that is Quirk Classics? Well . . . the video for Dawn of the Dreadfuls is pretty funny. It starts too slowly, but the A-Team sequence is worth watching. Question: how many of you feel that, having watched the trailer, you don’t need […]


Thu, March 11th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: I Am Not a Serial Killer
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

You’ve heard me repeatedly express frustration with the omnipresent photos/voiceover/music template. But what do I know? The trailer for Dan Wells’ I Am Not a Serial Killer (Tor) not only proves that it can be done, but makes a case that, if you have a high-concept subject, it may be the best way to bring […]


Thu, March 4th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Andromeda Klein
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Frank Portman’s Andromeda Klein was just about the best book I read in 2009, despite the fact that others (I’m looking at you, entire world) found its obsession with occultism so manic it bordered on impenetrable. Okay, so this may not be a book for everyone. But it is the book for that smart weird […]


Thu, January 14th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Virtually Dead
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Got a press release the other day touting Virtually Dead by Peter May, a thriller author who purportedly has a Brando-style dedication to what I guess you’d call “method writing.” Supposedly May has infiltrated the Beijing police, been inducted as a “Chevalier of French wines,” and is currently shadowing a top chef–all in the name […]


Thu, January 7th, 2010
Book Trailer Thursday: Eating Animals
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

“Do books really need Hollywood-style trailers?” This was the recent demand of Slate’s Troy Patterson. Well, Patterson, let me end your suffering here and now. No. The answer is no. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about book trailers. But wait–Patterson has an issue with that, too. A consideration of the form […]


Thu, December 17th, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: YALSA Book Trailer Contest
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

I know, I know: every time I post about some amazing new trailer, it seems nigh impossible to compete. But take heart! People–even teens–make their own book trailers every day. All it takes is a little ingenuity (and some fake fangs if it’s a Twilight trailer, which, let’s face it, it probably is). Now it’s […]


Thu, December 3rd, 2009
Book Trailer Thursday: The Lazarus Project
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Some books don’t need trailers. (All right, maybe all books don’t need trailers, but they seem to be here to stay, so let’s move on.) Case in point: Aleksander Hemon’s The Lazarus Project, a finalist for both National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. What’s it about? Well, just watch the trailer! […]


Wed, November 18th, 2009
Melina Marchetta’s 2009 Printz Speech
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Mysterious, complicated, and running on at least two parallel narrative tracks, Jellicoe Road, to say the least, is not for everyone. That’s the main reason why the announcement of the book as the winner of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award (administered by ALA Young Adult Library Services Association and sponsored by Booklist) was such […]





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