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Thu, May 24th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: A NYC Daily Double
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s MM BTT celebrates the city so nice they named it twice by featuring TWO New York City mystery book trailers, one taking place in Manhattan and the other in Brooklyn. That’s right–two out of five boroughs represented! While a 40% might not be a passing grade anywhere else, when you consider that this […]


Thu, May 17th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Year of the Gadfly
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

This week’s MM BTT features more cameos than 2010′s Super Sad True Love Story, (fittingly, including Gary Shteyngart!). Booklist calls The Year of the Gadfly “a bildungsroman with a compelling mystery” that YAs would enjoy, too. Here’s another mystery: who isn’t in this trailer? And, if Christiane Amanpour suggested she re-write your book, what would […]


Thu, May 10th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Revived
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

A Mystery Month-full of BTTs continues with the trailer for Revived, by Cat Patrick. Booklist calls the YA mystery “a fast-paced page-turner that explores the familiar moral ground often found at the heart of speculative fiction.” Indeed, we know we’re not dealing with any regular old mystery when the trailer’s narrator, Daisey Appleby, opens with […]


Mon, April 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Hey! You! Ransom Riggs! What, you think you can just explode upon the scene with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and dangle the film rights before Tim Burton and then cruise around the country all successful and whatnot? Sure, you’ve been on the bestseller charts for 45 weeks. But guess how long it’ll take […]


Mon, April 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Melissa de la Cruz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you find yourself going mano a mano with Melissa de la Cruz, act sharp or you’ll find yourself bedazzled by her otherworldly credentials. She’s conjured up more bestsellers than boxers have teeth, including books in the Blue Bloods and Au Pair series, not to mention her adult novel Witches of East End. Can de […]


Thu, April 12th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: ADHD in HD
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

With character names to his credit like “Weird Guy” and “Corny,” it’s no surprise that actor and author Jonathan Chesner seems totally at ease being goofy in front of a green screen to promote ADHD in HD: Brains Gone Wild, his nonfiction book for youngsters. Knowing one’s audience can be the key to, well, everything, […]


Thu, April 5th, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: The Hunger Pains
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Do you breathe oxygen? Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Watch this cinematically styled book trailer for National Lampoon’s parody The Hunger Pains and let us know if you are, to borrow phrasing from our reviewer Michael Cart, either “affronted or enchanted.” “I always knew I was gonna kill a bunch of teenagers, […]


Mon, April 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Frank Portman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Frank Portman? Yeah, I’ve heard of him. Big tough guy. Wrote a zeitgeist novel called King Dork, then followed it up with one brilliant enough to make the brilliant doubt their brilliance. Oh, and he’s in a band. Is that supposed to make me swoon? Let’s start this concert already and see which of us […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Libba Bray
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Libba Bray dashed off some NYT bestselling books called the Gemma Doyle trilogy–well, don’t that beat all?  She also won the Michael L. Printz Award for a book called Going Bovine–sooooo impressive, right? Mostly she goes around writing fancy things and expecting people to read them. But let’s see how fancily she writes after I’m […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Some of the Hunger Is Missing from “The Hunger Games”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]





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