SERIAL

If you were a fan of the podcast SERIAL, you’ll be interested to know the case is back in the news. While the original podcast told the story of 20-year-old Adnan Syed who went to prison for the murder of his high school girlfriend. Now, the lawyer, Rabia Chaudry, who brought his case to the attention of the world, is telling her side of the story in a new book called ADNAN’S STORY: THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AFTER SERIAL.

9781250087102_af9bdYou can read the L.A. Times review of the new book right here.  Will it disclose new information or make you change your mind about the case? Maybe. Maybe not. But if you were a fan of the podcast, this book will probably be a must-read.

Crichton Fans Rejoice!

It only took eight years for author Michael Crichton’s wife to find a “lost” book after her husband died in 2008. And lucky for his fans, it will be released in 2017. HarperCollins will publish DRAGON TEETH, which follows two real-life paleontologists in the late 1800’s.

8650While the work will be published as fiction–it centers on a fictional character who works for the pair of scientists–Crichton’s wife says it is full of Crichton’s “voice, his love for history, research, and science, and is woven into an epic tale”. I’m sure many of his fans are thrilled to hear about this.

Crichton is the author of other dinosaur tales such as JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD.

Carleton Place Library Writers’ Group!

If you’ve been following our blog for a while now, you’ll know that the Carleton Place Public Library has a very active and prolific writers’ group. It all began out of the need for a creative and engaging space to try writing a novel, and what better way than to participate in National Novel Writing Month? It was a cool April in 2014 when we started our group, and we haven’t looked back.

picklesNow, we’re excited to announce the Carleton Place Library Writers’ Group has its own blog! We are expecting to post member news, contests, NaNoWriMo events and more here, so make sure to drop by and add this blog to your list if you’d like to stay in the loop.

So far, we’ve announced the blog, shared some exciting news about a recent member’s first book publication, and begun some fun “About Us” pages. Click on the link to see more about our group. We’ll be adding lots more info about everyone as the month progresses, too!

And if you’re a part of our Carleton Place community and love to write, why not subscribe to our page or drop us a line? We’d love to get to know you and see you at one of our next writing events!

 

 

 

 

Stephenie Meyer is back!

9780316387835_23f09Stephenie Meyer rose to fame with her YA series, TWILIGHT. While it started a craze in the YA publishing world, her second book–an adult sci-fi called THE HOST, was not as successful.  But she’s at it again with a new adult thriller, loosely based on her love for Jason Bourne and the secret-agent genre.

It won’t be out until November 15th, but people are already chatting this book up. Will it deliver, or will readers wonder what the hype was all about?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Personally, the cover choice would be a definite draw for me, as it reflects a creep factor that looks hard to put down.

Have you read the TWILIGHT series, or THE HOST?  Will you read this?

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

October is less than three months away, and that means we don’t have to wait long for the release of the film, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, based on the best-selling book by Paula Hawkins. If you loved the book, or loved GONE GIRL, this movie adaptation is bound to draw people into the theatres. Emily Blunt plays the starring role, and I can’t wait to love/hate her.

The newest trailer for the film was just released.  What do you think?  Will you be going to this movie?

WRIST, and Indigenous Horror Story

wrist220Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler has written a terrifying tale about the mythological creature known as the Wiindigo, and what better way to honor his indigenous roots than to put the creature from stories he heard growing up, into a horror novel that will certainly draw readers from all walks of life.

WRIST tells the tale of the Wiindigo, a giant cannibal monster who doesn’t waste any time killing his first victim in Adler’s book. Adler was inspired by many contemporary horror writers, such as Anne Rice, who often uses mythical creatures in her works. And while he didn’t include any of the rather terrifying illustrations that inspired him in his book, he said that they helped him “realize the world a little more”.

You can read more about WRIST and Adler, as well as see the illustrations that he used when writing the book right here. He is also an artist, working in a variety of mediums, and you can find all of his work on his website.

Zombies revisited

giftsTHE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey is not your average zombie novel. And now it’s being made into a movie that has reviewers all atwitter! While we often go through cycles of popularity (vampires, vikings, superpowers, fight to the death games), zombies is the latest genre to be written and viewed to almost a breaking point. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS is breaking all of the rules, however, and causing people to say this movie/book will change everything.

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

You can see the official trailer here to get a sense for the book.

What do you think? Is the zombie genre “dead”? (See how I did that?)