The final installment of The Forsaken trilogy won’t hit shelves until July 8, 2014, but you can read an exclusive excerpt of The Defiant today! This series has been one of my under-the-radar YA favorites, and I can’t wait to read the sure-to-be-epic conclusion. Author Lisa M. Stasse emailed us a few thoughts about the cover and book: “Lizzy Bromley designed the covers for The Forsaken and The Uprising as well. I am totally in love with her work. It’s so unusual, eye-catching, and futuristic,” she said. “The cover for The Defiant has a lot of secret meanings hidden in it—including the color choices, and the two figures on the front. This is the last book in the trilogy, so all the mysteries get answered, but at the same time, there are some new twists and surprises. The characters have to decide what sides they must take, even if it goes against their instincts.” READ FULL STORY
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Adam Sternbergh is the culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. Formerly an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications including GQ, The Times of London, and on the radio program This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn. His first novel, Shovel Ready, will be published by Crown on January 14, 2014. He is at work on a second Spademan novel, Near Enemy, which is set to publish in 2015.
Pity the antihero. Amid his usual routine of skirting the law, living by a code, and implicitly calling into question the validity of our bourgeois social structures, he (or she!) must now contend with a new menace: Antihero fatigue.
This fatigue started, as with so many things, on our TV screens. No sooner had Breaking Bad, that brilliant showcase for the morally decaying American male, ended its series run then TV watchers publicly brushed their hands and announced they were done with the antihero. “Can We Make Walter White Our Last Antihero, Please?” read the straightforward headline of one typical essay. The Shield? Great. Mad Men? Of course. Breaking Bad? Huzzah! Antiheros sure had a good run, but now we’ve had our fill. READ FULL STORY
The penultimate installment of The Bane Chronicles arrives next week (Dec. 17), but you can see the cover today. The Last Stand of the New York Institute (written by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan) was originally scheduled as the final novella in the spin-off series, but jumped ahead in the publication schedule. Here’s the official description: “In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out….”
There’s only one more ebook in the series. Are you excited about the conclusion? Check back next month for the final cover reveal.
Like Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the trailer for its sequel, Hollow City, starts out eerily beautiful until it turns just plain creepy. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Earlier this year, Reverend Steve Newlin met his untimely fate on True Blood. But before it all came to an end, Newlin compiled a field guide full of information about the Creatures of Satan: their strengths, their weakness, their bylaws and, of course, how to kill them. Eventually, Pam and Eric got their hands on the journal. They went through and rewrote all the things that Steve got wrong. The end result? True Blood: Steve Newlin’s Field Guide to Vampires (And Other Creatures of Satan), which hits shelves Nov. 26.
Written by True Blood associate producer Gianna Sobol and Michael McMillian (a.k.a. Steve Newlin), the book is full of re-created letters, postcards, handwritten notes, and even McMillian’s own doodles as Steve Newlin. “It’s kinda like a True Blood wiki in a published form through the eyes of some of the funnier characters on the show,” McMillian told EW earlier this year. Here, we’ve got an exclusive first look at the book’s illustrated “How to Kill a Vampire” guide. What do you think, Shelf Lifers?
Judy Blume is just as relevant today as she was two decades ago, so it makes sense that Simon & Schuster is re-packaging some of her best-known titles for today’s YA set. Now a whole new generation can hide Forever from their parents. See the updated covers of Forever and Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. below: READ FULL STORY
Even if you only learned her name recently, you totally recognize Judy Greer. She was one of the best parts of Arrested Development, served as a trusty (or back-stabbing) best friend in popular rom-coms, showed us her dramatic side in The Descendants, and elevated many a network sitcom with her presence.
Now the onscreen best friend will make you feel like she’s your actual best friend in her upcoming book of essays, I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star (out April 8, 2014). In the book, Greer will write about her trip to the Oscars, bad blind dates, Spanx, behind-the-scenes stories, and how she really feels about fans telling her she’s prettier in person.
“BUY MY BOOK! PLEASE!,” says Greer to EW. “I’m just kidding (not really). Seriously though, this book is all about my life, which is a lot like yours, especially if you’ve peed next to J. Lo.”
See the back cover, also exclusive, of the book below: READ FULL STORY
With the Transformers brand celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, hardcore Autobot and Decepticon fans may want more than just the fourth film in the franchise.
For those fans, author Matthew Reinhart has the answer: Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, a book featuring iconic characters from the line that not only — you guessed it — pop up, but are able to change into their Earth-bound counterparts with the pull of a tab. Reinhart, a fan of the toys since their introduction in 1984, engineered the intricate pieces in his spreads, depicting Autobots and Decepticons, as well as their home world of Cybertron. All in all, the handy writer crafted more than 50 robots, will all of the pop-ups capable of changing forms.
That said, the book isn’t just a collection of cool pop-ups. Reinhart penned an elaborate arc about the characters, with battles between Autobot and Decepticon forces, along with cameo appearances by classic villains in the Transformers universe.
The book is on sale now, and Reinhart shared an exclusive time-lapse video of his work with EW, showing how he plans, folds, and ultimately puts together his paper creations. Check it out below.
The Harry Bosch series is getting a lot of attention this week, as Amazon Prime Instant Video announced a pilot centering on the LAPD homicide detective created by Michael Connelly. While Bosch might be Connelly’s most famed character, fans are eagerly awaiting The Gods of Guilt (Dec. 2), which will return defense attorney Mickey Haller to a headlining role as he investigates the murder of a former client — a murder he feels responsible for. Check out the exclusive trailer below:
“What you have in your hands is a very big deal.”
The No. 1 anchorman and flautist in San “Di-ah-go” could soon become a No. 1 “book writer.” Fans of Ron Burgundy, of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fame, eagerly await the debut of his autobiography Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings on Nov. 19. You’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can delve into the history of this famed television journalist and his dog Baxter, but in the meantime, take a look at this preview to see Burgundy’s world-renowned humility on display: READ FULL STORY
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