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First Look: Time travel, young love and loss clash in 'Tempest'

The title of this upcoming YA novel suggests Shakespeare, but this particular fantasy tale about a young couple torn apart by impossible forces is strictly from the present day.

Well, actually 2009. But, then again … it goes back to 2007. Sort of.

To be honest, it’s a little tricky because the 19-year-old hero of Tempest, Jackson Meyer, is unstuck in time. So forget the “strictly from the present day” part.

In the story, Jackson Meyer has the natural ability to flash backward in time, but he tends to go only a short chronological distance, usually a few hours. He has a playful — some might say immature — attitude about it, using the power as a plaything instead of harnessing its true potential. But, you know — he’s just a kid.

Then tragedy strikes as the love of his life, Holly, is brutally murdered before his eyes.

Of course, that becomes a chance to use his power to save her, but in rage and panic he finds this flash backward goes not a few hours, but two years. Turns out Holly’s death was not some random act of violence. They were targeted because of his abilities, and he continues to be pursued by these “enemies of time” who wish to either recruit him, or execute him too.

Here we present the a first look at the cover of the book, by debut novelist Julie Cross, as well as the short, mysterious prologue that kicks off the tale.

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Michael Connelly says he sees 'Twilight' dad as Harry Bosch

Thriller author Michael Connelly has seen a couple of his characters embodied on-screen at this point—Clint Eastwood played Blood Work‘s Terry McCaleb, while Matthew McConaughey just took his turn as street-smart defense counsel Mickey Haller—but his most popular creation, Los Angeles homicide detective Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch, has remained solely in book form. Connelly introduced Bosch in 1992’s The Black Echo and has since written 15 more novels featuring him, sometimes alongside other characters like McCaleb and his half-brother Haller. With the release of The Lincoln Lawyer, EW asked Connelly whether there was anyone in Hollywood he could see taking on the role in a movie version, and the author suggested Billy Burke, who plays Bella’s sheriff father in the Twilight saga.

“Something about him…he’s got the mustache,” says Connelly. “Whenever I see him in movies, he’s very close to how I picture Harry Bosch.” Connelly admits that if they ever make a movie from one of his Bosch books, the producers would probably want to go for someone a little more A-list, but, hey, you never know. The author seems to have a particularly good nose for this kind of stuff: He totally called McConaughey’s casting. “Back when I was watching Tropic Thunder, where McConaughey plays an underhanded Hollywood agent, I said to my wife, ‘He could play Mickey Haller.’ That was the first time I thought about it, and then maybe a year later I got that message that it was McConaughey.”

Stieg Larsson confidant reveals details about unpublished fourth 'Millennium' novel

Kurdo Baksi, a friend of the late Stieg Larsson, has come forward with new details about the fourth book in the wildly popular Millennium series. Baksi told the Swedish newspaper the Expressen that Camilla, the estranged sister of punk techno-genius Lisbeth Salander, will play a large role in the intended fourth installment. To date, Camilla has only made a brief appearance in the second book of the series, The Girl who Played with Fire. Baksi also revealed that Larsson had plans to send Lisbeth to Greenland, although he is not sure in which remaining book in the series — Larsson had envisioned five parts — this would occur. Larsson and Baksi became close while they worked on the Swedish anti-racism magazine and foundation Expo. READ FULL STORY

On the Books Mar. 21: Valerie Plame signed on to write thrillers, 200 pages of blank pages a bestseller, and more

Valerie Plame Wilson, the ex-CIA operative whose own life has been full of betrayals and plot twists, has signed with Penguin to write an international suspense novel series. The books will center on Vanessa Pearson (note the initials), a fictional operative. I have to say, Valerie Plame Wilson is a great name for a suspense writer.

Chalk it up to dry British humor, but a book of 200 blank pages, called What Every Man Thinks About Apart from Sex, has been climbing the best-seller lists. Sheridan Simove, a 39-year-old graduate of Oxford who studied psychology, who wrote–or at least titled–the book, will next work on finding out what women think about besides sex. That could make for a much fuller tome. READ FULL STORY

Can Stephen King handle time travel?

stephen-kingImage Credit: Joe Kohen/Getty ImagesIf you’re a true fan of Stephen King, by now you’ve probably read the synopsis of his upcoming book, 11/22/63. The plot is pretty out there: Jake Epping, a teacher, travels to 1958 via a portal in his friend’s diner, where he takes on a mission to prevent the Kennedy assassination. In the meantime, he meets a disturbed man named Lee Harvey Oswald, deals with culture shock of finding himself in a past decade (I can already picture a time travel cliche in the film version: Jake at a soda shop, where “One Fine Day” is playing in the background), and falls passionately in love with a comely librarian named Sadie Dunhill. The upcoming 1,000-page novel sounds like an intriguing departure for Uncle Stevie, but not all of his readers are convinced. Allison Flood of the Guardian counts herself among King’s fans but remains skeptical as to whether he can make time travel interesting.


Stephen King's new time travel novel, '11/22/63' announced

Stephen-KingImage Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty ImagesStephen King has announced his next novel, 11/22/63, scheduled to be released by Scribner November 8th of this year. Described as a “1,000-page tour de force,” the story follows Jake Epping, a high school English teacher, who finds a secret portal to 1958 and takes on a mission to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jake finds himself in a new world of “Elvis and JFK, of American cars and sock hops,” and in the midst of growing accustomed to life in a past decade, he encounters a “troubled loner” Lee Harvey Oswald and falls in love with a beautiful librarian.

What are your favorite summer beach reads?

handler-larsson-millerWhat makes a book a good beach read? Should it be short or long? Fiction or nonfiction? Frivolous or intellectual? Common logic seems to suggest that the best kind of book to read during your summer vacation is one with as much complexity as a bucket of sand–you know, chick-lit, celebrity memoirs, James Patterson novels. Why think when you can tan? These sorts of books have never really worked for me, though. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the turn-off-your-brain appeal of such titles, but I think I’m just a different breed of vacationer. When I’m sitting on the beach, looking out at the ocean, I don’t feel dumb and lazy—I feel profound!

Thoughtful, meandering memoirs like Donald Miller’s religious Blue Like Jazz appeal more to me when I’m beach-bound. The breeze along the shore, the sand in my toes, and the sound of constantly crashing waves somehow heighten my senses and enhance the reading experience. I feel more. I absorb more. Maybe it’s because I’m finally not distracted by the tempting black hole that is YouTube, but books just seem better to me when I’m on vacation–so why waste my time with inane trivialities? This year, I’m hoping to tear through Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card’s philosophical follow-up to his sci-fi classic Ender’s Game.

Of course, I’m not completely against all popular books—you are reading this on, after all! This year’s trip to the beach could be the perfect time to finally join the masses and read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What do you think Shelf Lifers? What books do you like to read at the beach? Got any recommendations for me?

'The Osiris Ritual': Anyone else excited to read it?

osiris-ritual-mannEarlier this Summer, I picked up a book called The Affinity Bridge by George Mann that was lying around the EW offices. It had a nice cover, and it said something about “steampunk,” “automatons,” and a “glowing police officer” on the back. I wasn’t quite sure what any of those terms meant, but they sounded pretty cool, and I liked the idea of reading a Sherlock Holmes-y mystery tinged with sci-fi elements. To my delight, The Affinity Bridge ended up being a completely fun summer read. Was it the most well-written piece of literature? No. But was it exciting and creative? Absolutely! Mann brought industrial London to life with mysteries, fight scenes, zombies, robots, criminals, red herrings, and some major flirtation between the two protagonists. It was sort of like a Jerry Bruckheimer movie in book form.

Imagine my excitement, then, when I went to check if a sequel had been released yet, only to find that the latest Newbury and Hobbes Investigation, The Osiris Ritual comes out today. Even better, it looks to me just as wonderfully over-the-top as it its predecessor. The cover features a sarcophagus (which means there will certainly be walking mummies involved), and the product description includes the phrase: “his villainous predecessor, who is hell-bent on achieving immortality.” Um, yes please! I can’t wait to head to the book store this afternoon and pick up the latest edition of this goofy series, in which I hope to see even more dastardly villains, fast-paced fights, and blossoming romance between Maurice and Veronica. But what about you, Shelf Life readers? Do you like George Mann? Are you looking forward to reading The Osiris Ritual?

Author Q&A: Dennis Lehane talks about books, films, and how to turn one into the other

Dennis-LehaneThere’s something about Dennis Lehane’s books that seems to attract filmmakers, like bees to pulpy, Boston-based honey. And not just any filmmakers, but huge names like Eastwood, Scorsese, and, um, Affleck. With the release of the Shutter Island DVD and Blu-Ray we spoke with the author about adaptations, working with Marty, and why his novels are just so filmable.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve had a few films made out of your books by now. Do you tend to feel protective of the material, or are you comfortable letting the directors do what they want?
I wouldn’t be fine with having them just do whatever they want, but I take extreme precaution to get involved only with people I respect in this business, on an artistic level. I’ve worked with people who, they get the material; they want to take a similar journey. We’ve had some minor differences in interpretation of a character here or there, but never anything major. We’re not talking about the Demi Moore The Scarlet Letter, which is the nadir of what could happen. I haven’t had anything even close to that. If they get the spirit of the material, I don’t care what they do for the most part with the tiny details. It doesn’t stress me out at all. Larry Fishburne in Mystic River was playing a guy who was written very much as a white character. The moment Clint said to me that he had Laurence Fishburne, I was like, “Yay!” It didn’t even give me pause. That to me is minor, it doesn’t matter. The major stuff is changing the ending, stuff like that. And that’s never happened to me.

How important is it for you for a filmmaker to match the mood or tone of your book?
The mood of Shutter Island, I think Marty did the cinematic equivalent of what I was doing with the book. There was a tongue-in-cheek quality to it, there was a sense of we’re never presenting you with real life. We’re presenting you with a love of a certain type of genre. I did it as books, in terms of Gothic fiction, while Marty was riffing on 1940’s Val Lewton movies. We were definitely showing very quickly in both book and movie that you were not entering a real world. In Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck changed the ages of the characters. They were older in the book. He wanted them to be the age they were in the first book of that series, which changes it a bit. But that’s totally cool with me. Fine, that’s your interpretation, as long as the spirit is maintain. Then in Mystic River there was a major thematic subtext about gentrification that had to get thrown out, and Clint told me about that right off the bat and that was fine. And that way the book remains the book and the movie is its own entity. Hopefully people will see the movie and might go, “Oh, I’ll go check out the book,” and when they check out the book, they get to go a little deeper. READ FULL STORY

EW Exclusive: The trailer for Glenn Beck's upcoming thriller 'The Overton Window'

First it was Bill O’Reilly’s steamy, seamy back-alley mystery, and now Fox News’ resident blackboard enthusiast Glenn Beck is releasing his own thriller. EW has an exclusive look at the trailer for the book, which releases on June 15 and is about twenty-something named Noah Gardner who finds himself in the midst of a massive fight to protect the country he loves from nefarious forces that threaten to corrupt it.

Now, writing for Beck is nothing new. The man squeezes out nearly as many books as he does tears, but this is his first time trying anything near this genre, and I’m guessing it won’t be all that much like The Christmas Sweater. The trailer itself is certainly interesting, a kinetic text illustration of a creepy poem that sounds like Dr. Seuss by way of the Book of Revelations. (Some of you pointed out that it’s actually this poem by Rudyard Kipling.) Take a look for yourself below and let us know what you think in the comment boards. But please, please remember to use your inside voices.

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