Upcoming Movies Based on Books
The Coldest City by Antony Johnston (aka Atomic Blonde: The Coldest City)
When it comes out: July 28
What the book is about: November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been sent into this powderkeg of social unrest, counter-espionage, defections gone bad and secret assassinations to bring back the list and save the lives of the British agents whose identities reside on it.
When it comes out: August 11
What the book is about: When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. So, the Walls children learned to take care of themselves.
Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
When it comes out: August 25
What the book is about: In 1630s Amsterdam, tulipomania has seized the populace. Everywhere men are seduced by the fantastic exotic flower. But for wealthy merchant Cornelis Sandvoort, it is his young and beautiful wife, Sophia, who stirs his soul. He yearns for an heir, but so far he and Sophia have failed to produce one. In a bid for immortality, he commissions a portrait of them both by the talented young painter Jan van Loos. But as Van Loos begins to capture Sophia’s likeness on canvas, a slow passion begins to burn between the beautiful young wife and the talented artist.
Like this except, you know, evil.
It’s late, the wind is howling outside, you’re all alone in the house… and then your computer comes to life with malevolent intelligence and takes over all your appliances. Next thing you know your chased screaming from your home with sinister kitchen appliances and a surprisingly angry vacuum cleaner close on your heels only to find your lawn mower and snow blower waiting to ambush you in the front yard. Through the creative and unrestrained use of a shovel and framing hammer (thank goodness the simple tools haven’t turned against you) and running, lots of running, you manage to barely survive the night.
We’ve all been there.
Rampant Technology Horror (aka “The machines are alive and killing everyone!”) is a small but memorable horror subgenre dealing with exactly what it sounds like – technology and machines that have either taken on a life of their own or are being controlled by some mysterious outside force and subsequently turned on their erstwhile masters. It all exploits the fear that man has gone too far and dared too much, creating machines and technology that we can no longer understand (who knows how an iPad works? *crickets*), let alone control. The best (read most ridiculous and therefore entertaining) of the subgenre, in my humble opinion, comes from the late 70s to early 90s when it was all evil automobiles (see Stephen King’s film Maximum Overdrive, based on his short story Trucks) and horrifying home appliances (again, Stephen King provides an example with his story The Mangle about a violent washing machine). Once the digital age was upon us and computers became a household item though they stole the limelight and it all became frighteningly plausible.
Goodreads Blog: Posted by Hayley Igarashi on July 07, 2017
Today is the birthday of one of literature’s most beloved and long-suffering sidekicks, Dr. John Watson. A war veteran as well as an accomplished writer and detective, Watson gives Sherlock Holmes much-needed backup and friendship, all while enduring less-than-complimentary observations about his character. “You have a grand gift for silence, Watson,” Sherlock says at one point. “It makes you quite invaluable as a companion.”
To celebrate the good doctor’s birthday, [goodreads.com] asked you on Facebook and Twitter to share your favorite book sidekicks. Check out some of the most popular answers below and add your own in the comments!
1. Dr. John Watson
Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books and stories
Sherlock’s friend, roommate, biographer, crime-solving partner and on-hand physician
2. Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books
Harry’s fellow Gryffindors, friends, partners in managing mischief, frequent rescuers (especially Hermione) and family
If only there was a shorter way of writing that. Oh yeah…
- CAMINO ISLAND by John Grisham
After a gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library, Mercer Mann, a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position, is approached by a mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. The woman offers a generous amount of money in exchange for a job. All Mercer has to do is go undercover and infiltrate the circle of literary friends that surround Bruce Cable, a prominent rare book dealer that occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts, and learn what she can. But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise.
- THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand (NEW THIS WEEK)
- TOM CLANCY: POINT OF CONTACT by Mike Maden (NEW THIS WEEK)
- COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
- THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood
- THE FIX by David Baldacci
- INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins
- THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
- MILK AND HONEY by Rupi Kaur
- DRAGON TEETH by Michael Crichton
Please join us for her visit!
Actually, it has surprisingly little to do with Quentin Tarantino.
Pub. January 1952
Initially more a format than a genre, Pulp Fiction was a general term used to describe the stories published in pulp magazines – cheap magazines printed on rough, wood pulp paper (magazines printed on smooth, high-quality paper were called “glossies”). It was not a complimentary description.
Pulp fiction was synonymous with run-of-the-mill, low-quality literature that got by more on its cheap thrills and lurid details than on any merit.
It was, of course, wildly popular.
At least until WWII, when paper shortages and rising production costs spelled the end for many pulp publications.
Pub. June 2017
Today pulp fiction lives on mostly as an homage to those early 20th century writers and short stories. Pulp fiction, whether it be sci-fi, adventure, crime fiction, etc., had a certain sensationalist feel and many common themes and elements that developed over the decades of their popularity and some modern authors (especially hard-boiled crime authors) have taken those elements and brought them to their books and stories today. Or movies (there’s your Tarantino-tie-in).