News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff
- In the #MeToo Moment, Publishers Turn to Morality Clauses (Publishers Weekly)
- University Presses Are Not In Crisis, and other news from the worlds of libraries and academia. (Publishers Weekly)
- In Praise of Childhood Favorites That Lose Their Magic (Laura Sackton, Book Riot)
Upcoming Books, Movies, & TV
- There’s a new Harry Potter mobile game! Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style game that lets you go to Hogwarts. (Pottermore) The script has been in development for 2 years, the graphics look awesome from the screenshots I’ve seen, and they even got some of the “faculty” actors back to do the voices. I’ll be honest, I teared up when I heard Prof. McGonagall’s voice telling me I’d been accepted at Hogwarts. That said, most of the dialog is text rather than recorded voices. (I haven’t gotten much further than getting supplies and being sorted. I’ve promised myself that when I finish the current backlog of work, I can start playing.) You can download the game from Apple’s App Store (iOS devices) or Google Play (Android devices.) There doesn’t seem to be a version for the Kindle Fire, though. Here are some reviews: Engadget, Polygon, The Guardian
- Bad news for G.R.R. Martin fans: the next book won’t be The Winds of Winter (Publishers Weekly) Instead, ASOIAF fans can look forward to Fire and Blood, a history set 300 years before the events in the Song of Ice and Fire series. Martin warns readers “Fire and Blood is not a novel. This is not a traditional narrative and was never intended to be…let’s call this one ‘imaginary history’ instead. The essential point being the ‘history’ part.” There’s more information at Tor.com.
Free SYNC Audiobooks
This week’s free audiobooks from SYNC are
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. Performed by Graham Halstead and Julia Whelan.
- The Great War: Stories Inspired by Items From the First World War. Stories by David Almond, John Boyne, Tracy Chevalier, Ursula Dubosarsky, and Timothée de Fombelle. Read by Nico Evers-Swindell, JD Jackson, Gerard Doyle, Richard Halverson, Sarah Coomes, and Nick Podehl.
- The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century (So Far) is that rare bird, a nearly-perfect list. Though I might quibble with the order of some of the books here, almost every book merits inclusion (based either on my own reading or that of friends or trusted reviewers.) And my number one pick is also theirs: Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. (Paste Magazine)
- 9 Fantasy Duos Bound By Fate (Natalie Zutter, Tor.com)