News & Notes – 7/18/15

July 18, 2015 News & Notes 12

News & Notes

News & Notes is a weekly Saturday post featuring book- and publishing-related news, links to interesting articles and opinion pieces, and other cool stuff

Book News


Worth Reading


Book & Movie Announcements

  • The Shannara Chronicles are coming to television, courtesy of MTV’s new series (io9) The series by Terry Brooks struck me as extremely derivative of Tolkien when I read the first book back when it first debuted, but the books have been so popular that there must be more to them than that. The TV series looks gorgeous; I may have to give the books another try.


Awesome Lists


Really Useful

  • Ever need to leave a movie to use the bathroom – or just get another soda? RunPee is an app that lets you know exactly when to leave the theater so you don’t miss the best or most critical scenes. It tells you how many minutes you have and fills you in on what happened while you were gone. It’s available for iPhone and Android as well as online.
  • Want to quote one of the LOTR movies but can’t remember the exact words?  Check out this site that contains the dialog and description of every scene – with screenshots.


Bookish Quote

Book quote: Oscar Wilde on re-reading


That’s it for this week!


12 Responses to “News & Notes – 7/18/15”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I read the very first book way back in… oh, never mind when. 😉 I found it horribly derivative, which put me off Terry Brooks’ books for decades. I wish I’d been smart enough then to realize that not every first book hits it out of the park, and it’s often worth trying an author again, later in their career. Certainly plenty of people seem to enjoy his books! And the trailer looks gorgeous.

      • Bea @Bea's Book Nook

        The first few books were EXTREMELY derivative but he kept building and expanding and ended up with a world and mythology all his own. Too bad I don’t have cable and won’t be able to watch the show. I’ll have to hope it ends up on NetFlix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
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        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          I don’t have cable either, so ditto. But your assessment agrees with a lot of other reviews I’ve seen – that the series grew and he grew as a writer and it became more and more original. Which means I might have a new old series to look forward to! 🙂

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have mixed feelings about Go Set a Watchman. For starters I don’t trust the lawyer. There’s something hinky about the whole situation though I have no idea what it is. But I’m concerned about some of the issues with the actual book itself. The fact that Atticus is more racist than thought to be in TKAM doesn’t really bother me but it sounds like there are some consistency errors that would. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to go check out the 3 star link. That looks interesting.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree that there’s something a bit “off” about the whole manuscript-discovery thing, and the publication this late in Lee’s life. Having read neither book so far, I can’t pass judgement on the books themselves, but I found the two perspectives on racism interesting. And I think you’ll love the 3-star reviews link. She says everything I’ve wanted to say about it. (Which does kill one of my post ideas, but she says it so well!)

  2. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I am one of those bloggers that give high star ratings as compared to others, and I can’t help it. If I finish a book and really enjoyed it, I want to say that *for me only* it was a great experience. I understand that I aim too high but it’s hard to backtrack. I did put an explanation of my rating system on my sidebar, though.

    I don’t remember the last time I gave a 1 or 2 star rating because I’ll put down a book unfinished if I don’t like it. Most times it’s because I am just not in the mood for that type of story, or it was a wrong fit for me. I understand that not everyone has that luxury if they are reading a requested book or gifted from a publisher. Interesting link, and I do remember to adjust my idea about a book when I visit your blog, since you give lower ratings than I do 🙂

    Thanks for the Terry Brooks link about the tv show. Wow, that trailer looks sooo good to me as a LOTR fan. Now I’ll be on the lookout for the first book in his series to give it a try.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I rarely give 1- or 2-star ratings either, Rita. Like you, I usually don’t finish a book if I don’t like it or it’s badly written. But you’re right, I tend to rate a bit conservatively from 3 to 4, saving 5 for books that are really amazing or I really, really love. And it’s just fine that you and a lot of other people don’t do that!

      Re the Terry Brooks – just bear in mind that book one was (as I recall) kind of a Tolkien knock-off in many ways. I hear the author got a lot more original as time went on. 🙂