News & Notes – 8/16/14

August 16, 2014 Ursula K. LeGuin 12

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

I’m covering two weeks of News & Notes this week, since I missed last week. I’ll try not to make it too long!

Books & Ebooks in the News:

    Worth Reading/Listening to: 

    Literary Losses:

    • L. A. Meyer, author of the “Bloody Jack” YA series featuring Jacky Faber, died July 29, 2014, at the age of 71. The 12th (and final) Bloody Jack story will be published next month. (Obituary: Publishers Weekly)

    Bookish and Movie Announcements:


      Bookish Quotes:

      That’s it for this week!

      I’m always on the lookout for interesting articles, lists, and links for News & Notes, so please let me know if you see (or write!) anything that might be good for this feature.  You can leave me a comment or send me an email — my address is on the About/Review Policy/Contact page.

      12 Responses to “News & Notes – 8/16/14”

      1. Bea

        Walken as King Loie? I hadn’t heard that but it’s got awesome written all over it.

        And that cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Just no. Yes, the book is weird, but that cover in no way reflects the actual story.

      2. Rita_h

        I read about the authors taking out a page against Amazon. I understand Amazon wanting to keep e-book prices lower, but this is getting out of hand. I agree that they shouldn’t block the sale of books.
        I have A Wrinkle in Time on my Classics Club list. I hope that if there is an adaptation made that they do a great job on this.

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          I’m getting tired of the whole Amazon/Hachette thing, too. I think both companies are trying to play hardball. And I’m with you on A Wrinkle in Time. The last adaptation was just meh, and there were some places that just made me scratch my head. I want it done RIGHT!

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          That’s what some people think, but Penguin doesn’t say so outright. I think they’re trying to make the book appealing to adults, but seriously, that cover is just so wrong.

      3. Berls

        Yes – that cover is just weird. I don’t even get how the two go together. I seriously thought it was something Barbie related when I first glanced at it.

        How cool about Christopher Walken – I’ve loved him since I saw him in Puss n’ Boots as a kid, so this should be good 🙂

        I’m going to have to check out this character profiles Marissa Meyer put out, since I’m addicted to her series and am currently in that phase where you’ll eat up anything to make you forget there are months between now and the next book LOL

      4. Kathy Arguelles

        I agree, that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cover is wrong. It’s creepy!! And I can’t imagine Christopher Walken as King Louie. Maybe he would be a better Bagheera or Shere Khan. You found some interesting articles!! I went to see Marissa Meyer’s post but I didn’t read it since I saw her spoiler warning (I have to still read Scarlett and Cress). Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week!!

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          I don’t know; I think Walken could pull it off. He can be pretty funny as well as scary. But I guess we’ll see! And Bill Murray should be funny as the voice of Baloo.

          Yeah, I wouldn’t read the character specs until you’ve read Scarlet and Cress. (Seriously, you’ve got to read them – they’re both wonderful!)

      5. Jan

        I don’t understand the Roald Dahl cover either. Very strange. I’m going to be very sorry to see the end of David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot.

        • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

          I know — but I’m proud of him for refusing to do any non-Christie Poirot movies. He’s been as faithful as he could be to the character and the canon. Luckily, I still have a number to watch!