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Take Me Home by Ray Bradbury

Take Me Home by Ray Bradbury

Check out the last article Ray Bradbury had published. Full of enthusiasm and warm nostalgia, it got posted in the New Yorker on Monday, just two days before his death. What a legacy to leave behind, hm?

Rest in peace, sir. You changed a lot of lives and left a lot of inspiration in your wake.


Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted for Film

Top 10 YA Books That Should Be Adapted for Film

LitReactor posted their picks yesterday, so of course I read through the list and furiously added a few more books to my To Read shelf on GoodReads. I’m a fan of Graceling by Kristin Cashore and I’d love to see it on the big screen. The aesthetic of Graceling and Fire both would be worth seeing, if someone could find a way to do it justice without making it cartoonish, and frankly seeing Cashore’s characters come to life would be a joy. While neither plot is particularly new or genre defining, the way Cashore develops her characters and moves them through the plot makes the book a pleasure to read.

Of course, looking at that list got me thinking about which books I’d like to see put to film, so I put together a list of my own. They aren’t all YA and some of my picks are old school, I’ll admit, throwbacks to favorites of middle school or high school years. I have no regrets.

In no particularly order:

  1. Ship Breakers by Paolo Bacigalupi – Solid world building meets dystopian steampunk. What more could you ask for?
  2. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld – Because everyone loves techy alt-history and bio-engineered flying whales.
  3. Sabriel by Garth Nix –  Just to see Sabriel and her bells striding through Death would be some serious wish fulfillment for my high school self, which could only be upped by the sudden appearance of a portal to Middle Earth in my apartment.
  4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Again with the solid world building, with pitch perfect pacing and a full cast of interesting characters.
  5. Inda by Sherwood Smith – See above. See also: pirates.
  6. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – Talking. Ships. Strong female protagonists. Pirates. That is all.
  7. Shade’s Children by Garth Nix – You want some dystopian YA lit? I got that shit right here.
  8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – It’s Neil Gaiman and the things that lurk under London, does this really need an explanation?
  9. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis – Purely to see this world fully rendered, honestly. The descriptions along are stunning; just imagine seeing a planet covered by water, with floating islands and brilliant, vivid colors on the big screen.
  10. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – Here’s my high school self again; I loved Daine and her ability to speak with animals. This quartet completely absorbed me, though admittedly I haven’t gone back for a re-read to see if it holds up to the test of time.

So there you go – ten of my favorite books I’d love to see played out on the big screen. What’s your list look like?




2011 Nebula Award Winners

2011 Nebula Award Winners

I mean, obviously all of nerdom knew Neil Gaiman would walk off with an award for his episode of Doctor Who. I’m stoked to see Kij Johnson listed as the novella winner. I just finished reading The Fox Woman last week and it blew me away, so I can’t wait to check out The Man Who Bridged the Mist. If you’ve been needing some new reading material lately, go check out this list (or check it out anyway, if you’re like me and enjoy having piles of unread books around all the time).



Now this is project I can get behind and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one, if the fundage raised for the project is anything to go by. Combining steampunk with girl power and a love of academic can do? Sign me up.

From the website:

“This is a pro-math, pro-science, pro-history and pro-literature adventure novel for and about girls, who use their education to solve problems and catch a jewel thief.  Ada and Mary encounter real historical characters, such as Percy Shelley, Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, and Charles Dickens – people whom the girls actually knew.  If Jane Austen wrote about zeppelins and brass goggles, this would be the book.”

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