Thursday, February 19, 2009

News from around the stacks

John Drake has penned a prequel to Treasure Island. Titled Flint & Silver, it is due to be released in May of 2009. You can watch him here in a video interview. And there's more, the film rights have already been purchased. And he's making the prequel a trilogy? And he looks a lot like Obi-Wan? Me thinks the Emperor has been meddling again.

While not exactly book related, seasons one and two of Mr. Belvedere will be arriving on DVD on March 17, 2009. Wow. Now I feel old now.

Mr. Zeleznik has been kind enough to grace my inbox with some reading material. Too bad the general public won't be privy to it.

While I am very much a LOST addict now, I don't think I'll be reading Island by Aldous Huxley. Yes, there are vague references to the book in LOST, but based on this review, I'll save my scarce reading time for something else.

I'm also a sucker for cover art. Which means The Age of Ra by James Lovegrove looks rather enticing. And while it has me thinking of Stargate much to the author's remorse, I think that's a good thing.

We already know The Alexander Cipher is coming next month, but there's another cipher out there. The Dakota Cipher by William Dietrich comes out in April of 2009. The plot sounds quirky and interesting. A Viking utopia in North America? And Thomas Jefferson? And this guy wrote a book called The Scourge of God? And he won the Pulitzer? Hmmm. Something to think about.

Library Journal has a long list of sci-fi/fantasy novels due to be released soon.

Adobe released an SDK (that's Software Developer Kit in geek speak) for Adobe Reader Mobile 9. Big news for those companies looking to delve into PDF formats and e-books. You'll see Plastic Logic is mentioned in the article. If they can deliver on what they've promised (and come to the table with a reasonable price), they may give the Kindle a run for their money.

Big-time author Patrick Rothfuss will be doing a reading on February 26th at the Hayward Public Library (sorry, no elk allowed). Besides being a big-time author, Pat also has a big-time beard, a big-time head of hair, and a big-time thumb (as seen below).

And finally, we have another last minute addition on the Kindle 2. David Pauly comments on how, when, and if the Kindle can take the place of "old-fashioned printed" books. I myself am just not sold on the Kindle. Yet. I think Sony will introduce a new version of their reader soon in an attempt to counter any Kindle 2 sales. Microsoft will try to get into the market, but will be make something too powerful and full of extras that it won't come out for three more years. Google will jump in and make huge, tsunami-like waves in the industry when they buy Plastic Logic and use them as their e-book platform. But back to making books die off like a bad Darwinian evolution, I'm just not sold yet. The publishing industry, while taking some lumps, will still survive. Newspapers will still be available. After all, you can't do a crossword or Sudoku on a Kindle, can you?

Anyway, enough blabbering from me. Enjoy your news!

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