John Dies at the End
by David Wong
I saw John Dies at the End at the Toronto Film Festival in 2012 and it was the only film at the fest I didn't review. In all honesty, I didn't really know how to review it. Perhaps if I had liked it a little more or if it inspired some conversation outside of simply being a weird film where door knobs turn into large dildos I would have had something to say. I've heard David Wong's books is interesting and I wonder if it brings more to the table than the movie did. If I had to make a suggestion, I'd actually consider reading the book before seeing the movie.
Here's the Publisher's Weekly blurb on the book:
In this reissue of an Internet phenomenon originally slapped between two covers in 2007 by indie Permutus Press, Wong--Cracked.com editor Jason Pargin's alter ego--adroitly spoofs the horror genre while simultaneously offering up a genuinely horrifying story. The terror is rooted in a substance known as soy sauce, a paranormal psychoactive that opens video store clerk Wong's--and his penis-obsessed friend John's--minds to higher levels of consciousness. Or is it just hell seeping into the unnamed Midwestern town where Wong and the others live? Meat monsters, wig-wearing scorpion aberrations and wingless white flies that burrow into human skin threaten to kill Wong and his crew before infesting the rest of the world. A multidimensional plot unfolds as the unlikely heroes drink lots of beer and battle the paradoxes of time and space, as well as the clichés of first-person-shooter video games and fantasy gore films. Sure to please the Fangoria set while appealing to a wider audience, the book's smart take on fear manages to tap into readers' existential dread on one page, then have them laughing the next.
by Michael Crichton
What the hell? Why not include a re-release title? Jurassic Park will be re-released in 3D on April 5 giving you more than enough time to bone up on your dino DNA knowledge.
City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare
"City of Bones" is the first book in Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, which was adapted into The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones for release in August. It's referred to as something akin to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and will certainly be something you're going to hear about all year as it's a title movie bloggers will use to drive pageviews from fans of the book.
Here's the book synopsis:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder--much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing--not even a smear of blood--to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know.
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful is adapted from L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", though it is set before the events of the book itself, focusing on Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. The film will show you how the great Wizard of Oz came to be, but why not read the book to relive what he eventually becomes?
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The Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief wasn't exactly a box-office succcess, banking $226.4 million worldwide on a $95 million budget, but Fox is giving Percy (Logan Lerman) a second chance with Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters as they bring Rick Riordan's world back to life yet again. Percy, the demigod son of Poseidon, is once again up to a series of adventures that take him out of the classroom and into the fantastical.
Here's the book synopsis:
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson--a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.
But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia--only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name...the Bermuda Triangle.
Now Percy and his friends--Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson--must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family--one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.
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The Reluctant Fundamentalist
by Mohsin Hamid
Mira Nair's adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist stars Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber and it opened the Venice Film Festival last year and is now set for an April 2013 release. It didn't exactly receive stellar reviews so perhaps reading this national bestseller would be a better alternative.
At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter...
Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.
But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
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by Nicholas Sparks
I'm not a Nicholas Sparks fan, but the guy doesn't keep selling books and getting those books adapted into movies because no one likes him. Clearly he has a devoted following and Safe Haven starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough will give that following yet another chance to go on a love swept journey.
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her... a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
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