Monday 29 October 2012

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Weekly Gossip

Here's your bookish news from the past week.

First up, cover reveals!

The cover - and the name I believe, as I hadn't heard it before, for the sequel to Tom Clempson's One Seriously Messed-Up Week in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite has been revealed! It's called - wait for it... *takes a deep breath* One Seriously Messed-Up Weekend in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up Life of Jack Samsonite!

One Seriously Messed-Up Weekend in the Otherwise Un-Messed-Up Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson

And the synopsis:

Jack Samsonite's Foolish Plan for Being Amazing at Everything

(including getting a life, getting into Film School, and getting into a girl's knickers)

1.Make an amazing(ly bad) short film about zombies . . . or maybe superheroes . . . or just three idiot friends. It has to be deep and meaningful and (most importantly) has to have a scene where I kiss a girl on the mouth.

2.Write the world's best university application ever! (Or at least one that doesn't make me seem like a nob).

3.Don't get expelled trying to complete 1 & 2.

It can't possibly fail... right?
From Amazon UK

What do we think? I pretty much love it! I think I prefer the font used for the previous cover, but it still fits in really well! And EEE, I am EXCITED! OSMUWeekend will be released in March 2013.

Richelle Mead has also revealed the cover for the first book in her new adult Age of X series, Gameboard of the Gods:

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Isn't it pretty?! I love it! And it sounds so exciting too! I'm really looking forward to reading it! Gameboard of the Gods will be released on 4th June 2013.


Competition from Hodder and Stoughton:

Goblin Fruit by Laini Taylor

Laini's Taylor's eBook short story Goblin Fruit came out on Thursday! To celebrate, we're having a Halloween bake-off... Here's one we made earlier

We'd love you to get involved... Over the next week or so, tweet pics of your Halloween treats @SmokeandBone #goblinfruit for a chance to win a SIGNED copy of Days of Blood and Starlight!

Thanks so much, and enjoy Goblin Fruit!


News from Scholastic US:

Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift came by Scholastic headquarters Wednesday to share her love of books and reading with over 1.4 million viewers in a live webcast.

If you missed it, I recommend checking it out to hear Taylor’s thoughts on the books she’s loved, where she gets ideas for what to read next, how reading has influenced her writing and her career, and what kinds of stories inspire her.

This webcast is just one way we are spreading the message of our global literacy campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life. We encourage you to visit our website and join the campaign – it’s simple to do – and help a child read every day.

You can read more about the webcast at the On Our Minds blog.


Some book-to-movie news from Bloomsbury:

London-based performance capture studio The Imaginarium has secured the film rights to the highly anticipated book series The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon as well as the film rights to adapt George Orwell’s seminal novel Animal Farm, it was announced today by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, founders of The Imaginarium.

“The dystopian world created by Samantha in The Bone Season series offers a fantastic setting for a truly extraordinary and thrilling narrative,” said Serkis. “We are honoured that she chose to collaborate with us in the adaptation of her work.”

“Samantha has created a compelling and unique world and a gripping story crafted to span a series of novels. The Bone Season offers the opportunity to create a dynamic franchise with global appeal,” adds Cavendish.

Scheduled for publication on August 20, 2013, by Bloomsbury, The Bone Season was acquired during the London Book Fair in a pre-emptive bid by the publisher.

"Samantha Shannon is an extraordinarily talented writer. The Bone Season is a startling combination of a unique literary voice, a fully conceived, terrifying parallel world and a narrative pace that grips like a vice,” said Alexandra Pringle, Bloomsbury editor-in-chief.

For more information, read the press release.


  1. "Gameboard of the Gods." That title alone grabbed me!

    1. It is an amazing title, isn't it? I love how it makes me think of humans as pawns :)

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    1. Well, so far, I've only read Richelle Mead's VA and Bloodlines series, and Storm Born. I have a lot of adult novels to catch up on!