Random News: American Gods, Pierce Brown, and Literacy and Scotch

Hello Lovely Readers,

Thank you for those of you who helped us celebrate our 1 Year of blogging on Monday, and my birthday yesterday! I thought I would end this week with some neat news articles and one really sweet advert for whiskey (but really about literacy and teaching old dogs new tricks!).

The first exciting news has to do with the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman. There has been a lot of talk over the past year about the possibility of HBO producing a series based on the book. However, in November it was announced that the plan had been shelved by HBO. Luckily, Gaiman just announced that a company called Freemantle will produce a series based on the book (read the article here). It is unclear as of right now when exactly this would be released or which channel would carry it, but it is forward progress. Also exciting is that the company RED has picked up Anansi Boys to make a mini series for the BBC. So there should be some good Gaiman shows soon!

Over on Buzzfeed there is an interesting article on new author Pierce Brown, who just released Red Rising. You can read the article here. It looks at who Brown is, and touches on how he got to where he is. I am excited to begin reading his book soon (just have a couple library books I have to finish first), and it was neat to see a little more about him. It also sounds like there is already talk of a movie, and there are very high expectations for this book/series. I wish Brown luck.

The last find is probably the one that touched my heart the most, which is impressive as it is actually a whiskey commercial. However, check out the really sweet video below, and if you cry easy have a tissue handy!

Until next time,

A Conversation with Pierce Brown (Author of Red Rising)

Hi everyone,

In 2013, I read an advanced copy of a book called Red Rising by Pierce Brown, thanks to NetGalley. It was by far the best book I have read since The Hunger Games Trilogy in 2012. After a slightly slow start, Red Rising had me racing through the pages until the end. It’s as captivating as The Hunger Gamesif not more. So, if you’re fans of The Hunger Gamesyou should really check this book out, although be warned that the level of violence takes a step up in Red Rising compared to The Hunger Games.

The publishers of Red Rising have invited fans to an exclusive pre-release live video chat with Pierce Brown on Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 7.00 to 8.00 pm EST. Be the first to watch the RED RISING commercial and listen to Pierce as he reads a sneak peek from the book. Get the scoop on what’s in store for readers as Del Rey editor Michael Braff chats with Pierce about the book Booklist calls “very ambitious… a natural for Hunger Games fans of all ages.” 

And you’ll have a chance to interact with Pierce directly—submit your questions thought Shindig’s IM platform or “raise your hand” during our open audience Q&A and you might get to ask him your questions through live video!

Join the chat early at 6:45 pm EST to listen to Pierce’s RED RISING-inspired playlist, and to connect with other bloggers and fans in the chatroom before the event starts.

RED RISING GIVEAWAY: At the end of the chat, two attendees will win a signed copy of Red Rising that Pierce will sign and personalize live on video! (Winners must be present in the chatroom during the announcement to claim their prize. US residents only, no purchase necessary.)

To RSVP for the event, click this link: RSVP. How many of you will watch the live video chat?


Book Review: Red Rising

Book Title: Red Rising
AuthorPierce Brown

Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along” Darrow, Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Final Verdict: Pre-order this book now. You won’t regret it. It’s going to be bigger than The Hunger Games.

For the full review, click the book title.