This week we have a lot to say about wine, some to say about Amazon's Lord of the Rings series and loads to say as we wrap up Connie Willis' Doomsday Book. Plus we kind of sort of kick off December's Book, California Bones.
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Tom: I Massi 2009 Chianti
Veronica: SomeWine Red Wine
Via Silvana and Louie: Amazon announced it has acquired the global TV rights to Lord of the Rings and intends to produce a multiseason TV series in cooperation with New Line Cinema, The Tolkien Estate and HarperCollins. The series will explore storylines preceding the Fellowship of the Ring, and included a possible spinoff series. 93-year-old Christopher Tolkien officially retired from Tolkien Estate on August 31. He was very much opposed to licensing the rights.
Nokomis.FL: Trailer for Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s book A Wrinkle in Time
Alex: Good news for Brandon Sanderson and fan of The Stormlight Archive:
Cool! I went over to see how it was doing on the USA Today list and it is a very respectable #3. Then I noticed that installment 12 of Diary of a Wimpy kid was #4 and had hit #1. Twelve! It's like Jeff Kinney has a license to print money. Andy Weir's Artemis also charting at #8.
Travis: Science Fiction Triggers Poorer Reading, Study Finds
That's what the headline reads, but then when you read the article, it turns out that lots of people are biased against sci-fi, and those people don't read it as carefully as they do realism. Which, like, duh! "identifying a text as science fiction makes readers automatically assume it is less worthwhile, in a literary sense, and thus devote less effort to reading it. "
BARE YOUR SWORD
@swordandlaser listening to the smooth roberator episode where someone was asking for western fantasy and I wanted to mention the Wax and Wayne books by Brandon Sanderson. They are definitely worth reading. @Shaunyuken
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION
Announce California Bones by Greg van Eekhout
California Bones Book Briefing
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