Stacking the Shelves (15): JJ Abrams, Winner's Curse & Penguin Goodies

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The last few weeks have seen numerous packages landing on my doorstep, but most of them contained books for other people, particularly my neice and nephew for Christmas. I did, however, get a few shiny new additions to my bookshelves over the last few weeks.

Thanks to Penguin and Destination Elsewhere, who held the contest where I won:



And thank you to my awesome sister-in-law and brother for S by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst.

Then I came home one day to find a package from my friends at Macmillan sitting on the porch. What was inside was a pretty awesomely packaged version of The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

I've very excited by all the new additions to my bookish family. What awesomeness have you added to your collection recently?

Random Tuesday: Pseudo Trailer Park Friday Plus Web Series, Why Adults Like YA, Questionable X-Men Fashion & More

Due to a downed server, an incompetant consultant and a raging need to eat my weight in cookies, Trailer Park Friday failed to appear last week. Because of my work stress-related absence, today's Random Tuesday will feature a couple of the trailers that would have graced TPF if I could have magically made it appear last Friday without looking at a computer.

First up is the teaser trailer for Vampire Academy, which I didn't realize was a real thing from an actual real major studio. But I guess it is. Haven't read the books, but the teaser trailer made some waves last week and it looks... potentially campy? I'm not sure what my thoughts are on this one. Perhaps vaguely curious disinterest? It's supposed to come out February 14, 2014.

Another trailer of a thing I was unfamiliar with, but in this case the trailer made me go "OMG THIS COULD BE AWESOME I NEED IT!" It's the book trailer for Victoria Schaub's Vicious, which will be released by Tor on September 24. 

Now to your regularly scheduled Random Tuesday.

Yesterday I meant to write a review of Cristin Terrill's All Our Yesterdays, but I posted a contest instead (go enter!). The very condensed version is that it's an incredible book and you should read it when it's released in September. It's already been optioned for a movie, but the most random part about this is that there is a web series prequel that I just stumbled across because is awesome. It's an interesting different sort of thing to a book trailer though the acting is a little questionable.

Author Marie Rutkoski hypothesizes on why adults like YA on io9. Eventually I'll write my Thinky Thoughts post about my conundrum of enjoying YA despite being far outside the target demo, but for now, this is a really intriguing read. It also includes the cover reveal for her uncoming book The Winner's Curse.

Nathan Fillion doesn't want to be Batman, so stop pestering the studio people. (

A Game of Thrones character has been recast, but the real question is how many kittens are they casting? (Non-spoiler is vague) (

Don't ask me what I think of the first still released from X-Men: Days of Future Past because I really can't put my thoughts into words. (Fashionably Geek)

And finally another random trailer that wouldn't have been part of last week's TPF since it was released yesterday, but I didn't want to hold it until Friday. It's a teaser trailer for something called Stranger by JJ Abrams. Nobody has any idea what it is and it kind of gives me the creeps.


Send me random things in the comments! I need more random in my life!


Review: Revolution Pilot (NBC)

While at San Diego Comic Con, Fernando and I got sneak peeks at the pilots for three upcoming new fall television shows: Elementary, Revolution and Beauty & the Beast. A few weeks ago, Fernando talked about yet another Sherlock Holmes incarnation, Elementary. Two weeks ago I hit up the remake of the 1980s show Beauty & the Beast. Now here is Fernando's take on the upcoming NBC show, Revolution.

Debuts Monday, September 17 @ 10pm / 9 pm Central

JJ Abrams + Eric Kripke = Revolution

No government, no modern technology, no internet and no electricity - that is the underlining premise of JJ Abram's Revolution. One of the highlights of this year's Comic Con for us was the chance to preview the pilot of this new NBC fall show.

Think of a life where all the luxury of electricity is taken away. Revolution illustrates just such a world.  All of the current world order has collapsed. Communication systems have broken down, cars can’t work, and artificial light is gone. Militia style governments emerge, where those with well-organized militant weapons hold the power. This new world is the backdrop of the show, not its focal point.

The pilot opens in present day with Ben Matheson, a father, scientist, and possible participant in why electricity stopped function. Ben races home with a small USB device that holds part of a mysterious reason why the electricity is going to go out. He tries to tell his wife and young children, but there isn’t enough time. During the frantic race home, he’s also on the phone with his brother Miles, a Special Forces military officer on his way back to base, but their conversation is cut short. Then the power goes out and, as mentioned before, it goes out everywhere. Stop and think for a moment of all the parts of your day-to-day activities that center on the simple phenomenon of electricity; now imagine all of them stopping at once. The show does not say they drain or there is lag. No, it all just stops.

The story then does something fantastic. Revolution picks up 15 years later. It does not try to show the gimmicky side of power going out, like people stuck in elevators. Revolution shows us the world that emerges from a prolonged lack of electricity. This new world that emerges has hints of past empires: a feudal system, militias, and small self-sustainable farming communities.  The world that is Revolution is very much in tune with a JJ Abrams produced show.

The Eric Kripke portion is the familial adventure that lies at the center of Revolution. I won't spoil the how or the why of the pilot, but Ben's daughter Charlie must team up with Miles to rescue Ben's son Danny.  This pairing is what I think will be the best part of the show. Charlie and Miles are family in only the faintest of terms and the forging of their bond on this new journey in this world will I hope make Revolution a fun action packed addition to the NBC lineup. 


Note from Leslie: My review of Revolution would consist of three words – AWESOME. SWORD. FIGHTS. Watch it. It’s going to hopefully be awesome, twisty turny family drama with MORE SWORD FIGHTING!

Random Tuesday: More Superhero Art, Revolution Preview, and Other Randomosity

Fernando and I saw The Avengers for a second time last Friday night. Not even three days later, I want to see it again. It's been an extremely long time since a movie has made me want to see it multiple times in the theatre, much less actually spend the money to do it. So if you've been in a coma or under a rock for the last week and a half, you should really go see it.

I started reading Daniel H. Wilson's upcoming novel, Amped (Wilson being that guy behind a little book called Robopocalypse). That guy knows how to write books that give me waking nightmares. Jeez... I couldn't put it down last night while at the same time I was on a verge of a panic attack.

 The Avengers in the style of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are by AgartgabGuide.

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