These are not sexy, angsty vampires, and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either

The Passage

by Justin Cronin

Cronin is a remarkable storyteller. He doesn’t shy away from identifying his “virals” as vampires. But, these are not sexy, angsty vampires (you won’t be seeing “Team Babcock” t-shirts any time soon), and they are not old-school, evil Nosferatus, either. These are a creation all Cronin’s own–hairless, insectile, glow-in-the-dark mutations who are inextricably linked to their makers and the one girl who could destroy them all. A huge departure from Cronin’s first two novels, The Passage is a grand mashup of literary and supernatural, a stunning beginning to a trilogy that is sure to dazzle readers of both genres. —Daphne Durham

Beautiful book from Australian children’s illustrator – All Through the Night

“All Through The Night” takes us on a magical journey of awe and wonder through the dreamland of a young boy and his favourite toy train on their way to the morning.


All Through the Night
by Dean Jones

Darkness is falling, and weary children everywhere are snuggling under their sheets. A small boy lays his head against his pillow and wakes to find himself rocking and rolling along through the night, onwards towards the morning. Soar with him beneath the stars in a magical journey on the midnight express.

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10 Words you need to stop misspelling

[Via Huffington Post]

Spelling pet peeves–everyone has got them. Here are 10 that drive people nuts. Which bug you the most? Any not on this list? =>

OMG, the Oxford English Dictionary Added New Words! We ‘Heart’ It! LOL!

Before you take to the comments to ream us out about the above headline: “OMG,” “LOL” and the symbol for “heart” have all been added to the Oxford English Dictionary Online. =>

Jude Law in talks for ‘Anna Karenina’

Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are in talks to join Keira Knightley in Working Title’s “Anna Karenina,” which Joe Wright will direct.
Tom Stoppard penned the adaptation; Working Title’s Tim Bevan is producing.

If I should have a daughter

“If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she’s gonna call me Point B … ” began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis — from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. — and gives two breathtaking performances of “B” and “Hiroshima.”

Ten of the Best – Irish authors

It’s St Patrick’s Day on Thursday, and with a hat tip to my Irish heritage and a love of Irish whimsy, I have created a list of “Ten of the Best Irish Authors”. Do you agree, or would you have put in someone else?

For your children’s book club – a new slant on an old fairy tale

The Goose Girl

by Shannon Hale

She can whisper to horses and communicate with birds, but the crown princess Ani has a difficult time finding her place in the royal family and measuring up to her imperial mother.

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The Future of Publishing?

A number of people have asked me what I think the publishing world will look like when the dust has settled on the current revolution, and last weekend I was invited to participate in a think tank on how to promote books in a changing industry. There have been a lot of posts about print vs e-books. There’s also been a lot of hand-wringing about piracy, and of publishing going the way of the music industry. But very few people are seeing this for the opportunity it is.


Has your teenager caught up with The Maze Runner yet?

maze_runnerThe Maze Runner is by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

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play the game

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