Ender’s Game – the movie

 

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Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

Hugo Award Winner,  Nebula Award Winner

The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who
can defeat the aliens. But who?

 Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

Free excerpt,  Book Club notes, Movie Trailer  =>  http://bit.ly/14ksRPH

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For your book club – Water for elephants

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Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen

 As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate travelling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
Remember the movie with our trailer, read an excerpt and download book club notes

Book into Movie – Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

“Great Expectations” is at once a superbly constructed novel of spellbinding mastery and a profound examination of moral values. Here, some of Dickens’s most memorable characters come to play their part in a story whose title itself reflects the deep irony that shaped Dickens’s searching reappraisal of the Victorian middle class.
Begin an incredible adventure with Pip out on the misty marshes

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A moving exploration of loss and mourning – “The Lovely Bones”

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

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On her way home from school on a snowy December day in 1973, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (“like the fish”) is lured into a makeshift underground den in a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer–the man she knew as her neighbor, Mr. Harvey.

Alice Sebold’s haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, The Lovely Bones, unfolds from heaven, where “life is a perpetual yesterday” and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case.

Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish, and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. –Brad Thomas => http://bit.ly/15FAEt6

Read the book of the movie, Lincoln Lawyer


The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Connelly

The acclaimed thriller from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author – adapted into a major film for spring 2011
For defence attorney Mickey Haller, the clock is always ticking. Operating out of the back of a Lincoln car, and with two ex-wives and dozens of guilty clients, he can’t afford to miss a trick.

more here = the trailer of the movie => http://bit.ly/iFwJ8Z

New movie “Dirt Music”based on Tim Winton’s novel

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell have joined the cast of Phillip Noyce’s “Dirt Music,” based on Tim Winton’s novel of the same name, international sales, financing and production label HanWay Films said Saturday. Set in North Western Australia, the movie adaptation of Winton’s novel is set to begin shooting Down Under in August. http://bit.ly/iiWwXB

Film Trailer released for “The Help”


Set during the 1960s in America’s racially divided Deep South, ‘The Help’ is a beautifully handled story of a white society girl, two black maids and a dangerous secret they share. Here’s a first look at the film trailer for ‘The Help’ coming soon.

Cloudstreet premiere leaves Winton lost for words

After 20 years, Tim Winton’s classic WA novel Cloudstreet has finally made it to the screen.

But its creator, who has carved an international reputation in the years since the iconic WA novel hit the shelves, was for once left lost for words to mark the occasion. => http://bit.ly/emxsYv

More on Tim winton here => http://bit.ly/fwzmy3

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. http://bit.ly/eNdKLu

The Power of Focus

In the past 30 years, this author has been involved in 3 successful start-up companies and each became a leader in its niche.

He says he went through many peaks, valleys and learned many lessons along the way. So, in writing You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School he distilled all he learned into 28 simple truths of leadership.

Enjoy this chapter titled: “If You Chase Two Rabbits, Both Will Escape.”

An excerpt from

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School
by Mac Anderson

At Successories in 1997, I learned about the power of focus the hard way. I didn’t – and I paid the price. Golf was the hot sport because Tiger Woods had just come on the scene. We decided to purchase a small catalog company called British Links, a leader in golf art and golf gifts. The logic was simple:
1. We understood the specialty catalog business, and were already mailing 20 million catalogs a year.
2. We understood the wall décor/framing business. Successories had become one of the largest framers in the country and half of the British Links’ sales were from framed wall décor.
I won’t bore you with the details of why this venture flopped, but within three years we sold the golf company for next to nothing. However, the most devastating part of the deal was not the money we lost from the sale of British Links, but the momentum we had lost growing Successories, our core business.
In hindsight, I was an idiot! It was like Ray Kroc saying, after having opened twenty McDonald’s, it’s time to get into the pizza business. Many other businesses – like Starbucks and FedEx – focused their way to success. Repeat after me,

LESS IS MORE,

LESS IS MORE…

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School is loaded with stories that are shared in a brief, but engaging way. Because I truly believe that many times it’s not what you say, but how you say it that turns the switch from “off” to “on.”

For more information, to look inside this book or to view the 3 minute inspirational movie, just click here.