If you’re like me sometimes it takes awhile for popular trends to surface on your radar. You may have heard talk about an awesome show called Doctor Who.
Doctor Who? What kind of name is that?
It is a great name. The best name.
Doctor Whohas been around in England for a while, but it is finally crossing the big pond to America. The result is something like the Beatles phenomenon. Okay, so maybe not that big, but it is big. Huge. And you should definitely watch it. If you’ve seen it then you know what I’m talking about.
Like that one episode where you find out someone is really related to someone else.
Or that one with the moon landing.
Or that time someone got stuck in an alien hotel with your deepest fears inside the rooms.
Or those creepy statue things that you have to look at.
The mix of sci-fi, adventure, and humor is purely addictive and before you know it you are going to want a bow tie and a fez of your own. If you’re new to Doctor WhoI’d suggest starting with the fifth series where The Doctor is played by Matt Smith. After you burn through the fifth, sixth and now seventh series (Because you will, in a matter of days. If you don’t you’re a Dalek.) then you can re-visit some of the past Doctors including David Tennet and Christopher Eccleston. Enjoy and may you never again have to ask, Doctor Who?
Hammer Films bought motion picture rights to Boneshaker.
The book is set in an alternate 1880s Seattle, in which the city is walled in and a toxic gas has turned many of its residents into Rotters (zombies). A young widow hunts for her teenaged son in the Seattle underworld while dealing with airship pirates, a criminal overlord and heavily armed refugees.
Exclusive Media Group’s Simon Oakes said “Boneshaker is a classic zombie movie with a modern twist which is quintessentially Hammer so it’s a perfect fit for us. Cherie Priest’s steampunk series are fantastic with a distinct, unique style and we’re really looking forward to bringing her ‘Rotters’ to the big screen.”
Talking about the deal, Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver said “It’s like Jules Verne meets Resident Evil, and we’re thrilled to have such a fun, commercial potential franchise in Boneshaker.”
Boneshaker is the first in the Clockwork Century series, and is followed by Clementine, Dreadnought, and the recently released Ganymede. (Two more books are due in this series: Inexplicables in 2012 and Fiddlehead.)
Have you seen the trailer for Breaking Dawn: Part 1? If you just can’t wait for November, here are a few other vampire stories to help you pass the time.
Blue Bloods—Melissa de la Cruz. Some people have everything—money, status, fancy NYC digs…and a vampire bloodline? This is what would happen if Twilight met Gossip Girl and had a sparkling, scandalous child.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Before Edward, there was Angel. A brooding, tormented vampire in love with a high school girl. But Sunnydale, California is no Forks—it’s built over a hellmouth, which means all sorts of evil beasties are drawn to the town. Fortunately, Sunnydale is the home of Buffy, the one and only Slayer.
The House of Night series–P. C. Cast. This series, starting with Marked, takes place in a prep school for vampires. When Zoey finds out that a friend is abusing her powers, what can she do to stop her?
iDrakula–Bekka Black. Jonathan Harker has a rare blood disease, and it’s up to him, along with his girlfriend Mina and a medical student called Van Helsing, to figure out what it is. Sound familiar? It should–it’s an update of the classic vampire novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Steampunk, Cyberbpunk, Genepunk–what are all these punks doing in teen lit? Here’s a quick guide to these genres, and some books and movies to get you started!
Steampunk: Imagine the past, with the future’s technology. Want to fly? Take a hot air balloon, or maybe a steam-powered airship. Top hats and crinolines rule, but look out for mechanical umbrellas and the occasional jet pack. Get started with a few of these:
Cyberpunk: Computers are a part of everything–every waking moment is monitored or enhanced or connected, somehow, to technology. Sounds pretty close to reality, huh? Cyberpunk gets into the gritty underground of a techno-society, with hackers and revolutionaries working to survive.
Genepunk: Also called biopunk, this is what happens when genetic engineering takes over. From giant whales that serve as airships to human beings grown in pods, this genre often features mad scientists.
Hitting theaters on February 18 is the thriller I Am Number Four, a not-so-normal high school story from the director of Disturbia and Eagle Eye. It’s hard enough for high school students to fit in, but being “typical” is nearly impossible for someone like John Smith, whose true identity could get him killed. Three have already died, and he is next. Readers can experience it before the movie drops by checking out the book by Pittacus Lore (aka James Frey and Jobie Hughes).
For you fellow Gleeks, Quinn (Dianna Agron) has a role – hopefully a bit bigger than her blink-and-you-miss-her appearance in Burlesque.
Does the thought of Bella choosing Edward give you a feeling colder than the Cullen family’s body temperature combined? Then you’re definitely Team Jacob. No need to howl at the moon. We’ve got a reading list just for you.
However, if you swoon at the very mention of the name Edward, we’ve whipped up a tasty, literary concoction that’ll make your head swim with images of dashing, tortured souls pining for your heart.
No matter which side you’re on, you’re sure to find a winner in one of our recommended reads. Sink your teeth into it & enjoy!