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Author Archive: "Heidi Mager"


Robopocalypse is mesmerizing and explosive. Underlining the uncertainty, violence, and fear surrounding cataclysmic events involving rogue technology, Daniel Wilson has skillfully incorporated a tenderness and fragility into the robot monstrosities. This disarming touch ultimately enhances the overall grip of absolute terror and helplessness. The future may well have been written here, and, buoyed by such knowledge, we dare to hope for survival.

Go the F**k to Sleep

Riotous and perfectly apt, Go the F**k to Sleep is destined to become the rallying cry for parents across the nation. We nod. We guffaw. We stream tears of glee as we pump fists in the air, whisper-shouting, "Yes — been there!" This book speaks the hilarious, straight-up truth and is an absolute must-have for any new, expecting, or current parent.

The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun

The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun practically makes fun happen just by existing — and not just on weekends and not just for dads. This book contains unlimited inspiration for any level of handy parent to while away innumerable hours doing nerdy, techy, awesome things with their kids. But be aware: your child may acquire the knowledge necessary to measure the speed of light — using chocolate.

Mr. Peanut

It's one heck of a juxtaposition. You adore your wife beyond all reason, can't imagine life without her, but are forever constructing detailed fantasies in which she, often violently, meets her demise. Such is the conundrum that David Pepin faces in Mr. Peanut, Adam Ross's unflinchingly honest yet arguably brutal rendering of connubial dysfunction and harmony. Whether you personally relate to David and Alice's tumultuous affairs or simply enjoy them with the support of a clear conscience, you'll certainly be intrigued by these characters and eternally grateful for any wonderfully boring, run-of-the-mill relationships you're in.

The Thank You Economy

In The Thank You Economy, Gary Vaynerchuk leads by inspirational example as he urges businesses to build relationships with their customers, to woo them with marketing strategies oozing with realness and affability. Entrepreneurs take heed — I guarantee you'll learn a thing or a thousand, and benefit greatly as a result.

Friday Book News: New Eugenides, Eugene Mirman Mocks Wesley Stace, and More

  • And The Masses Rejoice: Rumor has it that there is a new book on the way from Jeffrey Eugenides. Perfectly timed, as the past eight years were just long enough to fully digest Middlesex. So, what's it about? We don't know! Everyone's being a little close-mouthed about it. Book Page investigated the mystery:

    Here's what we know about the book so far: In July, Jonathan Galassi interviewed Eugenides on FSG's Work in Progress blog, and at that point the author refused to divulge the title. Here's what he would say as far as plot description — although at the time the novel was not finished:

    I don't quite know how to describe it. A college love story? Maybe. It begins on graduation day, in 1982, and involves three main characters. The sweep of the action takes place over the next year or so, as the characters begin their lives outside the university gates. The book deals, among other things, with religion, depression, the Victorian novel, and Roland Barthes. I really don't like to talk


Tuesday Book News: Honoring a Beloved Author

Farewell to Redwall: Brian Jacques, beloved British author of the popular children's series, Redwall, passed away on February 5.

Millions of children the world over have reveled in the fantasy land created for them in the Redwall series, both in the books, and later in the animated series, based on three of the novels (Redwall, Mattimeo, and Martin the Warrior), which first aired in 1999.

Jacques was a long-time contributor to the BBC's Radio Merseyside, and the BBC pays tribute to one of their own:

A former merchant sailor whose children's books sold millions worldwide has died aged 71.

Brian Jacques' Redwall series of books were translated into 29 languages and sold 20m globally.

He first wrote the series, set in an abbey populated by animals, for children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool.

The Liverpool-born writer's weekly show, Jakestown, ran on BBC Radio Merseyside for more than 20 years.

Jacques was a talented author from an early age. At


TGIF Book News: Books vs. Screenplays, iPad Woes, and More

  • The Early Bird Makes the $$: Movie studios these days aren't even waiting for the books to be published before they purchase the rights to make a film adaptation. Perhaps authors are taking a cue and writing books with that in mind. Marie Lu lucked out with her book Legend, the first in a futuristic trilogy due to be published this November by Penguin, that got snapped up by CBS films. The book itself sounds like the next big teen hit. Early praise raves, "Catch Me If You Can meets The Hunger Games." Oooo, exciting.

    From Deadline:

    This might signal that the film company is growing bolder in attempting to create a franchise. The book takes place in a dark future, when North America is split into two warring nations. Legend focuses on Day, a young Robin Hood figure, and June, a teenage prodigy who is hired to hunt him down. Along the way, the two of them uncover an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. The project was brought in by CBS Films prexy/CEO Amy Baer and COO Wolfgang Hammer, the latter of whom made this his first preemptive deal since taking that post. Lu will be involved in


Book News Wednesday: The Leak Behind the Wiki, Cheap Sex is Better Sex, and Tolstoy’s Words To Live By

  • Ask Me No Questions and I'll Tell You No Lies: The truth is, we have this it from Google today, and we're not going to lie, it's incendiary. Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy, published by the New York Times, chronicles that publication's role in breaking the Wikileaks' story, and how it came to publish subsequent documents. In fact, it has a lot more than that. You've heard about this thing called "the whole story"? Yeah. But don't tell anyone.

    According to

    Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy will chronicle the story of last year's WikiLeaks saga, in which the anti-secrecy group released U.S. State Department cables and other sensitive documents. The Times was among five publications that reviewed the material with WikiLeaks before their release.

    Executive Editor Bill Keller will write an essay on how the Times got involved with WikiLeaks and why it decided to publish the documents. The e-book will contain essays from Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd. It will also include the full text of the documents that the Times has published on its website, along with 27 additional cables


Thursday Book News: Gunslinger Casting, The Secret No One Cared About, and Tank Girl Goes to School

  • Potential Gunslinger: A while back we discussed, with hesitant amazement, Universal Studio's complicated strategy to release a series of productions based on Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

    Howard plans at this point to direct the initial film as well as the TV component that will create a bridge to the second feature. The plan calls for the original actors to headline the TV version as well. The second film will pick up where the first left off. That would be followed by a TV installment that would be a prequel that introduces Deschain as a young man. The third film brings back the original cast once again return and complete the screen trilogy.

    And now, according to Deadline, they may have found their gun-toting wanderer, embodied in Javier Bardem, a hugely successful Spanish cross-over actor, who in 2000 became the first Spaniard to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in the film Before Night Falls.

    Bardem has officially been offered the lead role by director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures. While formal negotiations haven't yet begun, there's a high


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