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Monday Book News: “Eclipse” Gets Razzed, Palin Goes Steampunk, and More

  • Razzberry Berets: The last Twilight movie, Eclipse, made quite a splash showing at this year's RAZZIE Awards, which honors the worst film work of the year.

    The film was nominated in nearly every category, including Worst Picture, Worst Actress, Worst Director, Worst Actor (both Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson were nominated), Worst Screenplay, and even Worst Couple or Ensemble (which went to "the entire cast").

    The "winners" will be announced on Saturday, February 26.

    Which side are you on for Worst Actor — Team Edward or Team Jacob?

  • The Times, They are A-Changin': Your days of reading the New York Times online for free might be numbered. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Times is instituting a new subscription model, possibly as soon as next month.

    Online readers would get free access to a certain number of pages on the website each month before they are prompted to sign up for a subscription for additional material

    The subscription is rumored to be in the ballpark of $20 a month for a digital bundle that includes the iPad app, and "less than half that" for online-only content. It might not even affect most of us very much:

    Times Co. executives have said that only about 15% of the paper's online readers are "heavy users," meaning the vast majority probably won't trigger a payment requirement. And half or more of the site's traffic in some months comes through the "side door," or from search engines, social-networking sites and other sources.

    Is this the future of online content? Is our collective free ride over? Stay tuned.

  • Make Mine Maverick: I can hardly bring myself to write about "Steampunk Palin" — yes, it's that kind of slow news day — so I'm pretty much going to let this Politics Daily post speak for itself.

    Antarctic Press, based in San Antonio, Texas, has published the "Steampunk Palin" comic, which features a vampy Palin holding a brass ray gun contraption with goggles perched on her bumpit and a canister on her back.

    [...] "We've been doing politial satire comics over the last few years or so and they have been very popular," [artist Brian] Denham, a former Marine, says. "With the popularity of steampunk and Sarah Palin, it seemed like a perfect fit."

    Someday soon, I hope they'll release a special foil-embossed cover with a hologram over one of Palin's eyes so that, when you turn it a certain way, it winks atcha.

  • See It In 4-D: Will the newly republished Choose Your Own Adventure books become a movie series?

    If you decide the answer is "yes," turn to page 55 to enter the cave of the slumbering Abominable Snowman with wind chimes dangling around your neck. If you choose "no," turn to page 763 and watch your computer fill up with magical gold coins that make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $7.95

  2. Twilight Saga #3: Eclipse Used Mass Market $3.95
  3. America by Heart: Reflections on...
    Used Hardcover $1.75

One Response to "Monday Book News: “Eclipse” Gets Razzed, Palin Goes Steampunk, and More"

    Miss Gretchen January 24th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    If Bolton writes and narrates it, sure, I'll pay out my cold hard cash for a "Choose Your Own Adventure" flick
    Soundtrack by John Cage. . .

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