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Dystopian Novels

  I’m a huge fan of dystopian novels, especially dystopian YA novels. There’s something about man reaching the brink of everything – sanity, food, fuel, and other resources – where everything he knew has been stripped away and left him forced to fight or die that appeals to me. I want to think that I’d kick some butt if ever faced with such a grim scenario,  but I’m pretty sure if there were ever a zombie apocalypse, I’d be toast. I’ve seen what people are like when faced with a snow forecast and I’m sure I can compete with milk-crazed loonies let alone flesh-eating ones!

During my research regarding past Pitchapalooza winners I stumbled upon Gennifer Albin which led me through a delightful online maze of resources and new (and old) dystopian novels and authors. Albin’s series begins with her debut novel Crewel, release date October 2012, and features a 16-year old girl who is chosen to become a Spinster, but weaving the fates of others isn’t what Adelice wants. I’m already looking forward to this one, but in the meantime check out Gennifer’s website HERE.

Then I stumbled upon a dystopian goldmine in the form of The League of Extraordinary Writers which features debut YA dystopian authors. Awe-some! 🙂 Not only are there many great books and authors on the site, Julie Karr, Beth Revis, Elana Johnson, and Jeff Hirsch to name a few, but I’m discovering authors I’d never heard of before! Susanne Winnacker is a British author whose debut novel The Other Life is being released in the US in May 2012. It’s already been released in the UK and after seeing her website and her incredible book trailer, I may just have to order it before it’s scheduled US release date. It gave me the shivers just watching the trailer. My only gripe is that the UK cover is a thousand times better than the US cover. Why is it that we keep getting waifish, girl, stock photo covers? The UK cover is intriguing and the colors are perfect in their sparseness. Yet another reason to order the UK version! I’m not even going to tell you the premise of the book, so you have to go check it out for yourself! 🙂

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a wonderful meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Head on over and check out what everyone’s reading!

I hope everyone had a fun-filled Halloween weekend filled with lots of treats! I relaxed at home and made a fabulous (if I do say so myself) Halloween brunch filled with sour cream coffee cake, eggs, potatoes, pumpkin french toast, mimosas, and lots of Dean’s Beans coffee. Delicious! 🙂 That plus a roaring fire in the fireplace, friends, and football, made it a perfect Halloween day. I finished off the evening with the premiere episode of The Walking Dead on AMC. Filled with zombies and intrigue, this new series has already left me eager for the next show. It is based on the graphic novel Walking Dead written by Robert Kirkman and illustrated by Tony Moore in which the hero wakes up from a coma after being shot only to find the world in post-apocalyptic chaos. Zombies are rampant and the living must learn to survive in this new world. After watching the pilot and loving it, I had to grab a copy of vol. 1 in the graphic novel series. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkman designed his graphic novel not for the horror element but to look at the way humans respond to extreme change. He chronicles the lives and relationships of his characters as they learn to shift from lives filled with cable TV and wifi to finding basic necessities while trying to stay alive. A social commentary that just happens to be filled with zombies.

I’m on a graphic novel kick as the new book I’m working on centers on a superhero theme and I want my mind to be in the tempo of a graphic novel, so I’m also reading:

Runaways created by Brian K. Vaughan – As with other graphic novels, Runaways was created by the brilliant and talented Vaughan, but other equally amazing comic superstars have lent a hand in writing this acclaimed series. The most recent one I read was written by Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame) and Terry Moore (writer of Strangers in Paradise and Echo) wrote the next two volumes. It’s like an all-star line-up of epic proportions! If you haven’t read the series, it’s about the powerful children of super villains who decide to follow a very different path than the ones their parents chose. It’s filled with cameos from the Punisher to the Avengers and tons of colorfully illustrated adventures. A must read for all graphic novel fans. 🙂

 

 

Those are my new reads for the week. 🙂  What have you been reading?