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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: ZOMBIE EDITION

Infected by Scott Sigler $0.99 (until June 30th) Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families. Working under the government’s shroud of secrecy, CIA operative Dew Phillips crisscrosses the country trying in vain … Continue reading

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DIVERGENT (DIVERGENT BOOK #1) BY VERONICA ROTH:BOOK REVIEW

Veronica Roth Divergent Divergent, Book #1 Review brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite … Continue reading

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UPDATED: HUNGER GAMES NEWS JUNE 18TH: DANNY ELFMAN, SPECIAL BOOK EDITIONS, PRIM WRAPS FILMING, MORE

Danny Elfman could possibly score ‘The Hunger Games’ movie via Examiner Though recent reports stated that T. Bone Burnett had written a song for Jennifer Lawrence to sing in The Hunger Games movie, it seems he may not necessarily be the man composing the entire score for the movie. In … Continue reading

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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: DYSTOPIAN EDITION

We have more great e-books for you! check out these four Dystopian stories Feed by Mira Grant (Hugo Award Nominee $2.99 (until the end of May) The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible … Continue reading

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BOOK HOT LINKS FOR JAN. 13TH: DYSTOPIA, CHRISTOPHER BARZAK, NEWBERY AWARDS, URBAN FANTASY, AND MORE

A Cornucopia of Dystopia: Editor Extraordinaire Adams Hits Another Anthology Out of the Park by paulgoatallen at Barnes and Noble I’m not usually a short story fan, but every once in a while an anthology catches my eye. The other one (recently) was Wastelands, which is from the same editor. … Continue reading

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MOVIE NEWS FOR OCT 30: ABRAHAM LINCOLN VAMPIRE HUNTER, AVATAR 2 AND MUCH MORE!

Fox Sets ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ to Hit June 2012 Source: firstshowing.net I’m not sure why, but all the news coming from the movie studios today involves announcing major release dates. Universal secured a big batch of 2012+ dates for their projects, including The Bourne Legacy, Snow White and the … Continue reading

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TV NEWS FOR OCTOBER 6TH: CAPRICA, THE RESISTANCE, TRUE BLOOD, FUTURAMA, WALKING DEAD, AND MORE

CAPRICA Premieres Tonight! Get Re-Caprica’d Before The Premiere via Sci Fi Mafia SyFy’s prequel series to the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot returns with season 1.5 tonight! Caprica fans, the wait is soon to be over. These new episodes takes us deeper into the origins of Cylon race and how the … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR SEPT 17: DISNEY BUYS RIGHTS TO YA NOVEL AND DICK AND JANE AND VAMPIRE REVIEW

Source: Reelzchannel Disney Buys Movie Rights to Dystopian YA Trilogy Matched Disney and Offspring Entertainment have optioned the film rights to young adult book trilogy Matched, written by debut novelist Ally Condie. Matched  is the first book in the series, and is set in a dystopian future, where the mysterious … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 26TH: DYSTOPIAN LOVE STORY, PERCY JACKSON GRAPHIC NOVEL, AND MORE

Schlubby Hero Gets Vixen in Shteyngart’s Dystopian Love Story By Craig Seligman at Bloomberg A down-at-heels U.S. badly in hock to China; a trigger-happy “bipartisan” administration that herds its low-net-worth individuals (LNWIs) out of affluent city centers and, on occasion, shoots them; a culture of subliterate, sexually shameless young people … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 21ST: HISTORICAL FANTASY, 99 CENT E-BOOKS, AND AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

A blurring of fact and fiction By David Larsen the New Zealand Herald Having received his professional education from Tolkien, Kay decided to make his first work of fiction – his graduate project, so to speak – a tribute to the master: a heroic fantasy trilogy very much in the … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 19TH, PART 1: DYSTOPIA, FREE E-BOOKS, AND MORE

Which Dystopian Future Is Right For You? by Chelsea Bauch at Flavorwire Call it society’s weirdest guilty pleasure, but lately it seems like there are more apocalyptic fantasies than those of the fairytale variety. From zombies to pandemics, tyrannical dictatorships to machine takeovers — and plenty of foreboding real world … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 14: URBAN FANTASY, VAMPIRES, AND MORE

Author posts her vampire novel online for free — and gets an awesome book deal Source: io9.com Can posting your unpublished novels online for free still lead to a nice book deal, now that the web is saturated with free fiction? It worked for author Marta Acosta, whose young-adult vampire … Continue reading

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OBS BOOK VS. MOVIE: THE ROAD

“When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray than each one that had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 13TH: VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY, PARANORMAL ROMANCE, TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE, AND LIVING IN A SCI FI NOVEL

Author stakes claim in new vampire anthology By Trevor Suffield at Winnipeg Free Press Move over Edward and Bella, and put a stake in it Lestat — Charleswood resident Ron Hore is the newest fang in vampire fiction. The father of five and grandfather of six recently had one of … Continue reading

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OBS BOOK CLUB: THE HUNGER GAMES, CHAPTER 1

Chapter 1 Katniss Everdeen, 16, wakes up surprised to be alone in her bed. Her sister, Prim, has crawled into bed with their mother. They live in a part of District 12 known as the Seam. It’s very early, and on a normal day Kat would see coal miners heading … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MARCH 25TH: LAURELL K. HAMILTON FANTASY CAST, GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, DYSTOPIAN LIT, AND NEW OZ

Author joins fans online for fantasy movie casting By Karen Petzold at Heartland Connection Have you ever wished after reading a book that not only would it be made into a movie, but that you’d have a say in the casting? Some real life fans of one series have been … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MARCH 22ND: FAIRY TALES VS YA, POSITIVE FUTURES, AND MORE

The dark forest of childhood By Laurel Snyder at The Boston Globe Recently, on a visit home, I was rifling through a box of old books in my mother’s dank basement when I came across a childhood edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. I hadn’t thought about the book … Continue reading

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OBS PRESENTS BOOK COVER CLUSTERS: GREEN

In honor of St. Patrick’s day on Wednesday, our cover cluster theme this month is green! Enjoy! American Gods by Neil Gaiman: Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAR. 13TH: INTERNATIONAL SCI FI AND FANTASY, COMING OF AGE NOVELS, BEST DYSTOPIAN NOVELS, AND MORE

An Overview of International Science Fiction/Fantasy in 2009 Compiled by Jeff VanderMeer at Locus Magazine Although my year’s best selections included some international fiction, I thought it would be of use to compile a few “core samples” of work mostly in other languages that my contacts found of particular interest … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR FEB 16TH: DEMONS, ROBERT JORDAN, AND DYSTOPIAN YA

Local author wins top prize in publishing contest By Tim Linn at Leavenworth Times With stories about demons, ghosts and werewolves, Sara Lunsford, 32, a longtime Leavenworth County resident currently living in Easton, said she has always been a bit fascinated with things outside the realm of possibility. Under the … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JAN. 2ND: NEW EVERNIGHT AND PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, AND DOOMED EARTH

New Evernight Book: Hourglass preview Love the Evernight series? The third book, Hourglass, comes out March 9th, but you can read the first 15 pages right now. Here’s the summary from Claudia Gray’s site: “After escaping from Evernight Academy, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas seek … Continue reading

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ARE WE DROWNING IN DYSTOPIAS?

By Ella Saltmarshe at Treehugger When we think about the future of the world, it’s mostly bad. I’m not sure when this dawned on me. It could have been while watching Dune or Children of Men or The Road or perhaps while reading Margaret Atwood’s brilliant new Armageddon novel, The … Continue reading

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OBS PRESENTS: READALIKES – GONE BY MICHAEL GRANT

Post-apocalyptic / dystopian fiction is a popular genre in young adult literature.  OBS is focusing on young adult literature that fits in this genre, but share one specific element. In all the books featured in this post, children/young adults are the only survivors of a catastrophe and forced to rebuild … Continue reading

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MARGARET ATWOOD, SPECULATIVE FICTION’S APOCALYPTIC OPTIMIST

from Scott Thill at Wired For a speculative-fiction visionary who writes about bioengineered catastrophe, commodified humanity and environmental devastation, Margaret Atwood is one seriously sunny personality. “I’m an optimist,” the decorated Canadian author explained by phone to Wired.com during a tour for her most recent book, The Year of the … Continue reading

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SCI-FI MEETS COMING OF AGE

From David Larsen at the New Zealand Herald The phrase “page-turner” is much abused in book publicity circles, as is the dubious compound adjective “unputdownable”. But there you go. Todd Hewitt, our very likeable narrator, has grown up as the youngest boy in Prentisstown, the last surviving human settlement on … Continue reading

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A FAMILIAR CAST OF FIGHTERS IN A FINAL BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF THE EARTH

From Michiko Kakutani at the New York Times The flood referred to by the title of Margaret Atwood’s new novel isn’t the biblical deluge, sent by God to wipe out wickedness and sin, but a waterless one: an uncommon pandemic that cannot be contained by “biotools and bleach,” and that … Continue reading

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