Apocalyptic Western Dark Tower Gunslings to TV, Movies

Stephen King’s epic fantasy/sci-fi/western The Dark Tower will likely be putting holes through movie and television screens in the near future.

A deal is being finalized that will bring Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to both big and little screens. As reported by Deadline, big time companies such as Universal are involved in attempts to bring the epic to television and movies with Akiva Goldsman writing the script and Ron Howard on board to direct, similar to The Da Vinci Code film translation. The team behind television enigma Lost – J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse – was once working on a translation of The Dark Tower, but couldn’t seal the deal.

The Dark Tower is a seven-book series, with an eighth on the way, released by King from the early 80s through to the mid-2000s. It focuses on gunslinger Roland Deschain as he basically tries to battle an insurmountable evil and save his post-apocalyptic world by making a trek to the mysterious and mystical Dark Tower, where the spider-like Crimson King resides.

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FEED has arrived and with it all the zombie noshing, political savvy, and smart-assed badassery you can handle. This isn’t your parent’s zombie story, although we’re pretty sure Mira Grant knows where the bodies are hidden…

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives– the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

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Amazon: You Need To Change Your Idiotic Customer Reviews Policy Right Now

It’s hard to feel sorry for a wildly successful author, but in the case of Michael Lewis I’ll make an exception. Just this once.

Lewis’ latest book – The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – was published less than a week ago and has already reached the number one sales rank spot on Amazon. It’s an impressive feat, especially for a serious piece of non-fiction writing with nary a wizard, a vampire or an ancient code that’s hidden in plain sight to boost its sales. But the feat is made all the more impressive by the fact that many of the book’s reviews are, without a word of exaggeration, so negative that they’d made a Nuremberg verdict look upbeat and generous.

At the time of writing there are 64 one star reviews – more than the total number of 2-5 star review combined – sending a clear message to potential purchasers: this book might be popular but it’s also a total sack of crap. Don’t waste your money.

There’s just one problem with that message: less than half of those one star reviews are actually reviewing the book.

Instead, most of the reviewers’ ire relates to the fact that publishers WW Norton have decided not to release a Kindle version of the book at the same time as its hardback release. Writes one (pretty representative) reviewer by the name of Ben Kaplan:

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I’m sick of hearing about Stephen King. Do something already and stop bs’ing about it. No more talk, get to work!

Feed looks interesting although it sounds a bit recycled. What do you think?

I agree with Paul Carr about Amazon reviews – they’re ridiculous and it sure as hell shouldn’t count if you’re just complaining about it being unavailable on Kindle. How is that a review? And how unfair is it to blame that on the author and negatively review a book you haven’t even read? Damn not cool! What do you think?