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On My Radar: STONE MATTRESS: NINE TALES by Margaret Atwood, SPECIES IMPERATIVE by Julie E. Czerneda, THE ABYSS BEYOND DREAMS by Peter F. Hamilton

Boooks excite me. Here are a few examples of books that I’m looking forward to reading.

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Adaptation Watch: Margaret Atwood’s “MaddAddam” Trilogy Being Adapted by Darren Aronofsky for HBO

Deadline is reporting that Margaret Atwood’s recent Dystopian trilogy — consisting of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam (2013) — is being adapted as a series called MaddAddam for HBO. Darren Aronofsky is attached as executive producer and will possibly direct the series. Aronofsky is apparently a big fan of Margaret Atwood and her series, saying about it that he “realized how amazing it was, how significant a piece in the sci-fi canon it was”.

The story in the books takes place before and after a massive, catastrophic plague kills most of the world’s population in a mid-21st century where genetic modification is common and corporations have replaced governments.

It’s too soon to know any details about the adaptation…but it has to be a good sign that the guy running things is a huge fan of the source material.

[via Tor.com]

Random House Launches Flipboard Magazines Curated by Margaret Atwood and for George R.R. Martin Fans

If you’ve never seen Flipboard, it’s a magazine-like way to read news feeds and stay in touch on topics that interest you. That’s old news.

What’s new is that two literary figures of interest are the focus of new Flipboard “magazines”. Go check out Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam’s World (curated by Margaret Atwood) and The World of Ice and Fire – The Official George R.R. Martin Magazine (curated by Westeros.org).

Press release follows…
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Book Trailer: MADDADDAM by Margaret Atwood

Here’s the book trailer for Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam, the final book in the trilogy that began with Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.

But first, the description of MaddAddam:

Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.

Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it’s left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator. She must also deal with cultural misunderstandings, terrible coffee, and her jealousy over her lover, Zeb.

Zeb has been searching for Adam One, founder of the God’s Gardeners, the pacifist green religion from which Zeb broke years ago to lead the MaddAddamites in active resistance against the destructive CorpSeCorps. But now, under threat of a Painballer attack, the MaddAddamites must fight back with the aid of their newfound allies, some of whom have four trotters. At the center of MaddAddam is the story of Zeb’s dark and twisted past, which contains a lost brother, a hidden murder, a bear, and a bizarre act of revenge.

Combining adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination at once dazzlingly inventive and grounded in a recognizable world, MaddAddam is vintage Margaret Atwood—a moving and dramatic conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy.

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Today’s SF/F Kindle Daily Deal: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood for $1.99

Hey, eBook readers!

Today’s Kindle Daily SF/F Deal is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which you can pick up for $1.99:

The Handmaid’s Tale is not only a radical and brilliant departure for Margaret Atwood, it is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. Set in the near future, it describes life in what was once the United States, now called the Republic of Gilead, a monotheocracy that has reacted to social unrest and a sharply declining birthrate by reverting to, and going beyond, the repressive intolerance of the original Puritans. The regime takes the Book of Genesis absolutely at its word, with bizarre consequences for the women and men of its population.
The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions. The Handmaid’s Tale is funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. It is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force. It is Margaret Atwood at her best.

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Kindle Daily deals are good for one day only, so if you want it, grab it while you can.

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