Stephen King’s The Stand Goes Hollywood

Warner Bros. and CBS Films partner in make The Stand on the big screen. CBS had the film rights for years, but they needed a partner for a project of this size. The book is over 1,000 pages long; there is no way they can make this a two-hour movie. It is obvious that a trilogy is in the works.

The Stand is about several people who survived the super flu, a killer virus that exterminates 99% of the human population. Thinking their troubles are behind them, they move on with their lives only to find out that they are in a battle between good and evil.

In 1994, ABC aired the mini-series, which fans appreciated. However, the violence and other sci-fi creepiness were watered down to make it appropriate for TV. With the mentality of anything goes, Hollywood can make The Stand the biggest horror/sci-fi movie of the decade. Lets hope they don’t mess it up. Good luck, guys.

Resources:

Stephen King’s The Stand Will Get the Harry Potter Treatment

Stephen King’s The Stand Heading to the Big Screen (Exclusive)

Stephen King’s The Stand: The Motion Picture

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Sue Grafton’s New Book to Release on November 14th: V is for Vengeance

Our favorite female P.I. is back for her thirty eighth birthday. Kinsey has her hands full in V is for Vengeance. A rich kid is buried in gambling debt, a shoplifting ring racks up millions in stolen goods, and a businessman’s dealings in illegal activity will definitely keep Kinsey hopping. For more information on Grafton’s new novel visit her website.

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Book Review: The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels

I bought The Nosy Neighbor at a used book sale. The synopsis was interesting and thought it would be a good read when I was in the mood for a suspenseful romance.

Out of curiosity, I went on Amazon.com to check out the readers’ ratings. I was shocked to see that they were low. However, some readers liked it, so I forged ahead to read The Nosy Neighbor.

The heroine, Lucy Baker, just finished defending a child molester and murderer. After a not guilty verdict, Lucy decides to quit practicing law. Lucy took her guilty conscience and he r dog, Sadie, to Edison, New Jersey and bought a house in the suburbs.

Lucy planned to work for an elderly woman a few hours a week until she decided what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She is engaged to Jonathan St. Clair, a passionate and charming man who keeps his business life close to the chest. The FBI flings Jonathan’s door to business wide open for Lucy to see. In the middle of her personal crises, Lucy meets her neighbor, Wylie Wilson and his dog Coop.

The story is shaping up nicely until Lucy falls, bumps her head on the road, and her foot touches a live electrical wire. A day or two later, Lucy can read people’s thoughts from time to time.

This turn throws a monkey wrench into the entire plot. Going in, readers do not expect eeriness like this. I believe that is what ruined the book for Amazon readers. Heck it messed it up for me, too.

It’s a shame because Fern Michaels writing style is superb. She keeps the plot moving by not boring the reader with too much descriptive details. Fern Michaels proved that she is an excellent writer with books, like Pretty Woman and Texas Fury, but the mind reading plot turn messed The Nosy Neighbor up for everybody.

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Dancing in the Dark Book Review by Mary Jane Clark

Dancing in the Dark is about a small beach community that serves as a peaceful retreat to tourist. Evil has hit Ocean Grove in the form of a kidnapper who grabs teenage girls.

KEY News reporter, Diane Mayfield, travels with her two kids and her sister to get the scoop on the kidnappings. The first girl taken was released, but no one believed her because of past mental problems.

However, Diane and the Ocean Grove community learns differently when another girl is kidnapped.

The storyline is good, but the flushing out of the plot falls short because it is hard for readers to connect with the characters. When readers can’t connect with the characters, it is hard to keep their interests.

On the plus side, Mary Jane Clark’s writing is good and to the point, which makes for a quick read. The hard copy book’s font and spacing is easy on the eyes.

Dancing in the Dark doesn’t make a lasting impression, but it is an awesome quick read while catching a tan in Nags Head.

Mary Jane worked at CBS News for thirty years. Her first few books were inspired from her work experience. Clark graduated from the University of Rhode Island with two degrees.

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Stephen King Might Write for AMC’s Hit “The Walking Dead”

Author Stephen King is in talks with AMC’s hit show, “The Walking Dead.” The show wants King to write an episode and also write a few episodes for the second season.  As Stephen King fans know, the author is known to write off the wall horror that can cause nightmares, so “The Walking Dead” fans are in for a real treat if the deal goes through.

Executive producer Frank Darabont is excited about working with Stephen. Darabont co-wrote scripts and directed movies based on stories written by King like “The Shawshank Redemption,” and “The Green Mile.”

Source: Stephen King in Talks to Write “Walking Dead” Episode by Robert Kirchgassner

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Book Review: Night Sins by Tami Hoag

Night Sins takes place in Deer Lake, Minnesota. Megan O’Malley has just been promoted to field agent for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). During her career, O’Malley had to fight against sexism from her male counterparts. The Deer Lake police force and male citizens slighted O’Malley from the moment she arrived.

Chief Mitch Holt was willing to give Megan a chance, plus he couldn’t help but be physically attracted to her. During the male female competency competition at the station, a boy named Josh was kidnapped from the local ice rink.

The case has become high profile and a matter of life and death. The kidnapper drops creepy, yet cryptic clues that no one can figure out. In the middle of this chaos, Chief Holt and O’Malley fall into bed. If word gets out about their affair, O’Malley’s career is over. In a sexist career like law enforcement, O’Malley’s respect and creditability can be thrown out the window because she’s a woman. Is it fair? Of course not, but that what the male dominated world of Deer Lake is like.

Night Sins is an excellent book. All the main and supporting characters are well developed. Hoag’s writing flushes out the characters to a point that you can’t help, but become emotionally involved with them. The sexually scenes with Holt and O’Malley gets a reader’s blood flowing. The plot is engaging, interesting, and disturbing. After all, no one can help but become emotionally involved when a child gets kidnapped whether it is fiction or non-fiction. However, the book’s characters drive the plot more than the plot drives them, which does make for a better book.

There are only two drawbacks to Night Sins. One, the book is a little too long. Most novels are 350 to 400 pages at the most. Night Sins is 540 pages long. Some readers like reading a regular 300 page novel and move on to another one. Two, Night Sins is a two parter. That’s right. You’re not going to get all the answers at the end of this 540 page book. Readers will have to read Guilty Sins by Tami Hoag to get a conclusion.

When I figured this out I was not happy. If a story doesn’t end in one book, I want to know up front before I get invested in it. What can I say? I just hate that kind of surprise. My first reaction was, “I’ve been duped. This was my first Tami Hoag read and it will be my last.” After I calmed down, I realized that it wasn’t a total lost.

Night Sins is a great book that will take any independent woman on an emotional ride. Judging from Night Sins, reading Guilty As Sin might not be a waste of time. Plus, Tami Hoag proves that she can tell a story in a unique way. I’m not mad at her anymore about the two part business.

Bottom Line, Night Sins is a fantastic book despite the fact that it is too long and readers will have to read Guilty As Sin to get a complete conclusion. Women who are single and have an independent nature will especially enjoy this read.



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Welcome to my first book blog. Post will be on book reviews, authors, and book news. Enjoy!

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