Kurt Busiek: 5 Books That Changed My Life

5 Books That Changed my Life 1. THE SCARECROW OF OZ by L. Frank Baum. I’m not sure why this one was the one to hit me, in particular — we had a beat-up copy of THE LAND OF OZ at home, and that’s the one I read over and over and over again — but THE SCARECROW OF OZ, which opened with Cap’n Bill and Trot getting swept from their boat by a storm and finding their way to Oz, was the book that first inspired me to write a novel of my own, when I was about seven. The novel was about a guinea pig on a toy boat that got derivatively swept away to Oz, and I got about a page and a half into it (including illustration!)...

DOCTOR WHO: DEEP BREATH coming home in September

Just weeks after debuting on BBC America, the 11th Doctor will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. BBC America and Warner Brothers Home Entertainment have set September 9th for Peter Capaldi’s Debut Trip in the TARDIS. When the Doctor arrives in Victorian London he finds a dinosaur rampant in the Thames and a spate of deadly spontaneous combustions. Who is the new Doctor and will Clara’s friendship survive as they embark on a terrifying mission into the heart of an alien conspiracy? The Doctor has changed. It’s time you knew him. Extras Prequel Scene only seen in theaters Behind the Scenes featurette only seen in theaters Doctor Who Live: The...

Lehane, Scorsese partner to bring Shutter Island&#...

Deadline is reporting that HBO, working with Paramount Television, is looking to bring the land of Shutter Island to cable. The series would be callsed ASHECLIFFE, the name of the mental asylum of the book, and would take place prior to the movie. It would look at the history of the hospital, the evolution of treatment and it’s dark secrets. Martin Scorsese would direct the pilot, with Dennis Lehane handling writing duties. Scorsese directed the film of SHUTTER ISLAND, but Lehane was not involved on the creative side of that. The pair would also act as executive producers, should it go to series. Both have existing relationships with...

GONE GIRL: Vow promo Aug26

GONE GIRL: Vow promo

Directed by David Fincher and based on the bestselling novel by Gillian Flynn, GONE GIRL unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? GONE GIRL lands in theaters on October...

GOTHAM: 21 minute The Legend Reborn Featurette

September 22nd is the date that the city of The Batman undergoes a rebirth of sorts. GOTHAM begins with the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents and follows Detective James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and gives viewers a look at the people that will ultimately become the iconic DC characters Batman, Catwoman, The Penguin, Poison Ivy and more. So to get folks pumped for the premiere, the folks at Fox are presenting The Legend Reborn, a 21 minute...

To Age Or Not To Age Aug25

To Age Or Not To Age

  To Age or Not to Age? By Kira Peikoff              In my new book NO TIME TO DIE, Zoe Kincaid, a 20-year-old college dropout, has long endured a mystifying ailment that has stunted her development. The truth will shock her: she’s biologically stopped aging, and her DNA may hold the key to unlocking a secret sought since the dawn of time: why do we age and die? But with some powerful people willing to kill, soon Zoe finds herself at the center of a dangerous manhunt with epic consequences.             I created the character of Zoe after learning about the real-life case of Brooke Greenberg, an adolescent girl who had inexplicably...

Flashback: Perfection…and How To Achieve it Aug24

Flashback: Perfection…and How To Achieve it

PERFECTION And How to Achieve It Walter Satterthwait A few years ago, I was visiting my brother in St. Petersburg, Florida. One particular evening he had a business appointment, so I decided to go out and have a beer. The nearest bar was a small, tidy, neighborhood place, the sort of sports bar that keeps the Lakers game’s volume strangled down, while letting Wynona wail away in the background. There were a lot of those elegant neon Budweiser and Miller Lite signs lurking about, some of them elegantly blinking. Three empty seats stood at the center of the bar. I sat down in the middle one and ordered a Sam Adams. I was about halfway through...

Q&A with Charles Todd

An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd is a great read. Not only does it have a riveting mysterious plot but it also has details about English society during the World War I period. Since this month marks the 100th anniversary of the war people might want to read this book to immerse themselves in that era. The plot has Bess along with her good family friend Simon setting out to solve the mysterious disappearance of a soldier under her care, as well as attempting to restore Bess’s reputation and clear her name.     Elise Cooper: Did you decide to attend the Military Book Fair on November 8th on the USS Midway because your plots...