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The Oryx and Crake Trilogy

By Margaret Atwood


How might the fantastical minds of Alfonso Cuaron or Guillermo Del Toro render this apocalyptic landscape of magical creatures and Earth's last humans? With an industrial empire of genetic engineers as the shadowy villains, and a wilderness of unforgettable monsters big and small, Margaret Atwood's three dystopic tales are ripe material for fantasy fanatics and filmmakers alike.

Review of The Year of the Flood by Paul Di Filippo
Review of MaddAddam by Michelle Dean



The Orphan Master's Son

By Adam Johnson


Adapting Adam Johnson's Pulitzer Prize–winning triumph, which invents the life story professional kidnapper growing up in militant North Korea, would require a capacity for dramatic moments both explosive and quietly meditative. Would Terrence Malick, Kathryn Bigelow, or Ang Lee be up to the task?

Review of The Orphan Master's Son by Katherine A. Powers



Tell the Wolves I'm Home

By Carla Rifka Brunt


Fourteen-year-old June is ostracized from her family and mourning the loss of her uncle when she suddenly finds an unexpected friend and  embarks on a remarkable journey of discovery and compassion. This sophisticated, poignant coming-of-age story set under the shadow of the AIDS crisis within the art scene of the 1980s could be aptly brought to the screen by a director like Gus Van Sant or Cameron Crowe.


Our Interview with Carla Rifka Brunt



Mr. Peanut

By Adam Ross


If Christopher Nolan or Vince Gilligan are looking for their next gritty existentialist noir, they need look no further than Adam Ross's clever and surreal enigma, built around the foggy death of a young woman who may have been killed by her husband -- and whose case is investigated by one sleuth who wants to murder his own wife, and another once wrongly accused of doing so. A narrative fortune cookie with Hitchcockian overtones.

Reading Recommendations by Adam Ross



The Secret History

By Donna Tartt


Donna Tartt's debut novel, with its heady mix of intellectual intrigue, erotic obsession and psychological suspense, has been the talk of potential film adaptation ever since its 1992 release. With a wickedly funny and alluring approach to death, thrilling plot twists, and an intricately rendered study of collegiate friendships, The Secret History is ready-made for the wry wit of Sofia Coppola or David Fincher.


by Walker545 on ‎03-03-2014 12:45 PM

I would love to see a movie of the historical thriller "Deep Creek" by Dana Hand: adventure, mortal peril (moral peril, too) and true love in a quest to solve a terrible race crime. Best of all, the novel is based on a true story. 

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.