Saturday, August 4, 2012

Golden Egg #1

I was lucky enough to acquire a few pre-release editions that are sure to wet any readers appetite this fall.  I don't know if I'd go so far as to say it's "the next Harry Potter smash hit",  but I would certainly categorize Shannon Messenger's debut novel "Keeper of the Lost Cities" with the hugely successful Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, and Keys to the Kingdom series.

I can't be bothered with re-typing the back of the novel... to keep it short, it follows the general formula of any children's literature hit:

An attractive, talented, orphaned, twelve-fourteen year old child, thrown into a strange magical universe, forced to attend a military/private school structure as the world crumbles around them.

Does this mean it's not worth the read?  Nope, it's like crack for kids and before you know it, kids will babbling about brown-eyed elves rather than wizards.

Poirot is Back!

According to BBC News the remaining five books of Agatha's Christie's famous Belgian detective will be adapted to the small screen. The Labours of Hercules, The Big Four, Dead Man's Folly, Elephants Can Remember, and the last novel, Curtain.

Shooting begins this October until July 2013...

What a challenging final five to adapt. The Big Four is a James Bond-esque caper during Hercule Poirot's prime, and Curtain features the elderly detective during his last great mystery.  If they decide to stay true to the novels, we shall see some of our favourite characters return, including Miss Lemon, Hastings, Inspector Japp, and Ariadne Oliver.  I can't wait.