September 15, 2012

SF&F Literati meet September 24--Plus a New Book Review is Now Available!

A Killer Theme this Month! Literally.
WhereThe Oak Park Barnes & Noble Booksellers (see embedded map below!)
When: 7:00 p.m. Monday August 27, second floor
: Discuss All You Need is Kill, by
 Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and illustrated by anime and manga graphic artist Yoshitoshi ABe.

B&N Overview:
L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?”

This work falls into the category of a “Japanese Light Novel,” a work written in a popular entertainment style, run about 40,000-50,000 words, and target a primary audience roughly analogous to a North American “Young Adult” novel.

This novel is identified as Sakurazaka’s “breakout” science fiction novel. It has been optioned by Warner Brothers for production, with the working title of We Mortals Are.  According to IMDB, the film is in pre-production and scheduled for release as All You Need is Kill in 2013.  Doug Liman directs; Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star.

Decisions, Decisions!
Yes, it's that time again: time to decide on new selections to read in October, November, and January. If you haven't already done so, it's time to get started making your list of "book candidates."

And Speaking of Books:
We have a new review on our Reviews and Commentary page! In this new addition, David Sooby offers a detailed and literate review of Mid-Flinx by Alan Dean Foster.

PHOTO CREDITS: The book cover image is courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

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