Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
“The rain beats down between us. Dripping over her dark face, so her eerie eyes blaze in the night. She breaks the silence I impose on her.” – Golden Son (Red rising #2) by Pierce Brown, P. 255 (iBooks version)
Top Ten Tuesday
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To Watching.” All of the books listed are upcoming film adaptations of books I’ve either read, or have been languishing on my TBR Pile since their release. I hope to read the ones I keep putting off before their film’s theatrical release, but I make no promises. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. So without further ado, here is my “Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To Watching.”
Based on a true story, The Revenant is an epic tale of revenge set in the Rocky Mountains and soon to be a major motion picture, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Rocky Mountains, 1823
The trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is one of the most respected men in the company, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker.But when a scouting mission puts Glass face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two men from the company are ordered to remain with him until his inevitable death. But, fearing an imminent attack, they abandon Glass, stripping him of his prized rifle and hatchet.
As Glass watches the men flee, he is driven to survive by one all-consuming desire: revenge. With shocking grit and determination, he sets out on a three-thousand-mile journey across the harsh American frontier, to seek revenge on the men who betrayed him.
The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
First and foremost I am a Leonardo DiCaprio fan, so I’d pat to watch him in a commercial. However, this story about a man bent on revenge against the odds fascinates me, and when I saw the trailer I just knew I had to see this film.
Source: 20th Century Fox
Number 2The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Published by Perfection Learning Corporation on February 1st 2004
Genres: History, United States, 19th Century, State & Local, True Crime, Murder, Serial Killers
The story of two men's obsessions with the Chicago World's Fair, one its architect, the other a murderer. The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others.
This is another film Leo is slated to star in. The film will be directed by Martin Scorsese. Nuff said.
Number 3In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
Published by Penguin on May 1st 2001
Genres: History, Latin America, Mexico, United States, 19th Century, Transportation, Ships & Shipbuilding, General, Navigation
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Wishaw, and Brendan Gleeson, and directed by Ron Howard.
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.
Nathaniel Philbrick uses little-known documents-including a long-lost account written by the ship's cabin boy-and penetrating details about whaling and the Nantucket community to reveal the chilling events surrounding this epic maritime disaster. An intense and mesmerizing read, In the Heart of the Sea is a monumental work of history forever placing the Essex tragedy in the American historical canon.
I’ve never read the classic novel Moby Dick, nor have I really wanted to, but the trailer for the true story captivated me. Now, not only do I want to see In the Heart of the Sea, but I also want to read the classic novel that was inspired by this story.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
Number 4The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave,
Published by Penguin on May 7th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Science Fiction, Love & Romance, General
"Remarkable, not-to-be-missed-under-any-circumstances."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade A)
The Passage meets Ender's Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.
Author Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave captivated me from the very first page, and the film adaptation appears to be faithful to the source material. The film hits theaters January 2016.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Number 5Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Published by Crown Publishers on 2011
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, General
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?
I fell in love with Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One immediately, and it was the book I always recommended to other readers. Now that Steven Spielberg is set to direct the film adaptation, I know he will do the book justice. There’s no trailer for the film, but it’s supposed to hit theaters in December 2017.
Number 6The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Published by Briges on November 20th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Science Fiction, General
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book Review
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
Number 6th is a book I haven’t read yet, but have wanted to since its release. Hopefully I’ll find time by the film release.
Number 7Inferno by Dan Brown
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on May 14th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, General, Suspense, Action & Adventure
In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. In this riveting new thriller, Brown returns to his element and has crafted his highest-stakes novel to date.
In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.
Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.
Another book I haven’t read yet, but plan to. I’ve already read the first two books in Dan Brown’s popular Robert Langdon series. Now that I know they’re about to adapt the fourth for the big screen, I’ll probably devour books 3 and 4 before the film release.
Number 8A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Published by Penguin on November 25th 2008
Genres: Fiction, Literary
After 103 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and with four million copies of The Kite Runner shipped, Khaled Hosseini returns with a beautiful, riveting, and haunting novel that confirms his place as one of the most important literary writers today.
Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul--they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman's love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.
A stunning accomplishment, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a haunting, heartbreaking, compelling story of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.
Author Khaled Hosseini first came to my attention with his spectacular debut novel, The Kite Runner. I fell in love with his vivid descriptions of the Middle East, and its people. So much so, that I ran out immediately and purchased his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns without hearing any reviews about it. Just like his first, this novel was another masterpiece. I don’t know what took so long to adapt it into a feature film, but I know I’m excited they did.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Published by Scholastic on April 1st 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
A spellbinding novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater
Some race to win. Others race to survive.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
Some riders live.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition -- the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
As she did in her bestselling Shiver trilogy, author Maggie Stiefvater takes us to the breaking point, where both love and life meet their greatest obstacles, and only the strong of heart can survive. The Scorpio Races is an unforgettable reading experience.
*BONUS material in the paperback edition:
A new short story and an essay on water horse mythology
Maggie's Printz Honor acceptance speech
If someone asked me which Maggie Stiefvater novel would get adapted to film, I would have said her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. I would have been wrong. Instead, Stiefvater’s fantastical tales of kelpies will make its big screen debut sometime in the somewhat near future.
As featured in the upcoming motion picture Everest, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Emily Watson, Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, and Jake Gyllenhaal
"I can tell you that some force within me rejected death at the last moment and then guided me, blind and stumbling--quite literally a dead man walking--into camp and the shaky start of my return to life."
In 1996 Beck Weathers and a climbing team pushed toward the summit of Mount Everest. Then a storm exploded on the mountain, ripping the team to shreds, forcing brave men to scratch and crawl for their lives. Rescuers who reached Weathers saw that he was dying, and left him. Twelve hours later, the inexplicable occurred. Weathers appeared, blinded, gloveless, and caked with ice--walking down the mountain. In this powerful memoir, now featuring a new Preface, Weathers describes not only his escape from hypothermia and the murderous storm that killed eight climbers, but the journey of his life. This is the story of a man's route to a dangerous sport and a fateful expedition, as well as the road of recovery he has traveled since; of survival in the face of certain death, the reclaiming of a family and a life; and of the most extraordinary adventure of all: finding the courage to say yes when life offers us a second chance.
The film adaptation for Left For Dead looks breathtaking. I haven’t read the book, and probably won’t, but I will definitely see this film.
Source: Universal Pictures