For those of you who are interested in expressing your own ideas and thoughts and sharing your creativity in words, art, film or music the online magazine Spine Out, by the publishers of Good Reading magazine, could be for you. It is aimed specifically at young adult readership and you are able to upload your own writing and read the reviews and ideas of others. Check here
Steampunk is still proving very popular. With the success of Behemoth, follsoing on form Westerfeld’s Leviathin, his readers are eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, Goliath, which we can expect later this year – it will be a long wait for some.
To find out more about Goliath check out Scott Westerfeld’s excellent blog. There you can read about his final drafts far the new book and quite a lot about the editing process.
American artist and designer, Charlie Orr, has hit on the idea of designing book covers for hypothetical books of well-known artists. His latest author is Neil Gaiman, and the title of his non-book is, fittingly, If you read this book the world will end. To see the design for a moving digital cover (ie a cover which moves), and to listen to the possible first chapter of this ‘book’ go to the Hypothetical Library.
An other author I met at the Reading Matters Conference was British award-winning Mal Peet. Mal says that ‘books are the most environmentally friendly way to travel.’ He writes books with elements of adventure, travel history and English football. Some of his title include:- Keeper, Tamar (which won the Carnegie Medal) and The penalty.
About himself Mal Peet says: –
I grew up as a member of an emotionally impaired family on a council estate in a one-horse market town in north Norfolk. The three things that kept me sane were: my bike; books; football. The bike took me great distances (Norfolk is, famously, flat, although there are hills that can sneak up on you). Books took me further away, often to islands – Treasure Island, Coral Island, and wherever it was that the Swiss Family Robinson found themselves. I also loved comics, and originally wanted Keeper to be a graphic novel. As for football, by the time I was sixteen, I was playing at least three full matches a week – for my school, for my county, and for the town.
For a Q and A about his latest book Exposure click here
Are you a boy who likes (or wants) to read for pleasure?
Then this is the site for you. lots of hot tips about authors to read and blogs to download.
Check out the “Pester your library” link. Or the online comic DFC, available only by subscription, and with articles by authors such as Philip Pullman, of the His dark materials series.
Find out the latest books news – such as that Artemis Fowl is about to come out in graphic novel form.