Official Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 released

Seriously, do we need to say anything? Roll the tape.

We learnt this…

1) Jennifer Lawrence is awesome.

2) Liam Hemsworth is doing pretty well without Miley.

2) Donald Sutherland is the creepiest guy in The Capitol.

3) We miss Philip Seymour Hoffman.

4) In the future, either planes become exceedingly easy to be brought down, or arrows are the most powerful weapon known to man.

But wait, you want to learn more? We have a in depth analysis of the plot, characters and themes, with spoilers.

Here it is…

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Hunger Games Special Edition Slipcase

by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing each of them to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteenyear- old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games.

Grab a copy of The Hunger Games Special Edition Slipcase here

 

A Sneak Peek at the Design Process of James Ellroy’s new novel Perfidia

If you’re a book nerd, you’re all in or nothing. That means you don’t just love reading, but everything about books. You love the look, the feel, the smell…

…and especially seeing how they’re made.

We take a step behind the curtain to see the design process of printing posters and covers for James Ellroy’s highly anticipated new novel Perfidia, the first book in his second ‘L.A. Quartet’. The first contained The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz, all of which were critically acclaimed bestsellers.

Order your copy of Perfidia here

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by James Ellroy

A new novel from Ellroy is always a publishing event. That Perfidia is the first volume of his ‘Second L.A. Quartet’ makes this publication even more exciting.

It is December 6 1941. America stands at the brink of World War II. Last hopes for peace are shattered when Japanese squadrons bomb Pearl Harbor. Los Angeles has been a haven for loyal Japanese-Americans – but now, war fever and race hate grip the city and the Japanese internment begins.

The hellish murder of a Japanese family summons three men and one woman. William H. Parker is a captain on the Los Angeles Police. He’s superbly gifted, corrosively ambitious, liquored-up and consumed by dubious ideology. He is bitterly at odds with Sergeant Dudley Smith – Irish émigré, ex-IRA killer, fledgling war profiteer. Kay Lake is a 21-year-old dilettante looking for adventure. Hideo Ashida is a police chemist and the only Japanese on the L.A. cop payroll. The investigation throws them together and rips them apart. The crime becomes a political storm centre that brilliantly illuminates these four driven souls – comrades, rivals, lovers, history’s pawns.

Perfidia is a novel of astonishments. It is World War II as you have never seen it, and Los Angeles as James Ellroy has never written it before. Here, he gives us the party at the edge of the abyss and the precipice of America’s ascendance. Perfidia is that moment, spellbindingly captured. It beckons us to solve a great crime that, in its turn, explicates the crime of war itself. It is a great American novel.

Order your copy of Perfidia here

 

The One Hundred Year Old Man is Climbing Out of His Window and Heading to Australia

The book that the world fell in love with, The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, will soon be movie the world fell in love with. The first trailer has arrived and it looks absolutely brilliant. The film doesn’t come out until August 21, so if you haven’t read the book don’t worry, you still have time!

Grab a copy of The One Hundred Year Old Man here

the-one-hundred-year-old-man-who-climbed-out-the-window-and-disappearedThe One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson is moved to a nursing home to await the inevitable. But his health refuses to fail and as his 100th birthday looms a huge party is planned. Allan wants no part of it and decides to climb out the window…

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving a suitcase full of cash, a few thugs, a very friendly hot-dog stand operator, a few deaths, an elephant and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

The One Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is a charming, warm and funny novel, beautifully woven with history and politics.

Grab a copy of The One Hundred Year Old Man here

New Extended Trailer for The Fault in Our Stars

A new The Fault in Our Stars trailer has just been released!!!!!

Grab a copy of The Fault in Our Stars here

The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.

But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Grab a copy of The Fault in Our Stars here

Book Trailer of the Week – Half Bad by Sally Green!

This week’s Book Trailer of the Week goes to Half Bad by Sally Green.

Intense, mysterious, gripping, our own Sarah McDuling reviewed Half Bad recently and absolutely loved it, saying that, despite her “ridiculously high expectations, Half Bad did not disappoint.”

Could Half Bad be the next Harry Potter? The next Hunger Games?

Order your copy today and find out.

Grab a copy a Sally Green’s Half Bad here

Grab a copy a Sally Green’s Half Bad here

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Win a double pass to see The Monuments Men starring Matt Damon and George Clooney

Attention Booktopians! For a limited time win a double pass to see The Monuments Men (in cinemas March 13) when you buy a copy of the book.

Be quick before stock runs out!

Grab a copy of The Monuments Men here

The Monuments Men

Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

What if I told you that there was an epic story about World War II that has not been told, involving the most unlikely group of heroes?

What if I told you there was a group of men on the front lines who didn’t carry machine guns or drive tanks; a new kind of soldier, one charged with saving, not destroying.

From caves to castles in a thrilling race against time, these men risked their lives daily to save hundreds of thousands of the world’s greatest works of art. THEY were the Monuments Men, and THIS is their extraordinary true story.

Grab a copy of The Monuments Men here

Booktopia’s Bookish News Wrap – Volume One

We love reading about books, nearly as much as reading them. That’s why a few of times a week we’ll be highlighting some of the most interesting articles from around the globe for all your bookish requirements.

In the New York Times Michiko Kakutani has called HRC, the highly-anticipated biography of Hillary Clinton, a ‘snappy account of Mrs. Clinton’s journey from Obama outsider to trusted adviser and comrade in arms’.

The Guardian has published an extract from Gary Shteyngart’s long-awaited memoir Little Failure detailing how writing transformed him from a ‘Red Gerbil’ outcast to a fully fledged American. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Little Failure, you must, it’s genius.

In The Age Liam Davison looks at The Poet’s Wife, Mandy Sayer’s incredible ‘Memoir of a Marriage’ about her 10 years of marriage to Pulitzer prize-winning American poet Yusef Komunyakaa. Davison praised Sayer’s ‘brutal honesty about her own emotional life and her transition from street performer living her father’s dream with no academic credentials, to successful author in control of her own life.’

On Friday we looked at a few of the authors you can find on twitter, and some accounts that mightn’t be the authors at all. Hard to believe, but the @TheTweetOfGod account may be a parody after all.

And for some fun, everyone’s favourite procrastination tool BuzzFeed has a quiz to help you discover which Jane Austen heroine you are. Turns out I’m Elinor Dashwood. My mother would be so proud.

Today’s Trailer of the Day comes from Hachette Books with an eery glimpse at their big June release The Three by Sarah Lotz.

Damn it looks good.

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