According to an I-Play press release,
In Agatha Christie 4:50 from Paddington, fans step right into the story as they travel the English countryside and witness a frightful murder through the window of a passing train. With little evidence, players must team up with expert sleuth Miss Marple to investigate an English country estate, uncover critical evidence in London, and solve perplexing puzzles in Paris to find out what happened that fateful night. The game features all-new mini-games, hours of original hidden object and light adventure fun, and new game play modes including the Find All mode, challenging even the most advanced sleuths.
You tell me: Will you download a game to solve a mystery with Miss Marple? For a preview, watch this forboding game trailer:
What book blog posts have you enjoyed this week? A couple that I bookmarked include. . .
Everything Austen II is here!
Posted by Stephanie's Written Word
From July 1 until January 1, 2011, Stephanie's Written Word will host The Everything Austen Challenge. "All you need to do is pick out six Austen-themed things you want to finish to complete the challenge," Stephanie writes. You can find more details here, including how to connect with other Austenites during the Challenge. Sounds like fun! Any Book Case readers plan to participate?
The Afghan Women's Writing Project
Posted by She Is Too Fond of Books. . .
I first heard about the Afghan Women's Writing Project when I read that recent Bellwether Prize-winner Naomi Benaron works with the organization, and I was interested to learn more about the group today on Dawn's book blog. She writes, "the AWWP is a non-profit group which mentors Afghan women in writing their short stories, poetry, and personal essays. These women’s voices are published in the AWWP online magazine in a blog-like format which invites commentary from readers." Click here to read more and for some highlights from the online magazine.
It's Father's Day this Sunday, and we predict a mass firing-up of grills around the country. If you need a few tips for spicing up your outdoor cooking techniques, don't miss these tips from grilling guru Steven Raichlen. The author of numerous best-selling barbecue books traveled around the world to learn more about grilling in other cultures in his latest release, Planet Barbecue!.
First tip: tune up your grill. Says Raichlen,
Charcoal grill owners will want to scrape out any old ash and spray the vents with WD-40. Gas grill owners should make sure the burner tubes are free of cobwebs and spiders. Replace the igniter batteries if the grill won’t light. If you smell gas, brush the hoses and couplings with a leak detection liquid (made of equal parts water and dish soap)—bubbles will show any leaks.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando resort officially opens tomorrow. And though I've never been to Disneyland or Walt Disney World in my life—and I've never even been tempted to visit Universal Studios (the lines! the pricey souvenirs!) . . . after reading New York Times reporter Neil Genzlinger's report on the Potter-themed amusement park, all I want to do is apparate down to Florida.
The art director for the park is Alan Gilmore, who also worked as Art Director for the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire films. And if Genzlinger's article (and accompanying video) is any indication, the park's effect is quite magical. Ollivanders, the Three Broomsticks, the Hog's Head, even Dervish & Banges . . . it's all there.
I don't know about you Potterheads, but as far as I'm concerned November 19 cannot come soon enough (the release date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1).
Will anyone be checking out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando?
Sundee Frazier won the 2007 Coretta Scott King Award for her middle grade novel Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It, about a 10-year-old biracial child who uses detective-like skills to uncover the history of his past.
In her first novel, author Sundee Frazier is careful to draw Brendan as a well-rounded character with both silly and serious sides. She weaves suspense into Brendan's search for self and throws in a bit of science along the way. Readers, even reluctant ones, will read on to see where Brendan's journey will lead.
Candace Bushnell of Sex and the City fame has signed a deal to write two novels for Grand Central.
The first of the two is called The Two Mrs. Stones and is about "a love triangle" (a lot of possibilities there!). It will be published in 2012 .
This news comes just weeks after the publication of The Carrie Diaries, Bushnell's YA Sex and the City prequel about Carrie's years in high school.
Have you had enough of Bushnell's world of cosmos, designer shoes and wealthy Manhattanites, or will you count down the days until the new book's release?
Also in BookPage: a handwritten interview with Candace Bushnell.
More from Simon Hopkinson, whose new book, The Vegetarian Option (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), was Sybil Pratt's Cookbook of the Month for June. This recipe mixes meaty eggplant with fresh pesto, a flavor combo that's hard to beat.
An old favorite, which I could not resist including here.
1 large eggplant
about 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons pine nuts
a large bunch of basil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 tablespoons freshly grated pecorino or Parmesan
½ lemon, to serve
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cut the eggplant lengthwise in half, through the stalk. Using a small, sharp knife, make a crisscross pattern across the cut surfaces, to a depth of about 3/4 inch. Brush with a little of the olive oil and season. Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. The flesh should be very soft.
Meanwhile, lightly toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet, then remove from the skillet and cool. Process the basil, garlic, and pine nuts, together with a little salt and pepper, to a paste in a food processor (or use a mortar and pestle for a more authentic result). Now add enough of the olive oil to produce a loose-textured purée.
Finally, briefly mix in the cheese. Spread the pesto over the scored surfaces of the eggplant and broil until golden and bubbling. Serve with a squeeze of lemon.
Reprinted from The Vegetarian Option by Simon Hopkinson. Copyright (c) 2010. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.
Late last week, Doubleday unveiled the cover for John Grisham's newest legal thriller on the author's official Facebook page:
That image is Lady Justice—blindfolded—signifying the objective nature of justice (or, justice as it should be).
There's no real information available on the plot yet; all we know is that The Confession is filled with "the intriguing twists and turns that have become Grisham’s trademark."
To build buzz, there was a 59-foot-long banner on the Javits Center at BEA:
The Confession is out October 26, about 21 months after the publication of Grisham's latest legal thriller, The Associate, and less than a year after the publication of Ford County and Thedore Boone: Kid Lawyer.
Will you read The Confession? Any plot predictions?
Also in BookPage: Browse our Grisham archives.
The trailer for Never Let Me Go (based on Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel) is live, and we have to agree with the Wall Street Journal: This is pure Oscar-bait. Starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling and Andrew Garfield (Red Riding, 1974), the performances should live up to the nuanced source material and compelling story.
In fact, after watching the trailer, it looks like the transition to film will help ameliorate what was, to me, the novel's major flaw--its detatched narration. Sure, it was a reflection of the way the students at Hailsham were conditioned to think of themselves, and it added to the chilling aspects of the novel's premise (which, on the off chance the movie keeps it quieter than the book, I won't reveal here), but it ultimately left me not caring as much about the students' fates as I might otherwise.
Did you read Never Let Me Go? Will you see the movie?
Related in BookPage: our review of Never Let Me Go.
If you've got some time to kill online, or you'd like to join an interesting conversation about the impact of books, follow the "books that changed my life" thread on Twitter. (I'd say, at this moment, people are responding via Twitter at a a rate of about 5 tweets a minute.)
All you have to do is click here and read the tweets, all marked with the #booksthatchangedmylife hashtag. (And, if you have a twitter page, tweet your own response!)
Publishers, book bloggers and readers everywhere are getting into it, and answers range from classic novels to reference texts to picture books.
If you're not into tweeting, feel free to leave your answer in the comments right here on The Book Case.
Update: #booksthatchangedmyworld is also a popular topic on Twitter.