Friday, 31 July 2009

Trailer for Fantastic Mr Fox

Here's the first trailer for the stopmotion film of Fantastic Mr Fox that I was talking about on Wednesday:

Looks like they've Americanised it a lot, which seems a shame because I've always seen it as one of the more 'British' Roald Dahl books, along with Danny The Champion of The World, unlike say Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and James & the Giant Peach which were clearly based around America and American culture.

We shall see...

Monday, 27 July 2009

Borders Oxford Street closing down

Must close in early August. In the meantime all stock (barring vouchers etc) on sale at 50% off!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Loops Journal

Loops Journal is a new twice-yearly literary music journal, published as a joint venture between Faber & Faber and Domino Records.

Imagine a cross between Observer Music Monthly and Granta magazine and you're in the right sort of area. The first issue is on sale now (£12) in places like Foyles, and comes with a download code that lets you download a free album.

Their site gives you a flavour of what's on offer, but not that much. Here's James Yorkston reading an extract from his piece:

James Yorkston reading his article from Loops Issue 01 from FaberBooks on Vimeo.

Also - see other Faber videos here

We've never done any music books, but it might be good to try one at some point... Any nominations? Kill Your Friends?

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Next Book - Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter

Kelly writes:

Our next book club meeting is next Wednesday, 28 July. We’ll meet at the Wine Wharf at Vinopolis at 7.30 for an 8.00 start. Do please let me know if you’re coming within the next day our thereabouts so I can book a table.

The book is Angela Carter’s Burning your Boats. Here’s a link to the NY Times book review

And one to an online chapter from Margaret Atwood’s Writing with Intent about the stories

and some user reviews from

If you don’t get through all the stories don’t worry! We’ll still love you, and we can talk about the ones that people have read.

Post-it Note Stories

A very cool collection of stories illustrated by Post-it Notes, like this one The Four Minute Drug

"I knew this guy when I lived in Chicago named Dave. He was the underachieving little brother of a successful fashion designer. He was pretty paranoid and loved conspiracy theories. One night when we were out at a bar, he pointed to a poster of the moon landing and grunted. “Can you believe they’re still trying to sell us on that one?” he said."

Read on...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Book trailers are becoming more common it seems (even if they're pretty low budget).

This one is for the sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, from Quirk Books. Could be worth discussing!

Oh - and here's a pdf of the first 3 chapters of P&P&Z. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Fifty Two Stories

Really nice idea - a new story by a different author is uploaded to this site every week for a year. We seem to be about half way through...

For example, The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Tomas by James Palumbo

There's a very bizarre campaign for this book by James 'Ministry of Sound' Palumbo, currently showing all over the tube and - um - YouTube.

Do we fancy going trashy one month and giving it a go?

Here's a review by Stephen Fry: