The Big Idea: Steven Gould on Whatever

The Big Idea: Steven Gould on Whatever

Steven Gould's latest novel in the world of JUMPER is now available! It's called IMPULSE and the story follows Cent, Davy's daughter, who is a second generation Jumper.

There are few things I love more than listening to two fantastic authors chat it up (this is also why I love all of the events at the Pop Top Stage during ALA conferences so freaking much). So I'm aggressively directing you (think stuttering neon arrow sign) toward Whatever, John Scalzi's blog, where Scalzi extended his soapbox to Gould for a quick rundown of the scientific revelations in the Jumper universe and how they magnify the drama of the stories.

Gould starts with the science,

"In the first book we learned a few things about Jumping: 1. Jumping does not conserve momentum. Davy can jump off a cliff or a tall building and, as long as he jumps before he goes splat at the bottom, he carries none of the acquired downward velocity with him when he appears elsewhere."

Then gives us a sneak peek of how Cent will manipulate that in IMPULSE,

"Cent [...] takes this to another place, exploiting rule 1: Momentum is not conserved."

And comes around to his personal journey through the series,

"I was that teenage boy with the alcoholic father. I was the reluctant parent unsure whether my own childhood would poison my ability to parent well. And, now with IMPULSE, I have daughters who amaze and surprise me."

Go read more in The Big Idea: Steven Gould!

On IMPULSE Kirkus Reviews says, "Mr. Gould, please write faster."

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He’s Just Not That Into Books: Blockbuster Books

He’s Just Not That Into Books: Blockbuster Books

This week we're recommending books that will catch the attention of the ever elusive teen male reluctant reader. Today, we're focusing on movie tie-ins, specifically summer blockbuster hits. Popcorn not included.

COWBOYS & ALIENS (available 8/2/2011)
Joan D. Vinge

The title alone should get them hooked. The trouble might be fending off the ladies (and gentlemen) who find themselves suitably impressed by Daniel Craig's sexy cover shot. (Why yes, we do have the poster up in our office.) Craig aside, the Wild West cowboys taking on the big bad aliens will be a helluva ride. This is the only novelization of the group, but in the hands of multiple Hugo Award-winner Joan D. Vinge, you wouldn't know it. The film from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks will open tomorrow!

I AM LEGEND
Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson’s classic horror story was transformed by Warner Bros. into a major motion picture back in 2007. I am personally fond of the TERRIFYING original cover, but Will Smith isn't so bad of an alternative. This high-concept creeper will undoubtedly keep readers up late into the night with a flashlight under the covers. 

JUMPER
Steven Gould

Hayden Christensen can teleport; er, I mean, Davy Rice can teleport. And it's a dangerous game with some excellent tourism opportunities. Davy needs to learn to control this power, not only to survive, but to find the others like him. (This one also has a sweet original cover.) The 20th Century Fox/New Regency adaptation was released in 2008.

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