Never Let Me Go, the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed dystopian novel of the same name, opened in theaters on Wednesday, September 15th.
The film and novel follow the lives of friends Kathy, Tommy and Ruth as they grow up together at an exclusive English boarding school, then discover the truth behind their sheltered childhoods and ultimate fates. A reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly writes: “in savoring the subtle shades of atmosphere and innuendo in these three small, tightly bound lives, Ishiguro spins a stinging cautionary tale of science outpacing ethics.”
The novel won the Alex Award in 2006, given by the American Library Association for adult novels that have special appeal for young readers. It also appeared on Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels (1923-2005).
One of the best ways to discover books that you might want to spend some time with is to see what other people think about them. This is where booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble excel — without the ability to actually let you hold the book, these sites have to give you as much information as they can to help you make the decision to buy it (or at least borrow it from your local library!)
Here are a few blurbs about Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic thriller The Hunger Games:
“I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn’t have to stop reading… The Hunger Games is amazing.” — Stephenie Meyer
“[The Hunger Games is a] jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense… I couldn’t stop reading.” — Stephen King
Some pretty solid endorsements. But what if you want to actually read a few pages, to see what all the fuss is about? No problem…Amazon and Barnes & Noble both provide the first chapter for free. Check it out…
Mouse Circus, the official website of Newbery Award-winning author Neil Gaiman, includes this special feature:
Watch Neil Gaiman read The Graveyard Book on a 9-city video tour. At each stop on the tour, Neil will read one chapter from The Graveyard Book. Beginning on October 1st, we will post the video readings daily. By the end of the tour, on October 9th, you will be able to watch the master storyteller himself read The Graveyard Book in its entirety right here.