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Mountains to Sea: The Great Gargantuan Giveaway

Mountains to Sea: The Great Gargantuan Giveaway

This years Mountains to Sea Festival kicks off next week - and the line up is STELLAR.

Niamh Sharkey, Derek Landy, Liz Pichon, Charlie Higson, Patrick Ness, Phil Earle, Philip Ardagh, Gary Northfield, Cathy Cassidy, Steve Simpson, Judi Curtin and Chris Judge all in one place. What more could anyone ask for?

How about some tickets? AND some books? And the chance to meet some of your favourite authors, ever?!

I have two pairs of tickets to the Mountains to Sea Great Ad-app-tations: The Picture Book and Beyond Panel (featuring publishing doyenne Kate WIlson, children’s laureate Niamh Sharkey, illustrator supremo Gary Northfield and director extraordinaire Norton Virgien) and tickets to New Voices: Writing, Editing and Promoting a New Children’s Writer (featuring Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Sheila Agnew, Caroline Walsh and the most handsome man in children’s books Mr Phil Earle)

All you have to do is shout PANEL! in the comments and you’re in the running!

But wait.


Want to win some AWESOME books too? How about a set of Charlie Higson‘s The Enemy series? Phil Earle‘s Heroic? Cathy Cassidy‘s Chocolate Box Girls series? Or some of Judi Curtin‘s Friends Forever series?

OF COURSE YOU DO! To win the books - just shout BOOKS! in the comments and you’re in the running.

Entries are open until Wednesday 4 September and will be chosen at random. Don’t forget you can still book tickets over at the Mountains To Sea.


Marvel Phase One: all in one briefcase

Marvel Phase One: all in one briefcase

Call yourself a fan? Here’s something that you don’t see too often. The (only available in the US, but Region Free, so it will play anywhere) Marvel Phase One Blu-Ray Briefcase is down to €120 for the first time in over a year. 

It comes complete with

• Marvel’s The Avengers film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
• Captain America: The First Avenger film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
• Thor film (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
• Iron Man 2 film (Blu-ray)
• The Incredible Hulk film (Blu-ray)
• Iron Man film (Blu-ray)
• Top-secret Bonus Disc

As well as dossiers on each film… and a briefcase containing the Tesseract.

Go on. Spoil yourself!!

Why Adults Read YA: The Truth

Why Adults Read YA: The Truth

Kelly Jensen rounds-up the plethora of reasons why adults read YA sourced from the near weekly blog posts and news stories on why.

You can them all (I suggest you do, they’re very funny) 

1. Our culture encourages an unnatural and prolonged adolescence 

2. YA books are escapist since you don’t have to look beneath the surface of them. They are easier to grasp.

3. Adults read YA because they aren’t able to read past a middle school or high school level because adults are getting dumber and dumber.

4. YA books are about hopefulness. Their problems aren’t really problems and they can be fixed. Also there’s always a happy ending, so it’s satisfying and fulfilling to adults. The characters are likable. 

5. Fill in the blank with your own justification here. Some examples may include: YA is all about first experiences; YA is nostalgia for adults; YA is cheaper than adult books and therefore more appealing to the wallet; and so forth.

Or you can skip right to the end: because they want to. 

Time to let The Chosen One go?

Time to let The Chosen One go?

The Atlantic covers the trope that will save us all… I mean, er, the Chosen One.

Admittedly the reason is not sound on their list of failures - where the list piles Beautiful CreaturesBeastly, The Golden Compass, Eragon, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising - it does not identify that there are always failures, or that most of these movies were profitable and just didn’t reach the massive global success of a small few.

That said… some of it is interesting. Picking on Mortal Instruments as the death knell of a genre? Hardly.

Head over to The Atlantic and have a read.