Friday, June 22, 2012

5 books to read before the movies hit our screens

List by Danielle

'While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years.'
~ Abraham Lincoln : vampire hunter

Take a look at the library's most requested titles and - okay, 50 Shades of Grey aside - you'll usually find a fair few titles on there that have recently come out as movies. Nothing makes people want to read a book so much as a big, shiny movie version. Good news: the 5 books on this list still have available copies, because the movies aren't here yet!

(ps. Fans of Robert Pattinson rejoice and check out both 'Cosmopolis' and 'Bel-Ami', below!)

Also coming out soon:
The hobbit (watch trailer) NZ release: 28 November
Cosmopolis (watch trailers) NZ release: 1 November
Bel-Ami (watch trailers) NZ release: 26 July
Anna Karenina NZ release: TBA
On the road (watch trailer) NZ release: 13 September
I, Alex Cross / James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross is pulled out of a family celebration and given the awful news that his niece, Caroline, has been found brutally murdered. Cross vows to hunt down the killer, and soon learns that Caroline was mixed up in one of Washington's wildest scenes. And she was not this killer's only victim. The hunt for her murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Alex and Bree are soon facing down some very important, very protected, very dangerous people in levels of society where only one thing is certain - they will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Cross closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable - a revelation that could rock the entire world.

NZ release date: 25 October
Who's in it: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox and Rachel Nichols

The door / Magda Szabo ; translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix
A busy young writer struggling to cope with domestic chores, hires a housekeeper recommended by a friend. The housekeeper's reputation is one built on dependable efficiency, though she is something of an oddity. Stubborn, foul-mouthed and with a flagrant disregard for her employer's opinions she may even be crazy. She allows no-one to set foot inside her house; she masks herself with a veil and is equally guarded about her personal life. And yet Emerence is revered as much as she is feared. As the story progresses, her energy and passion to help becomes clear, extinguishing any doubts arising out of her bizarre behaviour.

NZ release date: 5 July
Who's in it: Helen Mirren, Martina Gedeck and Károly Eperjes

Indiana, 1818 - Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness." "My baby boy..." she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

NZ release date: 2 August
Who's in it: Benjamin Walker, Rufus Sewell and Dominic Cooper

Robert Ludlum's The Bourne legacy / Eric Van Lustbader
David Webb has been living a quiet life as a university professor in the backwoods of America with his wife and children. But someone is about to shatter his peace. A silenced gunshot narrowly misses his head. Then he finds his two friends dead. A deadly assassin is on his trail and David Webb must once again turn to Jason Bourne to save his life and family...

NZ release date: 16 August
Who's in it: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton

Austenland : a novel / Shannon Hale
Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Janes fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined. Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. Its all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own.

NZ release date: TBA
Who's in it: Keri Russell, JJ Feild and Jennifer Coolidge (and Bret McKenzie!)


breve711 said...

August 2nd, cannot wait!
I found this book on one of the vampire book lists you guys had done a while ago.
Loved it.
Have high hopes for the movie.

Danielle said...

Yay, I haven't read it but that is one mother of an epic trailer! Hadn't realised Tim Burton was involved...
I also can't wait for Austenland - if you like fluffy romantic fun with a good heart, it's a cute book, Shannon Hale rocks. And there may or may not be something of a Top 5 Goodies weak spot for Jeremy Renner, which may account for the Bourne Legacy's spot near the top of the list. AHEM. I totally deny that I have been raiding the library collection for Renner movies of late.