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  1. Possibly the Next J.K. Rowling?

    #626392013-08-14 19:33:14 *PigBoss said:

    Could an unknown 21-year-old Oxford student named Samantha Shannon be the next J. K. Rowling? Three years ago, Shannon was an intern in the office of the prestigious London literary agent David Godwin. That experience came in handy when, less than a year later, she had a manuscript for “The Bone Season,” an ambitious novel, the first of a projected seven-part series, that she had somehow written between lectures.

    Blown away by the book’s inventiveness, Godwin promptly sent it to the editor in chief of Bloomsbury, Alexandra Pringle. “Seven hours later I was still reading it,” Pringle recalls. “I just fell completely in love.” Bloomsbury gave Shannon a six-figure advance for the first three books, an unprecedented show of support for such an untested first-time author. “The Bone Season,” which comes out in August, is about a 19-year-old clairvoyant named Paige Mahoney, who roams the streets of London, circa 2059, until the secret police send her off to a penal colony that looks a lot like Oxford. “Her imagination is so extraordinary,” Pringle says. “She reminds me of the Bront sisters — the world she’s created is absolutely real.”

    Book rights have sold in 18 countries, and three major studios fought over the movie rights. (Britain’s Imaginarium Studios beat out Hollywood.) Shannon, now in her last year at college, is juggling writing with her studies like she did for the first book. “I had to cut down on going out with my friends so I could squeeze in writing chapters,” she says. “There was a lot of coffee involved.”


    Here's an excerpt from the book

    Goodreads link on author

  2. #626452013-08-14 20:47:38 *Mau said:

    I honestly don't see how she's the next J.K Rowling, she lucked out more than Rowling did, considering Rowling got denied by over 12 different publishing companies before Bloomsbury decided to give her a chance.

    To quote Shannon;

    “I think it’s just because it was seven fantasy books with Bloomsbury that the comparison came out,”

    The book seems interesting enough, though I will say what the story centers around doesn't really tickle my fancy. I'm starting to think dystopian societies are being done to death, how many popular YA novels are centered around this premise? But that's just me.

  3. #626532013-08-15 01:56:24InsaneBoredGame said:

    I know right? I mean, especially if it's a dystopia, I'd rather have the story end on a positive note.

    All the GRIMDARK is really getting annoying.

    The more they convince us that the situation is hopeless, the less fucks I give.

  4. #626562013-08-15 02:38:02awkwardangels said:

    Dystopian, DARK ROMANCE~~~~~, supernatural, etc. novels are all done to death. It's getting to the point where all novels feel the same, and this one feels like one of them tbh. SIGHS

  5. #626492013-08-14 23:21:32PigBoss said:

    More news coming in.

    The British literary industry is notoriously sex driven.

    The winner, she said, was invariably determined by "who knows who, who's sleeping with who, who's selling drugs to who, who's married to who, whose turn it is."

    Not saying that there is some behind the scenes shaggin', but there was probably something happening.

  6. #626502013-08-15 00:29:09awkwardangels said:

    I have a feeling this is just publicity for her novel, to be honest. They really should wait and see how her novel will do once it's out, it could bomb after all. (If it does I'll laugh.)

  7. #626522013-08-15 01:25:49TechnoNinja said:

    @Maudia Lately dystopia and supernatural novels have been the two things that have caught and kept my interest the most. It's been done to death but i can't get enough lol. As for the actual book, It looks good, Ive been reading a shit ton lately so ill probably pick it up

  8. #626642013-08-15 07:13:01johan_5179 said:

    Going by the excerpt, it would make a good story. But would it make a good dystopia story? No. Dystopia and supernatural don't really go well together, since you need need some serious willing-suspension-of-disbelief on the part of the reader for him to be driven into a corner. I do admit that scaring the reader may not be the intention of the book, but then why the hell did you write a dystopia novel anyway :/

  9. #626742013-08-15 16:17:36reki said:

    I'm a bit disappointed that it's in first person narrative. And dystopian (again). But that's just my personal preference.

    And Idk. You can never really trust these "THE NEXT..." things because they once reviewed Twilight as the next Harry Potter and we all know the amount of bullshit in that statement.

    Still, it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot.

  10. #627372013-08-16 21:10:30Chestnut_Rice said:

    I don't like it. The first four paragrphs start with "I". It's bland. There's too much explaining woven in to it. The supernatural aspect doesn't mix. Yaddi yaddi yadda. Not to insult the people who like this kind of stuff but it seems like some thing an edgy tweenager that just read 1984 wrote. Might become great, but I personally don't see what's so cool about it.