The Flame Alphabet

On January 17, 2011 there is a new apocalyptic novel coming out. Named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month for January, 2012,  The Flame Alphabetby Ben Marcus is certainly getting some attention.

The premise is pretty straightforward: Society is is collapsing from a terrible pandemic, a toxic disease that kills adults exposed to the words of children.

While the premise is mildly interesting, it is not exactly original. It calls to mind Pontypool, the 2008 Canadian film where language is the source of a viral outbreak that turns the townspeople into zombies (of a sort). The movie is based on Tony Burgess’ book, Pontypool Changes Everything.

Much of the buzz about Marcus’ book is centered around a decidedly creepy book trailer. The advance reviews on this one are mixed. But make up your own mind. Read the reviews. Watch the trailer. What do you think?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – a book trailer

Just recently, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the concept of book trailers.  If you think about it, the idea of book trailers is pretty incongruous: using video trailers  that you watch to promote books that you read.  It’s like MTV for the literati.  But they are really ubiquitous anymore.   And like videos for music, sometimes, they turn out to be only marginally related to what the books they are promoting are about.  But a lot of them of really fun to watch and I am finding them somewhat addictive.

So, I thought I would share the trailer for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith.  This was the first in the series of literary mash-ups that are popular right now.  And it is truly amazing how well Grahame-Smith nailed  Jane Austen’s style and voice in writing this book.  It was a fun read and this trailer really captures that essence.