Today is high profile second books Tuesday, with Harper Lee’s long awaited ‘Go Set a Watchman‘ and Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada‘ set to debut. Lee’s ‘Watchman’ is obviously the more anticipated release since it has been fifty five years in the making and was initially met with some suspicious and controversy when its release was announced. ‘Armada’, Ernest Cline’s long delayed (not really that long when compared to Harper’s hiatus) follow up to his sci-fi bestseller ‘Ready Player One’, doesn’t quite have the same controversy and critical expectations surrounding its release, but sci-fi and genre fans have been anxiously awaiting its release nonetheless.
While neither ‘Watchman’ or ‘Armada’ are receiving glowing reviews out of the gate, I’m sure fans of both authors are still going to buy these new entries in mass, consume them ravenously and form their own opinions about them, which is the great things about books. It doesn’t matter what others say about them. If it works for you and connects on some level with your experiences, that’s all that matters. If you get around to checking out either this week, let me know what you think.
News on the ‘Ready Player One’ movie has been somewhat scarce of late, but the recent announcement that the script is being rewritten by Zak Penn signals that not all is lost for the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel. Although it’s not incredibly promising when the only update you get on a long delayed production is that it’s undergoing rewrites, at least this means that the movie is not completely mired in development hell.
Admittedly, ‘Ready Player One’ is tricky material to adapt. It’s a highly referential, 80s nostalgic sci-fi tale that more than likely requires a CG heavy budget. But I’m confident if they put it in the rights hands and give them the necessary resources, they can do it justice. Hopefully the recent box office success of somewhat kindred sci-fi spirit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will give it a nudge in the right direction.
Although the movie rights to Cline’s next book ‘Armada’ have already been sold, the book itself seems to be experiencing some delays, too. Originally announced back in 2012 and slated for a September 2014 debut, ‘Armada’ is now looking at a July 2015 release date. There aren’t many details about why it got pushed back, but delays like this aren’t uncommon in publishing, so I’m sure they are just touching it up. Either way, I look forward to its release. I’m sure the wait will be worth it.