July 01, 2008

Notes From A DVD Geek

by Jeremy Lassen

Hey everyone. Some great new titles and stuff hitting DVD for the first time.

First up is Stuart Gordon’s "From Beyond". Made on the heels of Gordon’s classic "Reanimator," this movie is the legendary Lovecraftian S&M bondage movie, and should not be missed. Previously only available on VHS and Laserdisk, this one is finally making its way to DVD. Actually, it made its way to DVD several months ago, but somehow I missed it. Sorry, everyone. This disk looks to be a tricked-out, remastered edition, with alternate scenes, interviews with Gordon, and other cool stuff.

June Bestsellers

1. Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
2. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
3. Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now by Cory Doctorow
4. The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy
5. Line War by Neal Asher
6. The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds
7. Matter by Iain M. Banks
8. Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
9. Implied Spaces by Walter John Williams
10. House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

Mass Market Paperbacks
1. The City, Not Long After by Pat Murphy
2. Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
3. The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
4. The Man With the Golden Torc by Simon R. Green
5. Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
6. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
7. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
8. Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
9. Axis by Robert Charles Wilson
10. Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Trade Paperbacks
1. Spook Country by William Gibson
2. World War Z by Max Brooks
3. Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie tie with
    Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams
4. Steampunk edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer
5. Thirteen (Th1rt3en) by Richard Morgan

Bookstores Are Going to Close

At some point in the future, electronic books are going to put almost all bookstores out of business.


I don't like it. Even if I wasn't a bookseller, I wouldn't like it. But it's going to happen unless something really, really extraordinary happens. And I mean extraordinary on the level of World War III, a super flu that wipes out 50% of the world's population or perhaps an extinction-level asteroid strike.

The big question is how soon.

Welcome to my last article in a series of four on current trends in the book business. Last month I warned you this was going to be a gloomy set of predictions. Well, here we go.