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Sep 19,2014

To help you choose which amazing book you should vote for in this year's Inky Awards, we're going to get to know a little bit more about the authors behind them. The Inky Awards Judges have been asking the important questions, and the shortlisted authors have answered!

Today Inky Awards Judge Lauren goes behind police lines with Emma Pass, author of shortlisted book ACID.

File 25720Lauren: What is your book about?

Emma: It's 2113. The UK, now known as the Independent Republic of Britain, is ruled by ACID, the most brutal police force in the world. When Jenna Strong was 15, they locked her for a crime she struggles to remember. Now, two years later, she's been broken out and given a new identity by a rebel group who won't tell her why or who they are. When she ends up on the run from ACID with the son of the man who broke her out, she must find out the truth about what happened to her on that dark night two years before.

 

Lauren: Why did you call your novel ACID? Are there certain connotations you would like associated with the word?

Emma: ACID stands for the Agency for Crime Investigation and Defence. The acronym was a happy accident - initially, I was going to call them the Crime Investigation and Defence Agency (CIDA), then realised ACID sounded much better. I also like how the name implies the destructive effects of power when it's used badly. It's the perfect name for such a sinister, corrupt force.

 

Lauren: If you had to change your identity and you got to choose your name, what would it be and why?

Emma: That's an interesting one!

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Sep 18,2014

To help you choose which amazing book you should vote for in this year's Inky Awards, we're going to get to know a little bit more about the authors behind them. The Inky Awards Judges have been asking the important questions, and the shortlisted authors have answered!

Today Inky Awards Judge Lauren and author Claire Zorn take us into the brave new world of shortlisted book The Sky So Heavy.

File 25717Lauren: What is your book about?

Claire: Fin is a regular seventeen year-old guy. His life is unremarkable until a nuclear disaster occurs overseas and the world is plunged into nuclear winter. The power goes out, mobile and internet coverage fails, snow starts to fall, Fin is separated from his parents and soon food starts to run out. The Sky So Heavy is about how far we would go to protect ourselves and our loved ones, how our values change when we’re under pressure, the line between right and wrong, and the importance of baked beans in upholding order in society.  

 

Lauren: What is your end-of-the-world survival plan? 

Claire: Depends on the end-of-the-world situation. Are we talking a meteor shower or a mega-tsunami? Would a battle be involved? Could I have a horse for the battle? I’ve often wondered how I would go in a battle.

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Sep 17,2014

It's here, here, here!

It's finally HEEEERRRRRRREEEE!

Ladies, gentlemen and doggies of good repute - I introduce to thee, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer.

This is not a test people! There are explosions, freakishly white suits, and a whole heap of ultimatums :)

You'll get to see the whole (and by whole, I meant Part 1) shebang on the 20th of  November.  We have to wait for Part 2 until November 2015.

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Sep 15,2014

Hi and welcome to the third post of my manga and graphic novels blog! Hopefully I’ve given you guys some insight into what manga is, so now I’ll move onto novel-to-graphic-novel adaptations.

Novels that are adapted into graphic novels (which I’ll refer to as ‘GN’) are done by either Japanese or Korean mangakas (manga creators). Often these adaptations are done to books that are part of a series. Each volume of these GNs is a compressed version of its 300+page novel. If done well, the GN should give you the same tone of the novel, while still having some originality and not feeling disjointed.

No doubt you guys have seen the GN versions of the Twilight novels on bookshelves, but some other series include Daniel X, Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard by James Patterson, Infernal Devices (The Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clar, Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan, and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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Sep 13,2014

If you're interested in writing then you need to know about the National Young Writers' Festival (aka NYWF). Held each year in October in Newcastle, NSW, the festival is fun, writerly, and free! (I love that word.) Better yet, there's a Younger Young Writers' program (or YYWP for short) just for 13-17 year olds.

You can take part in the Younger Young Writers' program from anywhere in Australia. All you need is access to the internet. Come join a series of events to help hone your writing skills, and learn the different ways you can make a career out of working with words.

I'm going to be taking part in this year's program, as well as Inky Awards author Will Kostakis, and one of my human minions!

File 25596File 25599The program is kicking off with a big bang this Monday, 15 September at 6pm AEST with a special, online live-streamed video hangout with Garth Nix.

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Sep 10,2014

Blizzards aren't somethign Australians have to think of but this trailer definitely sets the terrifying scene of what occurs if you're stuck in one.  Becca Fitzpatrick, beloved for the Hush Hush triology, has a new series coming out next month called Black Ice.

Prepare to be scared.

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Sep 08,2014

Hi again! For part two of my manga blogging, I’m going to tell you about some of my favourite series, which I highly recommend you have a go at reading!

File 25516I’ll start with one of the earliest series I got into: Cardcaptor Sakura. I originally saw the anime (Japanese animation) and read the manga/books later. The manga is, in my opinion, better because while the series is shorter in manga form there’s more emotion from the story and characters that isn’t conveyed as well in the anime (not that the anime is terrible). Also, the studio behind the manga, CLAMP, does beautiful artwork that suits this story perfectly. I find myself sitting there for ages just staring at one page because it’s too gorgeous to not take in. In fact, pick up anything done by CLAMP if you’re after something beautiful in both art and story.

If you’re after something a little more action-y, one series to check out is Fairy Tail. This one needs a dedicated audience as it’s a long-running series totalling 40+ volumes and 600+ chapters so far(!). While this one can get a bit repetitive in terms of its ‘introduce threat, get knocked down, get back up’ formula, this series has characters that you root for and want to see victorious. With its comedy, heartfelt emotions and epic battles depicted in striking sharp-edged illustrations, this is a fun series to pick up.

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Arguably one of the best manga of all time is Fullmetal Alchemist (FMA).

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Sep 03,2014

Hello and welcome to September! It is my great pleasure to introduce this month's 'Voice' - Annika Wilson! She's an 18 year old from Victoria, and she'll be sharing her reading passions with us over the next few weeks. - Inky

File 25426Hi guys! My name’s Annika, I’m on gap year from uni (I’ll be starting an undergraduate degree in textile design next year) and I guess you could call me an otaku (an avid collector or enthusiast, especially one who is obsessed with anime); I love watching cartoons and anime, I like learning the lyrics to Japanese songs, I make and wear my own costumes based on fictional characters, and I love reading. In fact, I usually carry a book around with me wherever I go.

Even though I’m quite the avid reader, my reading pool is not limited to just novels and other types of literature, but also extends to graphic novels as well as Japanese graphic novels which are called ‘manga’. Haven’t heard of manga before? Well don’t worry, because I’ll be writing on them in my posts, telling you guys about what it is, where to find it, some of my personal favourites, novel-to-graphic-novel adaptations and the pros and cons of reading graphic novels compared to novels.

First up, manga is the term for Japanese graphic novels. Some people compare them to comics because they are composed entirely of illustrations - either done by the author or by a separate illustrator. Manga usually tends to be totally in black and white, sometimes with a few coloured pages, and has a completely different style to comics. Both can be considered art, but manga relies on the use of line and shading, as it is all done in ink, while comics can be done in anything from paint to pastel to texta.

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Aug 29,2014

3 reasons to read Machine Wars by Michael Pryor: 

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1. Is it wrong that if the end of the world is going to look like this, I kinda wanna bring it on? Super-smart, killer robots made out of your everyday appliances. Michael Pryor makes annihilation look fun with a great mix of action and wit.

2. Because the world needs more heroes like Bram - a fourteen year old boy whose specialty is cartoon voices.

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Aug 26,2014

Hello, Inside a Dog Readers!

Last post already! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. For my last post, I am going to talk about a type of novel that seems to come up more and more - futuristic novels. By that, I don’t mean books of fancy machines and robots (although a lot of the time they are in the novel), but rather novels that are simply set in the future, maybe about a century or two from now.

These futuristic books include novels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Legend by Marie Lu, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and a novel that I am currently reading, The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse. I think all these novels are very well written and deserve to be as popular as they are. The Hunger Games and Divergent are probably the two most celebrated Young Adult novels in the world at the moment! But all these novels have something in common, more than just being popular or set in the future.

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All these books involve a corruption of society. A change in the government. Violence- and a lot of it. Freedom is taken. The rulers of society are hated by our heroes, and a mutiny is rising. They are all set in the future, but it is a dark, sad future - a dystopia rather than a utopia.

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