Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes is Coming to TV

Stephen King holds the world record for being the most (books to screen) adapted living author and 2017 looks like being a bumper year for fans of his work. With his Dark Tower epic looking like being the biggest of the adaptations due out this year we are also hearing of other holy anticipated book to screen adaptations that are due to hit cinemas and TVs in the next twelve months including Gerald’s Game and now we also have an adaptation of Mr Mercedes the first novel in King’s latest trilogy to look forward to.

Filming for the 10-episode show from Sonar Entertainment is underway in Charleston, SC, with an Autumn  premiere being hinted at.

The casting looks brilliant, we have Brendan Gleeson of Harry Potter fame playing the main character of Detective Bill Hodges and Penny Dreadful’s Dr Frankenstein – Harry Treadaway cast in the role of the villainous Brady Hartsfield. With a brilliant supporting cast this serialised version of King’s 2014 novel about a serial killer and the retired cop who he decides to taunt into action with a slew of letters and emails looks to be a hit.

Directed by two industry stalwarts in David E. Kelley and Jack Bender Sonar Entertainment CEO Thomas Lesinski said “With excellent source material, a world-class production team and a first-rate cast, all of the pieces are in place to ensure success. We are confident that this series will appeal to a broad audience in the United States and in international territories around the world.” and Audience Network head Christopher Long agrees “Mr. Mercedes is a captivating new series featuring a stellar cast and produced and directed by two industry stalwarts in David E. Kelley and Jack Bender. This is exactly the kind of trifecta Audience constantly seeks in original television productions which we believe resonates with our viewers.”

Stephen King’s Hodge’s trilogy saw him writing at his very best and I for one cannot wait to see how this screen adaptation works out. With such an excellent cast I cannot help but think this is one to rival Under the Dome.

Brand New Beatrix Potter Coins Released in 2018

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The Royal Mint has been creating decorative coins to celebrate Beatrix Potter‘s world of anthropomorphised animals since 2016, and this year they have yet more to release.

Each series of 4 fifty pence pieces includes a Peter Rabbit design – the only character to be included in each separate release. Previous designs have included Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher, and Tom Kitten.

2018’s collection includes Peter, Flopsy Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester, and Mrs Tittlemouse.

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Ten Favourite Books in One Celebration Cake

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There is something very satisfying about both reading and cake eating and this video covers both bases!

Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.

The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.

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Your Literary Pets

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In the past we have shown you some of your favourite authors and their pets such as William S. Burroughs and his cat Ginger, Dorothy Parker and her dog, and Charles Dickens and his pet raven named Grip. This blog, however, is dedicated to you, our Reading Addicts, and your pets.

Animals have such a positive influence on people, and Reading Addicts are no exception. We love to read about animals in both fiction and non-fiction, and books that feature animals have proven to be so popular that they’ve inspired EIGHT of For Reading Addicts’ quizzes!

Having a furry friend by our side can be comforting and, at times, relaxing despite cats being so obsessed with sitting on books and papers… The pleasure of having your furry hot water bottle right with you releases all the right chemicals in your brain so you can relax and disappear into a book properly.

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Video Games You May Not Know Are Inspired by Literature

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If books are one of the oldest means of entertainment, then video games must be one of the newest. The idea of video games was first popularised back in the early 70’s with the release of Pong and, with some help from the likes of Pac-Man, Tetris, and Space Invaders, video games have become a billion dollar industry that rivals both the film and music industry. One could be forgiven for assuming that books and video games have little to offer one another, but the fact is that literature has inspired many games over the years, some of which have been hugely successful. In this article, we’ll be looking at five video games that were inspired by great books. Read More

A Wedding Amongst The Books

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The perfect wedding for many reading addicts would be held in a library or bookstore. To be surrounded by both the people and the objects you love the most sounds heavenly! There would be no need for flowers- who would want floral scents to mask the musty-vanilla of our papery companions? Just push the tables aside and there would be plenty of room for dancing and celebrating.

That is exactly what one couple did in New York City.

On the first of December 2017, among the rare books section of The Strand bookstore, two people who were very much in love made their vows in front of family and friends. Adam J. Kurtz and Mitchell Kuga eschewed traditional ceremonial practices for a service that included the guests through the ritual, the entertainment was brought to them by a drag queen singer, and a low-key dance space provided for those who wanted to shake their stuff in honour of the sweet couple.

Thanks to The Daily 360, and with help via technology from Samsung, their wedding video is an interactive affair where we are able to scan around the room via our computer.

Watch the video below for an insight into the wonderful day and share the love!

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