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"The Bone Season" and Samantha Shannon

Will “The Bone Season” Be Television’s Next Big Hit?

UK producers Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey have acquired the rights to Samantha Shannon’s young adult novel The Bone Season which they plan to adapt for television.

 

'The Bone Season' Cover

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Named the first book in NBC’s Today show’s monthly book club, the novel was published on August 20, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing. Set in 2059, the book follows Paige Majoney, nineteen, who is a dreamwalker, better known as a clairvoyant, and who lives in a dystopian world where she commits treason simply by breathing.

It’s a dystopian novel with a supernatural twist. I’m in. But wait! There’s more!

Samantha Shannon? She was only twenty-one, TWENTY-ONE, when the book was published. She’s living the dream, and that was before Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey of Bad Penny Productions, who’ve been involved in such films as the still in production Waiting For Anya (based on Michael Morpurgo’s book of the same name) and Mad To Be Normal nabbed the rights to her book.

It hasn’t been an easy road getting there, though. Previously, the rights were owned by Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios having “struck a deal with 20th Century Fox to develop the project back in 2013” but, according to Screen Daily, that only “recently expired”.

Harriet Hammond and Daz Spencer Lovesey are now going to make this book into a television series. The Book Seller wrote that, “[t]he first series will be comprised of eight episodes, with further series to follow. The deal for television rights was brokered by Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Associates”.

 

Samantha Shannon

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Shannon herself recently said that:

“Once a book is out in the world, it’s essentially set in stone, but adapting The Bone Season for TV will allow me to explore the world of Scion in even more depth and consider the story from new angles. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

I’m looking forward to that journey too.

But there’s one thing to keep in mind. Today noted that Bone Season is only the first episode in a seven-book deal with Bloomsbury. The second novel, The Mime Order, was released January 27th 2015. The third novel, The Song Rising, was released March 7th, 2017. The fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh novels remain unpublished.

 

The 3 books published in Samantha Shannon's series

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I don’t know about you, but I’m getting flashbacks.

 

George R R Martin and the Night King

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But I can’t quite place them.

 

George R R Martin

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Oh well!

 

 

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Our Top Genre Picks This Week: Sci Fi/Fantasy

Each week, Bookstr will be offering a look at some of the best novels in a particular genre for your continued reading list. Today, we’ll be recommending five recent science fiction and fantasy novels for your reading pleasure. Sci-Fi and fantasy novels provide gateways into other worlds, full of aliens, monsters, magic, and cool technology while addressing themes that cannot be showcased in nonfiction reading. Here are some of the top five recent ones!

 

5. The priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

 

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Most fantasy epics these days divide their content into trilogies or even longer. But author Samantha Shannon decides to throw that out and crams an entire trilogy’s worth of content into a single volume monster. The Priory of the Orange Tree follows the tale of three remarkable women whose fates are bound to the world.  Sabran IX is a queen whose bloodline binds the Nameless One, a dragon of god-like power that is sealed at the bottom of the sea. Her bodyguard, Ead Duryan is the queen’s bodyguard, part of a secret society of mages protecting the queen with magic. And across the ocean, Tane is a dragonrider about to commit a societal taboo. Full of intriguing characters, dragons, monsters, and more, this is a must read for any fantasy. And best of all, its one and done: no sequels here to wait for!

 

4. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

 

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The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson is a historical fantasy novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. It follows two members of the royal court,  a woman called Fatima and a palace cartographer called Hassan. Hassan has a special ability: he can draw maps to other worlds, enabling him to go anywhere he pleases. When Fatima accidentally reveals her friend’s powers, they’re forced to flee, pursued by enemies and aided by strange individuals. Blending the fantastic and the real, this is a unique novel centered on the relationship between the two fire-forged friends.

 

3. The Fever King by Victoria Lee

 

A man glowing with ethereal light stands amidst a forest sprouting from his form

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A fusion between post-apocalyptic and fantasy, the novel takes place in the distant future, where the United States has collapsed and a magical plague is spreading throughout the world. A young man awakens in a hospital, discovering the virus has killed his family but left him with the power to control technology. Reading like a superhero novel at points, the boy is taken into a refuge to be trained among other teen ‘witchlings’ as they’re called. A nuanced YA read, this one is definitely worth picking up for themes that heavily touch on our own political climate.

 

2. The Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan

 

Multiple colored dots are arranged together to resemble a continent above a swirling hurricane

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The Infinite Detail by Tim Maughan is another post-apocalyptic novel that’s scarily relevant to our world, telling about fake news, the lack of privacy brought on by the internet, and an inability to tell what’s truly real. It takes place on an island nation called the Croft separated from the rest of the world. A terrorist organization, however, attacks the island and destroys all its technology, including the internet. Global trade, communication, and more actively cease overnight. The book centers on the island’s inhabits in the aftermath of the cyberattack, struggling to survive as they hoard things like CDs as precious treasure. The portrait of the novel is a harsh reminder of what the world could turn into overnight, a scary, yet relevant portrait of the possible near future.

 

1. Titanshade by Dan Stout

 

A noir detective in sunglasses and an alien in a suit stand side by side in the bustling city streets

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Titanshade by Dan Stout is a debut novel combining the rich, cynical layered world of a detective noir with a fantastical world. It takes place in the titular Titanshade, a bustling metropolis in the heart of a frozen wasteland on the corpse of a demigod. The plot is kickstarted when a detective named Carter is hired to investigate the death of a frog-like diplomat from a neighboring. His investigation takes him into the seedy heart of the city, mixing the cynical detective tropes with a magical world thats sweet on the outside but rotten within.

 

 

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