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Book Trailers July 2011

2nd July 2011

I don't know whether it's because I've been paying closer attention to them, but this month's crop of book trailers seem to me to be particularly interesting. This is my pick of the best genre trailers in June/July.

The Straight Razor Cure

The dialogue on this trailer is very simple, but very effective: "You're the warden." The character of the Warden of Low Town in Daniel Polansky's début novel is a conflicted man, according to the publisher's blurb, a former war hero turned criminal and addict. I love the noirish feel to this piece, and its atmospheric music.

Gone #4: Plague

This is the fourth part of Michael Grant's Gone series about a world without adults, where kids have special powers. It's quite long for a trailer, but the acting is good and the storyline was intriguing enough to keep it interesting all the way through. Clearly the production values on this were high. From the looks of it this book is told from the villain's point of view. It makes me want to go back to the beginning and discover the world of the Fayz from the start.

Bad Girls Don't Die

Katie Alender's book features a teenager with the usual problems with family, school friends, boys, and murderous ghosts. I'm just guessing that last bit. She gets round things by huddling in her darkroom and keeping to herself, but by the look of the trailer she'll be running for her life through many of the pages of Bad Girls Don't Die.

Bite Club

This one's really slick, although it doesn't say a lot about the story. It's the book trailer as pop video. We get a good idea of the book's thrust (ahem): vamps, hot guys, fashion, and so on. I'm not sure where the steampunk-style gears come in, but if book one is anything to go by then the rest of the trailer's a good reflection of the Morganville series.

Hard Spell

I'm not sure about the tumbling text in this trailer, but Michael Ciulla's voice talent is absolutely brilliant. He really brings Detective Markowski to life, and it's clear he's a tough nut and the vampire-plagued streets of Scranton are even meaner. This is another book that has a very noirish feel. Is this part of a trend, I wonder?

Honourable Mentions

The main character, Gwen, explains the pitfalls of time travel in the trailer for YA novel Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. It's short, simple and cute. There's actually quite a sumptuous trailer in German, presumably for a TV show or film because the book is a big hit in that country.

M D Lachlan's Fenrir is the sequel to Wolfsangel. The trailer doesn't quite capture the dirt, madness and sheer strangeness of the first book, qualities that are presumably there in the second part of the story as well. But I'm not sure any trailer could, it'd be like trying to hold a rainbow in your hand. You just have to read the book.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs promises magic in spades, not least thanks to Michael Picton's lovely music. It's a YA novel all about an abandoned orphanage and children with special powers, who may have been in danger because of them.

I also liked the trailer for Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw, which ends with a gorgeous visual. And finally Mira Grant's Feed/Deadline/Blackout series is worth checking out if zombies, bloggers, and apocalyptic scenarios appeal to you.

© Ros Jackson