Page to Screen, Dec. 27, 2019 | Book Pulse

In adaptation news, international books hit screens and Doctor Who returns. There are more best-of-the-year lists and more surveys of next year's big books. The Hollywood Reporter looks at the most anticipated shows of 2020; a handful are based on books and comics.

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International books hit screens and Doctor Who returns:

Dec. 27:

The Gift, based on the Turkish novel Dünyanın Uyanışı by Şengül Boybaş (Küsurat Yayinlari). No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 29:

Dare Me, based on Dare Me by Megan Abbott (Reagan Arthur Books: Hachette). Reviews | Trailer     

Dec. 30:

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened, based on the Japanese manga series by Shūichi Asō. No reviews | Trailer

Dec. 31:

The Neighbor, based on the Spanish comic series El Vecino by Santiago García and Pepo Pérez. Reviews (scroll down) | Trailer

Jan. 1:

Doctor Who, series 12, not based on a book but there are associated titles including Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor - Old Friends by Jody Houser, illustrated by Roberta Ingranata (Titan Comics: Random House). No reviews | Trailer


The Washington Post reviews Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers by Andy Greenberg (Doubleday: Random House; LJ starred review): “In Greenberg’s capable hands, the twists and turns of the attribution process are not tech-laden and confusing, but instead become tantalizing clues in a detective story.” Also, The Finance Curse: How Global Finance is Making Us All Poorer by Nicholas Shaxson (Grove Press): “It’s exhausting. More important, it loses the reader who is looking for clear analysis, rather than fevered rhetoric, the reader who wants to be shown how it is, rather than told how it is.” In That Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam by Daniel H. Weiss (PublicAffairs: Hachette): “sensitively recounts O’Donnell’s truncated life and assesses the war that so traumatized America (and devastated Vietnam) a half-century ago.”

The NYT SFF column is out, on books under the radar in the later part of the year. Also, a collective review of “The Explosive Y.A. Novels Fans Have Been Waiting For.” The paper also posts the Children’s Book column, on titles to help “Children Understand Death.”

Briefly Noted

Vanity Fair picks the best books of 2019.

Mental Floss names its 20 top books of the year.

The Times (UK) picks its best books of the year. Books in the Media has the list. The CBC has the list from Canada.

The AV Club names the “20 best comics of 2019.”

BuzzFeed picks the “44 Most Stunning Book Covers of 2019.”

The NYT suggests 10 books for the week.

LitHub has part two of its “The Booksellers’ Year in Reading.”

The Amazon Book Review suggest romances for spring 2020.

Book Riot picks the “Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020.”

Vulture asks “The Culturati Caucus” about the last decade, there is a bit on books.

Mental Floss features Fire, Ice, and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones by Rebecca C. Thompson (MIT Press).

Kate Figes has died. The NYT has an obituary. Diane Terman Felenstein has died. The paper has an obituary. Also, a piece on the notable deaths this year.

Authors on Air

PBS NewsHour interviews Sarah Broom, The Yellow House (Grove Press). There is also a segment on the figure Circe, as part of the show’s focus on Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown: Hachette).

NPR interviews Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters (Oxford; LJ, starred review).

The Hollywood Reporter looks at the most anticipated shows of 2020. Those with book associations making the cut include: Briarpatch (Feb. 6, based on the Ross Thomas novel), Bridgerton (TBA, based on the Julia Quinn series), Falcon and Winter Solider (TBA, based on the Marvel comic characters), Impeachment: American Crime Story (Sept. 27, based on Jeffrey Toobin's A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President), Little Fires Everywhere (March 18, based on the novel by Celeste Ng), Star Trek: Picard (Jan. 23, not based on a book but there are associated titles), and Y: The Last Man (TBA, based on the Brian K. Vaughan comic).

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Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt is LJ’s readers’ advisory columnist, contributing The Reader’s Shelf, Book Pulse, and Wyatt’s World columns. She is the coauthor of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 3d ed. (ALA Editions, 2019). Contact her at

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