Archive for the ‘Film & TV Tie-ins’ Category

Prize Draw Winners: Nick Cave, Chop Sizzle Wow and Keri Smith

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Win tickets to and the official movie poster of the Nick Cave movie 20000 Days on Earth! winners: Jasmina Suljanovic + Petra van Geenen

Q: Besides music, Nick Cave also writes books. Which other musicians write books, and are they any good?

“They are Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle (just got as a present I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, started reading it and so far so good), Willy Vlautin although I’ve not yet read anything by him.”


Win a copy of Chop Sizzle Wow: The Silver Spoon Comic Book! winner: Ewita Djoechro

Q: Which comic book superhero would you treat to a home-cooked meal, and why?

“I would love to cook a home-made meal for Obelix from the comic book series Asterix. Obelix loves his food – (as is apparent from his girth ;-) and I would really like his opinion on some of my recipes!”

“I would treat the Arrow (Oliver Queen) to a home-cooked meal because he has spent five years on an island trying to survive, with very few food options. It would be nice to give him a proper home-cooked meal to remind him of what he has missed over the past years.”


Win a signed copy of Keri Smith’s The Imaginary World Of…! winner: Charlotte van Beek

Q: Send us a picture of your Wrecked Journal or of another much-loved Keri Smith book already in your possession!

“A few years ago a friend of mine came across Keri Smith’s blog and we both decided to complete her 100 ideas. It was so much fun. We now have three of her books, the latest is Wreck This Journal, which I have had in my posession for a while. I am inspired to start reading/having fun with it.”

Saw the Movie? Read the Book!

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

These November movies are based on books:

The German Doctor (Wakolda): based on The German Doctor (Wakolda) by Lucia Puenzo.
“The film is set in the year 1960, but the four-door Chevrolet Impala he drives throughout the film appears to be a 1965 or later model.” (IMDb)

Horns: based on Horns by Joe Hill. E-book available.
“The band backing up Terry at the bar is Vancouver, BC based, The Brass Action. The song they play is The Devil Down Below off the band’s 2013 album, Making Waves.” (IMDb)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1: based on the third Hunger Games book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. E-book available.
“Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee, tragically died with one week of filming left. Due to the fact that the majority of his scenes for the final two movies were already filmed, the role was not re-cast, but finished with a combination of re-writes, camera tricks and digital special effects.” (IMDb)

Trash: based on Trash by Andy Mulligan. E-book available.

White Bird in a Blizzard: based on White Bird in a Blizzard by Laura Kasischke. Only available as e-book.

Special mention:

Samba: based on the French book Samba pour la France by Delphine Coulin.

Prize Draw Winners: KLIK! Animation Festival + Bespoke Redesigned Classics

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Win Day Passes for KLIK! Animation Festival winners: Michael Middelkoop, Samir Rawas Sarayji and Roxanne Pastou

Q: What animation book/illustration book should always be in stock at ABC and why?

To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios.  Pixar is the alpha and the omega of not only modern animation, but more importantly, timeless storytelling. And that should be at the heart of any hand drawn/computer animated/clay figured piece.”

Coraline by Neil Gaiman because, simply put, it’s creepily awesome!”

“The obvious answer would be The Animator’s Survival Kit by the legendary Richard Williams. Indeed it’s not called the animators’ bible for nothing. But, to mix it up a little bit, I would suggest The Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, firstly because it describes animation in the most poetic way, using only 4 words, in the title (“The illusion of life”, how great is that?!) and secondly because page after page it takes you to a magical place, whether you are an animator or an illustrator or not.”

Win a bespoke redesigned classic winner: Merel Hoekzema

Q: Which classic in your bookcase would you let Simone give the bespoke redesigned treatment to, and why?

“The classic in my bookcase I would let Simone give the bespoke redesigned treatment to is The Great Gatsby, because I think the story serves as great inspiration for either a flamboyant and glamorous look, or something beautifully simple.”

“I would let Simone bookbind The Great Gatsby. The book is full of glamour and takes place in the rich and roaring twenties, but my copy of it does not give off that image at all. In fact, it is starting to fall apart. I feel like it deserves a bit more glitz.”

“I’d really like it if Simone would give Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë the bespoke redesigned treatment, because it’s my all-time favorite, it’s such a beautiful novel!  It so beautifully written and you really feel Jane Eyre with all she goes trough. The story never bores me, I can read it over and over again.”

“The book I’d love to have covered so beautifully is called King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table, by Roger Lancelyn Green. I won this at school as a prize for spelling (100%!) and it introduced me to the Arthurian legend for the first time, with which I have ever since been fascinated, even despite Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You can imagine how a young boy (I was then 8 I think) was captivated by and could identify with the knights and their heroic deeds.”

Ebook available for The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre and King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.

Saw the Movie? Read the Book!

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

These October movies are based on books:

Gone Girl: based on Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. (E-book is available.)
“Gillian Flynn, author of the novel the film is based upon, wrote the screenplay with a different ending to keep readers interested in the film version, and viewers from getting spoiled.” (IMDb)

Dracula Untold: based on Dracula by Bram Stoker. (E-book is available.)
“The first big budget solo Dracula movie produced by Hollywood release theatrically in nearly 14 years since Dracula 2000 (2000).” (IMDb)

Hector and the Search for Happiness: based on Hector and the Search for Happiness by François Lelord.
“Hector has several Tintin books and posters in his office, and his father also refers to him by his childhood nickname of Tintin[.]” (IMDb)

The Hundred-Foot Journey: based on The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. (E-book is available.)

The Best of Me: based on The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.
“Paul Walker was cast in the lead role but after he passed away, the role was given to James Marsden.” (IMDb)

Gemma Bovery: based on Gemma Bovery by Posy Simmonds. (Unfortunately the book isn’t available to order through our main suppliers at the moment. Our secondhand supplier does have copies to order however.)
“[Gemma Arterton] [b]eat out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum of Solace (2008).” (IMDb)

Under the Skin: based on Under the Skin by Michel Faber. (E-book is available.)
“The film took nearly 10 years to be made, and one of the early drafts of the scripts included a Scottish married couple, who were revealed to be aliens in disguise. Brad Pitt was, at the time, cast as one half of the couple.” (IMDb)

A Walk among the Tombstones: based on A Walk among the Tombstones by Lawrence Block. (E-book is available.)
“The novel it is based on is #10 in the series of Matt Scudder novels by Lawrence Block. As of 2013 there are 17 novels by this author about the character, the latest published in 2011.” (IMDb)

Stonehearst Asylum: based on The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
by Edgar Allan Poe.
“[Ben Kingsley's] stage name [derived] from his grandfather’s nickname, “Clove King.” His grandfather was a spice trader in Zanzibar.” (IMDb)

The Drop: based on (originally called “Animal Rescue”, but now) The Drop by Dennis Lehane.
“Last film appearance of James Gandolfini.” (IMDb)

Store Bits: Free Comic Book Day, Ziggy Marley, Power Couples and Spotlight on Romance

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Were you one of the people that came by our stores on May 3rd as part of Free Comic Book Day?  Our Luke snapped a few pictures of the ABC Amsterdam First Floor Crew getting into the spirit of things…  :-)  If you missed it, no worries: the next one is on May 2nd, 2015!


Our Rick got Ziggy Marley to sign his copy of I Love You, Too (ebook available here).


Luke spotted Batman and Cleopatra on ABC Amsterdam’s Film & TV shelf.  I think he’s spot-on in thinking this could be the perfect power couple!


And not one but two Romance tidbits!  First of all, I have to blush a little bit because Suzanne from wrote a lovely blog post about one of the Blind Book Dates from my Romance section at ABC The Hague.  So fun to read the book’s journey, and I really hope she’ll enjoy the incendiary book…  ;-)  (There’s an ebook here, although we can’t quite wrap those up, so it won’t exactly be a blind date!)

Also, at ABC The Hague there’s a bit of a spotlight the coming month on Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  If you’re like me you’ve been impatiently awaiting the new instalment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.  It’s due out in June, so that’s just enough time to complete your series, reread all the previous titles or else get someone else hooked, don’t you think?  The first part of the series, Outlander, is now only €8,99!  (Ebook available under its UK title, Cross Stitch.)