John Marsden, born in Victoria, Australia in 1950 is best known for his Young Adult fiction series Tomorrow and its follow-up, The Ellie Chronicles.
Praise for Out Of Time : “In this…intriguing novella by Australian fantasist Marsden by way of H.G. Wells, the time machine isn’t just a thrilling gizmo but a vehicle for exploring the human condition….Sophisticated YAs will enjoy chasing its elusive ripples of meaning.”– Booklist
In 1993 the widely acclaimed Tomorrow, When the War Began (The Tomorrow Series #1) was published.
When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight. [Amazon.com]
A sequel series to Tomorrow, The Ellie Chronicles, While I Live (The Ellie Chronicles), Incurable (The Ellie Chronicles) and Circle Of Flight (The Ellie Chronicles) was then published from 2003 to 2006. This follow up series concerns with the attempts of society and the protagonist Ellie to regain a normal level of functioning in the face of the psychological damage sustained during the war.
The Tomorrow Series is also being made into a movie by Stuart Beattie (screenwriter of Australia and Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy).
See article “Tomorrow” Brings Directing Debut for Screenwriter .
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, but Hamlet can’t be sure what’s causing the stench. His rage at his mother’s infidelities — together with his greed for the sensual Ophelia and his dead father’s call to revenge a “murder most foul” — have his mind in chaos, and he wants to scatter his traitorous uncle’s insides across the fields. But was it really his father’s ghost that night on the ramparts, or a hell-fiend sent to trick him? “Action is hot,” he tells Ophelia, who lives shut up in a tower with her longings and lust. “Action is courage, and reflection is cowardly. Picking up the knife has the colors of truth. As soon as I hesitate. . . .” In this dark, erotically charged, beautifully crafted novel, John Marsden brings one of Shakespeare’s most riveting characters to full-blooded life in a narrative of intense psychological complexity. [Amazon.com]
Here is my review of Hamlet.
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