Summer’s Best Boredom-Fighting Duos
8 blockbuster movies and their literary sidekicks keep you entertained.
The countdown to summer has begun, which means the season’s blockbusting cinema is right around the corner. But for those of you prefer hunkering down in an air-conditioned nook with a book to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with grown men in superhero getups, you’re in luck. For all the action-packed adventure and laugh-out-loud blockbuster movies slated for the big screen, there are similarly themed reads to keep you entertained.
From The Avengers to Pitch Perfect 2, there?s a book to suit all moviegoers? interests. Read on for our list for summer blockbuster movies matched with like-minded books to keep you going through the dog days of summer.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (5/1) – The Sunset Warrior, by Eric Van Lustbader
It?s the Avengers job to save the world when it?s threatened by the villainous Ultron. In The Sunset Warrior, Ronin attempts to do the same when an underground war threatens civilization.
Mad Max: Fury Road (5/15) ? Wingman, by Mack Maloney
Set in a chaotic postapocalyptic world with a fight-or-die mentality, George Miller?s revamped classic follows Max and Furiousa as they battle to restore order. In Wingman, lawlessness threatens to rule land, air, and sea. Pilot Hawk Hunter has to fight to survive, and, hopefully, save the country while he is at it.
Pitch Perfect 2 (5/15) ? Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie
The Barden Bellas return for an encore, this time as entrants into an international competition that no American team has ever won before. High jinks and chart-topping tunes are guaranteed to ensue, just like in Sherman Alexie?s comedy-cum-tragedy Reservation Blues in a tour-de-force outing powered by a collision of cultures: Delta blues and Indian rock.
Poltergeist (5/22) – Memoirs of an Exorcist, by Marco Tosatti and Gabriele Amorth
Like it or not, Sam Raimi?s remaking the Steve Spielberg/Tobe Hooper classic about uninvited evil forces overstaying their welcome in suburbia USA. If you?re not thoroughly freaked out, try your nerves at some nonfiction, with Memoirs of an Exorcist, courtesy of former chief exorcist of the Vatican, Father Amorth. He relives his stories of coming face-to-face with the devil and exorcising those taken over with evil spirits.
San Andreas (5/29) – Earthquake Storms, by John Dvorak
A massive earthquake has hit California. Luckily, The Rock is on-site to journey across the cracked landscape to save his estranged daughter and, of course, the day. Want to know more about the San Andreas fault? Read Dvorak?s Earthquake Storms for a breakdown of the geological feature in all its dangerous glory.
Entourage (6/5) ? Moving Pictures, by Budd Schulberg
Vincent Chase and his army of misfits, Eric, Turtle, Johnny, and Ari, go from small screen to big for a cameo-laden romp through Hollywood. In Moving Pictures, Schulbeg talks about how Hollywood was once known as ?the dream factory? and covers the rise to fame of cinema?s original stars.
Jurassic World (6/12) ? Dinosaurs Without Bones, by Anthony J. Martin
Spielberg?s original franchise went extinct 22 years ago. But thanks to yet another manmade experiment gone scarily wrong, we get (at least) one more action-packed thrill ride. In Dinosaurs Without Bones, the author brings his study of the extinct creatures to the modern world.