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Bring Home The Secretary of Dreams

Posted: January 19, 2016, 00:25
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It’s once again time for a contest here at Lilja’s Library. This one is the first one to celebrate the 20 years that Lilja’s Library has been online. And to win all you have to do is to tell me what your best Lilja’s Library memory (from these 20 years) are. And it doesn’t matter if it’s something from yesterday or something from 1996 that is totally up to you. I will then pick the winner.

You can enter in two different ways. Either you post it as a comment to this news segment on Lilja’s Library or you can email it to me at info[a]liljas-library.com. You can’t post it on facebook or twitter because that will get lost. So post it here or in an email and do it before February 29.

The The prize this time is actually donated by one of my readers; Ms Charlie Johnson. And what a prize it is. You will, if you win, get a set of Secretary of Dreams (book #1 and book#2) 1st editions, gift editions from Cemetery Dance.

How about that? And because these where donated by a reader the winner will have to pay for shipping. Ms Charlie Johnson (who is a real hero) is donating two great books so it’s only fair that the winner pays shipping right?

The contest is open to anyone, anywhere.

Good luck everyone and again, thanks to Ms Charlie Johnson!

Description of 11.22.63 Episodes

Posted: January 15, 2016, 10:56
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Here are descriptions of each episode of 11.22.63.

Part 1

THE RABBIT HOLE
Premieres Presidents Day, February 15

Jake Epping (James Franco) is burned out and lost. His ex-wife has moved on, his students are
always distracted, and his novel went nowhere. Then one of his dearest friends, Al Templeton
(Chris Cooper), shows him the “rabbit hole,” a secret time portal that leads back to 1960. Al asks
Jake to head back to the past and create a better world by stopping the Kennedy assassination.
Jake heads down the rabbit hole to begin his mission - but finds that changing the past is far more
dangerous than he ever would have dreamed.


Part 2

THE KILL FLOOR
Monday, February 22

Thrown by the enormity of his goal, Jake decides the one thing he can do to make a real difference is save the family of his friend Harry Dunning (Leon Rippy). Harry’s family was murdered in a small Kentucky town by Harry’s out-of-control father, Frank (Josh Duhamel). But does Jake have what it takes to kill a man - and what are the consequences of violence, even against someone as dangerous as Frank?


Part 3

OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS
Monday, February 29

Jake finds an unlikely ally in his quest in local drifter Bill Turcotte (George MacKay). He gets a
teaching job in a small town near Dallas and discovers romantic sparks with school librarian
Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon). Jake constructs a double life - spying at night on Lee Harvey
Oswald (Daniel Webber) as the potential assassin within Jake builds. Trailing Oswald takes Jake
into the dark side of Dallas, where he realizes Oswald may not be the only threat Kennedy will
have to face.


Part 4

THE EYES OF TEXAS
Monday, March 7

Jake and Bill’s partnership starts to struggle as they discover more secrets surrounding the unpredictable Lee Harvey Oswald. The conspiracy involving Oswald deepens, while romance blooms for Jake and Sadie. But by becoming involved with an innocent bystander, has Jake placed his new love in danger?


Part 5

THE TRUTH
Monday, March 14

Everything begins to fall apart as Jake struggles to live two lives: teacher and time traveler. When
Sadie’s life is threatened, Jake has to make a terrible choice, leaving Bill to his own devices. Lee Harvey Oswald takes steps that will lead him into a date with destiny.


Part 6

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEE HARVEY OSWALD
Monday, March 21

It’s October 1962, and the gathering storm of threats in Dallas continues to build. Jake must take drastic action to establish the full dimensions of the threat to Kennedy. And amidst it all, he’s hit with an unexpected death and a bitter betrayal from one of those closest to him.


Part 7

SOLDIER BOY
Monday, March 28

The end is near, and Jake is not up to the task. Sadie scrambles to pick up the pieces, but no one
knows the mission as well as Jake. Kennedy and the assassin are on a collision path - but has Jake
changed things enough in the past to alter the course of events? e days are counting down as
11.22.63 draws near.


Part 8

THE DAY IN QUESTION
Monday, April 4

The past pulls out every weapon it has to keep Jake from reaching Dealey Plaza in time to save
Kennedy. If he fails, it could mean death for Jake or others close to him - and if he succeeds, it
could create a world in which he loses everything he’s ever known. What is the cost of doing the
right thing?

Complete List of Titles & Length For 11.22.63

Posted: January 13, 2016, 00:55
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Here is an complete list of the eight episodes of 11.22.63.

Episode 1: The Rabbit Hole (01:22)
Episode 2: The Kill Floor (00:54)
Episode 3: Other Voices, Other Rooms (00:47)
Episode 4: The Eyes of Texas (00:53)
Episode 5: The Truth (00:44)
Episode 6: Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald (00:48)
Episode 7: Soldier Boy (00:50)
Episode 8: The Day in Question (01:00)

Lilja's Library Highlight: January 10

Posted: January 10, 2016, 12:00
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ON THIS DAY IN 2007...

...I did a 45 minute long phone interview with King. King’s kindness and down-to-earth manner made it extremely enjoyable even if I was very nervous when I picked up the phone and heard "Hello Hans? Steve King...".

Elba as Roland, More Than a Rumor?

Posted: January 9, 2016, 22:35
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Looks like the casting of Idris Elba is a bit more solid than just a rumor. Akiva Goldsman, who is writing and producing the project, spoke to IGN at the 2016 winter Television Critics Association press tour while promoting his new WGN America series Underground.

"I think Idris Elba is the greatest possible idea for casting for Roland, and I'm unbelievably proud of it as a collaborator on this enterprise and because I think that he's a great actor and I couldn't be more thrilled that he is likely to play a part," Goldsman said. "I understand that people who are thoughtful about the storytelling and the racial politics of the storytelling might want to understand how that informs that storytelling, and I respect that and I hear that, and those things are not things we didn't think about or don't think about. The racist a--holes should go f--k themselves."

When asked to clarify whether changing the race of Roland was part of the initial conception of the movie or something that came about in the casting, Goldsman said,

"100 percent it was literally, entirely who do we think the best guy for the job is and can we get him. That was it."

"For me, casting is an extrapolation. As soon as you are having an actor play a character, whether they be living or fictional, it's different. Movies are not lives, movies are not books," he said. "I think what we do as filmmakers is we interpret, and you are welcome to agree with our interpretation at any turn, but I encourage you to do it based on thoughtful, aesthetic acceptance and open-heartedness and not bias."

My reactions from this is this:

1. Please don’t think that everyone that don’t want Elba as Roland are racists. I know I’m not.
2. The line "I think what we do as filmmakers is we interpret” is making me a bit worried that they might not follow the book as much as interpret the books.

I guess we’ll see come January 27 next year…

Source: IGN

Thanks to Douglas Dowie

More books coming...

Posted: January 6, 2016, 20:16
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King has spoiled us with two books / year for some time now and often we have known about them way in advance. So, now with just one book on the horizon a fan got worried and asked about if there will be more after End of Watch and this is what the moderator of King’s board said.

That won't be the last book. He's working on a couple projects at the moment but I can't say more than that.

So, no details but there will be more books and that makes me happy. How about you?

Ep 53: No Bazaar Bad Dreams For Haven Finale

Posted: January 4, 2016, 10:42
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 53 of The Stephen King Podcast!

Our first podcast of 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year!


Your co-hosts Hans Lilja & Lou Sytsma cover the following:

1) Review the last 10 stories in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

2) End our Haven reviews with the series finale for Episodes 21 - 26


As always, we bring you the latest Stephen King news.

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.

Good or bad, we want it all!

You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

1) FaceBook - Lilja's Library

2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)

In this podcast:

1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:57 - Podcast Setup
3) 02:57 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 15:24 - Reviews From The Night Shift - The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Part 2
5) 1:08:18 - Haven Series Finale - S5: Ep 21 - 26
6) 1:40:47 - Sign Off
7) 1:42:26 - Outro



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20 Years in the World of Stephen King

Posted: January 2, 2016, 12:00
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One thing I will do during 2016 to celebrate the 20 years of Lilja’s Library is something called 20 Years in the World of Stephen King: Highlights From 1996-2015. Here I will pay extra attention to things that happen on a specific date sometime between 1996 and 2015. The first date is January 3rd…

Updated List of Titles & Length For 11.22.63

Posted: December 22, 2015, 01:24
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Here is an update list of the eight episodes of 11.22.63.

Episode 1: The Rabbit Hole (01:22)
Episode 2: The Kill Floor (00:54)
Episode 3: Other Voices, Other Rooms (00:47)
Episode 4: The Eyes of Texas (00:53)
Episode 5: The Truth (00:44)
Episode 6: Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald (00:48)
Episode 7: Soldier Boy (00:50)
Episode 8: TBA (TBA)

The length listed is without commercials.


It has a lot of great photos of them!

What can we expect in 2016?

Posted: December 21, 2015, 11:30
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2016 is almost here and I think it’s time to see what we have to look forward to.

When it comes to books we have the third and last book in the series about Bill Hodges, End of Watch coming on June 7. Besides that we don’t know about any new books. King has released about two books a year for a while so there might be another one we don’t know about it yet.

When it comes to TV and movies we know that starting February 15 and eight weeks we’ll get to see if Jake Epping saves JFK in the Hulu TV version of 11/22/63. Besides that nothing has been confirmed but my guess is that Cell will be released during 2016. There is a date for the UK release but the studio hasn’t confirmed it yet.

And that is what we know so far. The remake of IT might be ready but they need to hurry if they want to get it out in 2016. Same goes for The Stand.



But while it looks like a “light” King Year there will probably be more things released in 2016, we just don’t know about it yet. I’d also like to remind you that Joe Hill (King’s son) will release his new book The Fireman in May and even though that’s not a Stephen King book I know I will check that one out.

What else are you looking for in 2016?

Title & Length of 11/22/63 Episodes

Posted: December 18, 2015, 00:11
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Here are some info about six of the eight episodes of 11/22/63.

Episode 1: The Rabbit Hole (01:22)
Episode 2: The Kill Floor (00:54)
Episode 3: Other Voices, Other Rooms (00:47)
Episode 4: The Eyes of Texas (00:53)
Episode 5: The Truth (00:44)
Episode 6: Happy Birthday, Lee Harvey Oswald (00:48)
Episode 7: TBA (TBA)
Episode 8: TBA (TBA)

The length listed is without commercials.

Lilja's Library 20 Years

Posted: December 16, 2015, 10:24
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Next year (16 days from now) Lilja’s Library turns 20 years. It’s a strange thought that the site has been online for so long. That I have updated it if not daily at least 3-4 times a week for all those years. Anyhow, 20 years have passed since the site went online and I’m going to celebrate that all year long. Some things I know about, some things are still just ideas and some…well, I just can’t tell you about…just yet.


One thing I can tell you is that I hope 2016 it going to be a great year and I’m going to do all I can to make that happen. And I hope you will all join me in the celebrating of Lilja’s Library’s 20 years online. And that starts right now.

Some time ago, quite some time ago to be exact, I asked you about ideas for the site to expand and where and what you’d like to see from Lilja’s Library in the future. One of the things that came out of it that time is the podcast I’m now running with Lou Sytsma. And who knows what might come out of it this time. Nothing is too big and nothing is too hard. If you want it I’ll do my best to give it to you, with some limitations (best I add that).


So, let me know what you would like to see, or where you’d like to see Lilja’s Library in the future. Hopefully we have at least 20 more years to go. Send you suggestions to me by mail, in a comment below, on facebook or twitter. Or if you have my number, why don’t you give me a call?

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! / Lilja

Ep. 52: No Haven In the Bazaar Dark Tower

Posted: December 15, 2015, 08:21
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 52 of The Stephen King Podcast!

A super sized Christmas Holidays extravaganza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Your co-hosts Hans Lilja & Lou Sytsma cover the following:

1) Review the first 10 stories in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

2) Start the countdown to end of Haven by reviewing Episodes 14 - 20

And the Biggie!

3) Discuss the latest casting rumours for The Dark Tower concerning Idris Elba being in the running for the role of the Gunslinger himself - Roland Deschain!


As always, we bring you the latest Stephen King news.

We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.

Good or bad, we want it all!

You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

1) FaceBook - Lilja's Library

2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)


In this podcast:

1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:57 - Podcast Setup
3) 01:46 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 18:37 - Reviews From The Night Shift - The Bazaar of Bad Dreams - Part 1
5) 1:20:03 - More reviews from The Night Shift - Haven - S5: Ep 14 - 20
6) 1:38:03 - Dark Tower Casting New - Idris Elba as Roland?
7) 2:28:58 - Sign Off
8) 2:29:56 - Outre




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Bid On A Signed Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Posted: December 14, 2015, 23:19
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Here's a rare copy of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams signed by King up on eBay. It's for a good cause and as far as I know there aren't that many signed copies of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams around so Place a bid if you want to have a chance on getting it.

On the King board you can read more about the history of the book.



Cell & IT Out Next Year?

Posted: December 14, 2015, 01:12
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StephenKing.com sent out a season's greetings just now and in it they listed what's been released in 2015 and what to expect in 2016. Most of it we already know but what caught my eye was this:

Finally, keep an eye out for the film adaption of Cell starring Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack next summer with the movie adaption of IT not far behind.

Does this mean they know something we don't about Cell and IT?

The Question No One's Asking Is Why?

Posted: December 12, 2015, 14:44
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The news or rather rumor that Idris Elba is considered to play Roland The Gunslinger has absolutely exploded on Internet. People have argued that it's a good thing and that it's a bad thing. King himself commented that it doesn't matter to him.

The once that's against Elba as Roland is it basically because it would mess up the relationship between Roland and Detta/Odetta where she is a black woman that hates Roland because he's white.

The once that are for Elba as Roland on the other hand claims that the story could be altered and still work and that we could still get the conflict between Roland and Detta /Odetta.

Personally I thing much of the relationship between Roland ans Detta/Odetta would be lost if they were both black. But if someone in advance would have told me that the ending of The Mist would have been better when changed I might not have believed that either so I guess anything is possible I just don't see it now.

What I'm surprised by is that no one seems to ask WHY they want to change it! The only reason I can see is that they either think that the story itself will be better or that they can't find someone who will do Roland better or as good as Elba. I don't believe in either of those two reasons and if so they are just changing it for the changing itself and that is just plain wrong if you ask me.

So, until someone gives me a good reason as to why they should change King's (in my opinion good story) and risk it not being as good I'm voting "No" on Elba.

Lilja

Idris Elba To Play Roland Deschain? [RUMOR]

Posted: December 10, 2015, 11:55
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According to Deadline Idris Elba is the front-runner to play Roland Deschain In The Dark Tower. Deadline isn't revealing a source for this and no one seems to want to comment on it so I would just treat this as a RUMOR for now and if you ask me, an unlikely to happen rumor.


But if it would happen, what would you think about it?

Thanks to Dimitris Tso

The Dark Tower Not Set in Stone...Yet

Posted: December 8, 2015, 11:51
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In a recent Reddit AMA Ron Howard was asked about the status of The Dark Tower movie, and while he did say that work is being done, it turns out that there’s no guarantee that the work will ever actually lead to anything.


Thanks to Dimitris Tso

Order Your Christmas Books Now!

Posted: December 8, 2015, 11:46
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If you haven’t already it’s time to pre-order your copy of End of Watch. It’s only 182 days until it’s released. And if you haven’t read the first two books about Bill Hodges, order them today and make sure you have read them until End of Watch is released. Or why not give them to someone you like for Christmas?

US Editions:
Book 1: Mr Mercedes
Book 2: Finders Keepers
Book 3: End of Watch

UK Editions:
Book 1: Mr Mercedes
Book 2: Finders Keepers
Book 3: End of Watch

And while you’re at it, why not check out these books.
Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King (US)
Lilja's Library: The World of Stephen King (UK)
The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (US)
The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Trivia Book (UK)

Ep 51: Bad Places: Graveyards, Hell, & Domes

Posted: December 7, 2015, 13:21
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With your hosts - longtime Constant Readers - Hans Lilja of Lilja's Library and podcaster - Lou W. Sytsma.

Welcome to Episode 51 of The Stephen King Podcast!

We review the final episodes of Under The Dome and the 1990 movie - Graveyard Shift.

We also look at the long list of adaptations of Stephen King works stuck in Development Hell.

As always, we bring you the latest Stephen King news.


We hope you enjoy this episode and, as usual, we want to hear from you.

Good or bad, we want it all!

You can leave us comments, questions, topic suggestions at:

1) FaceBook - Lilja's Library

2) Audio Message - Speak Pipe widget on the right hand of the podcast page (send voicemail)


In this podcast:

1) 00:00 - Intro
2) 00:57 - Podcast Setup
3) 03:24 - From The Death Room - The Latest Stephen King News
4) 23:24 - Reviews From The Night Shift - Graveyard Shift
5) 38:21 - More reviews from The Night Shift - Under The Dome - Series End
6) 99:99 - King Crypt - King Adaptations In Development Hell
7) 58:29 - Sign Off
8) 1:32:08 - Outre



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