Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Guest Post - “The Familiars” by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson

The Familiars
Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
HarperCollins Children
September 2010

Today is the release day for The Familiars! As a special treat I have the authors, Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson as guests on The Brain Lair.  

“The Books on our Nightstand”

Adam is Reading
“Westmark” by Lloyd Alexander
It’s a book I started when I was younger, but because of one assignment or another, I got sidetracked and never finished it. Set in vaguely colonial times, it tells the story of a young printer’s apprentice who goes on the run after his master is murdered. Alexander influenced writers like JK Rowling, Piers Anthony, and Holly Black.

“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick
It’s big, thick, and filled with pictures. I like comic books. I like YA. I like a combination of the two. And it’s going to be a Martin Scorsese movie.

“Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse” by Rick Riordan
The third installment in the Olympians series. I’m half way through this book, and so far it’s on par with the others. Which means incredibly enjoyable.


Andrew is Reading
“Little Brother” by Cory Doctorow
A cautionary YA tale about a kid who gets mixed up with a terrorist attack on San Francisco. This book came up multiple times during our pre-pub tour while meeting with independent booksellers. Their word of mouth truly drives the buzz on what books to read. Neil Gaiman’s blurb is also so glowing that it made me buy it.

“One Day” by David Nichols
Episodic story that takes place on a single day over two decades between Dex and Em. I’m trying to get this in before the movie comes out. Sounds charming and like a fast read.

“What to Expect when you’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
One of the dozen baby books piled high on my nightstand. Yes, I am expecting. And no, I have not started reading any of the baby books.

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins (not on my nightstand yet, but pre-ordered)
Add me to the list of people who simply can’t wait for this final installment in the Hunger Games trilogy.


I totally loved Little Brother, Percy Jackson, Hugo Cabret and now, Mockingjay! These guys know their stuff.  If you are looking for a new book to read, please pick up a copy of The Familiars by Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.  Meanwhile, check out this great video from their website, The Familiars.

About the Authors

ADAM JAY EPSTEIN spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, while ANDREW JACOBSON grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the two met in a parking garage out in Los Angeles. They have been writing for film and television together ever since. The Familiars is their first book.

One day, Adam asked Andrew, “Are you familiar with what a familiar is?” And from that simple question, Vastia was born, a fantastical world filled with the authors’ shared love of animals and magic. They wrote every word, sentence, and page together, sitting opposite each other.

Adam Jay Epstein lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane, their daughters, Penny and Olive, and a black-and-white alley cat who hangs out in their backyard. Andrew Jacobson lives with his wife, Ashley, and their dog, Elvis, four traffic lights away.

THE FAMILIARS will be produced for film by Sam Raimi and Sony Animation.

You can follow Adam and Andrew on Twitter - http://twitter.com/the_familiars  and Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=86480756047!

Happy release day guys!


  1. Thanks so much for mentioning The Familiars, I'm very eager to read it as soon as I get the chance. ^_^ As an aspiring writer myself, this is right up my alley on researching what kind of genre I'd love to write for. Thanks! ^_~v

  2. This is the second blog featuring Familiars, so it looks like a "hot" book. It certainly seems like one, and I totally adore the illustrations I've seen. Vitalia is on my list of places to visit.


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