Latest DVDs, CDs, books: Aug. 14


A look at some of the DVDs, CDs and books hitting stores this week:

DVDs

"The Hunger Games" (PG-13): This futuristic story of teens fighting to the death in a televised spectacle grew so popular, it helped turned archery - the preferred sport of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) - into a ratings smash during the London Olympics.

Elsewhere, a special-forces team must fight its way through a run-down high-rise to arrest a brutal crime lord in the Indonesian martial arts epic "The Raid: Redemption" (R). And a small-town teenager (Chloe Grace Moretz) runs away from her abusive parents and hitchhikes to Las Vegas in the coming-of-age drama "Hick" (R), co-starring Blake Lively, Alec Baldwin and Juliette Lewis.

Topping today's TV transfers: Local favorites "Vegas: The Third Season, Volume Two" and "Pawn Stars: Volume 5" join "Happy Endings: Seasons One and Two," "Glee: The Complete Third Season," "Community: The Complete Third Season" and "Dexter: The Sixth Season."

CDs

Dead Can Dance, "Anastasis": With "Anastasis," the Dead rise from the grave for their first album in 16 years.

After disbanding in 1998, the ethereal ambient duo return with more shadow- strewn world music.

Goths would be dancing for joy right about now - if they ever did that sort of thing.

Also in stores: Insane Clown Posse, "The Mighty Death Pop!"; In This Moment, "Blood"; Korpiklaani, "Manala"; Loudness, "Eve to Dawn"; Loverboy, "Rock 'N' Roll Revival"; Daniel Powter, "Turn On the Lights"; Slightly Stoopid, "Top of the World"; 2 Chainz, "Based on a T.R.U. Story"; Steve Vai, "The Story of Light"; Various Artists, "Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac"; and Yellowcard, "Southern Air."

BOOKS

"The Kingmaker's Daughter" by Philippa Gregory: The latest in the Cousin's War series features Anne and Isabel Neville, the daughters of Richard, Earl of Warwick, who uses his girls to further his own political ambitions.

Also this week, Debbie Macomber begins a new series centered around a Pacific Northwest bed-and-breakfast with "The Inn at Rose Harbor."

Also hitting shelves: "And When She Was Good" by Laura Lippman; "Better Off Without 'Em" by Chuck Thompson; "The Demigod Diaries: The Heroes of Olympus" by Rick Riordan; "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky; "The Kill Order" by James Dashner; "My Teenage Dream Ended" by Farrah Abraham; "Rise of the Elgen" by Richard Paul Evans; "Solo: A Memoir of Hope" by Hope Solo; and "When It Happens to You" by Molly Ringwald.

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