A thriller incorporating the work of the 14th century poet Dante Alighieri, 18th century philosopher Thomas Malthus and 21st century gene manipulation, the novel puts into perspective differences between Catholic and Jewish visions of hell, and the way our respective histories have shaped our contemporary circumstances.
Look up any review of Brown's fiction, scan it for descriptions of his prose, and you'll likely find the adjectives "clunky" and "repetitive" playing central roles. What redeems Brown's novels -- or, at least, compels readers to buy and read them?
We make 70 important decisions per day and our 'lead organ' makes us who we are.
When it was clear that no publisher was willing to sign an unknown money-losing novelist, Brown decided to go for broke in planning The Da Vinci Code. And as we know, the rest is history.
I was in the middle of reading the Death of Bees, Lisa O'Donnell's first novel and I thought, why am I reading this? Was it because it was recommended...
he abashed cardinal attributed his mischievous deed to "too many spaghetti Westerns." As penance, he is required to give up both spaghetti and Westerns.
We met at the Vidalia, a restaurant known for its onions I assumed. Mrs. Clinton was surrounded by a small group of Hillaryettes who all wore similar pants suits in a range of jewel tones.
I had never read, or even heard of, Harlan Coben before, and this despite the fact that he's sold more than 50 million books worldwide. My bad.
Because I've followed Hugh Howey's work, I can say with confidence that the Journal's assertion that Howey is "a slick marketer" is utter bunk, and I think he'd be the first to admit that.
"Whether you're keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it's the same thing. What's important is you're having a relationship with your mind. We live in discursive thinking, and what we want to do is drop below to first thoughts, which is wild mind and true energy."
It seems that parents of tweens are unfairly caught between trying to keep their avid readers interested in reading while ensuring the content isn't making them mature too fast.
"Why don't you write something for the people who are buying the Heaven Validation books?" she asked. "Something like Heaven is for Real: But It's Overpriced and Overrun With Tourists?"
What better way to escape freezing rain, wind, snow and frigid temperatures than with a spicy little contemporary novel or a big, thick tome like the appropriately-titled Middlemarch?
I have a confession to make: I am not a popular reader. But this year, I read several best-sellers that I thoroughly enjoyed. From this, an idea was born: What if I spent a whole year only reading best-sellers? Would I be constantly reading things I hated or would I mostly be reading gems?
There is no better motivator than appreciation. Often, by simply showing your appreciation for someone's hard work, drive, enthusiasm or work ethic, your acknowledgment encourages more of the positive behavior you are seeking.
This is a story about two writers. Writers whose works couldn't be any more different, but whose recent forays into publishing signify a drastic sea change in the way books are acquired and published, both by independent authors and traditional publishers.
by Khaled Hosseini
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
by Ramona Ausubel
by Helene Wecker
Published on April 23rd, 2013