First J.K. Rowling made the jump from traditional publishing to self-publishing. Now, look out, other big-name authors are seeing the light and dipping their toes into great big ocean and seeing how the water feels.
There's not a whole lot about the world of The Hunger Games that I'd like to see carried into the future. But it's truly refreshing to see a world where gender isn't a restrictive category.
Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.
When my agent called a few weeks ago to say that an editor at Penguin wanted to buy my new novel, The Wishing Hill, I literally had to lie down. I've been waiting for this call for 25 years.
So, with an affectionate nod to Peeves the Poltergeist of Harry Potter, here are a few book-related pet peeves that aren't the authors' fault.
Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.
Reading a beloved book twice, thrice, or more is a craving that can't be denied. It's pleasurable, comforting, and relaxing -- partly because you don't have to figure out what the author is doing from scratch.
My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.
These aren't necessarily the best novels of the past 11 years, because there are acclaimed books I've yet to read.
I was simultaneously excited and dismayed to receive an owl by email this morning. I'd been granted early access to Pottermore. I was excited because I was one of the first few thousand to get in. I was dismayed because I got the email thirty seconds before I was to head off to work. To say I've been distracted today would be an understatement.
I did something terribly old-fashioned. I read the book. The final book, I mean. It was complex, poignant, logically worked out, and frequently moving, all after suspension of disbelief. It contains messages important for the times. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
Feeling downhearted that ruthless Republicans are stomping all over our "reasonable," passion-deprived President and his fellow over-compromising Dems...
The new recession that the Republicans are engineering will instantly put into doubt all three pillars of McWorld, each already shakier than generally imagined: American consumption, European stability, and Chinese growth.
Harry makes friends with unpopular people and magical creatures. And guess what? They end up helping him time and time again. I see the same dynamic where I live in San Francisco. The Bay Area is diverse and it's awesome because of it.
Whether you're a semi-geek or all out Potter-head, chances are, due to the whole "opposites attract" law, your partner is not as excited as you are to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II in theaters.
For me, reading a book series after all the installments have been written is as satisfying as watching a great Quidditch match. Well, almost.