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Wednesday, April 9, 2008 2:06 pm
Historical Fiction Webcast
Posted by: Keir Graff

Coinciding with our Spotlight on Historical Fiction (REaD ALERT!), Robert Alexander, author of The Kitchen Boy (2003) and Rasputin’s Daughter (2006), is using a “live book club” to promote his newest novel, The Romanov Bride (2008). The Web, of course, offers authors a lot of ways to bring their work–and themselves–directly to the fans, and this strikes me as a pretty forward-thinking approach.

One humble suggestion, however: I’m not sure that a commercial for the broadcast merits its own blooper reel. (Follow the link, you’ll see what I mean.) In fact, I hope I never again see another blooper reel over the credits of anything, unless the footage features Jackie Chan falling off of something.

But Alexander’s work has been praised pretty highly by Booklist, so if his visual sensibility isn’t quite as finely tuned as his literary sensibility, I’ll cut him some slack.

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