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Wed, June 6th, 2012
Ray Bradbury R.I.P.
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Tributes are pouring in to honor the great writer, humanitarian, and library advocate Ray Bradbury, who died today at age 91, leaving us with nearly 30 books and 600 stories, works that profoundly changed our perceptions of ourselves, life on earth, and the entire universe. In our latest Spotlight on Science Fiction and Fantasy, editor […]


Mon, June 4th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Neal Stephenson
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

You’d think I’d be intimidated by Neal Stephenson. Only a madman berserker could turn out such unwieldy tomes as Cryptonomicon, “The Baroque Cycle,” REAMDE, and the new multi-authored, community-driven interactive serial novel The Mongoliad. But you’re looking at one hostile questioner unfazed by Stephenson’s hyperliterate cyberpunk — or, if you prefer, postcyberpunk, or scifihistoricalcyberpostcyberpunk, or… […]


Tue, May 29th, 2012
Jennifer Egan’s “Black Box,” Tweet by Tweet
Posted by: Donna Seaman

I’ve been a Jennifer Egan fan since her first book, The Invisible Circus, came out in 1995, so I was thrilled at the triumph of her most recent novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was Booklist‘s 2011 Top of the List, and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Rumor has […]


Fri, May 25th, 2012
Is James Patterson Killing Book Reviews?
Posted by: Keir Graff

At Booklist, we take our work seriously . . . but not too seriously. In the tradition of “Reading Is My Business,” “The Read,” and “A Novel Idea,” I would like to present a groundbreaking thriller: “James Patterson’s Books: A Novel Not by James Patterson.” An author who writes books faster than readers can read them—it must […]


Sat, March 31st, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
Posted by: David Pitt

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Some of the Hunger Is Missing from “The Hunger Games”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]


Fri, March 2nd, 2012
Ask a Book: Refrigerator Thieves and Hunger Games
Posted by: Keir Graff

Have a burning question about etiquette or literature? Ask a book! Dear The Hunger Games, I work in a medium-size office with 23 coworkers. People are generally polite, and we get along pretty well, but there is one problem that’s driving me crazy: someone keeps stealing my lunch! I’ve tried everything, from sticky notes to […]


Wed, February 29th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]


Sun, December 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Christmas Carol
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally watched 2009′s A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Jim Carrey as a motion-captured Scrooge. I was seriously impressed. Despite what some critics have said, I think the film’s visual style perfectly suits the material. Charles Dickens’ 1843 story is a fantasy about ghosts, time travel, and Christmas. It can […]


Mon, December 12th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Fatherland
Posted by: David Pitt

A while back I briefly mentioned Fatherland, the 1994 television movie based on Robert Harris’s 1992 thriller about a German police detective investigating a homicide (and uncovering a high-level conspiracy). I recently watched the movie again, and I’d forgotten just how gripping it is. The novel is set in 1964. Preparations for the celebration of […]





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