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Mon, July 9th, 2012
Reading the Screen: Real Steel
Posted by: David Pitt

Real Steel, the 2011 movie directed with uncharacteristic style and energy by Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, Date Night), is loosely based  on Richard Matheson’s 1956 short story, “Steel.” The story had already been adapted twice for the small screen, as a 1962 Twilight Zone episode and — surprisingly faithfully […]

Mon, July 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ernest Cline
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you’ve haven’t heard of Ernest Cline, then congratulations–it must be cozy under that rock of yours. May I join you? Because my sensitive, beautiful ears can’t take any more of the praise for this guy’s (pretty fantastic, I admit) geek-gasm of a debut novel, Ready Player One. All right, Cline. Remember those unkind jocks […]

Mon, June 18th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Daniel H. Wilson
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We had no beef with Daniel H. Wilson back when he was earning a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. But then the good Dr. Wilson had to shove his knowledge of “science” and whatnot into our faces with “books,” including the brand-new Amped and the bestselling Robopocalypse, soon to be a “major” motion […]

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 […]

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