Thursday, April 01, 2004

Well, on the day that Ian McEwan is refused entry to the US, and that Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time goes on sale in paperback in the UK, sure to catapult the book to even more dizzying heights, I step over the threshold here for the first time. Surely there should be some kind of applause, the rolling-out of a red carpet? Well, sadly not :( Looks as if everyone's attention is being taken up by the above two far more important matters. If it were any other day...

Speaking of Haddon's remarkable book, here is a review from The Independent to coincide with the paperback release, as well as a couple of others. The most notable of these is a re-release of Margaret Atwood's non-fiction work, Strange Things, about the "Influence of the Malevolent North in Canadian Literature". Now, as far as I am concerned Margaret Atwood is the High Priestess of Genius, so this is a book I'll be reading.

The Independent also carry a review today of Pelecanos' new one, Hard Revolution. I'm ashamed to say I've never read anything by him before, but I am increasingly intrigued.

What else can I impart today...

...well, this is probably old news by now, but fans of the Kellermans will be interested to know that they have collaborated on a novel, Capital Crimes, and it will be out this coming September. As I say, interesting, but I'm not at all sure it'll work; after all, both authors are supposed to be ailing. I've never read Faye (yet), but I'm growingly increasingly sure that Jonathan's Delaware series is growing far too long. With Therapy arriving in May, I think the total now reaches something like 18 entries, and Kellerman has not proved himself able enough to keep it fresh for that long.

Also, you'll probably be aware of this as well, but given that Patricia Cornwell's website is quite frankly awful this news probably wont appear there until about a week before the book is out. The book in question is calledTrace and IS to be a Scarpetta novel (I'm still waiting for the non-fiction book about these theories of hers about Lady Diana's death; surely she wont be able to resist publishing that one?). A brief synopsis is given on the amazon.co.uk page.

Fans of Tom Bradby will be pleased to know that he has a new novel due, in the UK at least, this July, to be called The God of Chaos. Looking at the British cover, which is rather nice, it looks as if he's moving on to Ancient Egypt this time. From amazon.com it seems that America might see it in August, but I'm not sure if this sounds quite right. Surely the publishers in both countries wouldn't be so unprecedentedly remiss as to make the release dates practically the same?

Another interesting piece of (potentially old) news, this time for fans of the unequallable Donna Tartt: she is apparently working on a novella based around a modern re-working of the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, as part of a series which will include similar tales by such literary luminaries as the aforementioned Margaret Atwood. No matter how many years it takes her, it is sure to be worth the wait.