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Book News for Monday, February 9, 2009

  • Kids are Just That Into Coraline: It looks like Coraline, the stop-motion-animated feature adaptation of Neil Gaiman's award-winning children's book, is a hit!

    Early box-office reports show Coraline, Portland animation studio Laika's expensive, oddball fantasy, rode the strength of stellar reviews to a $16.3 million opening weekend, far exceeding expectations.

    The top spot in this weekend's box-office derby went to another book-to-film adaptation, He's Just Not That Into You, based on the book that almost every single woman was reading for about two minutes a few years back.

  • The Talented Birthday Boy: Patricia Highsmith's lovable psychopath Tom Ripley turns 80 this year.

    Highsmith recorded five installments of the Tom Ripley story over a period of 37 years. She was the author of 17 other novels, in many of which it is the good man (seldom a woman) who suffers, snaring himself in a trap of his own unconscious devising. With Ripley, matters are different. He has killed at least eight people — most of them unsavory types — yet he always walks free, as, perhaps, he continues to do. Highsmith died after a prolonged illness in 1995, but she gave no indication that Ripley had gone before.

    And what better way to celebrate Tom's birthday than by picking up a boxed set of all the Ripley books?

    They make a great gift for the macabre lover (or lover of the macabre) in your life. They're also heavy enough to weigh down a body you don't want bobbing to the surface anytime soon...

  • Fool's Gold: The San Francisco Chronicle has high praise for Christopher Moore's new novel, Fool.

    The result is a Bardic stew liberally seasoned with slapstick, sex, groaner puns, anachronisms and plenty of cheerfully curdled Elizabethan wordplay....While our heart-struck sympathies may linger with the tragic king, our minds keep getting snagged by his comic servant's incisive, despairing wit. Here, the fool gets the full attention that he's so cagily earned.

    Moore will be reading at our Cedar Hills Crossing store next Tuesday, February 17th, at 7pm. He's also next week's guest blogger!

Book News Round-up

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Fool
    Used Hardcover $11.50
  2. The Complete Ripley Novels: The...
    New Set Hardcover $100.00
  3. He's Just Not That into You: The...
    Used Hardcover $1.95
  4. Coraline: The Movie Collector's Edition
    Used Hardcover $9.95

  5. The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
    Used Hardcover $4.50
  6. Spade & Archer: The Prequel to... Used Hardcover $8.50
  7. The Maltese Falcon (Vintage Crime)
    Used Trade Paper $5.50

One Response to "Book News for Monday, February 9, 2009"

    DeniseB February 9th, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I just watched the video for Jamie Ford's new book and listened to him on your NPR link. Do you KNOW how lucky you are to have access to these people - to listen to them read from their book and answer your questions? Are you still appreciating the crap out of that? THAT is reason enough to live in Portland, near Powell's. Get off work, go to awesome said bookstore, and get rid of the "bad chi" that got spilled all over you whilst making a living. Heck, I have bought a load of books based on the opinion of you, oh snarky blogger...I think you should pick UP the book I just bought and saunter (or swagger, whatever your mood calls for) over to listen to Mr Ford and get my book signed!!

    This is your mission...should you chose to accept it...

    Or maybe I should double-dog-dare-ya cause then, you pretty much HAVE to or you will forever be considered a sissy!!

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