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Book News for Monday, January 7, 2007

  • New Bhutto: As reported here last week, HarperCollins is bumping up the release date for the posthumous new book by former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated two weeks ago.

    The New York Times confirms that the release date for the book, titled Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West, will be February 12th.

    Preorder your copy now.

  • You Mean, Tom Cruise Is Actually..? Get ready for a fresh round of couch-jumping — only this time in anger!

    Scientologists are hopping mad about celebrity dirt-digger Andrew Morton's upcoming book Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography (due next week, people!!). According to The Independent, Morton's book suggests that Cruise is not just a celebrity billboard for the cult religion, but is in fact its second-in-command!

    Powell's Book News has obtained an exclusive photograph of Tom's superior, the High Commander of Scientology:


    Meanwhile, MSNBC reports that — to the shock of all living things — Tom Cruise's people are actually denouncing Morton and the unauthorized bio!

    Wait... does Tom not actually endorse the airing of his many, many secrets? What a pickle.

  • Smart Bitches On the Case: "Elizabeth in Austin" tips us off that a blog called Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books (damn, I didn't realize that name was taken!) has used Powell's in its investigation of alleged plagiarism by the romance novelist Cassie Edwards.

    After we’d picked ourselves up from the floor (seriously: ferrets! Hee!), and since we’re suckers for punishment, Kate and I promptly ran to Powell’s to obtain more Edwards novels and spent pretty much all of Saturday afternoon and evening combing through four novels to see if we could find any more Eerie Similarities. No, we didn’t have anything better to do with ourselves. Yes, our dorkery and geekiness are legion. Yes, we’re masochistic fools. (Four Cassie Edwards novels in less than 12 hours! FOUR! Aieeee.)

    Compare and contrast their (remarkably) thorough results, and decide for yourself. Or let the lawyers decide.

    Or turn to whoever's nearest you and ask, "Who the hell is Cassie Edwards?" And if they give you an answer — let me know, wouldja?

  • Coming Soon — Internet: The Movie: Cyberpunk auteur William Gibson, whose only previous cinematic foray was the unfortunate (and so easily forgotten) Johnny Mnemonic, is getting not one, but two adaptations up on the big screen.

    First, Gibson's seminal novel Neuromancer will finally end up on film, directed by the guy who made the biker race-flick Torque and starring the whiny teenage version of Darth Vader. Are you jumping up and down with excitement yet?

    Well, there's some good news on the horizon: six-time Academy Award-nominated director Peter Weir will helm the film version of Gibson's novel Pattern Recognition. Oh, you don't recognize the name Peter Weir? Here are some of his films:

    The Year of Living Dangerously
    Dead Poets Society
    The Truman Show
    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Anyone wanna guess which film goes on future "Best of the Year" lists and which one cleans up at the Razzie Awards?

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the 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. Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy,...
    Used Hardcover $5.95
  2. Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography Used Hardcover $4.95

  3. Shadow Bear: Lakota (Signet... Used Trade Paper $5.95
  4. Neuromancer
    New Trade Paper $16.00

  5. Pattern Recognition
    Used Mass Market $4.95

2 Responses to "Book News for Monday, January 7, 2007"

    eliz.s. January 7th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Yay for being a source! I read through the SB investigation and was glad I'd never read anything by Cassie Edwards. Ick.

    manwith7talents January 7th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Another great Peter Weir film is "Picnic at Hanging Rock". One of my favorite films of all time, actually.

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