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Book News for Monday, July 30, 2007

  • Oh, Harry: Marshall may have hit Harry Potter fatigue, but I sure haven't! Okay, I'm close, but my threshold seems to be a wee bit higher than hers.

    At any rate, Harry fans will be interested to know what his big-screen alter ego, Daniel Radcliffe, thought of the final book in this EW.com interview. (Spoilers galore! Beware!!)

    And if you somehow missed it last week, USA Today sat J. K. Rowling down to get her thoughts on the end of her beloved series and other fun stuff. (MORE spoilers!) Also, she's writing her next book — two, actually.

    "I'm sort of writing two things at the moment," she says. "One is for children and the other is not for children. The weird thing is that this is exactly the way I started writing Harry. I was writing two things simultaneously for a year before Harry took over. So one will oust the other in due course, and I'll know that's my next thing."

    The "not for children" one kind of freaks me out. I just hope she doesn't go the R. L. Stine route and get all graphically sexalicious on us poor readers. I couldn't take that. It's too much like meeting your school teacher as an adult and hearing stories about her sex life. I mean, ew.


  • Death Be Not Proud... but It Can Sure Be Lucrative: Bestselling authors need not fear death.

    The New York Times looks into how and why titans like Robert Ludlum somehow keep churning out new novels even after their hearts stop. (Makes you think the term "ghost writer" has never been more appropriate.)

    Whether it is fair to readers to publish the Ludlum books posthumously — in the form of spruced-up old manuscripts or new novels written by others — is not a serious concern to the estate or to Grand Central Publishing, the former Warner Books, where the rights to all new novels moved from St. Martin’s Press.

    “I don’t think anyone objects as long as you maintain the quality of the book,” Mr. Morrison said. “The Sherlock Holmes novels have been a business since ‘The Seven-Percent Solution,’ and some have been better than others. It’s the characters that interest people.”

    Characters, people! It's all about money characters, damn it!

  • Hogwarts Isn't Entirely Accurate: Interviewed in Time magazine, Neil Gaiman discusses the upcoming film version of his novella Stardust — and critiques a certain boy wizard:

    "My biggest problem with Harry Potter is that I went to an English public school and hated it," he says. (By "public school," the English mean what Americans mean by private school.) "I would have rather lived under the stairs." When he was 17, Gaiman wrote his own novel about English schools. "At the end, all the dead teachers came back to life — there was sort of this plague of zombies ripping the thing apart — and our decapitated hero had his eyes pecked out by the school peacock. That for me was trying to write a version of my own public school experience that was nicer and more fun."

    And that is a novel I would line up to buy at 12:01 a.m. (Via BookSlut.)

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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.

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