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Book News for Thursday, August 7, 2008

  • Broken Dawn: You thought the bloodsucking undead were scary? Don't mess with fanatical book readers who love them some vampire romance!

    Publishers Weekly reports on the backlash against Stephenie Meyer's bestseller:

    Breaking Dawn didn't meet the stratospheric expectations of every fan, and anguished and, in some cases, angry outcry has arisen this week — though the book appears to have just as many ardent defenders. The recently reopened message board on the Twilight series Web site has been very active, and on Amazon — where the novel remains ranked #1 in sales — the book has generated more than 1,600 reviews (nearly twice the reviews of the previous book, Eclipse) and more than 1,000 "customer discussions." Unhappy readers expressed a variety of opinions, including incredulity with certain plot points or the way threads were tied up, while others felt the writing wasn’t as strong as in the previous books.

    I was just pissed that Buffy and Angel didn't end up together forever, as they were always destined to be. Whoops, wait a sec. Got the wrong teen vampire series, didn't I?

  • Reading On the Edge: What does it take to score a seven-figure advance on your tell-all memoir? How about being a rock star for the past three decades. Yes, even a really bad one.

    Matthew Flamm at Crain's reports that Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith...has sold them the rights to his autobiography for more than $2 million.

    I can't wait to read the chapter on the writing of "Love In an Elevator."

    I just kept thinking, Man, elevators go up and down. Then I snorted a line of blow that started on a naked groupie's ankle and ran all the way up her spine. What else goes up and down? Love kinda does. So do hot chicks! Then I shot a speedball and made love to a caged grizzly bear from my private zoo and suddenly all the lyrics just poured right out of me! Lovin' it up when I'm goin' down...

    Next year's Pulitzer is already locked up. Everyone else can stop writing now.

  • Shameless Promotion Department: Powell's employee Shawn Aldridge has a webcomic in competition on DC's Zuda Comics site this month. Titled "Vic Boone," the comic is about... well, here's the synopsis:

    Former daredevil Vic Boone is a private investigator in a world etched by the science fiction of drive-in movies and early Hollywood. It's a landscape of robots, ray guns, and regular Joes. But whether his client is a beautiful socialite or a brain that wouldn't die, Boone is out to get the job done no matter how bizarre.

    Vic Boone

    Honestly, that sounds a little like my job description. Minus the beautiful socialites, and with a blog instead of a cool gun. Also, you could only call me a "daredevil" if you consider being number one in my local library's Summer Reading Is Fundamental program ten years in a row to be devilishly daring. Which I do.

    I would never attempt to sway your vote, but you should definitely take a look at "Vic Boone." And then login. And vote for whichever webcomic strikes your fancy.

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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. Eclipse (Twilight Saga #3 )
    Used Hardcover $3.95
  2. Aerosmith O, Yeah! New Trade Paper $24.95
  3. Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4)
    Used Hardcover $3.95

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