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Book News: Neil Gaiman, Sarah Silverman, and More

  • One Book, Many Gods: The One Book, One Twitter project launches tomorrow, and readers have selected Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods as their first title.

    One Book, One Twitter founder Jeff Howe explained in a piece for Wired.com:

    The aim with One Book, One Twitter is — like the one city, one book programme which inspired it — to get a zillion people all reading and talking about a single book.

    On his blog, Gaiman himself expressed some uncertainty with the choice:

    As an author, I'm half-pleased and half-not, mostly because American Gods is such a divisive sort of book. Some people love it, some sort of like it, and some people hate it....It's not a book I'd hand out to everyone, because the people who don't know anything about what I've written and who hate it...probably won't go and look any further.

    I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan, but I have to sheepishly admit American Gods is my least favorite of his novels: some good stand-alone bits, a long, shaggy middle (hey kids, coin tricks!), and a bunch of stuff with gods that he did a whole lot better in The Sandman. I certainly didn't hate it, but I would direct newcomers to The Graveyard Book or Stardust first. (To say nothing of The Sandman.)

    If you want to join in, just follow #1B1T2010 on Twitter. Maybe this is a good excuse to give it another try, but that ending... oh dear God, the ending is just so painful...

  • The Wettest Bed: The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times each get a shot at Sarah Silverman's book The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee — and it turns out, they both like it.

    See if you can discern which Times published which quote:

    A) [O]ften hilarious and occasionally revelatory....[A] mostly cohesive narrative of how a rebellious comic perspective evolved and became inseparable from the person who employs it...

    B) Though Silverman's book provides her customary shock-and-awe humor...it is Silverman's honesty and vulnerability that are most surprising....Silverman's stand-up delivery transitions nicely to the page as she jumps from soft, sensitive subjects to taboos and tense topics.

    Give up? Click here and here to find out.

Book News Round-up:

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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. American Gods: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $7.50
  3. Stardust
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  4. The Graveyard Book (Thorndike...
    New Hardcover $25.25
  5. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage,...
    Used Hardcover $6.50
  6. Moby-Dick (Bantam Classic)
    Used Mass Market $2.95
  7. And the Heart Says Whatever Used Trade Paper $3.95

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