Monday, November 10, 2003

Monday Roundup 

Janet Maslin loves, simply loves, Peter Straub's new book LOST BOY LOST GIRL.

Robert Harris discusses the impetus for his new novel POMPEII (bestseller already in the UK, out next month here) and the parallels between the earlier civilization and a post 9/11 world.

Maxim Jakubowski's crime roundup actually ran on Saturday at the Guardian (how'd I miss it?) where he gives a favorable review to Thomas Kelly's THE RACKETS, a new translated crime novel from Fred Vargas, and the first 3 J.D. Robb books. Huh. Well I read them a zillion years ago too, but got tired of the same old with Eve 'n Roarke. But they are up to what, book 20 now?

Meanwhile, the mayor of St. Tropez is unhappy with his fictional portrayal in Christian Millau's new novel about the isle. Now he's suing the debut novelist.

Speaking of pissed-off folk, McDonald's doesn't want to face the reality of the definition of what a "McJob" is. Of course, Webster's didn't have to put said definition in their dictionary.

Don't want to read OLIVIA JOULES in its entirety? Here's the succinct digested version. Or just read John Walsh's interview of Helen Fielding.

The bloom has worn off The English Rose, as Madonna's second children's effort is panned.

Patrick Anderson's weekly thriller column features two novels set in and around World War II: Thomas Moran's ANJA THE LIAR (also reviewed here and here) and Gaylord Dold's THE LAST MAN IN BERLIN.

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