Friday, April 09, 2004

Yes indeed, an actual morning roundup of links 

Martin Sixsmith was forced out of the Labor government after a series of scandals. Now he's written a novel, and the Guardian isn't impressed. To say the least. Looks like he's giving Iain Duncan Smith a run for his money in terms of the bad political thriller sweepstakes....

Is Belle de Jour real or a hoax? Who cares? Jim McLellan points out that whatever the case, Belle might just be at the forefront of a still-emerging movement of blog fiction, although honestly, based on his examples, I'd say the idea is still in the prototype stage, Pamela Ribon and Raisin Rodriguez notwithstanding.

Some of the best Saudi writers are banned in their home country for writing books that are "dangerous and destructive." But as the Christian Science Monitor finds out, such books are still available at home--and selling reasonably well.

There's no question, especially after the Nibbies, that Richard & Judy are a force to be reckoned with in British publishing. The Telegraph meets them and discovers why they are so passionate about books--and why readers are listening to them.

Speaking of the Nibbies, the Scotsman presents its own take on the British Book Award winners, focusing especially on Alexander McCall Smith's win for author of the year.

Adriana Trigiani is the subject of the Independent's weekly author interview, where she talks about why her books--especially her latest, LUCIA, LUCIA--are such successes.

Boyd Tonkin hopes that the "PS" section at the back of HarperPerennial's new paperback reprint line will be a jumping off point for more literary goodies like author interviews, making readers keep their books--and booksellers selling them--just a little bit longer.

ITV, after airing four episodes, has decided not to make any new installments in the Rebus series. One hopes that if the show is resurrected, John Hannah won't be a part of it, but who knows?

The Seattle Times offers a weird review of an even weirder book, by all accounts. A history of African-Americans as told by Strom Thurmond to the authors, in novel form? Fiction, yes, but strange, oh definitely.....

Phillip Margolin gets the sappy contrived treatment
by the Sacramento Bee in honor of his newest NYT-bestselling thriller SLEEPING BEAUTY. I mean, opening with the food he's just eaten? Oy, gevalt.

Newsday really digs Michael Andre Bernstein's sprawling new historical epic CONSPIRATORS, set in the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire. For some reason this book (the Canadian edition, which appears to be the true first) is stocked in the mystery section, but whatever the case, this is a book I want to read. Perfect for a long train or plane ride...

David Montgomery's latest review appears in January Magazine this time--a full length discourse on Gayle Lynds' new thriller THE COIL.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer offers up a short, but positive, review of Ridley Pearson's new Lou Boldt novel, THE BODY OF DAVID HAYES.

And finally, Bookmunch approves of Chris Niles' VANISHED, although not to the same extent that I did when I reviewed the book some time ago. Still, if there's any book that ought to be read by a few folks I know, this is it.

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