Posts tagged: novels

Henry Fielding Biography: New!

Now that he’s been dead 258 years, we thought it would be safe to have a biography of 18th century novelist Henry Fielding!

China Miéville Turns 40

 Author China Miéville’s was born 6 September 1972. Happy birthday, China!

The Vampire Novel of the Century

 What’s the most influential vampire novel from the last 100 years? The Horror Writers of America have narrowed it down to six nominees. Hint: Twilight isn’t one of them.

How Much Do You Like Ray Bradbury?

 Do you like Ray Bradbury enough to read this weird piece that somehow screws Ray Bradbury’s work into a political screed? I do.

Charlotte Brontë’s Expensive Little Book

A miniature book by Charlotte Brontë sold at auction this week for a sum that will make you think twice about throwing out your kid’s artwork.

Happy Birthday, Anne Rice!

 Author Anne Rice is 70 years old today. She’s the one who gave us the vampire Lestat, introduced in her 1976 novel Interview with a Vampire. If you don’t know that book, uh… it’s like Twilight for grown-ups.  Grown-ups who like to read pages and pages of flowery prose.

Fedor Dostoevsky Predicts the Summer of 2011

“The heat in the street was terrible and the airlessness, the bustle and the
plaster, scaffolding, bricks, and dust all about him, and that special
Petersburg stench, so familiar to all who are unable to get out of town
in summer — all worked painfully upon the young man’s already overwrought nerves. The insufferable stench from the pot-houses, which are particularly numerous in that part of the town, and the drunken men whom he met continually, although it was a working day, completed the revolting misery of the picture.”

Connie Willis Wins Her Seventh Nebula Award

Science fiction author Connie Willis has won her seventh Nebula award, this one for Blackout/All Clear, her two-volumes-makes-a-book time travel novel.
Read the news account here. Find out more about the Nebula award by reading the rules provided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Ian Fleming Meets Raymond Chandler

Fans of thriller writers Ian Fleming (James Bond) and Raymond Chandler should enjoy this 1958 recording from the BBC.

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Biography

Who2 now has a profile of the Japanese-Engish novelist Kazuo Ishiguro.

He’s the guy who wrote The Remains of the Day, one of the most heart-breaking books I’ve ever read. It’s good. I’ve never seen the movie all the way through, however, because I’m not one for those kinds of movies, the ones about stuffy English manners and unrequited love.

I can thoroughly enjoy books like that, but when it comes to movies, I have an automatic Homer Simpson reaction: BOR-RING!!