Friday, April 25, 2014

Book News Roundup: April 25, 3014

Whatever

John Scalzi writes science fiction (prize-winning novels Old Man's War and Redshirts, among others), blogs prolifically (the always-worth-reading Whatever), and yesterday was interviewed by Veronica Scott in USA Today. They cover topics ranging from Scalzi's past and upcoming works (can't wait to read Lock In, dropping August 26th!) to what movies he recommends and what is (or isn't) on his bucket list. The interview is worth a read, as is his blog, which is opinionated and funny and very, very topical. Oh yeah, his novels are pretty terrific, too.

Winter is Coming...No, Really

That big tease George R.R. Martin has released another tiny excerpt, this one from the upcoming World of Ice and Fire, a companion book to the Song of Ice and Fire series. It's not Winds of Winter (the next novel...due out...someday), but it'll satisfy that jones for a little while. World of Ice and Fire will be out October 28th of this year.

This Is No Jest

In 1996, after the publication of Infinite Jest, journalist David Lipsky traveled with author David Foster Wallace for Rolling Stone magazine. That article was never published, but after DFW's suicide in 2008 Lipsky published the transcript of their conversations as Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace. The movie version of this book, titled, rather more succinctly, The End of the Tour, is currently in production, and the David Foster Wallace estate is not happy about it. Carolyn Kellog's Los Angeles Times blog Jacket Copy has the details. 

Time's Most Influential

Time magazine has released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and this year there are six wonderful writers on the list. As is the devil incarnate (because it's a  list is of influential people, not great ones).

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