From Stephenie Meyer’s novella to Justin Cronin’s much buzzed-about The Passage, there’s a lot going on in publishing this week. As always, BookPage.com will be in on the action. You can especially look forward to the following reviews and features. (Click the book titles to take a sneak preview.)
Is The Passage worth the hype? Trisha says yes in her interview with Justin Cronin
The vampire craze sweeping literature is not unlike the virus that decimates the world in Justin Cronin’s The Passage. Sure, there are isolated enclaves of holdouts, defending literature as they know it from the onslaught of supernatural beings, but most of the reading public seems to have developed an insatiable thirst for stories featuring the undead, from writers like Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer.
Read a review of Charles Wohlforth’s “intellectual, philosophical” The Fate of Nature
Will present and future generations help protect our planet from neglect and abuse, or will the social and political mechanisms of the market economy win out? In The Fate of Nature, award-winning writer Charles Wohlforth (The Whale and the Supercomputer) argues that humans are inexorably linked to nature and “if we’re to imprint good will on the world, those wishes have to vie in the same arena as our selfishness.”
In the YA realm, Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red puts a modern spin on Little Red Riding Hood. The review’s online now, and a Q&A will be published in Wednesday’s Reading Corner.
After defending her sister Rosie from a werewolf attack—and losing her grandmother and her eye in the process—Scarlett March resolves to hunt and kill the “Fenris” until every single wolf is dead. To do so, she poses as a confused and scared teenage girl, the favorite prey of the wolves, and then she goes in for the kill. Her desire to slay the werewolves is every bit as brutal as the wolves’ desire to attack. Rosie knows that she owes Scarlett her life, and her devotion to her sister is palpable. However, Rosie finds herself falling for Silas Reynolds, a woodsman also bent on killing the Fenris, and she begins to imagine a life focused on more than just hunting and slaying werewolves.
What books are you buzzing about this week?