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Book news, reviews, and musings 25 September 2010

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News, Reviews, and Musings is a new daily feature. Feel free to chime in, or to tweet/email us if we've missed something that you'd like to see featured.

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Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has written a book about his ordeal, but there are concerns about what should happen to the books proceeds. Under Australian law, it is illegal to draw profits from a crime.

The bookosphere has been buzzing with revelations that there will be a film version of Miltons classic Paradise Lost. Alex Proyas, the man behind the film adaptation of I, Robot, and of Knowing has signed on to direct.

The Australian Book Review is developing a digital edition of the magazine to hit iPhones, iPads and other electronic devices in 2011. 2011 will mark the publications 50th birthday.
Jonathan Franzens Time cover is parodied in the current issue of The Stranger.
InterviewsAuslit interviews author Sam Stephens about his involvement in the chain thriller Airborne, which also bears the stamp of that fairly well-known James Patterson guy.

Tall Tales and Short Stories chats with Welsh author Brian Lux about how he came to write his award-winning childrens novel Court of Foxes.

Lauren Beukes, author of 'Moxyland and Zoo City,'is interviewed by Sveriges radio.


Minieke at A Fantastical Librarian gives us her thoughts on the age-old classic Beowulf, and expresses her surprise that it remains so timely. Of course the quality of translation does make a big difference!

Pats Fantasy Hotlist looks at fantasy author Brian Sandersons novel The Way of Kings, which is (rather dauntingly) the first of a ten volume epic. But Pats not sure whether it lives up to its hype.

Jessica Crispin reviews The Woman with the'Bouquet by Emmanuel Schmitt, and finds it to be incisive, romantic, and elegantly written.

Yesterday we posted a review of ND Wilsons Dandelion Fire. This week weve also reviewed'The Man in the High Castle and Fahrenheit 451. You might also be interested in checking out our recent reviews of'The Chysalids and Brave New World.


Over on the Man of La Book Blog, Zolas asks how long book bloggers/reviewers spend on writing their reviews. The answers range from 15 minutes to a few hours. As youve probably guessed, Im at the lengthier end of the spectrum!

When it comes to hard science fiction, handwavium just doesnt cut it. Six scientists in difference science fields share their recommendations for sci-fi books that give us some accurate and exacting science.

Just for fun

Oh dear, this is perhaps not intended for use as a bookmark

Author birthdays

Happy birthday William Faulkner!

Quote of the Day

We never stop reading, although every book comes to an end, just as we never stop living, although death is certain. Roberto Bolagno

Beautiful book cover of the day

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