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Random Book Update

Another name in the annals of writers who do genre fiction and are known in fiction award circles: Michael Chabon. His book The Yiddish Policemen's Union just won the Nebula Award and is up for the Hugo Award (the two biggest science fiction/fantasy awards). He won the Pulitzer in 2001 for his book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I went to the library today, and the only thing I could find by him was his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Needless to say, I picked it up.

I also got these:

  • River of Gods by Ian McDonald
  • The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfield
  • Looking for Jake and Other Stories by China MiĆ©ville
  • The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
  • Three Hearts & Three Lions by Poul Anderson

Oh, also: according to Wikipedia the Coen brothers are going to direct a film adaptation of The Yiddish Policemen's Union. This is exciting. How much alternative history fiction do you get from Hollywood?

One Response to “Random Book Update”

  1. Frank Anthony Polito Says:

    Good choice in picking up MOP by Chabon! In my opinion, it's still his best. Back then, he wasn't bogged down with trying to write WELL (big words, overly descriptive passages etc.) he just told a good story!

    Not sure if you've heard about the recent film-adaptation by DODGEBALL writer/director, Rawson Marshall Thurber. If you enjoy the book, I wouldn't waste time with the movie, IF it ever gets released. It bombed at Sundance, owing to the fact that RMT went and CHANGED 85% of the story.

    More details can be found at myspace.com/mysteriesofpittsburgh

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