Various and sundry book news

Posted: June 17, 2008 in Hot Book News

Okay, let me get this straight. Violence and injustice around the world aren’t serious enough for the Vatican to expend energy to “ban,” but Dan Brown is?

” Angels and Demons, the latest Dan Brown thriller to be turned into a film, includes key episodes that take place in the Vatican and Rome’s churches. Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the head of the Vatican’s Prefecture for Economic Affairs, said that Brown had “turned the gospels upside down to poison the faith”. ”

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The battle rages on for eBooks vs. the real thing.


” In important ways they are better than traditional books: they save paper and can be reproduced at low cost; users can increase the type size and read while eating, using a finger as a page-turner; hundreds of books can be downloaded from the web. On the downside, they are expensive, difficult to lend, easier to steal and could be destined for oblivion if formats change in the future. ”

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Joanna Trollope on “chick lit,” from her blog at

” It’s odd, isn’t it, how squeamish we are about love as a topic. It’s fine for a hallmarked classic – Madame Bovary, Anna Karenina – but if the heroine is a modern girl commuting in to a dull job on the Central Line from Epping, we come all over contemptuous. We use words and phrases like shallow and frothy and only fit for women on sunbeds (so RUDE to readers). I don’t believe there’s a creature on this planet – man, woman, straight, gay, any creed or race – who isn’t longing to love and be loved in some way at some point in their lives. It’s the Great Topic we all have in common, and quite right too – get your relationships right and most of the rest of life assumes its proper proportion. ”

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