“I read Lev Grossmans’ The Magicians because the author was coming to our local literary festival (and also to dinner at my house). The book had me engrossed from the very beginning, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy. ... I grew up on Narnia, and The Magicians is so obviously influenced, not so much by those books as by the idea of having grown up on those books. As one who writes fiction about literary figures like Shakespeare and Austen, I also love Grossman’s subtle (and boldly not-so-subtle) references to other favorites of mine, from Tolkien to Harry Potter.”
“As a writer of thrillers, I’m always looking for books that draw me into complex, riveting plots of conspiracy and murder. I am currently reading The City by Dean Koontz. This is not a typical Koontz novel. He expertly weaves a fascinating tale of suspense and drama around the memoirs of a young boy. The book is replete with memories of the ’60s, a list of music and musicians from jazz standards to Dylan, the Beatles, Beach Boys, and more.”
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Oct. 12, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.
From the Pits of Insanity to the Cliffs of Despair, the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" became a kind of comedy cult favorite. British actor Cary Elwes starred along with Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin in the fairy-tale adventure that didn't really gain a following until it was released on VHS. Now he's released a new book on the experience, "As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride."