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  • The Siren's Call: Summer chills from Neil Gaiman & Co.

    The Siren's Call: Summer chills from Neil Gaiman & Co.
    Let's face it: If Homer or Virgil were writing today, their work would probably get shelved in the fantasy section of the bookstore rather than in "Classics of Western Literature." "Oh, c'mon," I imagine some bookseller saying, "the publisher says this...
  • In 'Nothing Right,' writer Antonya Nelson homes in on modern life's contradictions

    The house Antonya Nelson shares with her husband, writer Robert Boswell, and their two grown children, Noah, 18, and Jade, 21, is doeskin adobe, built in 1910, surrounded by dusty, shaded sage plants. Inside, there is color everywhere: flowers, pottery,...
  • 'The Red Convertible' by Louise Erdrich

    Louise Erdrich is an immensely satisfying storyteller who molds her novels from the clay of her short fiction. In the preface to "The Red Convertible," a collection of her new and selected stories, Erdrich writes that these pieces later "gather force...
  • Man in black: Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane

    Man in black: Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane
    Considering the many horror films featuring heroes in black who take out ghoulish enemies with crossbows or holy water bullets -- think of the "Underworld" or "Hellboy" movies, or "Van Helsing," whose titular hero seems inspired by the subject of this...
  • 'Rain Gods' by James Lee Burke

    After getting the lay of the literary land in James Lee Burke's new Texas-based crime novel, I was reminded of a friend mentioning -- with film-buff certainty -- that Howard Hawks' classic western "Red River" was in fact an uncredited reworking of the sea...
  • Eco books for kids: Saving the planet, one book at a time

    Eco books for kids: Saving the planet, one book at a time
    The environmental movement may not yet have changed the world, but it has certainly changed the world of children's books. Hardly a science or nature book for kids fails to sound a warning about habitats, species and resources in danger. Where 10 years...
  • Salinger, Pynchon & Co.: When writers are recluses

    They wait like pilgrims, queuing silently, bearing volumes for inscription and awaiting a chance to touch the hem of his garment. They're not Franciscans approaching Assisi but earnest readers rushing bookstores and cultural temples for word -- wisdom,...
  • Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Dec. 21, 2008

    Los Angeles Times bestsellers for Dec. 21, 2008
    Fiction 1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer ($10.99) 2. The Shack by William P. Young ($14.99) 3. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini ($16) 4. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga ($14) 5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz ($14) 6....
  • Los Angeles Times Bestsellers

    Los Angeles Times Bestsellers
    Fiction 1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen ($13.95) 2. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon ($15.95) 3. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho ($13.95) 4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ($13.95) 5. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones ($12) 6. No One...
  • Running in circles

    By Ed Park * To take a page from last month's column: We learn from John Crowley's "Endless Things," the final book of his "Aegypt" cycle, that "Coleridge had written . . . that 'the common end of all narrative, nay of all poems, is to convert a...
  • His own brand

    His own brand
    Almost 50 years ago, in 1959, Philip Roth published "Goodbye, Columbus," a coming-of-age love story that was short, sharp, tender and pitch-perfect, and won the National Book Award. Few writers have launched a career so auspiciously. Roth, of course, went...