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BOOK NEWS FOR AUGUST 8: VAMPIRE ACADEMY AND ROALD DAHL INFO

by Dawn, August 8, 2010

Is Michigan-born author’s vampire series the next “Twilight”?

Source: freep.com

Richelle Mead doesn’t think she is much like Rose Hathaway, the tough, sarcastic 17-year-old heroine of “Vampire Academy.”

“I’ve certainly never been in a fight,” says the 33-year-old author of the popular book series, describing herself as a cautious person who hesitates before jumping to conclusions.

But Mead didn’t have any doubts about creating a strong character like Rose.

“There was never any question that was how she was going to be,” she says. “I’m so surprised when people bring that up. ‘Wow, Rose is so strong.’ ‘Wow, a strong female character.’ ”

Mead, who’s originally from Kalamazoo and now lives in Seattle, isn’t as famous as Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the “Twilight” series. But in the world of books for teens, her success is apparent.

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Willy Wonka creator Roald Dahl was a real-life James Bond

Source: smh.com.au

ROALD DAHL led an extraordinary life in America during World War II as a James Bond-style spy with a stable of women, a new biography of the children’s author reveals.

Apparently motivated by a combination of duty and lust, Dahl slept with countless high society women while gathering intelligence in the US.

His life as a young and dashing officer in Britain’s Royal Air Force in the early 1940s is detailed in the first authorised biography of Dahl, Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl, by Donald Sturrock.

Antoinette Haskell, a wealthy friend of Dahl’s who looked up to him as a brother even though he was ”drop dead gorgeous”, said the author had a ”whole stable” of women to wait on his every need. ”He was very arrogant with his women, but he got away with it. The uniform didn’t hurt one bit and he was an ace [pilot]. I think he slept with everybody on the east and west coasts that had more than $50,000 a year.”

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