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BOOK NEWS FOR FEB. 18TH: STEPHEN KING, J.K. ROWLING SUIT, AND THE WINDUP GIRL

by Dawn, February 18, 2010

Stephen King is Going ‘Full Dark’

by Joseph McCabe at FearNet
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The Message Board moderator on StephenKing.com has just announced the title — and given a description — of King’s next book.

King’s next book, following his very successful Under the Dome, will be called Full Dark, No Stars. It will be “a collection of 4 previously unpublished novellas and is expected to be released in November (possibly 9th, but that is subject to change).”

In a follow-up, post, the moderator reveals that one of the novellas “is about Hemigford Home”, one of the settings for King’s classic The Stand.

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‘Harry Potter’ author hit with plagiarism lawsuit

By Kristen Gelineau
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J.K. Rowling has been named in a lawsuit alleging she stole ideas for her wildly popular and lucrative “Harry Potter” books from another British author.

The lawsuit, filed in a London court, claims Rowling’s book “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” copied substantial parts of Jacobs’ 1987 book, “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No. 1 Livid Land.” Jacobs’ estate also claims that many other ideas from “Willy the Wizard” were copied into the “Harry Potter” books. Jacobs died in London in 1997.

There was no immediate comment from Rowling. In June, Bloomsbury said the allegation that Rowling lifted from Jacobs’ work was “unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue.” Bloomsbury said Jacobs’ estate first approached the company in 2004 with its claims, but was unable to identify any text in the “Harry Potter” books that was copied from “Willy the Wizard.”

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The Windup Girl: 2010’s science fiction “it” book brings poetry and excitement to ecotastrophe

By Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing
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The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel, is causing quite a stir in science fiction circles, with whispers of a Hugo nomination and critical praise from all sides (including me: I just nominated it for the Locus prize for best first novel).

Bacigalupi is already well known for his amazing short stories, such as the Hugo-nominated “The Calorie Man,” which is set in the same world that The Windup Girl takes place in. He has a deserved reputation as a prose-stylist whose facility with language borders on the poetic, and as someone whose visionary ideas benefit from this poetic presentation.

In The Windup Girl, we are plunged into a fraught and difficult world: energy collapse and environmental disasters have changed the shape of the planet, swamping its coastal cities and destroying our capacity to travel or move freight at high speeds.

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What do you think of the second lawsuit against J.K. Rowling? Are you looking forward to Stephen King’s next book? Have you read The Windup Girl?

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