Books

4:00pm

Tue August 7, 2012
Books

A Comics Crusader Takes On The Digital Future

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:40 pm

Thrillbent.com. The site's creator, comic-book writer Mark Waid, hopes it will redefine comics in the era of smartphones and tablets." href="/post/comics-crusader-takes-digital-future" class="noexit lightbox">
A panel from part one of Insufferable, the first title offered by the comics website Thrillbent.com. The site's creator, comic-book writer Mark Waid, hopes it will redefine comics in the era of smartphones and tablets.
Courtesy of Thrillbent.com

He wouldn't make the claim himself, but when it comes to comic-book writers, Mark Waid is one of the greats.

"I've pretty much hit all of the pop culture bases," Waid says, surrounded by comic-book memorabilia in his Los Angeles home. Batman, Spider-Man and even The Incredibles have all had adventures dreamed up by Waid.

"Jan. 26, 1979, was the most important day of my life," Waid says. "Because that's the day that I saw Superman: The Movie. I came out of it knowing that no matter what the rest of my life was going to be like, it had to involve Superman somehow."

Read more

3:00pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

As Execution Looms, Texas Debates Steinbeck And What's Mentally Impaired

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 7:14 pm

Death row inmate Marvin Wilson.
Uncredited AP

There's a life-or-death drama unfolding in Texas tonight. It involves the death penalty, the Supreme Court and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

First the basics: Marvin Wilson, 54, is set to be executed by Texas tonight. He was convicted of the 1992 killing of a police informant. His attorneys however argue that a Supreme Court ban on the death penalty for the mentally impaired prohibits the state from going forward with tonight's execution and are asking the high court to step in.

Read more

2:16pm

Mon August 6, 2012
You Must Read This

An Apocalyptic Romp Through The 'Golden' State

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:44 pm

iStockphoto.com

Gabrielle Zevin's latest book is All These Things I've Done.

Forgive me, Facebook! I do not always want to tell people what I like. This flaw in my character puts me at odds with much of modern life, which is, of course, organized around a relentless cycle of recommendation.

Read more
Tags: 

1:00am

Mon August 6, 2012
Crime In The City

Author Peter James And Sidekick Track Seaside Crime

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 8:39 am

After turning over a book to his publisher, Peter James wakes up the next day and starts on the next one.
Gareth Ransome

Any tour of Brighton, England, has to begin at the Royal Pavilion, according to crime writer Peter James. Built by a king for his mistress 200 years ago, its Taj Mahal-like spires are the city's best-known landmark.

James' latest novel, Not Dead Yet, features — spoiler alert! — a pivotal scene in the pavilion's dining room, with its one-and-a-half ton crystal chandelier. Without giving too much away — the book won't be released in the U.S. until November – let's just say it might have something to do with the aforementioned chandelier.

Read more

5:28am

Sun August 5, 2012
NPR Story

Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 5:34 am

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."

Pages