James Patterson


Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE

I found Anthony Doerr’s ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE to be a remarkable read.  But, as with THE GOLDFINCH, not for the reasons routinely cited in the reviews.  Many who hated ATLWCS said that the latter half of the narrative fell apart.  One reader, a particularly abrasive soul, even […]


Franchise Writers, How Much Material They Really Write

The rapid rate at which certain franchise writers can churn out material is truly astounding.  The current franchise king, James Patterson, admits to utilizing a team of writers who flesh out stories for which he provides just an outline.  Some literary franchises, such as the long-dead Robert Ludlum’s, utilize material […]


“New” Beatrix Potter Manuscript Discovered

A Beatrix Potter manuscript was just “discovered,” and I predicted that after GO SET A WATCHMAN there would be a number of “remarkable” finds around the corner.  This has proved to be the case, and there will be more.  I wouldn’t even doubt if the book by Matthew, Mark, Luke, […]


Rigging Book Reviews

It’s impossible to understand what’s occurred with book reviews related to everything from relevancy to honesty without mentioning John Locke’s admission that he paid for somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 book reviews and found this perfectly all right. I’ve always believed that it’s easy to be enamored with something […]


James Patterson Making Good on Pledge to Donate $1 Million to Independent Bookstores

James Patterson is making good on his pledge to donate $1,000,000 to independent bookstores across the nation.  Thus far he’s cut checks totaling more than $265,000 to 55 stores, which means each has received on average $5,000.  In today’s economy this might not seem like much, but to a small, […]


Best-Selling Fiction Writers During the Past Decade 2

I saw this list recently and posted it in my Newsletter, and I’m curious if most folks, even if they follow the industry closely, would have selected each of these same names. My surprise is Nicholas Sparks, and I didn’t think Dr. Seuss’s material would still sell in these numbers. […]