Oh, yay. More consolidation in the book-publishing world. This line is interesting:
"The merging of publishers over the last decade has lead to bestseller lists increasingly dominated by a handful of blockbusters from imprints that are part of the same umbrella publisher."
PRH owner Bertelsmann to buy Simon & Schuster in $2bn deal
I just heard Hal Ketchum passed away.
Right to Repair
Portugal's English-speakers among best in world
Reading this whole #DisneyMustPay issue regarding Alan Dean Foster, I was surprised to learn he did the novelization of the first Star Wars movie. I read that book a VERY long time ago, but thought George Lucas had written it. Turns out it was ghostwritten. However, he has written other Star Wars novels under his own name as well.
Here's Disney acting like a classless corporate giant:
Interestingly, one of Lucas's restrictions when Timothy Zahn was writing his sequels was that he couldn't bring any character back who had already died. Both Lucas himself & Jar Jar Abrams did just that with their ill-conceived sequel ideas.
The prequels may have been poorly written, but they can't touch the sequels for sheer stupidity.
Actually, they're both bad ideas. The only definitive sequel to Return of the Jedi is Timothy Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command).
Zahn's Thrawn trilogy > Lucas's idea > what Jar Jar Abrams gave us
Would George Lucas's Star Wars sequels have been better than Disney's?
This is why I won't start a Fantasy series anymore until the last book has a fixed publication date. Authors can take all the time they want writing it on their schedule but, as a reader, I'll read it on my own schedule, too, & not on the author's whim.
(However, it's interesting that 2 of Fantasy's biggest authors are doing this.)
First George RR Martin, now Patrick Rothfuss: the curse of sequel-hungry fans
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