Books My Opinion of Christopher Hitchens…
posted by August 19 at 10:36 AMon
…just dropped a little bit. Hitchens and a bunch of other writers, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, Y the Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughan, and Year of Living Biblically jackass A.J. Jacobs all star in a book trailer for a new mystery thriller called The Book of Lies, by Brad Meltzer. They’re all pretending that the titular book, which is somehow connected to Cain and Abel and the creation of Superman, is real. The trailer is really embarrassing to watch:
This is why writers are not actors. Also, Brad Meltzer is a huge-ass hack. He started out as a Grisham rip-off, but then he started writing superhero comic books (of course the superhero comics community embraced him as a real literary talent because the superhero comics community swoons whenever they get any positive attention from anyone who’s not a member of the superhero comics community). Now he’s combining his two areas of hackspertise into one, with a conspiracy novel about a superhero comic book.
I actually read Meltzer’s last book, The Book of Truth, when it came out a couple years back, and it was one of the worst thrillers I’ve ever read: cardboard characters, a ‘conspiracy’ that doesn’t work, and the vexing ability to somehow construct every sentence in the book around a cliche. His comic book popularity explains Whedon and Vaughan’s participation, and Galleycat seems to think that Hitchens was pushed into it by his literary agency, which—here’s your conspiracy—is also Meltzer’s literary agency. I’m going to go try to unwatch this thing now.