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Monday, July 14, 2008

The Next Penelope Ashe or Richard Bachman?

posted by on July 14 at 13:00 PM

Over at Enter the Octopus, there’s some speculation about sci-fi author John Twelve Hawks. I first heard about Hawks when I was a bookseller. I was told that he was signed by the same editor who signed Dan (Da Vinci Code) Brown, that his book The Traveler was supposed to be the next big thing, and that he lived totally off the grid. Off the grid was repeated many, many times, the way that everyone was so crazy about the fact that Jackie Chan did his own stunts many years ago.

Lately, a few book bloggers have been getting letters from Hawks, and some people think this is a big promotion for Hawks’ next book, The Dark River. Matt at Octopus thinks that Hawks is a pen name for a group of authors. I think that he might be a pen name for one, already-established sci-fi author who figured that the romantic backstory of someone who lives in the woods and only communicates, Unabomer-style, with letters and handwritten manuscripts, would sell some books.

Whatever. I read the first seventy-five pages of The Traveler and I couldn’t give a good goddamn about any of it.

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Personally, I'd rather catch the free reading by Connie Willis this Tuesday night at the U Bookstore at 7, or even the free Eoin Colfer reading and signing his latest Artemis Fowler book this Saturday at 6pm at Town Hall.

Sometimes it's best not to listen to the hype.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 14, 2008 1:13 PM

paul? are you wearing ugly hipster pants? you better not be!

Posted by scary tyler moore | July 14, 2008 1:52 PM

I haven't read his books yet, but my wife gave "The Traveler" a try and told me that it was way too "new agey" for her to finish. Then again, what do you expect from a guy who calls himself "Twelve Hawks?"

Posted by Matt Staggs | July 15, 2008 5:02 AM

Hey, "John" : You know who else lived off the grid? Christopher McCandless.

Posted by Greg | July 15, 2008 3:30 PM

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