A strange phenomenon is rapidly taking over the world. In 1999, it was estimated to have brought in more than $12 billion - exceeding the gross national product of Cambodia, El Salvador and Jamaica combined. For years, fans have dressed up as space aliens waving glowing swords, and have devoted weeks to stand in line for it. This week, it even graces the cover of Time magazine.
Sarah Montague wants to prove to the world that she's a smart, modern writer.
A single mother and her feisty teenage daughter move into an eerie old New York brownstone, complete with a maze of stairs and corridors, poor lighting, four stories of creaky wood floors and a vault-like panic room. Add some rain and black-clad intruders with a mission, and you have the perfect cookie-cutter psychological thriller.
"Making Scenes," the debut novel by hypertext writer Adrienne Eisen, starts out innocently. A quirky but likable heroine is introduced, a seemingly engaging story begins to unfold and a typical feminist coming of age/finding oneself novel is brought into the world.
Complete with the standard plucky heroine, date-from-hell scenes and gorgeous gay best friend, "Me Times Three" is the typical chick-flick in book form. Think Bridget Jones' Diary, with a move from London to New York and Bridget replaced with her Jewish alter ego.
With mechanized carnival attractions, curtained rooms that reveal grotesque surprises and a blatant feminist undertone, The Sideshow of the Absurd is as different from your average traveling art show as cubism is from the Baroque.
Part autobiography, part family memoir and part sickeningly cute, Craig Barnes' new novel "Growing Up True" celebrates the value of family in rural Colorado in the years after World War II. Or rather, it makes an effort to celebrate.