MATCH TO FLAME by Ray Bradbury
This may well be the most valuable collector's editor of Bradbury's work ever published. Here we have the collection of stories, letters, notes that all combined to create the final version of FARNEHEIT 451. The most imposing of the stories is "The Fireman" (1951 which later was expanded into the now famous novel. Bradbury cuts across all forms of fiction, from the most cerebral to the most popular. His work--his very being--has now inspired three generations of readers and writers alike. Even though he admits that a few of the earlier stories here are fledgling pieces, I found the whole book fascinating in the way it demonstrates the creative process behind his masterpiece.
Please for God's Sake--DON'T BE CYNICAL
$600,000 Advance For First Novel By John Le Carre's Son
Written in his stars: son of Le Carré gets £300,000 for first novel
By Ian Herbert
Published: 06 June 2007
When the mere mention of your father's name is guaranteed to generate a stampede in a bookshop, the temptation to follow him into writing is understandable. Nicholas Cornwell, son of John le Carré, could congratulate himself for yielding to it yesterday as it emerged that he has signed a reported £300,000 deal with Random House for a first novel which depicts life on earth restricted to a 40-mile band circling the globe after a nuclear disaster.
Cornwell - whose father's real name is David Cornwell - was determined to avoid comparisons with him and has adopted the pen name Nick Harkaway in a deliberate attempt to create an independent identity. But the connection ensured that the work, entitled The Wages Of Gonzo Lubitsch created a frisson of interest this week at Book Expo America - the US publishing industry's biggest domestic convention - and six out of seven publishers alerted to the novel by Cornwell's agent, Patrick Walsh of Conville & Walsh, responded within 24 hours.
The Random House imprint William Heinemann eventually snapped up the book, which will be published next May in Britain and in the US, by Knopf.
Ed here: There's more but it's mostly gabble about how the guy is talented (and maybe he really is) and how the book sort of resembles Terry Prachett (I think that was one of the names) and how it "created a frisson of interest" at BEA.
I'm not sure what "frisson" means. But on a day when Paris Hilton walked free after serving three days I don't like the sound of it.