“The Making of Zombie Wars” doesn’t have much to do with the undead, but it’s a comic novel with BRAAAINS. That intellectual heft is to be expected from Aleksandar Hemon. For the past two decades, the MacArthur “genius” from Sarajevo has been writing smart essays, short stories and novels sparked with wit.
“I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing,” neurosurgeon Henry Marsh confesses on the first page of his refreshingly frank memoir, Do No Harm (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s, $25.99). Later in the book, there are more troubling admissions — of doubts, medical errors, half-truths sold to desperate patients and irrevocable medical errors.
Way back in that innocent year 1959, a young professor of English at Yale published a slender volume of literary criticism called “Shelley’s Mythmaking,” an erudite and transgressive analysis of the English Romantic. Thus was launched the remarkable career of the great Harold Bloom. A half-century later, “The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime” arrives as the capstone to a lifetime of thinking, writing and teaching.
Stephen King’s superb new stay-up-all-night thriller, “Finders Keepers,” is a sly, often poignant tale of literary obsession that recalls the themes of his classic 1987 novel “Misery.” At the center of this story is John Rothstein, a novelist whom Time magazine once crowned “America’s Reclusive Genius.” His best-selling trilogy — “The Runner,” “The Runner Sees Action” and “The Runner Slows Down,” is considered “the Iliad of postwar America.” Read full article >>