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‘Five People You Meet In Heaven’ Sequel On the Way

books-mitch-albom-976d33d9510ba5c0Acclaimed bestseller and heavenly writer Mitch Albom is set to release his first sequel this October, a follow-up to his bestselling novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Albom’s new book The Next Person You Meet in Heaven will tell the story of Annie, the little girl who Eddie saved in Five People. The story will follow her life until she dies, goes to heaven and finds that Eddie is one of her five people.

Five People was released in 2003, but Albom says since then readers have constantly asked him what happens next for the two characters, Eddie and Annie. He finally decided it was time to explore that.

While Albom is also well known for his other books including Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven has gone on to be one of his most successful and memorable.

The Next Person You Meet in Heaven is due to be released in October.

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Review: Revenge Wears Prada

books2f-2-webRecap: It’s been almost ten years The Devil Wears Prada, when Andrea “Andy” Sachs told off her bitch of a boss, Miranda Priestly, and quit the assistant job at “Runway” magazine  “that a million girls would kill for.” In those years, Andy’s life has been revamped. She and her boyfriend broke up. Her best friend moved away. She’s now close friend with her former “Runway” colleague, Emily, and together they run their own wedding magazine. Also Andy is about to marry a sexy millionaire named Max.

It’s all well and good until her own wedding day, when she discovers a note written to Max by his mother — a note that mentions him recently running into his ex (which he never mentioned to Andy) and which tries to talk him out of marrying Andy. Andy walks down the aisle anyway and soon learns that in addition to hating her husband, she’s pregnant.  Add more problems to the list: Miranda Priestly wants to buy her magazine. Emily and Max see this as an opportunity — a fabulous way to quickly become millionaires and be associated — once again — with the fashion publishers of the 21st century. But for Andy, this is the straw that’s breaking the camel’s back — a move she absolutely doesn’t want to make. After all, it would mean getting back into business with the devil she left in the dust years ago — the one who still haunts her dreams. Can Andy handle it all?

Analysis: If this book tells us one thing, it’s this: Andy Sachs has not grown up very much since The Devil Wears Prada. She’s not working for Miranda and she’s still bitching about her and almost everything else in her life. She makes mountains out of molehills — like getting tested for STD’s when she finds out she’s pregnant because she’s convinced Max is cheating. And while she’s still very career-driven (refreshing!), it’s odd that after leaving “Runway,” she retains her focus in fashion and makes a career out of bridal magazines — a step back from her initial newspaper journalism track.

Revenge reads like your standard “chick lit,” and if you go into it knowing that, you’re probably better off. The book, though not written well, is still a fun, easy read. Unfortunately, much of the first third of it is spent filling the reader in on what’s happened in the last ten years, rather than moving the story forward in any way.

The twist at the end is great and pretty satisfying, but everything explodes and resolves so fast that it almost feels as if author Lauren Weisberger was too lazy to really write it out and explore it. That becomes especially clear when the final chapter fast forwards a year. Not to mention, I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out when the “revenge” took place and if it really wore Prada.

MVP: Lily. As Andy’s best friend, Lily remains tried and true to our heroin who can’t seem to keep her life together. At least one character is likable!

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New Book Coming in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Series

The author of the series may have passed away more than a decade ago, but his work hasn’t stopped.

According to Entertainment Weekly, a sequel to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series — which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest — is due to be released in 35 countries later this year.

The Swedish publisher hired author David Lagercrantz to finish the story Stieg Larsson began writing before he died.

I first reported more than a year ago that the sequel, entitled That Which Does Not Kill, would be released in August 2015. Shockingly, it’s on time. The author finished it in November, and a release date is set for August 27th.

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Review: The Killing Chase

Recap: When Detective Alan Beach gets called to investigate the case of a serial killer, his own killer instincts kick in. Almost immediately, he — along with his new partner, James Foxx — realizes whoever is murdering these people is a Brian Adler copycat killer. But notorious serial killer Brian Adler — who Beach had previously investigated — died nine months ago, and his case files were kept private. So who is committing these murders? That’s what Beach and Foxx attempt to figure out while Alan Beach’s former partner Jake Riley work on the other side of the world with his own team, on a mission to find and kill the man who murdered Jake’s brother.

A sequel to author Craig Hurren’s The Killing Code, The Killing Chase picks up with the same characters — Alan Beach and Jake Riley — a few months later. Their positions have changed, but their attitudes and determination to get answers remains the same. So does their reliance on companions and teamwork — helping each other to achieve their own individual goals. But will Jake find his brother’s killer? Will Beach solve his own serial murder case? And will they and their friends and colleagues make it out alive?

Analysis: Like The Killing Code before it, The Killing Chase offers just what readers want from a crime/detective novel — some mystery, some bad guys, and some friendship between the crime-fighting detectives. And what the first novel in the series lacked in plot twists and turns, The Killing Chase more than makes up for — seemingly dead characters who are alive! Seemingly trustworthy characters who are anything but!

It must be pointed out, however, that some of the writing in The Killing Chase is hokey, if not lazy. The dialogue between the detectives can be a little gimmicky. I found myself rolling my eyes at their jokes instead of laughing along. And the “love story” that popped up two-thirds of the way through the novel felt forced. On some level, crime and detective novels aren’t necessarily meant to be well-written. They’re plot-driven. So if you’re willing to look past a few rough patches and focus on the story itself, it is enjoyable.

Just keep in mind, too, that The Killing Chase is a true sequel. Its story is heavily reliant on the plot from the first book in the series and could make it difficult for someone to fully understand if they haven’t read The Killing Code.

MVP: Jake Riley continues to be the coolest and most enjoyable character to read about in the series.

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J.K. Rowling To Pen 7-Book Detective Series

rowlingIt’s only been about  a week since I told you the last bit of J.K. Rowling news — that the famed Harry Potter author is penning a sequel to her bestselling detective novel from last year, The Cuckoo’s Calling.

But according to Entertainment Weekly, the sequel, entitled The Silkworm, is not all we can expect from Rowling. Like the Harry Potter series, she plans to write a total of seven novels in the detective series. The series follows Detective Cormoran Strike, his sidekick/secretary/assistant Robin, and whatever crazy case they happen to be investigating.

The Cuckoo’s Calling sets itself up for a sequel, and let’s be honest; most detective novels are just one in a long line of books about the detectives. It’s an easy formula to follow. Plus, considering how much success Rowling has had with the Potter series and the first Cormoran Strike novel, it’s no surprise she plans to write more. The series will be published under her pen name Robert Galbraith.

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‘Anchorman’ Ron Burgundy to Release Memoir

Talk about great movie marketing! Just months before the Anchorman sequel is set to be released in theaters, its star, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), announces plans to release a memoir.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings will tell the “true” story of Ron Burgundy’s childhood, career in TV journalism, and — of course — his many ladies. In a statement, Ron Burgundy said “I don’t know if it’s the greatest autobiography ever written. I’m too close to the work…I will tell you this much: the first time I sat down and read this thing…I cried like a goddamn baby, and you can take that to the bank!”

Ron Burgundy is the main character in the 2004 comedy Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell. The sequel to the hit, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, premieres in theaters December 20. The Ron Burgundy memoir will hit shelves and be available for digital download November 19.

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Author Lauren Weisberger on ‘Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel

It’s a sequel many reader have been waiting for for 10 years nowRevenge Wears Prada, a follow-up to chick lit author Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada. The Devil Wears Prada was a bestseller when it came out in 2003 and was ultimately turned into a hit movie starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. So how does Revenge Wears Prada compare?

According to L.A. Times, which did an interview with the author last month, Revenge picks up 10 years after Devil. Here, we find the protagonist Andy facing motherhood and marriage as she continues to work, now at a wedding magazine. But Weisberger told L.A. Times reporter Irene Lacher that she made sure to also work on the character of Miranda, Andy’s boss:

There just aren’t that many people who pick up this book and relate on a level of being the head of the fashion and publishing industries simultaneously. Miranda is not the every-page presence that she was in the first book, so I had to up the ante in making her even scarier. That’s why I made her the editorial director of [fictional magazine publisher] Elias-Clark. I gave her more of a position of power to properly torment them.

Though Revenge is on the bestseller list, it’s not doing nearly as well with critics as Devil did. Weisberger says it doesn’t bother her, since her fans seem to love the book regardless. There’s also still no word on whether or not the sequel will be turned into a movie, like Devil was.

As a fan of The Devil Wears Prada, I would really love to read the book. What about you?

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