Today in books and publishing: A possible sighting of the new Dave Eggers novel, to mark the release of his 63rd book, Vulture ranks the work of Stephen King, and Christopher Hitchens came up empty at this year's Orwell prize.
There's chatter -- thanks to the image on the back of a Dutch publisher's catalogue -- that a new Dave Eggers novel may be on the way. The title, poorly-translated from Dutch to English is A Hologram for the King. At The Millions, C. Max Magee already ran the book description through Google Translate, which reveals the text will "follow an American in Saudi Arabia where he tries to sell holographic technology to King Abdullah." So far, nobody at McSweeney's has responded to confirm of deny the accuracy of the stray Dutch text. [The Millions]
Ooh, this is fun: a comprehensive ranking (in slideshow format) of Stephen King's best 62 books, in order of preference. We think about this question at least several times a week, but right now, our top five in descending order is: The Shining, The Dead Zone, Duma Key, The Eyes of the Dragon, and Christine. (We decided to be sporting and not include short story collections or On Writing, because that would win every time.) At Vulture, Gilbert Cruz operated without any such handicaps, but still managed to overrate IT (No. 3) and Lisey's Story (No. 10), while underrating Gerald's Game (No. 54) and Needful Things (No. 48). The Tommyknockers (No. 61) and Under the Dome (No. 12) were both properly slated. Since Cruz included King's short story collections, we feel we're entitled to offer up what our own list of King's ten best short works would look like. ranking King short stories, the op-10 would be: