This issue of The Book Lovers Club News is dedicated to the man who, in the last three years, has sold more books than any other author-James Patterson. Time Magazine has called this prolific writer-‘The Man Who Can’t Miss’.
Patterson is a retired advertising man who lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife and son. He started writing in 1985, and since then, has written 71 novels in all! Not only does this man write abundantly, he also seems to be winning awards in large quantities. For example, Patterson has a Guinness World Record in authoring maximum number of best-selling hardcover fiction titles-a total of 63. He also has 19 consecutive #1 New York Times Bestsellers under his belt. He has won awards like the Edgar Award, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year Award, and the Children’s Choice Book Awards for Author of the Year.
Major series by Patterson are:
- Alex Cross Series
Cross is a detective and psychologist who works as a consultant for the FBI and MPD. Cross was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the films Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.
- Women’s Murder Club
This series revolves around four women: a homicide detective, an assistant district attorney, a medical examiner and a newspaper reporter. They use their talent and expertise as a team to solve murder mysteries. The series was adopted into a very popular TV soap by ABC.
- Michael Bennett
Michael Bennett is a 6’3” detective who wants to uncover the truth at all costs. The character is inspired by officials from NYPD.
- Maximum Ride
Targeted at the teenage segment, this series features 6 kids who, as a result of being bred in a scientific laboratory, have been rendered 98% human and 2% avian. In much of the series they are seen protecting themselves from human-lupine hybrids.
- Daniel X
Daniel X is a super man who can create real objects and people. He also has super speed and super strength. These qualities render him a fit candidate for capturing a young boy’s imagination.
- Witch and Wizard
This series is on how a new totalitarian regime is about to destroy art and creativity from the world. Into this new world Whit and Wisty Allgood have to face many hardships for unknowingly possessing magical powers.
Book Review Circle gossip
Patterson has been known to produce such a copious body of work by ingeniously co-authoring his books. The degree of Patterson’s involvement in these novels is however kept strictly under wraps. In the July 5, 2010 issue of Time Magazine, Patterson mentions "If I'm working with a co-writer, they'll usually write the first draft. And then I write subsequent drafts."
Book Review Circle suggested read:
Now You See Her -one of Patterson's latest releases.
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Test your Literary Quotient
See if you know answers to the following
- Patterson has a website dedicated to promoting interest in reading amongst children. What is it called?
- Patterson has started an Award that honors original and effective initiatives taken by institutions to spread excitement of books and reading. What is the award called?
- In which literary genre do Patterson’s fictional works fall?
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- The James Patterson PageTurner Awards
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Happy reading till we meet again.