Not So Happy Ending

Talk about a long journey. Stephen King wrote the first line of a short story called “The Gunslinger” in 1970, at the beginning of his career, and the first volume of the Dark Tower series was published in 1982. Nearly 35 years after its humble beginnings, the series […]

Another Shot at Immortality

It’s Enki Bilal’s first visit to Toronto, and he’s looking a little weary. It’s been a full day of interviews promoting a new film he’s written and directed, an FX-bloated fantasy called The Immortal. Now here he sits, pressed against a wall of books on The Beguiling’s crowded […]

Slate pans Michael Crichton’s new book, State of Fear: “Crichton is like a college professor who insists on lecturing 10 minutes after the class period ends, when his students are edging toward the door.”

A Novel Approach to Games

Lucky Wander Boy (Plume, 2003) is a novel that starts with the protagonist rediscovering the videogames of his youth through the MAME arcade emulator. But the game that he most wants to play, an obscure Japanese game for which the book is named, lies beyond his reach — […]