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Welcome to Today in Books, where we report on literary headlines at the intersection of politics, culture, media, and more.

The NYT’s Best Books of the Year So Far

For my money, theNew York Times’s 100 Notable Books of the Year is the best of the end-of-year highlight reels, so I was very curious about what clues their round-up ofthe best books of the 2024 so farmight give about what we’ll see in December. I’m also curious about why they dropped a mid-year checkin when we’re only five months into the year, but that’s a question for another day.James,Wandering Stars, andKnifewere basically givens. I’m delighted to see Marie-Helene Bertino’s weird, wonderfulBeautylandget some attention, and whileMartyr!wasn’t my jam (the writing is excellent; the coincidence that drives the resolution didn’t work for me), I do think it’s a good bet for both end-of-year recognition and awards nominations. And how refreshing to see a rom-com likeGood Materialmake the list! I’ve been a little burned out on contemporary romances, but their write-up convinced me to give this one a go.

James Patterson’s Latest LiteraryEruption

tl;dr:James Patterson has finished a Michael Crichton manuscript, and Ron Charles’s review inThe Washington Postis virtually guaranteed to be a better read than the book itself.

Eruption, which comes out June 3, is about—you guessed it—a volcanic eruption that threatens to destroy the Big Island of Hawaii…and it’s also about a US military secret “far more terrifying than any volcano.” But is it more terrifying than how many copies this book is going to sell despite the fact that the dialogue is so bad, Charles says he might prefer to be submerged in lava? Or that one scene is “a reminder that the only thing more dispiriting than a mountain blowing up is a tense department meeting?” These two blockbuster names on one book cover are going to move some units, and it’s a good thing, too. You can underwrite the publication of a lot of debut novels and experimental poetry with one airport bestseller, and if it gives rise to reviews like this that are as entertaining as they are useful, even better.

Black Women Want Beach Books, Too

When she’s not cohostingThe View, Sunny Hostin is making a name for herself as the author of romance novels set in historically Black “elevated beach settings.” Hostin was inspired to create her Summer Beach series (the third installment,Summer on Highland Beach, is out today) when she was browsing an airport bookstore and noticed it didn’t have any romances featuring Black women. (How many James Patterson books do you think it had shelf space for, though?) Hostin may have recognized a need in the market quickly, but publishers were slow to get on board.

“The first two meetings I had were unsuccessful, because the people in the room didn’t get it. They just didn’t get it…I remember one executive saying, ‘Well, what’s the market for this?’ And I was like, ‘Black women.’ She was like, ‘Really? You think so?’”

Hostin was right. Her first bookSummer on the Bluffssold 25,000 copies in its first week, and Octavia Butler has signed on to produce and potentially star in an adaptation for Amazon Prime. May her efforts succeed!

Which Romantasy Book Should I Read First?

If, like me, you haven’t yetgone for a ride on the romantasy dragon, there’s a quiz to help you pick your first adventure.

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James Patterson's Latest Literary Eruption (2024)

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James Patterson's Latest Literary Eruption? ›

Fast-forward and we have Eruption, a novel billed as “the blockbuster thriller of 2024” and “a collaboration like no other”. It tells the story of a Hawaiian volcano that is about to blow and the volcanologists fighting to control the coming explosion.

Is James Patterson still making books? ›

Bestselling author, James Patterson has some exciting releases coming out in 2023.

What is the eruption Michael Crichton about? ›

Description. Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! The biggest thriller of the year: A history-making eruption is about to destroy the Big Island of Hawaii. But a secret held for decades by the US military is far more terrifying than any volcano.

What was Patterson's first novel? ›

In 1976, he published his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number. The novels featuring his character Alex Cross, a forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington DC.

How many different series does James Patterson have? ›

Certainly we all know Alex Cross and The Women's Murder Club, but are you aware that Patterson has created and authored books that form more than 20 different series ranging from adult fiction to middle-grade readers? And that's without mentioning the standalones.

What is considered the best James Patterson book? ›

Best Of James Patterson
  • Along Came a Spider (Alex Cross, #1) by James Patterson (Goodreads Author) ...
  • The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, #1) ...
  • School's Out—Forever (Maximum Ride, #2) ...
  • 10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club, #10) ...
  • The People vs. ...
  • Mistress. ...
  • Burn (Michael Bennett, #7) ...
  • 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

Does James Patterson write any of his own books anymore? ›

To maintain this incredible production rate, he now co-authors almost all his books, functioning partly as executive producer and partly as head writer. Patterson's formula for the many novels that have made him the best-selling author on the planet since 2001 is simple.

Who is the richest author in the world? ›

Edinburgh author J.K. Rowling is believed to be the world's wealthiest author, with a fortune of around $1 billion. It's all a long way from the struggling and skint single mum who started her world-conquering Harry Potter series of novels in a cafe in Scotland's capital.

Why is Patterson's first name William? ›

After nearly five seasons of everyone on the show referring to the forensic scientist by her last name, and her last name only, the latest episode, called 'We Didn't Start The Fire', saw the return of her father Bill Nye (you know the one... the Science Guy?) and he revealed all. Yep, he called her "William".

What TV show is based on the James Patterson book? ›

Instinct is based on James Patterson's Murder Games.

What does James Patterson's son do? ›

In what order should I read James Patterson's books? ›

Overview of James Patterson books in publication order
  • Along Came a Spider (1993)
  • Kiss the Girls (1995)
  • Jack & Jill (1996)
  • Cat and Mouse (1997)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel (1999)
  • Roses are Red (2000)
  • Violets are Blue (2001)
  • Four Blind Mice (2002)
Apr 11, 2023

Which James Patterson books are not part of a series? ›

James Patterson's Stand-alone Novels
  • The Thomas Berryman Number. by Patterson, James. ...
  • Season of the Machete. by Patterson, James. ...
  • Black Friday. by Patterson, James. ...
  • The Midnight Club. by Patterson, James. ...
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer. by Patterson, James. ...
  • Hide and Seek. by Patterson, James. ...
  • Cradle and All. ...
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas.
Jun 3, 2024

Is the Alex Cross series finished? ›

This may be the final book on the list, but James Patterson is by no means finished with the Alex Cross series. A new book is scheduled for the end of the year, so feel free to race through Deadly Cross with as much zeal as it calls for — you won't be without Alex Cross for long.

What's the latest Alex Cross novel? ›

Book list
  • The People vs. Alex Cross (2017)
  • Target: Alex Cross (2018)
  • Criss Cross (2019)
  • Deadly Cross (2020)
  • Fear No Evil (2021)
  • Triple Cross (2022)
  • Cross Down (2023) (co-written with Brenden DuBois; also a John Sampson solo book)
  • Alex Cross Must Die (2023)

What is the latest James Patterson Michael Bennett series? ›

Books
TitleYear
Ambush2018
Blindside2019
The Russian2021
Shattered2022
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