A bloodsucking bestseller week
The vampire-novel craze, revived in recent years by Stephenie Meyers' "Twilight " saga, isn’t dying anytime soon. In Christopher Moore’s “Bite Me,” which enters the bestseller list this week at No. 3, the main bloodsucker, Chet, appears in feline form, stalking the streets of San Francisco. Only Chet’s Goth-girl owner, Abby, and her boyfriend, Foo Dog, can save the city from his insatiable appetite. “Bite Me” follows Seth Grahame-Smith's “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,” holding steady at No. 2.
Is there renewed interest in everything Greek? Man Booker Prize winner John Banville’s novels "The Infinities" -- the tale of a dying mathematician overseen by Greek gods -- returns to the list (No. 13) after disappearing for nearly a month. Just ahead of Banville on the list is Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian," a novel for younger readers that plays with a Greek-god theme.
Also noteworthy this week is what’s happening off the list. Lisa Lutz's “The Spellmans Strike Again,” the fourth and final novel of the Izzy Spellman mysteries, debuted last week at No. 9 but failed to make the cut this week.
-- Liesl Bradner