Wednesday, April 21, 2004

I suppose by now everyone has heard about Flavia Bujor, the teenaged author of the fantasy The Prophecy of the Stones, a book the fifteen-year-old Parisian finished by the time she was thirteen. It's been translated into 23 languages and appeared on American bookshelves earlier this month. Elizabeth Hand recently gave it a scathing review in The Washington Post. Hand lambasts those responsible for publishing the book, calling the move "a crass, cynical attempt to cash in on a writer's youth." Miramax (Hyperion) was probably hoping to grab the same readers that were drawn to fifteen-year-old Christopher Paolini's Eragon.


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