Get Ready; “The Host” is Coming!

In anticipation of the release next Tuesday of Stephenie Meyer’s adult title, The Host, Time magazine profiles the author. Echoing a piece in the Wall Street Journal last year, the article is called, “Stephenie Meyer: A New J.K. Rowling?

Time offers insight into her appeal.

…she rewrites stock horror plots as love stories, and in doing so, she makes them new again. She writes vampire novels without the biting and science fiction without the lasers. Instead, she slows down the action, tapping it for the pent-up emotional drama that’s always been present in it but had been all but invisible until she came along.

Most libraries have The Host on order in quantity, but reserves are heavy (in some cases, over 10 to 1). None of the libraries I checked have ordered it for their Young Adult collections. As we’ve said before, the book has strong crossover appeal and should be purchased for both YA and adult collections (Booklist agrees in their 3/1 review). Addressing the issue of sexual content in the books, Time says, “some of their appeal lies in their fine moral hygiene: they’re an alternative to the hookup scene, Gossip Girls for good girls…What makes Meyer’s books so distinctive is that they’re about the erotics of abstinence. Their tension comes from prolonged, superhuman acts of self-restraint.”

The Host Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316068047
  • ISBN-13: 978-031606804
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition, $49.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio, (May 6, 2008)
  • Reader: Kate Reading
  • ISBN-10: 1600241662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241666
  • Paperback: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 6, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316034118
  • ISBN-13: 978-03160341

The release of The Host is likely to feed the anticipation for the release of the fourth title in Meyer’s Y.A. series, Breaking Dawn, which pubs on Aug. 2. The book is embargoed, so there will be no reviews. For more on the publisher’s plans for it, check our Feb. 14 story

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Breaking Dawn (The Twilight Saga, Book 4) Stephenie Meyer

  • Hardcover: $22.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (August 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 031606792X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067928
  • Audio CD: Unabridged $60
  • Publisher: Listening Library (August 2, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739367676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739367674

Jeffrey Gegner, Popular Materials Specialist at Hennepin County Library, offers this idea for adding long-lead titles to the catalog:

At Hennepin County LIbrary (suburban), we put a record into our catalog for Breaking Dawn at the end of December and our order went out February 19. This morning there are 271 requests on 47 copies.

When we have information from a reliable source about an upcoming title that is expected to have high demand, we put a ‘Work in Progess’ record in our catalog so customers may place requests. We’re selective about how many we add, but it saves customers and staff a lot of hassle.

In addition, Baker & Taylor doesn’t always have full ordering information on some high demand titles as quickly as we’d like. If I’m able to verify title, ISBN, price, etc., at other sources such as the publisher’s website, author’s website or Amazon, I will prepare an order, use it to create a record in the catalog, and then hold the actual order until the title shows in Title Source. Again, this is done selectively.

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