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On the Books: James Patterson's $300,000 novel to self-destruct after reading

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-Famed author James Patterson is ready to test his fans’ loyalty by selling his next novel, Private Vegas, for $300,000 - and then making it self-destruct 24 hours after it’s been opened. As absurd as that might sound, Patterson is confident he’ll find someone to buy in. The $300,000 does include a five-course meal with the author, so at least the memory of that would last longer than the book itself. But never fear, Patterson fanatics, Private Vegas will be available to those who don’t have $300,000 to spare on January 26. [The Guardian]

-While promoting his new movie Paddington, producer David Heyman revealed that writer Jane Goldman will adapt the Fables comic book series to the big screen with Nikolaj Arcel directing. This news is just as exciting as that time Snow White married the Big Bad Wolf in the series. Goldman previously worked on X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service, while Arcel directed A Royal Affair, which starred Mads Mikkelsen. [Spinoff Online]

-Robots might not have begun taking over the world, but they’ve started taking over in the kitchen. IBM’s cognitive computing system Watson is putting his mechanical chef’s hat on and, with the help of the Institute of Culinary Education, is publishing a cookbook in April. Appropriately titled, Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson, the book will include 65 original recipes which were designed from ingredient mixtures generated by Watson. Spokespeople for both IBM and ICE are excited about this new-age cookbook, as Watson’s computerized library of knowledge allows for a kind of creativity that humans might not think they’re capable of in the kitchen. “Using this technology, their creativity is enhanced by quintillions of possible ingredient pairings, augmenting their creativity,” said Brian Aronowitz, chief marketing officer for ICE. [Publishers Weekly]