In today's edition:
* Fans of Matthew Reilly's Jack West novels might appreciate this news story: access to the Great Pyramid of Giza was closed on Friday following unconfirmed reports about plans for a Masonic ritual at the site on 11/11/11.
* The Jack West series (reviewed here) is on its way to becoming an ABC series, with Mark Gordon producing and Michael Seltzman writing the adaptation.
I suspect that if the show ever does make it to the small screen, it won't be faithful to the books. I'm not sure that a TV production, even a big-budget one, can do justice to Reilly's Hollywood blockbuster-style action scenes – or the globe-trotting that characterizes the writing of "Matthew Reilly 2.0." I also have my doubts that American television will air a show featuring foreign heroes fighting American villains. Some Americanization of the series seems likely, as does the toning down of the science fiction elements (such as was seen in ABC's last novel-based science fiction series, Flash Forward). Still, it'll be interesting to see how it all works out.
* And finally, Matthew Reilly's latest novel, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves (his first book in the Matthew Schofield series since 2003's Scarecrow), is out in Australia – where it enjoyed the biggest release of the year. (The book will be available in the United States early next year. You can expect to see a review of that book here on this blog when it shows up stateside.)