The whole world can breathe a sigh of relief.

At no time will we lack for glossy new triple-spaced and massive-margined* James Patterson books.  He just signed a 17-book deal with Hatchette.  That'll keep him there through 2012.

Seventeen books in three years.  Seriously.

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*A (hilariously grumpy) little old lady came in yesterday and donated his new book.  She was mad she'd spend $25 on a book that had, like, 23 words on each page.  (She didn't say "like", though.)