Jun 12 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman

This week's Book Giveaway is Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology. A full review will follow shortly, but I can already tell you that (alas) Gaiman's take on the Norse gods does not bear much resemblance to Taika Waititi's candy-colored vision for Thor: Ragnarok...

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Jun 8 2017

Possibly worth it

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There was another intriguing-looking snack recently posted as part of the Guardian's "Novel Recipes": macaroons inspired by Elizabeth Von Armin's The Enchanted April...

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Jun 8 2017

Runaways REBORN

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This is great: acclaimed YA novelist Rainbow Rowell has been hired to restart Marvel's Runaways, and she is apparently planning to revive Gert, whom I have always believed was killed off at least partially because it was too upsetting for Marvel's artists to draw a fat character...

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Jun 7 2017

I want to visit!

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Big news for Studio Ghibli fans: in 2018, the studio plans to open a My Neighbor Totoro-inspired theme park in Japan's Aichi prefecture. The park will be designed in a way that doesn't disturb the local wildlife, and...

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Jun 6 2017

Castles and crappy parents

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The trailer is out for the upcoming film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’s memoir The Glass Castle. I tend to get this book confused with I Capture the Castle (another story about poverty and sub-par parenting), and I doubt this movie will do much to keep the stories separate in my mind...

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Jun 6 2017

But the heroine doesn't die!

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According to The New York Times, a long-lost Edith Wharton play has recently surfaced. The Shadow of a Doubt was supposed to be staged in New York in 1901, but for unknown reasons the production was abandoned and the play forgotten...

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Jun 5 2017

The Case of the Forked Road, by John Allison

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The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh installment in John Allison's excellent Bad Machinery series, is—as always—a whacked-out delight. There's time travel, puberty jokes, and a PG-rated adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross. The boys play a reduced role in this volume (although their stories are expanded from the online version), but...

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Jun 5 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Case of the Forked Road, by John Allison

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This week's Book Giveaway is John Allison's The Case of the Forked Road, the seventh book in the Bad Machinery series. I am, as always, pretty stoked to see a new Bad Machinery book, but there are certain very obvious changes about this installment that do not thrill me. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jun 1 2017

Maybe not opening day, but...

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Oooh... the new Murder on the Orient Express trailer is out, and I am at least 80% impressed. The train looks amazing, the cast is solid (I could do without Depp, though), and Kenneth Branagh does a fine impression of David Suchet's accent. On the down side, he is not David Suchet (no matter how much he sounds like him)...

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Jun 1 2017

New-old Tolkien

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt just released a "new" book by J.R.R. Tolkien: Beren and Lúthien. The book is actually a compilation of Tolkien's earlier descriptions of the love story between Beren, a mortal man, and Lúthien, an immortal elf, which are apparently scattered throughout his writings. According to the publisher's description, Christopher Tolkien...

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May 31 2017

Kettles of DOOM

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I finally saw the trailer for the soon-to-be-released film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, and it looks very dramatic. I have never seen so many ominous-looking tea kettles in my life...

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May 30 2017

The Most Dangerous Duke in London, by Madeline Hunter

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Madeline Hunter is not a romance novelist I read consistently, but she is high on my “reasonable impulse buy” list—the authors I save for beach vacations and particularly unpleasant head colds. Her books never blow my mind, but they never offend with hideous anachronisms or insane behavior, either, and sometimes that's all you can ask for...

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May 30 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Most Dangerous Duke in London, by Madeline Hunter

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This week's Book Giveaway is Madeline Hunter's latest Regency romance, The Most Dangerous Duke in London. A full review will follow shortly, but spoiler: if this guy is the most dangerous duke in London, London's dukes are a singularly mellow bunch...

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May 25 2017

Couldn't they wait for the Black Panther movie trailer, at least?

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A mere two issues in, Marvel has apparently decided to cancel Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey’s Black Panther spin-off, Black Panther & The Crew. Marvel is citing poor sales, and that might well be true, but this decision is depressing as hell...

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May 25 2017

Carbs!

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of E. L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, the Guardian has devoted one of its ongoing "Novel Recipes" segments to New York Pretzels...

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May 24 2017

Overdue

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WHAT IS THIS? A new book in Megan Whalen Turner's Queen's Thief series?!? It's been so long since her last book (2010's A Conspiracy of Kings) that I will have to completely re-read the entire series, but this is still GREAT news. The Queen's Thief is one of my all-time favorite YA fantasy series, and the only thing that...

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May 23 2017

I'd prefer a print edition, but...

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Okay, this is awesome: there seem to be some fancy-looking (or at least non-cheesy) eBook editions of Mary Burchell's classic mid-century romance novels...

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May 23 2017

Best of luck

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According to the Romance Writers of America, Harlequin is planning to shutter five series lines next year: Harlequin Western (June 2018), Harlequin Superromance (June 2018), Love Inspired Historical (June 2018), Harlequin Nocturne (December 2018), and Kimani Romance (December 2018)...

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May 22 2017

Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, adapted by John Jennings and Damian Duffy

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Octavia E. Butler's Kindred is a classic for a reason: it's memorable and dramatic and utterly terrifying. And in Damian Duffy and John Jennings's excellent graphic novel adaptation of Kindred, you don't need to imagine the horrors in Butler's novel, you can experience them via full-color illustrations! (The better to keep you up at night.)

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May 22 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

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This week's Book Giveaway is Damian Duffy and John Jennings's graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's 1979 book Kindred. A full review will follow shortly, but take warning: this book literally gave me nightmares.

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May 18 2017

Comparatively famous

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According to Variety, Rosamund Pike is set to star in a film adaptation of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss’s 2011 nonfiction graphic novel. This movie will feature some big names in the graphic novel world: not only was...

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May 18 2017

The creepiest

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The trailer is out for Cary Fukunaga's miniseries adaptation of Caleb Carr’s bestselling 1994 novel The Alienist, starring Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans and Dakota Fanning. It looks like what Crimson Peak and Penny Dreadful tried (and failed, despite using fantasy elements as a crutch) to be...

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May 17 2017

In tribute

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of E.L. Konigsburg’s classic children's book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the Smithsonian recently published an article claiming to tell the "true story" behind the novel...

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May 16 2017

Still ew.

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The fine people at Pajiba have identified the main problem with that KFC/Colonel Sanders-themed romance novel we mentioned a few weeks ago: it's that the book has no sex in it...

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May 16 2017

The anti-Scarlett

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There's a great interview over on Jezebel with romance novelist Alyssa Cole. Cole, an African American woman, decided to write a Civil-War era historical romance inspired by Mary Bowser, a former slave who became a Union spy in Jefferson Davis's White House...

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May 15 2017

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman

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We mostly review fiction here at Wordcandy, but there are a handful of nonfiction topics we consider of universal interest: money, history, and (most of all) food. Michael Ruhlman's recent book Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America actually touches on all three of these subjects, so it's right up our alley...

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May 15 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, by Michael Ruhlman

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It's been a while, so it's time for one of our rare nonfiction reviews: this week's Book Giveaway is Michael Ruhlman's Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America. (That's a biiiig subject for a short book, but whatever.) A full review will follow shortly...

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May 11 2017

Anne of Green Gables, Christopher Nolan-style

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It seems The New Yorker is not a fan of the recent Canadian adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, which they describe as being utterly (and inaccurately) grim. The author loses me in her final paragraph, which...

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May 10 2017

If I get very bored, maybe

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There's a review up on the NY Times website of the three-part miniseries adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Decline and Fall. The series will begin streaming on Acorn on Monday, May 15...

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May 9 2017

From UN ambassador to this

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I've been reading a lot of criticism directed at Warner Bros. for their underwhelming promotional efforts for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, but I don't think having Wonder Woman's face plastered on a bunch of "Think Thin" diet snack bars is the response any of us were hoping for...

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