Nov 12 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Blowout, by Rachel Maddow

This week's Book Giveaway is Rachel Maddow's latest book, Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth. (Nothing but good times ahead!) A full review will follow shortly, and this review will run through 11/17/19...

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Nov 7 2019

We hardly knew ye

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According to Slashfilm, the upcoming X-Men solo movie about Kitty Pryde is dead. They're blaming it on the failure of the Dark Phoenix movie, but I don't think anyone is surprised that when things get even remotely dicey, Disney/Fox/Marvel...

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Nov 7 2019

I've been burned before.

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I have never liked Peter Pan much, and I am by no means certain that this new, Wendy-centric film adaptation of the story will make me feel any more positive about it. It certainly looks beautiful and wild, but I can sense the angst...

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Nov 6 2019

Single season for the WIN!

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Ooh, according to THR, ABC is rebooting Revenge, their (very, very loose) TV adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. I fully approved of the glorious soapiness of Revenge when it premiered; sadly, it...

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Nov 5 2019

Better than all those made-for-TV musicals, I suppose.

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The first trailer is out for the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, and it looks creepy as hell. Were people really clamoring for more authentic Victorian horror with their...

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Nov 5 2019

I'm sure they'll find a new dude to handle this woman-centric story.

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So much drama for such a young series! According to THR, HBO Max has fired Jon Spaihts as the showrunner for Dune: The Sisterhood, an upcoming TV offshoot of the (also upcoming) feature film. They haven't found a new showrunner to replace him yet, but apparently they weren't happy with his early plans for the "female-focused take" on...

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Nov 4 2019

Detection Unlimited, by Georgette Heyer

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Georgette Heyer wrote some memorably creative mystery novels, and some memorably terrible ones. She also wrote Detection Unlimited, which I can only assume she threw together to meet an urgent deadline...

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Nov 4 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Detection Unlimited, by Georgette Heyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Georgette Heyer's Detection Unlimited. I know I've read this before, but I have absolutely no memory of what it's about—even after reading the description summary on the back. I suspect this is a bad sign, but we'll see. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 30 2019

You don't deserve it, sir.

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Well, it's almost Halloween, and this seems more than adequately horrifying to me: there are loads of rumors going around that Andrew Davies will be allowed to write a second season of Sanditon, his racy fanfic continuation of the unfinished Jane Austen novel...

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Oct 29 2019

Romance recs

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In a recent "Entertainment Self-Care" post, one of the writers at Lainey Gossip rounded up some solid romance novel picks, including my beloved Georgette Heyer. I'm not as enthused about some of the author's other choices...

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Oct 29 2019

Too soon

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NPR recently posted an enthusiastic review of Danny Fingeroth's new biography of comics legend Stan Lee, A Marvelous Life. I'd be more interested in this, but A) I've been burned by their reviews before, and...

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Oct 28 2019

Snow & Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin

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Emily Winfield Martin is best known as a visual artist, but her recent novel Snow & Rose proves she's a competent writer, as well. Inspired by the little-known “Snow White and Rose Red” fairytale, Martin has reworked it into a full-length children's book that is greatly enhanced by her delicate, richly colored illustrations...

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Oct 28 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Snow & Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin

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This week's Book Giveaway is Snow & Rose, a fairytale retelling written (reasonably well) and illustrated (extremely well) by painter Emily Winfield Martin. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 24 2019

At least there's no clowns

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Another day, another Stephen King adaptation. Here's the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of King's The Outsider, premiering January 12th on HBO. The series is based on King’s 2018 novel of the same name, and...

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Oct 24 2019

True, but unromantic

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If you have $100,000 lying around, you could own an original and authentic piece of Jane Austen's writing. Unfortunately, this particular bit of writing is a description of how much going to the dentist sucks...

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Oct 23 2019

Throwdowns

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This Twitter thread devoted to the greatest literary feuds in history is amazing. I don't know who Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was, but anyone who would brave a dissing contest with Jonathan Swift gets my vote...

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Oct 22 2019

Surely he has enough money?

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The trailer is out for the new Robert Downey Jr. adaptation of Dolittle. This production has been beset by rumors of strife and drama, but it's apparently a...

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Oct 22 2019

0 for 25

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NPR recently posted a complete list of the 25 finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards, and once again, I have not read a single one of them...

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Oct 21 2019

Bloody Business, by H.P. Jeffers

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I purchased my copy of H. Paul Jeffers's Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard solely because of its Edward Gorey-illustrated cover art. True Crime is not my preferred style of nonfiction, but I started flipping through the book one evening and found myself unexpectedly absorbed—for a small island, Britain has seen a lot of famous evildoing...

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Oct 21 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Bloody Business, by H.P. Jeffers

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Our current Book Giveaway is H.P. Jeffers's 1992 book Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard. (Is this the first true crime book we've reviewed here in 10+ years of blogging? Possibly.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 17 2019

Spooky on a budget #4: Literary pumpkin carving

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Idea #4: Literary pumpkin carving

Okay, so you do need to shell out for the pumpkin, but imagine how impressed your neighbors will be when they see something like these...

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Oct 16 2019

Spooky on a budget #3: Decorate with free printables

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Idea #3: Hit up the internet for free, literary-themed printable masks, then tape them to any face-based art in your house.

Yes, that portrait of your great aunt will look 1000% more festive...

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Oct 15 2019

Spooky on a budget #2: Hit up your local library

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Idea #2: Hit up your local library

Forget classic horror and the lists of spooky new releases, those books are going to be checked out until December. Instead, wade through the comments here. There are...

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Oct 15 2019

Spooky on a budget #1: Edward Gorey fonts

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In honor of the season (and in light of the shorter week), we've gathered up a collection of free or extremely inexpensive literary-themed suggestions to enhance your Halloween experience.

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Oct 10 2019

New bit of an old story

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According to the Japan Times, a manuscript containing a missing scene from The Tale of Genji was recently discovered among the heirlooms of the family of a former feudal lord...

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Oct 10 2019

C'mon, guys...

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Well, we started off the week praising Macmillan Publishing, but that's officially over: there's an disturbing editorial in the Seattle Times about the effect Macmillan's upcoming e-book embargo will have on public libraries throughout the country...

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Oct 9 2019

Back when things were even worse

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Suzanne Collins recently announced a prequel to her famous Hunger Games series, and io9 has the details: the book will be called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and it's set 64 years before...

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Oct 8 2019

Content, content everywhere

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There's an article at the Guardian about two very different, currently-airing Jane Austen adaptations, both based on unfinished works. There's a relatively bland description of ITV's Sanditon, and a more in-depth discussion of Laura Wade’s version of The Watsons...

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Oct 7 2019

Pride and Prejudice (Macmillan Collector's Library edition), by Jane Austen

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As longtime readers of the site know, I periodically treat myself by reviewing a new edition of my all-time favorite book: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Few things make me happier than analyzing editorial choices—how creative are the essays? Is the cover art period-appropriate? Are the footnotes accurate? Did they weigh in on...

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Oct 7 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice (Macmillan Collector's Library edition), by Jane Austen

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This week's Book Giveaway is the Macmillan Collector's Library edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. A full review will follow shortly, but I can already tell you this: at $12.99, this is an A+++ bargain. This giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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