Sep 1 2015

NOT. FAIR.

Huh. It seems there's going to not only be a Ready Player One movie (which: why? We already have two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptations. Can't we just re-watch those?), but...

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Sep 1 2015

Congratulations

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According to THR, today is the first day at Hogwarts for Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's oldest son, James Sirius. J.K. Rowling announced via Twitter that he was sorted in Gryffindor...

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Aug 31 2015

Reawakened, by Colleen Houck

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Several people have compared Colleen Houck's new novel Reawakened to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. Both are aimed at younger teens, feature a mixture of human and demigod characters, and rely on a lot of PG-13 action sequences to push their plots along. Unfortunately, Reawakened doesn't share Riordan's greatest strength: his ability to create relatable characters, no matter how over-the-top their abilities or adventures...

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Aug 31 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Reawakened, by Colleen Houck

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This week's Book Giveaway is Colleen Houck's novel Reawakened, the first novel in a "multibook series". (Note: this means I have no idea how long we'll have to wait for actual plot resolution. Sorry!) Reviewers keep favorably comparing Reawakened to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, so I'm excited. A full review will follow later today...

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Aug 27 2015

Family-friendly!

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I was rolling with the assumption that Berkeley Breathed's new Bloom County strips weren't appearing in major newspapers because they were being produced on an intermittent schedule, but now I'm thinking...

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Aug 27 2015

Dark Ages soap

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Deadline recently posted an update on ITV's upcoming Beowulf miniseries, which they describe as a "Dark Ages Western". My hopes that this adaptation will be a hokey delight are high (the creators also produced Primeval, which pretty much rang the hokey delight bell, IMO), but..

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Aug 26 2015

Racy

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According to the Guardian, there will be an exhibition of photographs in honor of the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. The previously unseen images are allegedly a "world away from how most people picture [Christie]," and depict the author roller-skating and surfing...

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Aug 25 2015

Marvel's sound and fury

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Last week, Pajiba posted an article called "The Life of Marvel Marketing and the Death of Marvel Story Telling", which presents the persuasive argument that Marvel is mostly concerned with hyping its larger universe, not the quality of its individual films...

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Aug 25 2015

We'll see...

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Since we're a few years past the last one (which was what, Death Comes To Pemberley?), we are clearly past due for another rush of Jane Austen-inspired movies...

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Aug 24 2015

The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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For a book blessed with interesting characters, a compelling conflict, and an absolutely spectacular hook, Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife isn't actually fun to read. I don't mind violence, but there's a fine line between suffering that serves the plot and straight-up disaster porn, and too much of The Water Knife feels like the latter...

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Aug 24 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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This week's Book Giveaway is Paolo Bacigalupi's The Water Knife. My family owns, like, three copies of Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (one signed! Because we're nerds!), so I have both high hopes and high expectations for Bacigalupi's book. A full review will follow shortly...

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Aug 20 2015

Bewildering

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According to Deadline, Warner Bros. plans to make a film version of Dante’s Inferno that will focus on the poem's "epic love story", which the article summarizes as "Dante [descending] through the nine circles of hell to save the woman he loves." I am so confused about this...

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Aug 20 2015

One of many

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This November will be the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and publishers are looking to mark the occasion with some truly gorgeous new editions. As an Alice mega-nerd, I'm particularly excited about this...

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Aug 19 2015

Unfair!

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In honor of Virago's newly-published collection of Joan Aiken's The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories, the Guardian has created a slideshow of images from the author's life...

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Aug 18 2015

Maybe I'm missing the point?

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io9 informs me that artist Thomas Lebrun is re-drawing Hergé’s most controversial Tintin comic, Tintin in the Congo. Hergé’s original story is infamous for its racist images, but Lebrun has a different focus—he is re-drawing Tintin as nude from the knees up in every panel...

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Aug 18 2015

Yet again

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According to the Huffington Post, Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic series is getting yet another reboot, despite the fact...

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Aug 17 2015

Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

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This is going to sound a little random, but Rebecca Stead's Goodbye Stranger reminds me of a young-reader take on Jennifer Crusie's wonderful romance novel Bet Me. Both books focus on the various forms of love (familial, platonic, romantic), and both are simultaneously incredibly sweet and unexpectedly profound...

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Aug 17 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Goodbye Stranger, by Rebecca Stead

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This week's Book Giveaway is Rebecca Stead's Goodbye Stranger. I'm only a few chapters in, but I'm already impressed by Stead's ability to capture the overwhelming emotional messiness of being a middle-schooler...

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Aug 14 2015

A yearly gift

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And the best part of summer has arrived: the "winners" of the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest have been announced! They're all pretty great, but here's a small sampling of my favorites...

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Aug 14 2015

The bell tolls for Vertigo?

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io9 just posted a rather grim essay about the future of Vertigo Comics, DC's imprint for adults. I started reading Vertigo comics when I was in high school, and I've been an issue-or-two-per-month reader ever since...

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Aug 12 2015

I need to re-read this.

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The BBC is making a miniseries adaptation of War and Peace, and THR has some early images of the production. The pictures are elegant and tasteful (if totally boring), although I'm still a little confused about the broadcasting schedule...

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Aug 11 2015

WOW.

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In celebration of South Africa's Women's Day (August 9th), Bic Pens' South African division released an impressively tone-deaf ad that reads "Look like a girl/Act like a lady/Think like a man/Work like a boss. #HappyWomensDay" This jaw-dropping misstep...

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Aug 11 2015

Evil twins

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Ugh. According to THR, there's going to be an Archie musical, written by Anchorman writer-director (and Funny or Die co-founder) Adam McKay. The dude has an impressive résumé, but I don't care: as far as I'm concerned, Archie is an un-salvageable property, unless...

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Aug 10 2015

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis

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While people usually compare Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure series to Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, they're missing an even closer relation: the Timmy Failure books are basically a novel-length version of Marjorie Sharmat's Nate the Great series, albeit with racier humor and a stupider protagonist...

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Aug 10 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, by Stephan Pastis

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This week's Book Giveaway is Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. I chose it both because I'm fond of Pastis's Pearls Before Swine comic strip, and because I'm hoping it will be a less excruciating but thematically-similar version of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. A full review will follow later today...

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Aug 6 2015

I keep falling for it!

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Jezebel recently posted a really nice interview with author Meg Cabot. I'm always a little disappointed by Cabot's books—I think she has the talent to write something truly spectacular, but too often falls back on "Eh, it's cute enough to justify the cover price"—but this interview is so charming...

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Aug 6 2015

The umlaut really adds something.

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Deadline informs me that Fox has hired Josh Schwartz (of The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck fame) to develop an hourlong "dramedy" inspired by Grady Hendrix's supernatural mystery novel Horrorstör...

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Aug 5 2015

London omake

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According to the design blog Creative Review, London's Tube passengers can currently take advantage of a limited-time offer from Penguin UK: from August 3 - 28, commuters with wi-fi can read "exclusive excerpts from novels, as well as author interviews and audio content" via the website...

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Aug 4 2015

I have no self control.

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The Penguin Classics Deluxe line continues to quietly release reprints of classic novels with cover art that ranges from "totally respectable" to "I COVET THEE"...

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Aug 4 2015

No Billboard of Destiny, though?

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According to NPR, The Strand editor Andrew Gulli has hunted down a previously unpublished F. Scott Fitzgerald short story called "Temperature", which appears in the current issue of his magazine...

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