Aug 16 2016

Sign me up

The full trailer for Arrival, the upcoming movie adaptation of Ted Chiang’s 1998 short story “Story Of Your Life” is out, and it looks awesome. People frequently talk about Amy Adams's long history as an Oscars also-ran...

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Aug 16 2016

Bat country

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According to Jezebel, Hunter S. Thompson's widow, Anita Thompson, has returned the elk antlers that her husband once "secretly stole" from Ernest Hemingway’s home in Ketchum, Idaho. I guess that's a nice gesture and all (although both men are dead, but whatever), but...

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Aug 15 2016

Ninth City Burning, by J. Patrick Black

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J. Patrick Black's novel Ninth City Burning features half a dozen point-of-view characters, ambitious world-building, and a sprawling intergalactic-warfare-meets-dystopian-future plot premise. I applaud the author's sheer guts, but the end result is more than a little overwhelming...

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Aug 15 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Ninth City Burning, by J. Patrick Black

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This week's Book Giveaway is J. Patrick Black's Ninth City Burning, which I know absolutely nothing about, apart from the fact that I approve of the person they chose to write a promotional blurb (Patricia Briggs) and I really like the cover art. Our review will follow shortly...

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Aug 11 2016

SO COOL.

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According to the Independent, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a probable Dark Ages royal palace at Tintagel in Cornwall, which might (emphasis on the "might") have a connection to the legendary figure of King Arthur. According to medieval historians, Arthur was...

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Aug 11 2016

How?

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According to Deadline, Sony-based TriStar Pictures is attempting to continue the current run of Chronicles of Narnia movie adaptations. This seems like a risky proposition—Disney passed on the rest of the series after 2005’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and 2008’s Prince Caspian, and Fox 2000 dropped it...

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Aug 10 2016

YAY!

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How did I miss this? Bone creator Jeff Smith just released Bone: Coda, a new and "completely superfluous" adventure featuring the Bone cousins. The standalone story, written and illustrated by Smith, was produced in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first issue of the (at the time) black-and-white, self-published comic...

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Aug 9 2016

Not the same thing.

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In honor of the 56th birthday of Dr. Seuss's classic children's book Green Eggs and Ham, NPR just published an article about various restaurants' attempts to put the title dish on their menus. All of the featured recipes look very wholesome and impressive, but I feel like they're punting on a pretty critical issue...

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Aug 9 2016

Useful for someone, I guess.

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Last week, Vulture helpfully compiled a list of Book-to-Film Adaptations Still to Come in 2016. There is nothing on this list I would willingly shell out $10.50 for, but fans of inspiring (read: tear-jerking) nonfiction...

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Aug 8 2016

The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard

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Aliette de Bodard's novel The House of Shattered Wings looks like a standard fantasy novel, but has more in common with The Godfather than your typical sword-and-sorcery adventure. In an alternative universe/post-apocalyptic version of 20th century Paris, fallen angels periodically drop from the sky, stricken with amnesia but chock-full of magic. Those who survive Paris's magic-hunting street gangs usually join one of the Great Houses, mafia-like organizations...

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Aug 8 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette De Bodard

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This week's Book Giveaway is Aliette De Bodard's The House of Shattered Wings, which I had assumed—incorrectly, apparently—was a YA supernatural romance. (Probably one involving fallen angels.) It seems it's actually an award-winning sci-fi novel for adults, which I'm actually a lot more excited...

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Aug 4 2016

Don't count this one out

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Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in an upcoming movie adaptation of Patrick Hess's YA series Chaos Rising, according to Variety. There's been a lot of talk about the abrupt downturn in YA film attendance, but...

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Aug 4 2016

Cleaning up

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According to the BBC, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script is the fastest-selling book in the UK this decade. It sold more than 680,000 copies in the first three days after its release, beating the previous record held by IFifty Shades of Grey. (British book snobs can heave a sigh of relief.) At its current rate, the script will be...

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Aug 3 2016

Shocking

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Forbes just posted an interesting article about how scandals affect book sales. (Short answer: negatively.) The article takes specific aim at Gay Talese's new work, The Voyeur’s Motel, which has been...

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Aug 2 2016

Convenient

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Well, this worked out nicely: after recently reading and reviewing Jane Mayer's Dark Money, I've been wondering what the Koch brothers have been up to during this most tumultuous of election cycles, and Gawker was kind enough to...

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Aug 2 2016

Fingers crossed

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In the six-plus years since Jennifer Crusie's last book, Maybe This Time, I've pretty much given up hope of her producing anything else. Deadlines for several books have come and gone, and as far as I can tell, Crusie's writing has pretty much been limited to her (very entertaining) personal blog. But...

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Aug 1 2016

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling

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In 2011, actress and comedian Mindy Kaling released a collection of essays called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Her book is 242 pages of the easiest reading on the planet: short, witty, ridiculously charming essays on everything from Kaling's weird affection for diet plans to her career goals to her ideal level of fame...

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Aug 1 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, by Mindy Kaling

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This week's Book Giveaway is Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a collection of comedic essays about everything from Kaling's childhood to her unique path to stardom (which apparently involved writing and starring in a play based on Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's friendship)...

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Jul 28 2016

Mysterious~

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I finally saw a trailer for Nerve, the upcoming movie adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's 2012 young-adult thriller of the same name. It looks pretty silly, honestly, but in a fun, colorful, glittery way. Plus, it's summer, and let's be honest...

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Jul 28 2016

Hmm. Maybe.

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According to Lainey Gossip, there's a modern Jekyll and Hyde-inspired project in the works, possibly starring Captain America's Chris Evans. The plot sounds pretty thin...

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Jul 27 2016

Now with more bloodshed

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If io9 is to be believed, the CW may have done the impossible: made an Archie TV adaptation that I actually want to watch. I'm not sure how much it actually has in common with the long-running comic book series, but I'll watch any teen show that "really wants to be Twin Peaks"...

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Jul 26 2016

Ouch

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Wow, this Killing Joke animated film sounds like it was really poorly thought out. (And not just because I suspect a lot of parents are going to mistakenly think: "Hey, a Batman movie I can finally take my kids to!") I'm not...

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Jul 26 2016

"Sexless casseroles"

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NPR recently posted an article called "Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking". I have long found Ms. Gurley Brown, the longtime former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, bizarrely fascinating, and I'm always interested in reading about food...

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Jul 25 2016

Paper and Fire, by Rachel Caine

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Paper and Fire, the second book in Rachel Caine's Great Library series, picks ups immediately after the events of last year's Ink and Bone. The series is set in a world where access to knowledge is strictly controlled by the Great Library of Alexandria, and the personal ownership of books is forbidden. Caine's protagonist is Jess Brightwell, the son of a book smuggler...

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Jul 25 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Paper and Fire, by Rachel Caine

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This week's Book Giveaway is Paper and Fire, the second book in Rachel Caine's 'The Great Library' YA series. (We reviewed the first book, Ink and Bone, here.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Jul 21 2016

Sad!

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So, this is pathetic: according to THR, the fourth and final Divergent film will be aired as a TV movie, despite the fact that this will almost certainly require extensive re-casting. Lionsgate Films declined to comment on the situation, but this wouldn't be the first lackluster YA film series to be downgraded to...

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Jul 21 2016

Even more vital

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Last week, Pajiba put together a list of Jane Austen's heroes, ranked by level of swoon-worthiness. (Please note: these are the film versions of various characters, not the book versions.) Of course, I firmly believe that Edmund Bertram could be played by Sex Incarnate and he'd still be a judgmental, easily manipulated doofus, so I'm ignoring their #10, but...

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Jul 20 2016

E.L. James, take note.

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Stephenie Meyer has a new book coming out: The Chemist, to be released on November 15, 2016. I notice there's no mention of Twilight on the cover, although the artwork is thematically similar. Is this because Twilight is officially passé, or is...*

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Jul 19 2016

Vital questions of our times

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The fine people at Lucky Peach recently put together a list of Nineteen of Roald Dahl’s Most Important Food Inventions. Sometimes I forget how incredibly messed up Dahl's writing was, and then a passage like this one, from The Witches, reminds me...

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Jul 19 2016

Missed opportunity

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io9 recently introduced me to this brief look at the concept footage for a movie adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds, featuring the work of legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen...

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