Oct 3 2019

It looks SO GOOD

The first official trailer is out for HBO and the BBC's adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and it looks PHENOMENAL, creepy and atmospheric and elegant...

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Oct 2 2019

Hideous, but kind of cute?

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While looking up Eric Carle information the other day, I stumbled across this fabric based on some of the artwork from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I can't quite imagine...

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Oct 1 2019

Oof

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Well, the reviews are out for ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sanditon, and they are brutal. The kinder critics describe it as "good dirty end-of-the-pier fun but about as enduring as an ice-cream cone"...

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Oct 1 2019

Did you know...

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I missed this when it was published this summer, but it's still interesting: Mental Floss posted an article called "15 Facts About The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in honor of the Eric Carle children's classic's 50th anniversary. Most of them were...

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Sep 30 2019

No Judgments, by Meg Cabot

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Like nearly all of Meg Cabot's books, No Judgments is funny, charming, smart—and way messier and lazier than it has any right to be.


Bree Beckham has left behind a serious relationship, an overbearing mother, and her law studies to start life anew in Little Bridge, a tiny island in the Florida Keys. She loves living on Little Bridge, particularly after adopting a sweet, elderly cat named Gary...

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Sep 30 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: No Judgments, by Meg Cabot

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Our current Book Giveaway is Meg Cabot's No Judgments. Alas, I will be judging, and thus far I'm underwhelmed. (Evacuate when you're told to, people!) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 25 2019

Modern classic

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The Hollywood Reporter informs me that Andrew Scott—best known as the “Hot Priest” on Fleabag—has signed on to star as the title character in a Showtime series based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel...

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Sep 24 2019

Personal line in the sand

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It's been more than a decade since I reviewed Tana French's novel In the Woods, but it stands out in my memory. The upcoming Starz adaptation of both In the Woods and French's followup, The Likeness, looks like they've put a lot of effort into capturing the novels' tone...

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Sep 24 2019

Like Tolkien, hopefully it's better on film

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According to Deadline, A24 and producer Jennifer Fox have teamed up to turn Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea fantasy books into a television show. Before her death in 2018, Le Guin had given Ms. Fox permission to turn her books into a series of films, but...

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Sep 24 2019

Small Kindnesses

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I've never heard of the writer Danusha Lameris, but I absolutely love this poem. It was published in the New York Times Magazine, and I found it via Bailey Richardson's...

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Sep 23 2019

Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, by Darby Conley

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I really enjoyed Darby Conley's comic strip Get Fuzzy, which ran in my local paper for more than a decade, and my family still routinely refers back to his joke about how you can “verb anything”. Conley and his strip disappeared about five years ago, much to my chagrin, but when I recently ran across a copy of his Treasury of the Lost Litter Box collection...

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Sep 23 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, by Darby Conley

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Our current Book Giveaway is Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, a collection of Darby Conley's late (or at least on indefinite hiatus) and much-lamented comic strip Get Fuzzy. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 19 2019

How-to

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There's a great article in The Atlantic about raising your children to become avid readers. The whole things is worth reading (and I enthusiastically second the tip about seeding your house with books, particularly if you have very young children...

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Sep 18 2019

If you were hoping for a happy ending? Tough luck.

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Oh, YAY, more misery: according to Deadline, MGM Television and Hulu have already started developing The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, into a TV series...

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Sep 18 2019

Not their finest hour

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According to the Tennessean, students at the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville will no longer be allowed to read the Harry Potter series, as a pastor at the parish school says he "consulted several exorcists" and decided the books were dangerous. He explained further...

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Sep 17 2019

Just think of the insurance!

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I'm not sure what an "event series" actually is (it's just a fancy way of saying "miniseries", right?), but USA has shelled out for a high-profile show called Treadstone, based on the world of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels...

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Sep 16 2019

Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, by P.G. Wodehouse

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On a recent trip to Canada, I picked up Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, a beautifully packaged little collection of P.G. Wodehouse stories from Arrow Books, who blithely describe it as "A Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up!". Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo consists of three short stories: two Mulliner tales, including the title story (about a meek curate who turns into an ass-kicking, name-taking problem solver...

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Sep 16 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, by P.G. Wodehouse

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This week we're giving away Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, which has the dubious honor of being the most over-packaged collection of P.G. Wodehouse short stories I've ever seen. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler: this is a lot of wrapping for very little gift. This giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 12 2019

Creepy animals galore

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The trailer is out for Briarpatch, the TV series adaptation of the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. It looks super David Lynchian in style; I'm a little surprised it's going to be a TV series, rather than a feature film...

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Sep 12 2019

Dress for success

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If you're a big Halloween fan (or just nostalgic for the diet horror of one's middle school years), there is a Goosebumps t-shirt on sale at Urban Outfitters for $34. Beware: it's cropped. (Also, Urban Outfitters...

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Sep 11 2019

Positive signs

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There are some good reviews coming out for the movie adaptation of How To Build a Girl, based on Caitlin Moran's coming-of-age novel of the same name. I'm never going to see this movie (even reading the plot summary makes me cringe), but...

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Sep 10 2019

Big no

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There's a trailer out for Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, based on Christine Leunens's book Caging Skies. I don't know about this one, guys. I mean, I like Waititi, and he continues to be super, super good-looking, but...

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Sep 10 2019

Just in time for...?

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Harper Perennial recently announced a limited run of Olive Editions reprints of eight famous mysteries and thrillers. The eye-catching books will be released on October 1st, and they're clearly aimed at Halloween shoppers, although...

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Sep 9 2019

Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin

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I hunted down a copy of Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth after reading an absolutely glowing review of it on NPR. When I hear about a book described as a “joyous dad-joke fantasy”, I'm interested. Sadly, I found NPR's description to be a bit hyperbolic; Asprin's novel is more like a mildly amusing novelization of a D&D game.

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Sep 9 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Another Fine Myth, a 1978 fantasy/comedy written by Robert Lynn Asprin. (This isn't the cover art featured on our particular edition, but don't worry: they're both equally ugly.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Sep 5 2019

Webtoons: Super Secret

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Our last Webtoons recommendation is eon's Super Secret. This series has three major things going for it: A) it's already completed (and the ending is great), B) it centers around a bunch of non-spooky monsters...

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Sep 5 2019

Webtoons: Age Matters

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Our fourth featured title from Webtoons is Enjelicious's Age Matters. This series features a fairly conventional romantic set-up: there's a super rich, handsome guy (cranky yet secretly caring!), and a poor-yet-spunky heroine...

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Sep 4 2019

Webtoons: My Giant Nerd Boyfriend

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Next up in our week of Webtoons mini-reviews is My Giant Nerd Boyfriend, a comedy/romance/slice of life story written by someone who calls herself fishball. This series, which is updated three times a week, consists of a bunch of A+++ standalone jokes about the writer and her much-taller boyfriend, both...

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Sep 3 2019

Webtoons: Lore Olympus

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The second Webtoons title we're featuring is Rachel Smythe's Lore Olympus, an ongoing series updated on Sundays. It's a modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth that features a deliciously soapy take on the Greek Gods. The series is...

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Sep 3 2019

Webtoons!

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It's a short week, so we're not doing our usual Book Giveaway. Instead, we thought we would celebrate some stories freely available to anyone with an internet connection: the comics on Webtoons, a site full of free, legal, creator-owned comics. It's like a giveaway that everyone wins...

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