Jan 31 2017

Apropos

I've been seeing a number of people linking to this 2015 Washington Post article about Anne Frank and her family being denied entry as refugees into the U.S. in 1941. It's a long (and terribly depressing) read, but...

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Jan 31 2017

Maybe there are CliffsNotes?

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According to Quartz, Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism is now sold out on Amazon. I've read The Origins of Totalitarianism, and all I can say is: if people are buying it in hopes of a quick, comprehensible explanation of Trump's rise to power...

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Jan 30 2017

The Burning Page, by Genevieve Cogman

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I recently reviewed the first two books in Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series, and was delighted when the third installment, The Burning Page, showed up on my doorstep. It's a fun read, but I don't see any evidence of a fourth book, and I much prefer The Burning Page as a series installment than a series conclusion...

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Jan 30 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Burning Page, by Genevieve Cogman

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Burning Page, the third (but hopefully not final) book in Genevieve Cogman's Invisible Library series. We've enjoyed this series thus far, and our review of The Burning Page will be posted shortly...

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Jan 26 2017

They're already written? They come with built-in fanbases?

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There's a new article at the Verge called "Why Hollywood is turning to books for its biggest productions". While the author makes a couple of decent points in the second half of the article, he confuses me early on with the suggestion that faithful, ambitious TV/movie adaptations of books only began...

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Jan 26 2017

The more you know

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NPR recently posted great article about the Merriam-Webster twitter feed, which has been sharing a lot of pointed political definitions recently. Frankly, I don't think the new president cares much about expanding his vocabulary...

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Jan 25 2017

Doublespeak

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So... according to the Guardian, George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty Four recently became the 6th best-selling book on Amazon...

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Jan 24 2017

Now on TV

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Deb Perelman, creator of the popular cooking website Smitten Kitchen, just made an exciting announcement: Food Network has launched a Smitten Kitchen digital series. You can watch the first episode via the embedded link, and...

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Jan 24 2017

A hundred and thirty-odd years later...

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I got an e-mail last week about The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine, a "never-before-published, unfinished children’s story by Mark Twain, completed and brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip and Erin Stead", which will be released next September from Random House. The cover art...

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Jan 23 2017

The Mating Season, by P.G. Wodehouse

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Regardless of whether they're 20 pages long or 200, P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories are always the same: heavy on whip-cracking aunts, hapless young men, formidable young ladies, and romantic misunderstandings that can usually only be resolved by making an ass out of poor Bertie Wooster. Since there are so few differences between his novels and short stories, I prefer the short stories—they cram just as much awesomeness into far fewer pages...

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Jan 23 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Mating Season, by P.G. Wodehouse

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This week's Book Giveaway is P.G. Wodehouse's 1949 Jeeves and Wooster novel The Mating Season. I'm just sayin', apropos of... nothing special: in times of stress, there is nothing like Wodehouse. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jan 19 2017

All of a piece

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Today is Edgar Allan Poe's birthday! And thanks to The Writer's Almanac, I can now add another rumor to my collection of juicy Poe-related trivia: Poe went to West Point, where he may have gotten himself deliberately expelled by appearing nude at drill...

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Jan 19 2017

Not my style, but...

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The Revelist recently featured an article about these sold-out Niffler necklaces, inspired by the jewelry-stealing fantastic beasts from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter 'verse...

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Jan 18 2017

Update!

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There's more news on the mysterious recent shutdown of AllRomanceEbooks. I was clearly not alone in thinking it sounded hinky: according to the website Writer Beware, a class action lawsuit...

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Jan 18 2017

To each their own

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According to The AV Club, Warner Bros. is eyeing Hajime Isayama‘s manga Attack On Titan for an American live-action adaptation. The series has already become an anime, several video games, and a Japanese live-action film, but...

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Jan 17 2017

Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne

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First published in 1873, Around the World in Eighty Days is Jules Verne's most popular work. It's the story of Phileas Fogg, an enigmatic, unflappable Englishman who bets a group of his wealthy peers that he can circumnavigate the earth in eighty days. Accompanied by his bewildered valet Passepartout (and pursued by a detective who incorrectly believes Fogg to be a notorious bank robber), Fogg sets out...

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Jan 17 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne

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In an effort to erase last week's disastrous choice from my brain, this week's Book Giveaway is a classic: Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. It's been entertaining readers for nearly 150 years; I'm hoping it will be enough to wipe The Darkest Torment from my "recently read" memory bank. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jan 12 2017

Maybe too specific?

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Two Harry Potter + food articles in as many days! According to the Gothamist, there's a new Harry Potter-themed pasta restaurant in Williamsburg. It's tough to tell from the Pasta Wiz website, but the Potter connection looks a little tenuous...

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Jan 12 2017

Ch-ch-changes

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International Business Times recently posted an article about the differences between Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale and Hulu's upcoming TV adaptation of the story. The article features some spoilers (obviously), but I'm glad I read it. I'm wrestling with the TV producers' decision to...

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Jan 11 2017

Their spelling is pretty terrible, though.

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Refinery29 recently featured an article about the Llety Cynin bed-and-breakfast in South Wales, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by...

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Jan 10 2017

Financial hijinks

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Well, this is hinky. According to Publishers Weekly, the once-popular online e-book retailer AllRomanceEbooks shut down operations at the end of December. Unfortunately, there's a lot of mystery surrounding the whys and wherefores of this shut down...

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Jan 10 2017

Sibling rivalry: classics edition

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Classic book nerds take note: Samantha Ellis recently wrote an interesting article about Anne Brontë ("the sister who got there first") for the Guardian. While I've never read Agnes Grey, the novel Brontë wrote about her experiences as a governess, I have read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and enjoyed it more than either of Brontë's sisters' novels...

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Jan 9 2017

The Darkest Torment, by Gena Showalter

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Gena Showalter's The Darkest Torment is the literary equivalent of a music video—flashy and evocative, but short on coherent plot. Admittedly, this is the twelfth installment in an ongoing series, so I didn't expect to grasp the minutiae of Showalter's world, but the standalone elements of this story (including the entire romantic story arc) didn't make much sense, either...

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Jan 9 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Darkest Torment, by Gena Showalter

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It's been quite some time since we last reviewed a straight-up romance novel, so this week's Book Giveaway is Gena Showalter's The Darkest Torment. Apparently, and all appearances to the contrary, that dude on the cover isn't a professional surfer/part-time model, he's a demon! (Or something. The back cover is not 100% clear on this point.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Jan 5 2017

Judgy

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Rachel Vorona Cote just posted an essay called "The Many Bad Moms of Charles Dickens" over on LitHub. It's an interesting read, although anyone who truly wants to wrap their heads around Charles Dickens's opinions on True Womanhood really owes it to themselves to read Phyllis Rose's Parallel Lives. Alternatively...

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Jan 5 2017

YAY!

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Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter informed me that Netflix is planning to create its first original Korean drama. Based on a popular romantic-fantasy webtoon by Kye Young Chon called Love Alarm, the 12-episode series is set to debut in 2018...

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Jan 4 2017

Ugh times a million

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I've been struggling to choose what makes me the angriest about Simon & Schuster's decision to pay Milo Yiannopoulos (editor of Breitbart Tech, alt-right pundit, and all-around racist asshole) what Yiannopoulos described as "a wheelbarrow full of money" for his upcoming book, Dangerous, and I think I've finally figured it out: it's Simon & Schuster's...

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Jan 3 2017

The Dead Seekers, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

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Barb and J.C. Hendee's new novel The Dead Seekers has a very specific target audience: people hoping for a serious take on movies like Van Helsing or Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Set in the same world as the Hendees' best-selling Noble Dead series, The Dead Seekers features a vaguely Eastern European setting, loads of ghosts, and two gloomy protagonists—Tris, an uptight ghost-slayer for hire, and Mari, a young woman determined to avenge her murdered family...

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Jan 3 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dead Seekers, by Barb and J.C. Hendee

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Dead Seekers, the first book in a new series by Barb and J.C. Hendee. The Dead Seekers is set in the same world as the authors' bestselling Noble Dead saga, but should (hopefully) work as a standalone. A full review will follow shortly...

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Dec 28 2016

Big budget

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According to LaineyGossip, Julia Roberts has signed on to a TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s recent novel Today Will Be Different. Between this, that Reese Witherspoon show, and...

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