Jun 15 2006

Father's Day gifts for men who like books!

We kid, we kid... please, don't actually give this monstrosity to anybody. It's cheap (and looks it), it's 100% polyester, and it's 1000% fugly.[Source]

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Jun 14 2006

Mmm, manga.

And mmm, cup o' noodle. Some visionary decided to combine these two, and ended up creating the upcoming manga Project X: Cup Noodle. Here's the official description:"In a time when the Japanese ...

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Jun 13 2006

Faerie Wars Chronicles - NEW BOOK!

It looks like we finally have a date for the third book in the Faerie Wars Chronicles. Ruler of the Realm will be released October 3rd! For those of you who can't wait until then, you can tide you...

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Jun 12 2006

And speaking of Stella Gibbons...

...check out this new cover art for Cold Comfort Farm. I'm not sure what I think of it:Naturally, any new cover art means that the book will once again be re-released, and that's always awesome. ...

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Jun 11 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from: Cold Comfort Farm, by Stella Gibbons Why you should buy a copy of your very own:Well, it's one of my favorite books...what, don't you trust me? Fine, then. It's the story of a young ...

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Jun 10 2006

Fables spin-off

Here's the cover art and official description of the upcoming Fables spin-off Jack of Fables, due out in June:"Last seen hitchhiking from Hollywood after releasing a trilogy of films (about himsel...

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Jun 9 2006

Painfully funny books...

...do not always make for equally funny TV, but my hopes are high for the new Canadian television show Alice, I Think, based on the series of YA novels by Canadian Susan Juby. The fine people at C...

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Jun 8 2006

What--like you wouldn't take advice from Janice Dickinson?

Okay, I realize that Janice Dickinson most likely did not write this book with her own two hands, but I still feel a need to go out and buy it. I am not sure if it's the great cover, the title (Ch...

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Jun 7 2006

Odds and ends

Item one: I finally received my copy of Hope Mirrlees's Lud-in-the-Mist (which means I can finish this week's update!) and check out what's written on the back cover: "As sturdy as a painting by B...

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Jun 6 2006

Please, save your precious $8.75

So, my little brother went to see X-Men 3 last night, and called me around ten o'clock to complain about how much the movie blew. (Not that I was particularly sympathetic--dude, I TOLD you it was ...

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Jun 5 2006

Books for baseball tickets!

Yep, you read the title right: The Los Angeles Times' "Reading By 9" program is hosting a book drive at Dodger Stadium tonight. Fans who donate one new or slightly used book for elementary student...

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Jun 3 2006

Forget The Omen...

...smart money says that the scariest film released this summer will be The Bridesmaid, a Claude Chabrol adaptation of a Ruth Rendell novella. (For any brave, foolish readers that might be interes...

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Jun 2 2006

Last-minute graduation gifts

Graduation season is here, and it's time to be shopping for presents. (Past time, really.) Ease your graduating friends and family into the Real World with these awesome, Wordcandy-approved gift i...

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Jun 1 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes , by Chris CrutcherWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Chris Crutcher is a family therapist, and his books are always about hardcore teen sufferin...

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May 30 2006

Books in Miniature

You know what your dollhouse is missing? That's right: a teeny-tiny Book of Shadows! Learn how to make your dolls a thimble-sized spellbook of their very own, complete with "real Wiccan spells" an...

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May 29 2006

ADV is AWOL...

...and I'm getting a tad grumpy about it. Where the hell has ADV manga gone? Why do so many manga companies just drop off the face of the planet? Or--and this is even more irritating--why do they ...

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May 29 2006

I'm sure those Coraline jammies will sell like hotcakes.

From Neil Gaiman's blog:How very... marketable of you, dear.

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May 28 2006

Holy cats.

For hardcore fairytale geeks like me, Terry Gilliam's movie The Brothers Grimm was a bitter disappointment. The movie wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly good, either, and it never conveye...

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May 27 2006

Little Women=Sultry Sapphic fun!

Slate is currently featuring a totally awesome slide show of pulp fiction covers of classic books. Below are my two favorites (although the Moby Dick one was pretty cool, too):

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May 27 2006

Beware!

In addition to the oh-so-exciting new book of Laurell K. Hamilton short stories that Julia mentioned yesterday, there is also going to be a re-issue of one of her older books: Death of a Darklord...

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May 26 2006

E. Nesbit

Gore Vidal once wrote, “[Other than Lewis Carroll] E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children”, and he blamed her books’ lack of popularity in the United States on lib...

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May 26 2006

Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was a skillful, stylish mystery novelist who produced the bulk of her books between the first and second World Wars. Most of her novels feature a quiet, unassuming private detec...

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May 26 2006

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart was a highly successful mystery novelist and playwright in the first half of the twentieth century. (She also wrote the “Tish” books, a comedic series of feminist novels abo...

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May 26 2006

Anne Lindbergh

For an author with such famous parents (not to mention a juvenile fantasy award named after her) you don’t hear much about Anne Spencer Lindbergh. Still, she wrote several excellent middle-school...

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May 26 2006

James Branch Cabell

James Branch Cabell had an impressively poisonous pen. His eighth and most famous novel, 1919’s satirical fantasy Jurgen, earned him a brief period in the literary spotlight when the New York Soc...

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May 26 2006

When "Man, is that tacky" is not enough...

"She keeps all her goods in the shop-window" is such a deliciously nasty old-fashioned saying. Don't you think it describes this book cover perfectly?Yes, gentle readers, there's another Laurell K...

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May 25 2006

Queen of Babble, by Meg Cabot

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I try to avoid romance novels that feature heroines under the age of twenty-six*. There are a few books about people in their early twenties that are okay, but I prefer to read about people that have their heads on at least semi-straight before they make any major decisions about their life partners...

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May 25 2006

Traveling this summer?

I received this book a few years ago from Julia, right before I headed off to Italy for a few weeks. Italy is the kind of place where you can usually get by without knowing much of the language, b...

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May 24 2006

Wilde!

Variety has announced an upcoming film version of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, starring Annette Bening, Sean Bean, and Lindsay Lohan. (Er... what?)

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May 24 2006

Odds and ends

Sorry about this post wandering all over the Wordcandy map, people...Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson have released Chew On This, a kid-friendly book exploring the same territory that Schlosser c...

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