Jan 11 2006

Stephen King

We would not be the first to compare Stephen King with Charles Dickens. Both were staggeringly prolific, both frequently used an obnoxiously faux-avuncular tone to address their audience, and bot...

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Jan 11 2006

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon wrote one truly remarkable book, followed by many inferior sequels. (Shades of Frank Herbert.) Read the wonderful romance/suspense/sci-fi novel Outlander and marvel at how intelli...

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Jan 11 2006

John Mortimer

John Mortimer is the author of the Horace Rumpole novels, short stories, and plays. Mortimer's Rumpole is a cheerful, obese barrister with a passionate love for cheap wine (Pommeroy's Very Ordina...

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Jan 11 2006

Jennifer Colt

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Jennifer Colt is the author of The Butcher of Beverly Hills, an action-packed story about two redheaded twin sisters (one an uptight university grad, the other a lesbian ex-con with a wickedly ben...

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Jan 9 2006

So, my birthday's coming up....

I love vintage Harlequin romance novels. I love how magnificently cheeseball they can be, with their lurid covers and hopelessly outdated sexual politics, and I admire how instantly entertaining ...

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Jan 9 2006

Wordcandy loves poetry, even when it's Completely. Messed. Up.

ANNABEL LEEIt was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea,That a maiden there lived whom you may know By the name of Annabel Lee;And this maiden she lived with no other thought ...

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Jan 7 2006

Avalon High and Size 12 is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot

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In the past two weeks Meg Cabot has released two brand-new standalone novels: the YA supernatural romance Avalon High and the mystery/suspense story Size 12 Is Not Fat. Both feature bright, funny...

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Jan 3 2006

Melodramatic covers.... yuck!

I am in the process of hunting down all the wordcandy titles for our "upcoming books" section. While there are many I am excited about (like Jennifer Crusie's new collaboration, due out April 4th...

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Dec 26 2005

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of a series of excellent YA horror/fantasy novels: Valiant, Tithe, and Ironside, one of our Featured Book picks. Ms. Black is also one of the authors (along with Tony Di...

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Dec 26 2005

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The daughter of William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus when she was nineteen. (Yes, nineteen. Take THAT, Christopher Pa...

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Dec 26 2005

H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells was the author of numerous science fiction masterpieces, including The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The Time Machine. Although a pacifist, Wells enjoyed war games ...

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Dec 26 2005

Aldous Huxley

Poet, novelist, and screenwriter, Aldous Huxley is best known as the author of Brave New World, one of the few dystopian novels to earn the Wordcandy Stamp of Approval. Huxley was born to a famil...

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Dec 26 2005

Kiyohiko Azuma

Kiyohiko Azuma is the author of two highly entertaining manga titles: Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!. Azuma’s books are funny and innocent, with most of the humor in the stories coming from his tal...

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Holiday Cheer From Kyohiko Azuma

In honor of our review of Azuma's Yotsuba&!, which just went up over on the main site, we thought we'd post a few holiday-themed strips from Azuma's earlier (and equally awesome) series, Azumanga ...

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Dec 21 2005

Yotsuba&! Vol. 1, by Kiyohiko Azuma

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Nothing much happens in the first three volumes of Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba&!. The series features a preschool-age heroine with green hair, boundless energy, and a blissfully innocent attitude. Entire chapters are devoted to things like moving a TV, doing the laundry, or visiting a department store...

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Dec 14 2005

A meeting of the (negligible) minds...

Check it out- Paris Hilton, a woman that I consider to be an insult to actually talented celebrities everywhere, is holding a copy of Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls, a book that I conside...

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Dec 13 2005

But Wordcandy loves nonfiction readers, too.

A fascinating study of the long and ignominious history of election fraud, Andrew Gumbel's book Steal This Vote: Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America is an ideal choice f...

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Dec 12 2005

Wordcandy is particularly fond of kinky poetry from the 17th century...

A VALEDICTION FORBIDDING MOURNINGAs virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to their souls to go, Whilst some of their sad friends do say,"Now his breath goes," and some say, "No." ...

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Dec 11 2005

Wordcandy-friendly Gift Shopping Advice for the Organizationally Impaired!

Still not finished with your holiday shopping? Running low on time and inspiration? We here at Wordcandy have assembled a list of ten book-related gift options, any one of which any book lover w...

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Dec 8 2005

The Lion, the Witch, and the Lord of the Rings rip-off

Based on previews alone, this movie would have won my vote for "Stupidest Literary Adaptation of 2005". However, I also hated the preview for the film version of Harry Potter and the Goblet of ...

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Dec 6 2005

Wordcandy loves poetry, even when it spits upon grammar conventions...

i like my body when it is with yourbody. It is so quite new a thing.Muscles better and nerves more.i like your body. i like what is does,i like its hows. i like to feel the spineof your body an...

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Dec 5 2005

The Nora Roberts Machine

This post was originally going to be a rant about how American book covers are so much less attractive than the covers offered overseas, complete with many telling examples... but, as usual, I got...

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Dec 3 2005

Damn it, why don't I know anyone in Chicago?The Lifeline Theater is apparently showing a play version of Wordcandy Goddess Georgette Heyer's 'The Talisman Ring'. It runs until December 11th.

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Nov 26 2005

Christopher Paolini

I have to admit it--I really wanted to hate Christopher Paolini's Eragon. C’mon, who can blame me? Paolini is an eighteen-year-old kid from Nowheresville, Montana who produced a best-selling chi...

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Nov 26 2005

The Ladies of 'Harry Potter' Show Us What Not To Wear

You know who I blame for these oufits?Sienna Miller.She is the Dark Lord of high fashion, and all of the starlets of Western Europe have fallen under her ungodly spell.

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Nov 25 2005

Jules Verne

Jules Verne (born 1828, died 1905) was arguably the world’s greatest science fiction writer. Critics have justifiably attacked his work on grounds ranging from political incorrectness to faulty s...

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Nov 25 2005

Diane Duane

Diane Duane is the author of the Young Wizards books, a series that has been in print for more than twenty years and, like most YA fantasy, has recently seen a Harry Potter-inspired upsurge in sal...

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Nov 25 2005

Anne McCaffrey

Born in 1926, Anne McCaffrey attended Radcliffe, got a degree in Slavic languages and literature, trained as a singer, and appeared in an Orff opretta. Clearly, this woman's brain is nothing to s...

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