Jul 5 2006

Wordcandy loves nonfiction

In honor(?) of Ken Lay's unexpected death, we'd like to recommend the excellent non-fiction title The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, by Bethany McLean an...

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Jul 4 2006

Celebrate the Fourth the Wordcandy way!

...with a little Bloom County Babylon.

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Jul 3 2006

"The Golden Compass" news, part two

So, here's what the Imdb had to say about the new The Golden Compass film adaptation:-Writer Philip Pullman wants Nicole Kidman to play Mrs. Coulter and has indicated that he would like Jason Isaa...

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Jul 2 2006

Wordcandy (hearts) librarians...

...but not as much as Jen Wolfe does. Please take the time to check out Ms. Wolfe's awesome online tribute to librarians, which includes a Miscellaneous Librariana page, featuring snippets of boo...

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Jul 1 2006

And speaking of movies...

...guess what's freshly out on DVD? That's right: the special-edition version of Valley of the Dolls (proud holder of the number 5 spot on our Wordcandy List of Unreadable Books). Avoid this one a...

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Jun 30 2006

The Devil Wears Prada

Somehow I never got around to reading this book, although I'm not sure why--it seems like the kind of thing that would be right up my alley. Anyway, while the majority of movie-goers will be watc...

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Jun 29 2006

*cue fangirl-ish squee-ing*

THEY'RE GONNA START FILMING THE HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY IN SEPTEMBER!!!!!Actually, I'm really nervous about this one. Dollars to donuts, it'll end up being a The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardr...

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Jun 29 2006

More Harlequin/Dark Horse

I stopped by the bookstore last night, and considered picking up these charming new releases:Happily for my bank balance, I resisted. So far, all of these Dark Horse/Harlequin manga fusions have b...

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Jun 28 2006

Long weekend = lots of reading time!

Whether you are heading off on vacation or just hanging by the pool this four-day weekend, here are a few new book suggestions to check out.Jennifer Colt - The Mangler of Malibu CanyonIf you have...

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Jun 27 2006

At least this one won't have Arnold in it, right?

Brace yourselves, gentle readers: Warner Bros. is re-making Conan the Barbarian. I know! I couldn't believe it either, but it's true: apparently, the world wasn't satisfied with one mindblowingly...

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Jun 26 2006

J.K. Rowling gives interview, implies much, says nothing.

At left: Harry Potter and the Eyebrows of Doom. Nice wind machine, kids!So, J. K. Rowling has given another interview full of hints that Harry won't survive the seventh book. To which we can only...

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Jun 25 2006

Wordcandy Weekly Book Snippet

Excerpt from: Seven Up, by Janet EvanovichWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Nobody does inspired lunacy like Janet Evanovich. Her Stephanie Plum series can be a little uneven (and I usual...

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Jun 24 2006

Seeing Ear Theatre

We here at Wordcandy were extremely stoked to discover the Sci-fi Channel's Seeing Ear Theatre, an online archive of radio-play versions of stories by authors like Neil Gaiman, Lewis Carroll, and ...

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Jun 23 2006

Harper Lee!

Sandra Bullock has been cast to play Harper Lee in an upcoming biopic. Well, as bizarre Hollywood casting goes, it could have been much worse.

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Jun 22 2006

Save the Date...

We still do not have a date or title for the final installment of the Harry Potter series (although rumor has it that the book will be released in 2007), but we can now mark the release date for t...

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Jun 21 2006

Buck up, little Emma!

Why does that Hermione actress always look so angry (not to mention boozy) in pictures?I guess Warner Bros (they make the Harry Potter movies, right?) must not make their actors sign one of those ...

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Jun 20 2006

Mail Call!

I don't know about you, but I love getting packages in the mail. There's something about finding out that there's a box in the mail for you... if you are like me and love "real mail" then you sho...

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Jun 20 2006

Long weekend

Sorry, everyone. We seem to have taken an impromptu vacation this weekend. It was Father's Day, and there was the Word Cup game, and I was visiting from Ohio... but now we're going to jump back ...

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Jun 16 2006

The world of books to be lovingly explored by CBS...

...in their thoughtful new reality show, Tuesday Night Book Club. According to their website, this is a story about a group of "everyday, all-American women", who get together every week for some...

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Jun 15 2006

(Real) Father's Day gifts for men who like books!

For the dad who likes building stuff:For the dad who likes sci-fi:For the dad who likes non-fiction:For the dad who's looking to preserve his boyish figure:For the dad who's really pretty awesome,...

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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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