Aug 20 2007


Okay, I totally want this:According to, the above book, entitled The Ladies Dictionary: Being a General Entertainment for the Fair Sex is a "300-year-old book which appears to be the ...

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Aug 17 2007

If only I could knit.

Thanks to the fine people at AustenBlog, I've just discovered Yarn Love, an online store that sells several colors of hand-dyed yarn inspired by literary heroines.You can buy Scarlet O'Hara yarn (...

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Aug 16 2007

The Off Season, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s The Off Season is just as thoughtful and engrossing as its critically praised prequel, 2006’s Dairy Queen. Murdock’s quiet, football-playing heroine has gotten more self-confident since the events of Dairy Queen, but her attempt to take charge of her future is still very much a work in progress...

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Aug 16 2007

A sight to behold

I love these book covers:They look just like James Bond covers... if James Bond covers had been drawn by the people who draw the cover art for sewing patterns.There are at least three books in thi...

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Aug 15 2007

On the hunt

I'm thinking of picking up the first few volumes of Viz's Yakitate!! Japan (story and art by Takashi Hashigushi). A pun-filled cooking comedy about a young man with "otherworldly baking powers"? ...

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Aug 14 2007

Peter Ferguson brings the pretty.

The cover art is now available for Magic and Other Misdemeanors, the fifth book in Michael Buckley's Sisters Grimm series, and illustrator Peter Ferguson continues to knock our socks off:This seri...

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Aug 13 2007


Usually we enjoy retold fairytales, but this film adapation of Snow White looks dorky as hell:And just what did they do to that poor girl's neck?

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Aug 10 2007

Ooh, classy!

I totally encourage everybody to check out the trailer for the upcoming "digitally-enhanced live action" movie adaptation of Beowulf--it had me giggling for hours. Literary purists might be a lit...

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Aug 9 2007

Grossman interview on SCI FI Wire

Wordcandy writer Austin Grossman, author of Soon I Will Be Invincible, was recently interviewed on SCI FI Wire. Despite the fact that he says things like "The tropes of superhero life were develo...

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Aug 8 2007

Austen geeks take note

The people behind the upcoming film adaptation of The Jane Austen Book Club are currently running a contest with an excellent grand prize: a ticket to one of the 2008 JASNA-sponsored tours of Engl...

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Aug 7 2007

The Manny, by Holly Peterson


Time for another Wordcandy Book Review Double Feature!

The Manny, by Holly Peterson

Thirty-six-year-old Jamie Whitfield is unhappy. She has a fulfilling career and three beautiful children...

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Aug 6 2007

In Memoriam

My godmother Karen died of ovarian cancer in 2003. Karen was an all-around fantastically awesome person who loved to cook and entertain, and her daughter Alison has made a cookbook from her colle...

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Aug 5 2007

Poltergeist, by Kat Richardson


Kat Richardson’s Poltergeist (sequel to 2006’s Greywalker) is a sharp, sinister urban fantasy that blends storytelling with Seattle history. Painstakingly researched and intelligent, this series is perfect for fantasy/horror fans looking for something more than a spine-tingling cheap thrill...

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Aug 3 2007

*Not* an alphabet book

Roald Dahl fans take note: the paperback edition of Wendy Cooling's D is for Dahl: A Gloriumptious A to Z Guide to the World of Roald Dahl, is due out on August 16th. Dahl was just as weird as an...

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Aug 2 2007

The Hollywood gods are smiling.

For once, a trend we can encourage: making movie or tv adaptations of books that we haven't read and don't give a damn about.Example number one:Gossip GirlThe only reason we're even remotely inter...

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Aug 1 2007

Lisa Kleypas rides again!

Beloved Wordcandy author Lisa Kleypas will be releasing a new historical romance, Mine Till Midnight, on October 2nd. If interested, you can read a snippet from this novel here.Note: We hate to c...

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Jul 31 2007

Could it be...?

Is Scott Westerfeld actually going to give us... closure? Is he feeling feverish? Okay, so our hopes aren't high, but we're happy to see that there's going to be fourth book set in Westerfeld's ...

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Jul 30 2007

Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?, by Allyson Beatrice


Will the Vampire People Please Leave the Lobby?: True Adventures in Cult Fandom, Allyson Beatrice’s collection of essays about her experiences as a hardcore Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, is a...

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Jul 27 2007

*anime-style spinning eyes*

TOKYOPOP has their new website up, and it's totally overwhelming. I hate to say it, because I'm sure their web developers worked really, really hard, but any website that has to feature a huge "H...

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Jul 26 2007

Leonie Swann

Leonie Swann is the German author of the internationally best-selling detective novel Three Bags Full, one of our "Featured Book" picks. According to her publishers, Ms. Swann has degrees in phil...

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Jul 26 2007

Three Bags Full, by Leonie Swann


The set-up is stock casual mystery: in a rural Irish town, a friendly, reclusive shepherd is found dead in his pasture with a spade in his stomach. Everyone in the town had a reason to not only want him dead, but also to fear his death. None of the locals, including the police, care to investigate. Instead, the mystery is left to be solved by a set of lovable amateurs—the shepherd’s abandoned flock...

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Jul 26 2007

Wordcandy loves the annotated editions

I love W.W. Norton's collection of annotated classics. I own both The Annotated Alice: the Definitive Edition and The Annotated Brothers Grimm--which we reviewed--and I aspire to one day own a cop...

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Jul 25 2007

A Nail Through the Heart, by Timothy Hallinan


Recently, we've been in something of rut here at Wordcandy. If it wasn't a book about a boy wizard (you wouldn't believe how many Harry Potter rip-offs we get), it was a YA romance. Don't get us w...

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Jul 24 2007


Why, Hollywood, WHY?!?Why isn't Will British? Why is there a romantic subplot? Why are there magical hijinks? WHY DID THEY EVEN MAKE THIS TRAVESTY?

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Jul 23 2007

RIP, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, author of the bodice-ripper classic The Flame and the Flower (book #1 on our Worst So-Called "Fun" Books Ever list) died Friday, July 6, 2007. She was 68.While Ms. Woodiwis...

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Jul 21 2007


Well, I've finished the last Harry Potter book, and I'm going to do my best to give a quick, decent, almost-spoiler-free review. I'd divide it into the usual "Good, Bad, Ugly" categories, but tha...

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Jul 20 2007

Harry Potter Activities, Part V

So now it's Friday, and you haven't made a single plan. You haven't ordered your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You didn't make arrangements to hang out with your fellow book geek...

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Jul 19 2007

Harry Potter Activities, Part IV

While there are great HP-release party options on the East and West Coast, Midwesterners might be having the most hardcore HP shindigs. Two Ohio towns, Wilmington and Hudson, will be turning thei...

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Jul 18 2007

Harry Potter Activities, Part III

If you're within a hundred miles of Portland, Oregon, the Harry Potter release party at Powell's Bookstore sounds like an event not to be missed.Starting around 4PM, Couch Street will be closed to...

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Jul 17 2007

Harry Potter Activities, Part II

If you're going to be in New York this weekend, and for some reason you can't make one of the midnight parties, the Strand Bookstore in New York City (the "18 miles of books" place) is having a Ha...

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