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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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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