Dec 30 2006

...but why are they still in high school?

Viz Media is releasing the first volume of Vampire Knight, Matsuri Hino's beautiful, profoundly silly shojo manga about a high school that caters to both human and vampire students. (Seriously--w...

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Dec 29 2006

Possible release date...?

The Leaky Cauldron is reporting that there's a possible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release date of July 31, 2007. This information is based on a date provided by Baker and Taylor, a comp...

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Dec 28 2006


Sorry about the scarcity of postage around here. We're located in the Northwest, so first our power was out, and then our server is in Taiwan, so the recent earthquake there screwed things up eve...

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Dec 26 2006

Mmm, cheese....

Last night, after countless hours of gifts, desserts, and relatives, it was time for Nathan, Meg, and me to meet up for our annual Christmas movie outing. This year we decided to see Eragon. We k...

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Dec 24 2006

Keep your chin up.

In honor of all the time we're about to spend with relatives, allow me to recommend the following Christmas-themed murder mystery:Georgette Heyer's Envious Casca will get you through this ordeal, ...

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Dec 21 2006

Book Seven's title is OUT.

And if you'd like to find out for yourself, you could go to Rowling's site, find the hidden game, PLAY the hidden game, and figure it out with nothing but your own mighty brain... or you could jus...

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Dec 20 2006


While poking around my local Borders last night, I found this:When are they going to let this book fade into richly-deserved obscurity? Look, I'm not trying to be mean, but Frank Beddor's The Loo...

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Dec 19 2006

More Stardust pics...

Including one of Claire Danes, looking be-wigged (although that might just be a really unfortunate dye job):One of Michelle Pfeiffer and some goats, looking misty:And one of Sienna Miller and Char...

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Dec 17 2006

Nice lace, Danielle.

Apparently, Danielle Steel has her own perfume:She appears to be serving as her own spokesmodel, too. If you visit her website, you can see pictures of her posing in what appears to be a very pre...

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Dec 14 2006

Geek on, Seattle

The lovely city of Seattle has once again been ranked as the #1 most literate city in America. Apparently, this ranking is decided by newspaper circulation, the number of bookstores and libraries...

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Dec 13 2006

Inanimate Alice

There's an article in the Guardian about the creepy-yet-absorbing digital novel Inanimate Alice. If you've got access to a computer with decent speed, Inanimate Alice is well worth a visit--it's ...

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Dec 12 2006

Mistral's Kiss, by Laurell K. Hamilton


Laurell K. Hamilton’s most recent book, Mistral’s Kiss, the fifth title in the Meredith Gentry series, is better than I expected. It’s not as good as the first two installments in the series, but Mistral’s Kiss has some decent action scenes, ends on a tantalizing cliffhanger, and...

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Dec 12 2006

Wordcandy's Recommended Gift List, Part II

Behold: our latest and greatest gift suggestions, just in time for you to have to pay expedited shipping charges! (And last year's suggestions are still pretty awesome, if you're looking for even...

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Dec 11 2006

Romance novels? NIMBY.

You know, I didn't realize that romance novel readers didn't belong on the Metro when I was in DC a few months ago. I never would have guessed, either--those massive posters of the guy from Small...

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Dec 10 2006

If you're going to be in Cambridge today...

...then you NEED to go to Yule Ball 2006, featuring musical acts Harry and the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, The Remus Lupins, and more!But if you can't make it to the Yule Ball, then head on ov...

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Dec 8 2006

It's Amanda McKittrick Ros Day!

Today, dear readers, is the day we honor Amanda McKittrick Ros, the Irish novelist and poet that some have called "the worst writer ever". That seems a little harsh (have they read Catherine Coul...

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Dec 7 2006

Pleasure for Pleasure, by Eloisa James


With her nods to Shakespeare, fondness for lofty literary quotations, and unsentimental dialogue, Eloisa James clearly wants to stand out from the bodice-ripper pack. Unfortunately, she seems less interested in coherent plot structure. Her most recent novel, Pleasure for Pleasure, isn’t totally unreadable, but it’s damn close...

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Dec 7 2006

La Nora

The page for the Lifetime TV movie adaptations of four of Nora Roberts's novels is up. While it's encouraging that Ms. Roberts is excited about these productions, my hopes are not high, seeing as...

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Dec 6 2006

More HP news...

This last Saturday's broadcast of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on ABC Family included several sneak peeks of the upcoming Order of the Phoenix movie. In case (like me) you don't regula...

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Dec 5 2006

It's the book world's answer to Netflix: for a nominal fee, (misnomer: it's cheap, not free) will send you any of their 88,000+ paperbacks and audiobooks, along with a self-addressed...

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Dec 4 2006

Cover art presumptive

Check out the cover art for the paperback edition of Annette Curtis Klause's Freaks: Alive on the Inside:Isn't it beautiful? I'm pretty sure that's the same artist that does Bill Willingham's Fab...

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Dec 3 2006


The Oxford University Press is offering the full 20-volume set of the Oxford English Dictionary for a mere $895!!! Anyone who's ever used the OED at their university library knows what a marvelous...

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Dec 1 2006

Well, here's the cover for volume five.

I really don't want to have to try to translate Yotsuba&! volume five myself. My two semesters of college Japanese didn't exactly leave me fluent (although they did leave me speaking my equally b...

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Nov 30 2006

Britney's Book Club

Check it out--proof positive that even celebrities are forced to read depressing, melodramatic Great Works. It's a page from Britney Spears' junior high-era essay on Antigone, up for auction at C...

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Nov 29 2006

Austen news

Since we're talking about Austen on the main site anyway, we might as well unload all the news at once. Behold: pictures of the upcoming versions of Persuasion and Mansfield Park:Anne--->Fanny (lo...

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Nov 28 2006

He'll get my $8.75.

Although just last week there were rumors to the contrary*, now we're hearing that Peter Jackson will be directing the film version of The Hobbit, although the film won't be made by New Line. Con...

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Nov 27 2006

Jane and the Barque of Frailty, by Stephanie Barron


Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen mysteries are always clever, but some of the books in the series are more emotionally effective than others. It’s difficult to forget the facts of Austen’s life—she...

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Nov 27 2006

It's not the lack of girl-friendly comics, it's the lack of girl-friendly comic stores.

The New York Times has an article up about DC's upcoming "Minx" imprint, due to be unleashed next May. Minx will be a line of graphic novels (seven titles are planned for release in 2007) aimed a...

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Nov 25 2006

Nothing says "class" like a little zebra print.

While visiting the Neiman Marcus website, admiring the (still massively, massively overpriced) clearance items, I ran across this "Pemberly Manor" bed linens set, priced at the, um, very reasonab...

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Nov 24 2006

Like you're going to do something better with that six bucks.

Powell's Bookstore in Portland, Oregon has embarked on their second Schoolbook Challenge. For each $5.95 "book pledge" contribution, good for one paperback book, Powell's will donate TEN books to ...

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