Oct 2 2018

More MinaLima

And speaking of MinaLima, I've just discovered their Collective Nouns prints, too. I love these. Did you know the collective noun for a group of moles is a "movement"? And a group of sharks is...

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Oct 1 2018

The Secret Garden (MinaLima edition), by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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MinaLima is a graphic design studio best known for providing all the paper goods for the Harry Potter movies—the newspapers, candy wrappers, books, and other ephemera that make that film world feel like a real, lived-in place. When I learned they were working on a handful of interactive editions of classic children's stories, I was super excited—but that was before I saw the titles...

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Oct 1 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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This week's Book Giveaway is the MinaLima edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. (This book is so pretty it hurts me to give it up, but them's the breaks.) A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/12/18...

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Sep 27 2018

It looks so innocuous

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Okay, this is for serious book nerds only: Sotheby’s is auctioning off the exact copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that belonged to the judge presiding over the book's 1960 obscenity trial, which eventually lead to the reworking of England's...

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Sep 27 2018

Mark your calendars

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According to THR, there's going to be a stage adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and it comes with a lot of very impressive credentials...

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Sep 26 2018

Thanks, but...

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The Times just posted an article about a new filmed version of King Lear, mostly notable because of its cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Emily Watson. It will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Friday...

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Sep 25 2018

Does someone rip off a wig?

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I finally saw the trailer for A Simple Favor. I had no idea it was based on a book until I read a review describing it as a "campy" take on Gone Girl. Gone Girl already seemed pretty camp to me...

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Sep 25 2018

Nothing new

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This is unexpected: according to THR, Zoe Kravitz is going to star in a gender-swapped "re-imagining" of Nick Horby's 1995 novel High Fidelity. This new version will be a 10-episode miniseries that will air on Disney's forthcoming streaming service...

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Sep 24 2018

Year One, by Nora Roberts

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If you've ever thought: Man, The Stand sounds interesting, but I'm just not into Stephen King's writing, congratulations, you're in luck! Year One is The Stand, as written by Nora Roberts...

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Sep 24 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Year One, by Nora Roberts

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This week's Book Giveaway is Year One, the first book in Nora Roberts's Chronicles of The One series. It's dark, gloomy, violent, and full of the word "magick", so it's probably best that we're cruising toward October. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/12/18...

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Sep 20 2018

Love this idea

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Newlywed Meghan Markle recently announced her first solo project as a royal person: a charity cookbook to raise funds for a community kitchen used by the displaced victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The cookbook, Together: Our Community Kitchen, will feature...

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Sep 20 2018

Hard pass

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According to Bustle, someone decided to make a sexy The Handmaid's Tale Halloween costume. This does not seem like a good idea. Go ahead: dress up as a sexy unicorn or clown or bunch of grapes or whatever, but...

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Sep 19 2018

Adding to my Christmas list

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I quite like this BOOKS ARE BANANAS print, even though it costs $65 and it gets Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" stuck in my head every time I see it. Plus, it only comes in one size...

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Sep 18 2018

Cinderella at the movies

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There's an interesting article on The Mary Sue about the ever-evolving feminism of Cinderella. The author explores four different iterations of the character, and while I don't actually agree with all of her conclusions...

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Sep 18 2018

Try again

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I was peacefully reading yet another article about Little Women (it's the 150th anniversary of the book's publication, so there are a lot of them out there), and it featured another quote from Anne Boyd Rioux...

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Sep 17 2018

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren

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At first glance, Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating looks like a grown-up version of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a fluffy, high-concept friends-to-lovers romance. Unfortunately, while Lauren's characters are a decade older than the protagonists of Han's YA romance, they're way less mature...

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Sep 17 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren

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This week's Book Giveaway is Christina Lauren's new romance Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through October 12th...

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Sep 13 2018

I'll save money, though

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Vulture just posted a list of 19 Movies Based on Books Still to Come in 2018. I'm really only interested in the Battle Angel Alita remake, but every time I catch a glimpse of the trailer...

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Sep 13 2018

Soapy

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Wow: THR just posted an update on the state of Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and it sounds like a disaster. The article suggests that while the second showrunner in two years hasn't technically been fired, that's only to avoid the negative PR...

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Sep 12 2018

More Heyer!

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There are some new Georgette Heyer editions from Sourcebooks. Deb Werksman, the editorial director of Sourcebooks Casablanca, gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly about the books' art direction...

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Sep 11 2018

Next rainy weekend

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Pajiba has just posted a review of the first three episodes of ITV/Amazon's adaptation of Thackeray's Vanity Fair. They make the show sound pretty fun, but...

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Sep 11 2018

I bet they were tough to take in real life, too.

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It's time for the Toronto Film Festival, and reviews of book adaptations and literary biopics are pouring out. First up is Screen Daily's enjoyably nasty review of Vita and Virginia, about the love affair between...

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Sep 10 2018

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Graphic Novel), by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

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I rarely read graphic novel adaptations of popular books, because they never look like the stories do in my head. But I was recently given a copy of the graphic novel version of Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and it had two things going for it...

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Sep 10 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

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This week's Book Giveaway is the graphic novel adaptation of Ransom Riggs's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. (I realize the original version of the book was also pretty graphics-heavy, but apparently someone decided to go all the way.) Again, a full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through October 12th...

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Sep 6 2018

Sorry, not a coincidence

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An assistant professor at UC Berkeley recently analyzed The New York Times' "By the Book" column (which asks authors about the specific books on their nightstands)...

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Sep 6 2018

New and expanded

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THR recently offered an in-depth look at DC/Vertigo's new one-shot The Sandman Universe. This book will serve as a launch pad for four ongoing series inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Sandman...

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Sep 5 2018

Depressing, so no.

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The teaser trailer for HBO's miniseries adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is out, and I'm concerned that it features multiple scenes of children being slapped. It all looks very elegant and...

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Sep 4 2018

Snowdrift and Other Stories, by Georgette Heyer

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I am a die-hard Georgette Heyer fan and have sincerely loved Sourcebooks' elegant, well-made reprints of her work, so it pains me to say this, but despite the great cover art and a couple of solid entries, the short story collection Snowdrift is for Heyer completists only...

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Sep 4 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Snowdrift, by Georgette Heyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Snowdrift, a collection of 14 short stories by beloved historical romance novelist Georgette Heyer. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through October 12th, so best of luck...

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Aug 30 2018

Creepifying

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There was a fascinating (and slightly disturbing) article recently published in The Guardian by Maryanne Wolf, the director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Wolf outlines the research that suggests that skimming information online is actually changing our brains...

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