Sep 29 2016

Shocker!

THR just posted their annual list of "Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors". The list is determined by book sales, number of adaptations, projects in development, additional credits, and "cultural influence", and features a combination of first-time honorees and...

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Sep 28 2016

Beach reads

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In honor of Banned Books Week, Forbes put together a list of the "Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Censored Books To Read During Banned Book Week". I have no idea how they determine what makes these books the "Top 5"...

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Sep 27 2016

Yeah...

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The Independent informs me that James Patterson has decided against publishing a book called The Murder of Stephen King. The book was apparently going to be about...

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Sep 27 2016

Calendar MARKED

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According to io9, the BBC is planning a radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's romantic fantasy Stardust, due to air in the UK (and worldwide on the internet) this December. It will be directed by Dirk Maggs, the man responsible for...

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Sep 26 2016

Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen

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Before we get started, I want to emphasize that this is a review of a particular edition—the Penguin Deluxe Classics 200th Anniversary Annotated version—of Jane Austen's novel Emma, rather than the novel itself. If you haven't already read Emma... well, you should! It's good...

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Sep 26 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen

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This week's Book Giveaway is Penguin's "Classics Deluxe" edition of Jane Austen's Emma. This is the 200th Anniversary annotated edition, and features explanatory notes by Juliette Wells. Our review will follow shortly...

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Sep 22 2016

Not sold

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The first teaser trailers are out for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow's classic manga Ghost in the Shell. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film producers' decision to cast Scarlett Johansson in the main role...

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Sep 21 2016

I'd use it

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A Singapore-based design studio has created a project called "The Missing Dining Table", which explores a variety of futuristic dining tools, all aimed at the solo eater. This book/dish holder made me laugh, but...

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Sep 21 2016

Choice vacation reading

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Ooh, I see there's a new book coming out next week in Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series (we reviewed the first three books in the series earlier this year). I still feel like the musclebound cover art fails...

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Sep 20 2016

Brighter future

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According to The Verge, orders for comic books have hit a 20-year high. The surge seems to be currently benefiting DC Comics, which sold nine out of the 10 best-selling issues released last month (Harley Quinn #1 was the top seller), but...

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Sep 20 2016

Worth it?

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No matter what I do, any Harry Potter quiz or online generator always sorts me into Slytherin. I've accepted my snaky nature, and am therefore tempted by this Elhoffer Design sweater. (All four houses are available.) They're a little pricey ($50), and they're still...

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Sep 19 2016

Betrayals, by Kelley Armstrong

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Betrayals is the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series. It is also her publishers' third attempt at finding the right cover art style for these books. (The first two installments were American Gothic; the third was modern and geometric.) I really like both the look and the contents of Betrayals, so I'm hoping the ever-changing cover design...

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Sep 19 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Betrayals, by Kelley Armstrong

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This week's Book Giveaway is Betrayals, the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series. I see we're on cover art style attempt #3. Won't anyone think of people like me and Megan, who need our books to match? A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 15 2016

Okay, sure.

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Slate recently posted an article called "The New Powers That Be: Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity". The essay dives into the impact of Harry Potter as the focus of the first major internet-born fandom...

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Sep 15 2016

"Wake Up Pretty!" v. "Explore Your Future"

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There was a lot of buzz earlier this month about the unfortunate contrast between the covers for two magazines: Boys' Life and Girls' Life. A business owner and mother of five named Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll took to Facebook to...

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Sep 14 2016

Um...

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NPR recently featured an article about Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, the recent attempt to update Betty MacDonald’s beloved (albeit decidedly dated) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books for the modern era. I'm just not feeling this idea: I still get creeped out when I think about the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle story about the little girl who refused to take a bath...

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Sep 13 2016

Cute

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Okay, I kind of want this "Too Due" notepad (recently featured on the design blog Swiss-Miss). I'm normally the kind of person who tries to discreetly correct misspelled signs...

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Sep 13 2016

Olivia Twist?

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How nice: according to THR, NBC is planning to transform Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist into a "Contemporary Female-Driven Procedural". I'm having some trouble picturing this (apparently, it's going to be "sexy"), but...

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Sep 12 2016

The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

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In The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in Jonathan Stroud's spine-tingling Lockwood and Co. series, the heroine has left her friends at the Lockwood and Co. ghost-hunting agency. Lucy is now a freelance Listener, hiring herself out to the big London agencies. But when her former teammates request her help with the ghost...

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Sep 12 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jonathan Stroud's The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in his delightfully creepy Lockwood & Co. series. Trust me, dear readers, this is pretty much the perfect way to kick off the fall season. Our review will follow shortly...

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Sep 8 2016

Updates

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Next week will feature the release of Berkeley Breathed's The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic (a picture book), and September 27th will see the release of Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope (the first collection of the strips Breathed has been releasing on his Facebook page since 2015). As lifelong Bloom County fan, I...

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Sep 8 2016

Gun-slinging robots

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A new trailer has been released for Westworld, HBO's remake of the 1973 sci-fi/western/horror film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton. This new version appears to shift the primary focus to a female character (played by Evan Rachel Wood), which...

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Sep 7 2016

Shh.

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I am fascinated by the idea of this suggested writing class, proposed by Basecamp founder and CEO Jason Fried. I'd sign up to take it in a hot second...

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Sep 6 2016

Chaos Choreography, by Seanan McGuire

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After a two-book-long detour, the fifth installment in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series brings the action back where it belongs: on ballroom-dancing, ass-kicking cryptozoologist Verity Price. In Chaos Choreography, Verity has set aside her dancing career in favor of full-time cryptozoology... but when she gets a call from the producers of the reality TV series Dance or Die, she decides...

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Sep 6 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Chaos Choreography, by Seanan McGuire

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This week's Book Giveaway is Seanan McGuire's Chaos Choreography, the fifth book in her InCryptid series. I am resigned to the hideous covers at this point, but I'm really hoping this book fixes McGuire's unfortunate habit of ending the books in this series on a damsel-in-distress note. A full review will follow shortly...

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Aug 25 2016

Out to lunch

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We will be on vacation next week, and returning the day after Labor Day. See you on September 6th! Enjoy the dog days of summer, whether they be of the hotter-than-hell variety (as my brother is experiencing) or the "Welcome, fall!" version...

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Aug 25 2016

Clash of the Titans

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Heh: Lainey Gossip informs me that Sean Penn and Mel Gibson are going to star in a movie adaptation of The Professor and the Madman, Simon Winchester’s book about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary...

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Aug 24 2016

I can promise a glowing review!

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According to NPR, the mysterious, never-successfully-translated 15th-century document known as the Voynich Manuscript is going to be published in replica for the first time. Unfortunately, it's not the kind of publishing run that leads to them sending me a review copy...

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Aug 23 2016

No waiting!

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THR has an update on the (possibly ill-advised) Anne of Green Gables remake. Apparently, Netflix has picked up the rights to the eight-hour-long miniseries, which hopefully means we'll be able to nitpick the entire thing all at once, rather than watching it over a matter of weeks on our local PBS affiliate...

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Aug 23 2016

Ew.

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So, some dude is auctioning off Truman Capote's ashes, in case you're in the market for some truly creepy literary memorabilia. According to Vanity Fair, Julien’s Auctions has announced that Capote’s ashes will be sold in late September...

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