Oct 10 2012

Seriously overdue notices

The website The Smoking Gun recently posted an article about the New York publishing house Penguin Group. Apparently, Penguin has filed lawsuits this week against several prominent authors who have failed to deliver books for which they received hefty contractual advances...

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Oct 8 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzab

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Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Anna Jarzab's second YA novel The Opposite of Hallelujah (her first was the 2010 mystery All Unquiet Things), which we reviewed—glowingly!—here...

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Oct 8 2012

J.K. Rowling is returning to the world of kid books.

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Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, J.K. Rowling announced that her next book will "probably" be written for children. Details are... well, nonexistent, but she apparently has more than one idea she's working on for kids, and she mentioned that she already knows what her next book for adults will be about...

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Oct 5 2012

We appreciate it, Ms. McGuire.

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A September 28th blog post by sci-fi/fantasy author Seanan McGuire about the prevalence of rape scenes in fiction has inspired a fair amount of internet buzz, and deservedly so. Apparently, Ms. McGuire, author of the October Daye series, recently had a staggering encounter with one of her readers, who wanted to know when—not if—one of McGuire's female protagonists was going to be raped...

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Oct 4 2012

Say "MINE" in style

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I discovered these sets of free, printable, vintage-style bookplates via the always-entertaining How About Orange blog. The first set is from Benign Objects; the second is from Besotted Brand...

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Oct 4 2012

One of these things is not like the others.

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Uh... does the world really need a Little House on the Prairie movie adaptation, particularly one from the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness? I don't know how I feel about this...

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Oct 3 2012

Lisa Kleypas gets the Hallmark treatment

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Speaking of movie adaptations of underwhelming books by otherwise excellent authors, apparently there's going to be a TV movie adaptation of Lisa Kleypas's novella Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, to air on ABC this December. I'm torn...

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Oct 2 2012

Jennifer Crusie on the big (or maybe small?) screen

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According to Jennifer Crusie's blog, Agnes and the Hitman (which she co-wrote with Bob Mayer) has been optioned for film. Apparently, this has happened before, but this time it's for real; there's a script and an option check and everything...

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Oct 1 2012

The best book day of the year?

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Publishers Weekly is naming tomorrow, October 2nd, as the Best Book Day of 2012. They've got a list of 32(!) new releases coming out tomorrow that they're seriously excited about. I won't be charging out to buy all (or even most) of their choices, but the list features something for a wide variety of literary tastes...

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Oct 1 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Maybe This Time, by Jennifer Crusie

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Good morning! This week's giveaway pick is Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time, which we reviewed a couple of years ago. Maybe This Time isn't our absolute favorite Crusie, but (like all of her books) it's plenty entertaining...

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Sep 28 2012

I love every square, ridiculously overpriced inch of it.

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Okay, this "Stacked Paperback" wallpaper costs a zillion dollars and it only covers 18 square feet and the description features the ominous phrase "Adhesive required" (which I suspect means "This is not idiot-proof, which means your life together can never be."), but I still covet it with all my heart and soul...

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Sep 27 2012

Clifford's big birthday

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NPR recently posted an article celebrating the 50th "birthday" of Clifford the Big Red Dog. Created by author and illustrator Norman Bridwell in 1962, the Clifford series has sold more than 126 million copies and is available in 13 languages. The article includes a really sweet interview with Bridwell and his wife Norma...

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Sep 27 2012

I'm not sure this is going to translate to an hourly drama, guys.

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Clearly hoping that if The Count of Monte Cristo could be re-worked into Revenge, NBC has decided to transform Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights into a drama series called Napa. There's not much information out yet...

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Sep 26 2012

A mystery worthy of its source material

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NPR posted an article yesterday about the troubles besieging a prospective Broadway musical version of Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca. According to the article, the production's major investor, a dude named Paul Abrams, allegedly died of malaria* shortly before the show was ready to start rehearsals...

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Sep 25 2012

The Little Woods, by McCormick Templeman

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I was drawn to McCormick Templeman's debut novel The Little Woods as soon as I pulled it out of the publishers' box. The cover art and title managed to be simultaneously elegant, menacing, and teen-girl-friendly, and it appeared to be a murder mystery without a paranormal element—a rare beast, at least as far as YA books are concerned...

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Sep 25 2012

Nathaniel Hawthorne and Miracle Whip

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Has anybody else seen this Miracle Whip commercial? Who on earth decided "fake mayonnaise" + The Scarlet Letter was a natural pairing?

Don't get me wrong: I actually think the idea is pretty great. But I'm choosing to believe...

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Sep 24 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Little Woods, by McCormick Templeman

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Uh... this is less a recent review than a "book we're going to review tomorrow", but whatever: this week's Wordcandy Weekly Book Giveaway selection is McCormick Templeman's The Little Woods...

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Sep 24 2012

Literary speculation

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There's a new biography out that claims–without any actual evidence, as far as I can tell–that the poet John Keats was an opium addict, and wrote many of his most famous poems under the influence of laudanum. There's no way to prove the situation either way, of course, but I can't help but think of Cold Comfort Farm's Mr. Mybug...

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Sep 21 2012

It's not how I'd choose to spend my weekend, but...

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If you have the time, inclination, or need, you should check out the Moby Dick Big Read, a free online version of Melville’s masterpiece. Each of the book's 135 chapters is to be read aloud (featuring a mixture of famous and unknown readers) and broadcast online in a sequence of 135 publicly accessible downloads...

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Sep 20 2012

Camp classic in the making, perhaps?

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The trailer is out for the upcoming adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Creatures, and I don't know, you guys. This movie looks like it takes itself super seriously, and the source material might not bear such close examination...

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Sep 20 2012

So many puns

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Another day, another Fifty Shades of Grey parody–this one's a poultry-focused cookbook from "an established food industry professional". And yet another cover artist who put in the effort to far outstrip whoever designed the original series...

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Sep 19 2012

Weirdly, he does resemble Anthony Perkins.

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When I saw a THR article about casting news for a new Psycho, I assumed the author was talking about Hitchcock, the upcoming movie adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the nonfiction book by Stephen Rebello. But no: clearly, the world needs another new Psycho-related project...

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Sep 18 2012

Hopefully they shell out for better cover art

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Speaking of the erotic-novel publishing frenzy ignited by Fifty Shades of Grey, Publishers Weekly informs me that Penguin's Berkley Books imprint has picked up an erotic trilogy from romance novelist Maya Banks...

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Sep 18 2012

Uselessness is no barrier to cute

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I have no idea what I'd do with these, but they're adorable nonetheless. The author of How About Orange used a tutorial from Paper Kawaii to make 1.5" square mini origami blank books...

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Sep 17 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

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This week's giveaway selection is Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster, which we just reviewed this morning. If you absolutely must read this book, we definitely recommend doing so for free, so we're putting our copy on offer...

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Sep 17 2012

Beautiful Disaster, by Jamie McGuire

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Now that E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has established itself as the new sales standard to beat, the publishing world is scrambling to fill bookshelves with titles that are as similar to the Grey series as possible, no matter how ridiculous they are. (After all, rampant ridiculousness was no barrier to the success of either Fifty Shades of Grey or its source material, Twilight.)...

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Sep 14 2012

An unrestful place

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This is craziness: according to the BBC, British archaeologists may have found the bones of Richard III buried underneath a council car park. Nothing has been confirmed, but the remains indicate spinal abnormalities, a "cleaved-in skull", and an arrow head near the spine, all of which connect to what is known about Richard's death...

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Sep 13 2012

That's where all the fun books are.

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In a not-particularly-shocking bit of news, Publishers Weekly just posted an article about a new study on so-called "Young Adult" books: according to Bowker Market Research, 55% of buyers of YA books are 18 or older...

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Sep 13 2012

Wonder Woman at last?

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Well, NBC's attempt at a Wonder Woman TV series didn't work out, but that hasn't daunted the CW. According to Vulture, the CW (along with Warner Bros. and DC Comics) is working on a Wonder Woman origin story, currently called Amazon...

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Sep 12 2012

Still stupid

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A trailer has been released for director Andrea Arnold's film adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and, while I have no desire to actually watch the movie, even I have to admit that this version looks beautiful...

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