Nov 6 2012

The evolution of a magazine

The Atlantic recently posted a slideshow of their coverage of "the changing dynamics between women and men in America", starting with the 1859 article "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?" and ending with last month's "The Weaker Sex", by Sandra Tsing Loh...

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Nov 6 2012

Here's hoping...

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I'm unsure as to whether I should think of this news as a sign of the upcoming apocalypse, or proof that God loves me, but MTV announced yesterday that Britney Spears is in "discussions" with HarperCollins to publish her first novel...

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Nov 5 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Brief History of Montmaray, by Michelle Cooper

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This week's book giveaway title is Michelle Cooper's excellent 2010 novel A Brief History of Montmaray, which we reviewed here. (We'll be reviewing the second and third books in the trilogy later this week, by the way.) We're pretty sick of real politics at the moment, so why not immerse ourselves in the political maneuvering of a (fictional) royal family from an inconsequential island in 1937...

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Nov 5 2012

The book jacket looks amateurish, but check out the interior...

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NPR recently posted an interview with Deb Perelman, author of the new Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and creator of the website of the same name. The interview includes photos of Perelman's kitchen (which is tiny)...

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Nov 2 2012

Maybe it's better than she thinks?

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Jennifer Crusie has always described her first romance novel, 1994's Sizzle, as embarrassingly bad, and insisted that she never wanted it to see the light of day again. She seems to have changed her mind, as Amazon has posted a collection of stories including Sizzle called Be Mine with a release date of January 22, 2013...

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Nov 1 2012

A meeting of the deep, deep pockets

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The biggest literary news of the week was definitely the prospective Penguin/Random House merger. An announcement was made on Monday that by the latter half of 2013 the two publishing companies will be merged into a joint venture named the Penguin Random House Company. (Catchy!) If everything continues as planned...

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Nov 1 2012

I'm pretty sure I'd rather hang out with Stephen King's Carrie.

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Well, the trailer is out for the CW's The Carrie Diaries, the television adaptation of Candace Bushnell's novel of the same name. The show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw (the heroine of Bushnell's Sex and the City) as a high school student...

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Oct 31 2012

Taking a detour

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We had planned to conclude our Halloween coverage with a link to a collection of horror-themed webcomics found on the website io9.com. Unfortunately, io9's website is currently all wonky (curse you, Sandy!), so we'll update this post when the actual link re-appears, and maybe you can read them to liven up Thanksgiving dinner...

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Oct 30 2012

A Bad Day for Voodoo, by Jeff Strand

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Jeff Strand's YA novel A Bad Day for Voodoo is logic-free, character growth-free, and a solid 94% ridiculous, but it still makes for a cheerfully weird good time—particularly for its self-described target audience: “[Readers] old enough to think that people losing body parts is funny, because that's basically the whole book...

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Oct 30 2012

Last-minute Halloween costumes for the cheap and lazy

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As longtime readers of the site know, when I am torn between my love of celebrating Halloween and my innate cheapness, usually cheapness (not to mention laziness and disorganization) wins. But that just makes me all the more appreciative of inexpensive costume ideas like the options featured below...

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Oct 29 2012

That cover alone inspired a lifelong fear of clowns.

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In an act of Halloween-related public service, the website GeekTyrant has dug up the three audiobook editions of Alvin Schwartz's series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on YouTube. These books were biiiig when I was as kid (and, now that I think back on it, probably wildly inappropriate for an elementary school setting)...

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Oct 29 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Bad Day for Voodoo, by Jeff Strand

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In honor of Halloween, we're planning a series of horror-related posts for the next few days, including an upcoming review of Jeff Strand's enjoyably ridiculous novel A Bad Day for Voodoo, which we are featuring as our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick...

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Oct 25 2012

I will always treasure the phrase "deep-pocketed phantoms".

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There have been further developments regarding the troubles besetting a potential musical version of Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebecca (which we wrote about late last month). According to Playbill, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office have arrested Long Island businessman Mark Hotton...

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Oct 25 2012

The series that wouldn't die

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One more bit of TV-adaptation-related news this week, and I'm done, I promise: Moviehole.net is reporting that they have confirmed the Twilight series won't end with the upcoming Breaking Dawn 2. Apparently, the next evolution of the series is already in the works...

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Oct 24 2012

Third time's the charm?

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Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz (the creators of the TV show Chuck) are making the third attempt to turn Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy into a TV series. This time, Fedak will be the sole writer, with Schwartz producing. According to io9, the project is in the "script commitment" phase...

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Oct 23 2012

An American adaptation cannot be far behind

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There have been a ton of fan-created trailers, but I'm pretty sure this is the first legit look at the upcoming German movie adaptation of Kerstin Gier's YA time-traveling novel Ruby Red (or Rubinrot, in German), and I can't tell you how excited I am to see it. The second book (Sapphire Blue) is finally coming out in English next week...

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Oct 23 2012

MTV hits the books

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The Hollywood Reporter informs me that MTV is attempting to turn Elizabeth Norris's young adult novel Unraveling into a TV drama. According to the article, the book is about a teenage girl "who, after being hit by a car, is convinced she died and that her sexy and mysterious classmate Ben is responsible for her miraculous resuscitation"...

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Oct 22 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Blood Crime, by Kim Harrison

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This week's Book Giveaway is Blood Crime, the second graphic novel in Kim Harrison's "Hollows" series, which we reviewed here. Please note that this book has a release date of October 30th, so we won't be mailing out the winning book until next Tuesday...

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Oct 22 2012

Blood Crime, by Kim Harrison

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I have never read one of Kim Harrison's books, so when I received a copy of her upcoming graphic novel Blood Crime I had some background research to do. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now fully intend to hunt down the earlier installments in Harrison's "Hollows" urban fantasy series...

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Oct 18 2012

The bell tolls for thee, Newsweek.

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After nearly 80 years in print, Newsweek magazine has just announced that it will become an all-digital imprint starting next year. The final print edition of the weekly magazine will hit newsstands on December 31st...

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Oct 17 2012

Carrie 2.0

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The trailer is out for the new version of Carrie, and thus far I'm not feelin' it. I think Chloe Moretz is a fine actress, but she's never struck me as being particularly vulnerable, and Sissy Spacek's seeming fragility went a long way toward making the character memorable...

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Oct 17 2012

Ada Lovelace Day

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Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievements of Ms. Lovelace in particular and women in science, technology, engineering and maths in general. The official website suggests that you read and discuss something produced by a female scientist or mathematician, but if you're pressed for time you could probably just settle for reading this...

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Oct 16 2012

Eoin Colfer returns to the world of crime.

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The cover and plot description are out for the new series from Eoin Colfer. Apparently, it's going to be called W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin, Colfer is describing it as "Oliver Twist meets The Matrix", and the official plot description runs as follows...

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Oct 15 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Fast Women, by Jennifer Crusie

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We're offering up another Jennifer Cruise title for our Weekly Book Giveaway: the most recent reprint of her 2001 novel Fast Women. We reviewed it here, mentioning that its strong mystery storyline should broaden its appeal to more than just romance readers...

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Oct 15 2012

Maybe for my birthday?

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Today's Google Doodle is the prettiest one I've ever seen. It was inspired by the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay's surreal comic strip Little Nemo, and it's both interactive and absolutely gorgeous...

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Oct 11 2012

Alfred and Alma

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The trailer is out for Hitchcock (the other Alfred Hitchcock-related project, which is not to be confused with the TV show about a young Norman Bates or The Girl, the HBO film about his treatment of Tippi Hedren). This is the film adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho...

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Oct 11 2012

The undying Peter Rabbit

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NPR recently posted an interview with actress Emma Thompson about her most recent project: writing The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, the first Peter Rabbit story to be produced since 1930, and the only (authorized) one written by someone other than Beatrix Potter...

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Oct 10 2012

The Opposite of Hallelujah, by Anna Jarzab

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Even if I disliked Anna Jarzab's new novel The Opposite of Hallelujah (and I didn't; I loved it), I would still give it full points for originality. This book is a rare beast—a YA story about faith, honesty, and family that manages to be thought-provoking rather than preachy...

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Oct 10 2012

Seriously overdue notices

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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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