Sep 4 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Wolf Springs Chronicles: Unleashed, by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

This week's book giveaway pick is Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie's Wolf Springs Chronicles: Unleashed, which we reviewed here. Unleashed was blessed with a cover model who looks like Buffy Summers, and it has the distinction of being the only werewolf/King Lear mash-up we've yet to encounter...

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Aug 31 2012

Tasty and a conversation piece!

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If you're looking for a new recipe to try this weekend, you should check out the free Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook, produced by Epicurious.com and sponsored by Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign and the Departments of Education and Agriculture...

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Aug 30 2012

Nothing says high fashion like zombies and aliens

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Last summer, Threadless trotted out a reader-designed t-shirt based on The Day The Saucers Came, a story written by Neil Gaiman. Threadless is currently holding one of their frequent sales, so if you're in the market for this t-shirt it's available in a wide variety of guys' sizes for a mere $12.95...

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Aug 30 2012

Fifty sheds

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I'm torn: is the twitter feed @FiftyShedsofGrey so wrong it's right, or just, you know, straight-up wrong? I'm torn, but leaning toward option B. These are painful (and they're just a tiny, tiny sampling of the available options)...

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Aug 29 2012

Don't You Wish, by Roxanne St. Claire

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To mangle a phrase from Jane Austen, Roxanne St. Claire's novel Don't You Wish is one of the many YA books whose existence inspires no other emotion than surprise at there being sufficient reader demand to publish it. It's not that the novel is straight-up terrible (I'll even give it a solid “reasonably entertaining”), but it's been done before—and done better...

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Aug 28 2012

Book art in 3-D

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Check these very cool three-dimensional book sculptures from Oklahoma-based artist Kelly Campbell Berry. Campbell Berry maintains an Etsy shop, which means you could easily buy a piece of her surprisingly affordable (read: under $200) work...

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Aug 28 2012

It's International Read Comics in Public Day! (No, really.)

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Today, dear readers, is the third annual International Read Comics in Public Day. So we encourage you to stop by your local comic store and pick up something awesome, and then proudly exhibit your excellent taste at the closest coffee shop (or equivalent)...

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Aug 27 2012

Geriatric superhero romance

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Well, it's finally happened: DC Comics has announced the official romantic pairing of Superman and Wonder Woman. I'd worry about the feelings of Lois Lane and... whoever that dude was that Wonder Woman has been stuck with for decades, but let's face it: I don't care...

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Aug 27 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Behold, Here's Poison, by Georgette Heyer

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Hi, all. The newest Wordcandy Weekly Book Giveaway selection is one of my favorite Georgette Heyer mysteries: Behold, Here's Poison, which we reviewed here...

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Aug 23 2012

"Only the shallow know themselves."

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Flavorwire recently posted an audio clip (via Open Culture) of Oscar Wilde reciting two verses of his 1897 poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol. It's initially tough to make out Wilde's voice, but if you listen carefully...

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Aug 23 2012

Close enough

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Aw: the landing site for the Mars Curiosity (which just took its first test drive!) will be named after Ray Bradbury. The Curiosity landed on August 6th, but NASA waited to announce the site's name until August 22nd, which would have been Bradbury's 92nd birthday...

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Aug 22 2012

Oversized and inexpensive

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Urban Outfitters is offering free shipping through tomorrow, which, if you're in the market for some literary wall-art, might make now an excellent time to check out their sale section...

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Aug 20 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Cross My Heart, by Sasha Gould

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Our current Weekly Book Giveaway selection is Cross My Heart, by Sasha Gould, which we reviewed here. We complained about this sucker's cover art, but we really enjoyed the story...

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Aug 16 2012

Philip Marlowe drinks again

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According to The Guardian, acclaimed novelist John Banville (using his mystery-writing pseudonym, Benjamin Black) has been hired to write a new novel featuring Raymond Chandler's legendary detective Philip Marlowe and his friend, Chief Inspector Bernie Ohls...

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Aug 16 2012

Joe Kubert: 1926-2012

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Another obituary to post this week, sadly: Joe Kubert, one of comic books' most respected and prolific artists, died last Sunday at the age of 85. In addition to his long and successful career as an artist and writer, in 1976 Kubert and his wife co-founded the Kubert School, the only accredited trade school devoted entirely to cartooning...

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Aug 15 2012

Just what the world needs

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Painful news: Gossip Cop informs me that author E. L. James has recently struck three North American licensing deals to sell official Fifty Shades of Grey underwear, shirts, stockings, bathrobes, garters, pajamas and other apparel...

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Aug 14 2012

The Boxcar Children, pre-Boxcar

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Holy cats: seventy years after its debut, the Boxcar Children series is getting a prequel. Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah Plain and Tall has written The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm, due out September 1st...

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Aug 14 2012

Helen Gurley Brown: 1922-2012

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Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died yesterday at the age of 90. Brown was a polarizing figure, but she will be remembered as the author of the 1962 advice book Sex and the Single Girl...

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Aug 13 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown

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Okay, here's our first Weekly Book Giveaway selection: Lies Beneath, by Anne Greenwood Brown, which we reviewed here. We had our problems with this title, but let's face it: how wrong can you go with a story about murderous mermaids from Wisconsin...

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Aug 13 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway Rules

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We're introducing a new feature to Wordcandy.net: weekly book giveaways. Each Monday we will choose a recently-reviewed title, and all you have to do to enter to win is either A) send us an e-mail with your name and contact information, or B) leave a comment in the post connected to a functioning e-mail address...

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Aug 10 2012

Still terrible after all these years

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The fine people at The Hairpin recently posted an interview with Ryan Nerz, a late-90s-era ghostwriter for the Sweet Valley High series. Mr. Nerz offers quite the eye-opening look behind the scenes, let me tell you...

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Aug 9 2012

Infinite shades of embarrassing

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How sad: some graphic artist clearly devoted way more effort to the cover art for this parody of Fifty Shades of Grey than the original designer(s) put into all three of the actual books...

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Aug 9 2012

The (still) walking dead

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According to THR.com, Robert Kirkman’s comic-turned-TV-show-turned-video-game The Walking Dead will live on in yet another incarnation: a Facebook social media game...

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Aug 8 2012

Crack open the college fund?

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According to Variety, Target is planning to sell several high-priced pieces of Hunger Games merchandise via their website, including a 14-carat gold reproduction of Katniss Everdeen's Mockingjay pin ($999), a replica of her leather hunting jacket ($349), and a lithograph signed by film's cast ($699)...

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Aug 7 2012

So painful. Seriously.

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Yet another day when I find myself wishing it was actually April 1st: according to The Independent, E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey is the best-selling British book of all time, beating out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...

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Aug 7 2012

Another (non-princess) princess movie

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The rumor that Disney was giving up on princess movies was apparently untrue: according to DisneyFandom.net, the studio is planning to release a film inspired by The Snow Queen in 2013...

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Aug 6 2012

Quite the wait

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I see they've pushed back the release date for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby from December 25th to next summer. According to THR's interview with Warner Bros., the official reason is because...

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Aug 6 2012

Iconic yet strangely boring (except for #9)

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If you're having a slow Monday (or if, like me, you need to do something soothing after watching the nerve-wracking US/Canada women's soccer match), you should give the latest round of Publishers Weekly's "Guess The Phantom Book Covers!" game a shot...

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Aug 3 2012

Avast ye, literary pirates!

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Publishers Weekly recently posted an article about non-English-language publishers' struggles with J.K. Rowling's upcoming adult novel The Casual Vacancy...

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Aug 2 2012

If it remained a miniseries, it might have a chance.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered 10 episodes of a new drama based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. The series will feature The Tudors' Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character, and offers a new take on the story...

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