Aug 4 2011

A closer look

Much to my delight, there is a new biography of Georgette Heyer coming out this October. According to The Bookseller, Jennifer Kloester's book Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller includes p...

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Aug 4 2011

Testing...

The Times recently published a list of their online edition's most looked-up words of 2011, and BuzzFeed has the top 20, along with their definitions. Feel free to test your vocab prowess! (For w...

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Aug 3 2011

So Shelly, by Ty Roth

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Let me start by giving credit where credit is due: the Wordcandy to-be-read bookshelf is overflowing with YA gothic romances, but Ty Roth’s novel So Shelly stands out. Inspired by the notorious l...

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Aug 2 2011

State-ordered indulgence

It's National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, guys. And, as always, David Lebovitz is here for us.

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Aug 2 2011

What's the opposite of an ego boost?

If I was Mark Zuckerberg, I'd keep a copy of this upcoming biographical comic under my pillow, and whenever I started feeling too big for my britches I'd take it out and stare at it. I bet two mi...

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Aug 1 2011

A mystery solved

When publisher Little, Brown & Company e-mailed booksellers a list of their upcoming books last week, there was a November 14th release that excited quite a bit of curiosity: Untitled, by Anonymou...

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Aug 1 2011

To while away an idle hour

I finally saw the trailer for the live-action J-drama version of the manga Ouran High School Host Club. Behold:While I enjoy the silliness of the Ouran manga, and thought it worked really well as...

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Jul 29 2011

Comics on the horizon

Yesterday, Publishers Weekly posted a helpful round-up of the kids' comics announcements released at this year's Comic-Con, including info on upcoming titles from Smile's Raina Telgemeier, the Amu...

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Jul 28 2011

National treasure

AWESOME: I skipped over to AustenBlog to see what happened with the partial manuscript of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel The Watsons that was auctioned off earlier this month. I was delighted to ...

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Jul 28 2011

At least it's a catchier title

The trailer's out for The Ides of March, the latest film from writer/director/star George Clooney. The movie is an adaptation of Beau Willimon's 2008 play Farragut North, which is loosely based o...

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Jul 27 2011

Fairytale pop art

I was going to write a blog post about Anne Rice's upcoming werewolf book, but like I said: I totally don't care about Anne Rice. So let's look at these Disney Underground prints inspired by the ...

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Jul 26 2011

Meredith Gran

Meredith Gran is a web cartoonist best known for her Octopus Pie series. The first two years' worth of Octopus Pie strips were collected in the graphic novel There Are No Stars in Brooklyn, one o...

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Jul 26 2011

There Are No Stars in Brooklyn, by Meredith Gran

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Meredith Gran's graphic novel Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn is frequently compared to Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series, and the two comics do share a certain hipster vibe...

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Jul 26 2011

AMC's zombies return

If you've got a strong stomach and 4+ minutes to spare, the trailer's out for the second season of The Walking Dead, AMC's television adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book series:

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Jul 26 2011

Interview with the Vampire goes graphic

Yen Press and Anne Rice are planning a single-volume graphic novel adaptation of Rice's 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire, due out in fall 2012. Rather to my surprise, I really like this firs...

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Jul 25 2011

Snow White smackdown

Early character shots are out from the two upcoming Snow White movie adaptations. You have the Snow White: Joan of Arc version:[Source]And Snow White: Original Flavor:[Source]Pick your poison.

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Jul 25 2011

Read-a-thon

Five students recently set a world record after reading aloud from the complete works of historian and former Dominican President Juan Bosch for more than 300 straight hours. Their goal was to ra...

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Jul 22 2011

I've been burned by these things before, you see.

Trailer's out for Martin Scorsese's Hugo, based on Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Behold:Eh. It's pretty, but I have my doubts.

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Jul 21 2011

Takes all kinds

As we have frequently mentioned, we here at Wordcandy do not enjoy stories that feature suffering animals. That includes allegorical animals, which is why we've never been big fans of Art Spiegel...

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Jul 20 2011

Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

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The title of Rosemary Clement-Moore's new novel Texas Gothic is misleading: there are no gloomy mansions or dark family secrets, and Clement-Moore's heroines have never been fragile. It would ha...

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Jul 19 2011

WAG literary taste

Aw: Sales of Harper Lee's 1960 novel To Kill A Mockingbird rose by 123% in the UK after David and Victoria Beckham named their new baby "Harper" in honor of the book, said to be Victoria's favorit...

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Jul 19 2011

For whom the bell tolls

Well, Borders is officially toast: the troubled bookseller has confirmed it will liquidate its assets. If everything goes as planned, going-out-of-business sales will begin this Friday and contin...

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Jul 18 2011

We will all be happier if this is an image-free post.

These Reborn Harry Potter Babies are the most horrifying things I have ever seen. I'd like to think the dolls are some kind of belated April Fool's Day joke... but whenever I click the link to re...

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Jul 18 2011

Typecasting

After avoiding it for some time, I finally watched the trailer for the upcoming Planet of the Apes prequel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (For those of you wondering what the literary connectio...

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Jul 15 2011

Kiss of Death, by Lauren Henderson

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Kiss of Death is the fourth and final book in Lauren Henderson's Scarlett Wakefield mystery series, after Kiss Me Kill Me, Kisses and Lies, and Kiss in the Dark. While the first few books focused...

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Jul 14 2011

I do like the flying lobster spaceship, though.

Trailer's up for Disney's John Carver. Behold:Okay, that looks totally cheesy, but this is based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame) book. Cheesy is to be expected.

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Jul 14 2011

Abandon, by Meg Cabot

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I was thrilled when I heard that Meg Cabot was once again tossing her hat into the supernatural romance ring. After all, her The Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series are some of my all-time fa...

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Jul 12 2011

The Spaghetti Detectives, by Andreas Steinhöfel

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If we gave out awards for Most Misleading Cover Art, today would go down as the day Josh Berk's The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin passed the torch: Andreas Steinhöfel's novel The Spaghetti Detectives might look like a PBS cartoon aimed at pre-schoolers, but...

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Jul 12 2011

Back, and more painful than ever

If you've spent the past few years yearning for another book in Louise Rennison's Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series, you're in luck (sort of): Rennison has recently kicked off a new series st...

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Jul 11 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan

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The Dark and Hollow Places is the final book in Carrie Ryan's nihilistic girls-vs.-zombies trilogy, following The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves. I enjoyed the first story in...

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