Nov 19 2013

Admittedly, they're pretty ugly, but...

Seattle toy shop Archie McPhee continues to supply the world with random stuff that no one really needs, but everyone enjoys, like this $7.00 tin of 22 Jane Austen-inspired temporary tattoos...

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Nov 18 2013

Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts

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It's pointless to complain about repetitiveness in a Nora Roberts book. The woman has published over 200 novels; at this point I'm not sure if there's a romantic conflict out there she hasn't beaten to death. Certainly all the subjects in her latest novel Dark Witch are pretty shopworn—but if you're in the right mood, “shopworn” can translate to “enjoyable and comforting”...

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Nov 18 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts

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This week's Book Giveaway is Dark Witch, the latest effort from Nora Roberts. And no, despite that title and cover art, it's not actually a Halloween story. Our review will go up tonight...

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Nov 14 2013

How tall do you have to be to go on a Hunger Games ride?

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Here's another thing I could present without comment (but I won't): Lionsgate is apparently considering opening up a Hunger Games theme park! Which sounds super fun and not at all weird as hell...

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Nov 13 2013

It's coming.

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I'll just present this without additional comment: here's a link to the film trailer for Lifetime's upcoming Flowers in the Attic adaptation...

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Nov 12 2013

Loud Awake and Lost, by Adele Griffin

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While I had plenty of complaints about Adele Griffin's previous two books, I felt unaccountably hopeful about her latest effort, Loud Awake and Lost. It look me a while to figure out where my sunny optimism was coming from, but...

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Nov 12 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Loud Awake and Lost, by Adele Griffin

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Adele Griffin's Loud Awake and Lost. I keep complaining about Ms. Griffin's books, but something keeps me reading them, too. (Likeliest culprits: her eye-catching cover art and my severe a lack of willpower.) My review should go up later today...

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Nov 7 2013

The Addams family to ride again?

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According to Variety, MGM is looking to produce an animated film based on the long-running Addams Family cartoons created by Charles Addams...

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Nov 7 2013

A step towards awareness

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I am ridiculously excited by this idea: Sweden is introducing a new rating to its movie theaters based on the famous "Bechdel test", which requires a movie (or book or TV show or whatever) to include...

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Nov 6 2013

I should probably contribute to this.

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Whoa: the Kickstarter fund for Ever, Jane (a multiplayer role-playing game inspired by Jane Austen's books) is plugging right along, hovering at more than $30,000 of their $100,000 goal, with 25 days yet to go. Interested parties should visit the game's Kickstarter site, which, according to lead designer Judy Tyrer, offers a downloadable prototype...

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Nov 6 2013

Visual punch

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Etsy artist Evan Robertson's shop Obvious State features original illustrations, posters, fine art prints, and more, inspired by the work of classic writers ranging from Oscar Wilde to Sylvia Plath...

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Nov 5 2013

Sooo gorgeous

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I'm assuming this is an attempt to further mine the pocketbooks of Tolkien fans (in case dividing The Hobbit into three movies wasn't shameless enough): Penguin has released a series called Legends from the Ancient North, described as...

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Nov 4 2013

Tandem, by Anna Jarzab

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Anna Jarzab's last novel, The Opposite of Hallelujah, was a thoughtful and original exploration of family, faith, and mental illness. I loved it, but it didn't exactly scream “Teen Blockbuster”. Her latest effort, Tandem, hews much closer to the tried-and-true formula of recent bestsellers: love triangles, fantasy elements, violence, and deeply stupid choices abound...

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Nov 4 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Tandem, by Anna Jarzab

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Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Anna Jarzab's Tandem, the first installment in a projected trilogy. Early reviews are mixed, but I've really enjoyed Jarzab's previous two books, so my hopes remain high...

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Oct 31 2013

Superheroism

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In additional comic book news, DC Comics has hired Toronto cartoonist Jeff Lemire to create a new title inspired by a teenage girl from James Bay, Canada. The 15-year-old girl in question, Shannen Koostachin, was a member of the Attawapiskat First Nation who advocated for equitable education funding for native children...

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Oct 31 2013

Just what the world needs

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Neil Gaiman gave NPR a lengthy interview about The Sandman: Overture, a prequel series to his long-running Sandman comic book series. I'm mildly stoked about the idea, but...

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Oct 29 2013

Everyone I know is getting this for Christmas.

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At long, looooong last, Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half book has finally arrived! The book was originally supposed to come out last fall, but...

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Oct 29 2013

Burnt offerings

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In one of the odder marketing tie-ins of recent memory, high-end chocolatier Vosges has released a line of Hunger Games-inspired chocolates. I'm not sure what a bunch of poverty-stricken industrial districts in a dystopian society have to do with $5 candy bars...

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Oct 28 2013

The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler

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Apart from an overly poetic opening sequence that compares the heroine to a “leggy foal contorted in the womb” (seriously), Sonia Gensler's novel The Dark Between is an enjoyably atmospheric and unpretentious historical fantasy-adventure story...

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Oct 28 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Sonia Gensler's gothic romance The Dark Between, which I'm hoping (based entirely upon its title and cover art, as I haven't actually read the official description yet) is a Halloween-appropriate choice. Our review should go up later today...

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Oct 24 2013

My eyes, they roll

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I have serious doubts about this, you guys: BBC News recently posted a round-up article about the upcoming series of six contemporary re-workings of Jane Austen's books. The HarperCollins project kicks off this month with Joanna Trollope's version of Sense and Sensibility, due out on October 29th. Future authors include...

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Oct 24 2013

Big-screen Little Women

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So... they're trying to make another Little Women movie. According to Variety, the Sony Pictures project has been handed to a newbie scriptwriter named Olivia Milch. There's no word on casting or director or anything, but seeing as previous incarnations have starred...

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Oct 23 2013

Awkward!

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CNN informs me that reclusive To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee is suing the Monroe County Heritage Museum for trademark infringement. Lee's suit hinges on the argument...

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Oct 22 2013

New, pretty, arguably improved

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Anthropologie has a habit of trotting out adorably re-designed classic book reprints shortly before the holidays. I'm not as excited about the cover art featured on...

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Oct 22 2013

A fool and their money are soon parted.

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I love soccer, and I love books, but I cannot imagine anyone shelling out for former Brazilian legend Pelé's new book 1283, which will apparently cost 1,225 euros (approximately $1700) and weigh over thirty pounds...

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Oct 21 2013

Across A Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund

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I seriously wanted to love Diana Peterfreund's 2012 novel For Darkness Shows the Stars—it's a post-apocalyptic YA reworking of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and who hasn't always longed for one of those? Unfortunately, the story suffered from the same problem I usually have with Peterfreund's writing: she has style, intelligence, and imagination, but...

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Oct 21 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Across A Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Diana Peterfreund's Across A Star-Swept Sea, a "companion novel" (in this case, that means "not a sequel, but set in the same world") to 2012's For Darkness Shows the Stars. Both books have enjoyably weird literary ambitions: For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic YA retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, while Across A Star-Swept Sea is an equally bizarre re-working of the Baroness Orczy's...

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Oct 17 2013

Discounted home decor for your inner goth

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If you're a member of the discount-furnishings site Joss & Main, they're currently running a sale on Edgar Allan Poe-inspired furniture. (People frequently get confused on how to spell Poe's middle name—“Allan” or “Allen”. I'm pretty sure the former is correct, but J&M hedges their bets by spelling it both ways; “Allan” in the header and “Allen” in the text.) I've never thought of Poe as a "design icon", but whatever...

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Oct 17 2013

Non-shocking confessions

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I can't stop myself from hate-reading NPR's My Guilty Pleasure posts, in which authors recommend their favorite "embarrassing, but addictive reads". As longtime readers of the site know, I feel strongly that you should never be ashamed of the things you like (as long as they're not, y'know, illegal or immoral), and describing intelligent, witty genre authors like Georgette Heyer as a "guilty pleasure"...

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Oct 16 2013

Pride and Prejudice reworked (some more)

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There was some good news on the Jane Austen continuation/retelling front this week: AustenBlog posted a very positive review of Nancy Kelley's His Good Opinion, and I was pleased to see that Lara S. Ormiston's upcoming Pride and Prejudice retelling Unequal Affection has been blessed with lovely cover art...

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