Jan 21 2016

Same issue, different book

Literally only a few months after the flap over the depiction of slavery in the children's book A Fine Dessert, there is another, virtually identical controversy...

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Jan 20 2016

Maybe?

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Variety informs me that CBS has ordered a drama pilot featuring a contemporary take on the Nancy Drew series. According to the article...

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Jan 19 2016

Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith

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Emma Woodhouse is not my favorite Jane Austen heroine, but she deserves better treatment than she receives in Alexander McCall Smith's Emma, one of the six titles in The Austen Project, an attempt to re-imagine Austen's novels with a modern setting. Austen's Emma is a flawed but endearing character who eventually begins to correct her many faults; Smith's Emma, in contrast, is...

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Jan 19 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Emma, by Alexander McCall Smith

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This week's Book Giveaway is Alexander McCall Smith's Emma, a modern re-telling of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. I have my doubts about the wisdom of this project, frankly. Not only is Smith inviting comparisons with the original novel, he's also inviting comparisons with Clueless, and that seems like a really stacked deck. Our review will follow shortly...

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Jan 14 2016

Books on demand

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There's a cool article in The Orange County Register about a book-dispensing vending machine located inside the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center and run by the Anaheim Public Library System...

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Jan 13 2016

Cheese plays more of a supporting role

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Okay, I'm not 100% sold on the idea that Heidi is primarily about cheese, but I totally believe that great children's literature is nearly always improved by a memorable food description, from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe's tea party with Mr. Tumnus to...

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Jan 12 2016

This seems... risky.

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Canada's CBC just announced that Emmy-winning producer and writer Moira Walley-Beckett (best known for Breaking Bad) is working on a new TV adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic children's novel Anne of Green Gables...

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Jan 12 2016

Revived!

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According to io9, BBC America has announced an upcoming TV adaptation of Douglas Adams's Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Of course, BBC Four tried and failed to...

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Jan 11 2016

The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley

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For a book that pretty much goes like this: infodump, infodump, action sequence, rinse, repeat, Daniel O'Malley's debut novel The Rook is astonishingly entertaining. It strongly reminds me of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid books, although I'm happy to report that I like The Rook even better...

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Jan 11 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley

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This week's Book Giveaway is Daniel O'Malley's 2012 novel The Rook, which we recently learned is being developed as a TV series by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Meyer clearly knows what she's doing, because it's evident from the first chapter that this book is going to make for some great TV...

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Jan 7 2016

Be there AND be square

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According to NPR, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is sending out William Shakespeare's "First Folio" (the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, published seven years after his death) on a tour of all 50 states to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death...

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Jan 7 2016

Maybe by 2020?

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I don't actually care about this (not a Game of Thrones fan), but George R.R. Martin nerds everywhere were chagrined to learn that he has zero chance of finishing the next installment of his best-selling series on schedule...

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Jan 6 2016

Autumn's Kiss, by Bella Thorne (and Elise Allen)

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Once again, I am staggered to find myself endorsing a novel “written” by teen actress Bella Thorne (along with co-author Elise Allen, whose name only appears in teeny-tiny font on the title page). This is totally damning with faint praise, but Autumn's Kiss, the sequel to...

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Jan 5 2016

Joy, sparked

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There's been a lot of discussion about Spark Joy, the companion book to Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. We reviewed Kondo's first book last year, and while we enjoyed reading it, the best organizational/tidying-up advice I've ever encountered...

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Jan 5 2016

Geek love

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The Conversation recently asked a group of scientists to share some of their favorite science fiction novels. The recommendations (which range from Robert Heinlein to Douglas Adams) are...

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Jan 4 2016

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is the third collaboration between YA authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Once again, Cohn and Levithan have chosen to write about bored, too-clever teenagers, and—also once again—their story constantly veers between adorable and irritating as hell...

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Jan 4 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

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One of my 2016 resolutions is to make a visible dent in the massive Wordcandy slush pile. I'm pretty good about getting rid of books we're never going to review (depressing memoirs, anything about eating disorders, and sequels to earlier books that we never received go right out the door, for example), but that still leaves hundreds of books...

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Dec 31 2015

Make good choices tonight, guys~

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We're ending this week a little early, and want to wish all of our readers a safe and happy New Year. Here's hoping we all have a great 2016, full of fun books, non-rage-inducing movie adaptations, and (I can dream) maybe some news on a Georgette Heyer movie...

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Dec 31 2015

Sleeping With Her Enemy, by Jenny Holiday

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Jenny Holiday's novel Sleeping With Her Enemy is currently available as a $0.99 e-book. I'm not sure I'd be as enthusiastic about it if it had cost, say, $7.99, but at its current price it's an incredible bargain...

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Dec 30 2015

Books and booze

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According to the website GoodEReader, Barnes and Noble has applied for a liquor license in New York State. An attorney who consulted with Barnes & Noble on the license application says that select Barnes and Noble locations will begin selling beer and wine in their cafes, possibly alongside new food options...

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Dec 30 2015

Store-brand fantasy

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Uh... it's news to me that anyone was working on a TV adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Shannara book series, much less that it will be MTV's first foray into live-action fantasy. Seriously, guys? If you wanted to horn in on a little Game of Thrones-lite action, couldn't you...

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Dec 29 2015

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is a tribute to three people: Will Staehle, who created the title character, provided the illustrations, and designed the book, Tania del Rio, who wrote the story, and the unknown Quirk Books employee who agreed to publish such a detailed, gorgeous, labor-intensive work...

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Dec 28 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

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This week's Book Giveaway is Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, written by Tania del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle. I have no idea what this book is about (our review will follow later today, after I've actually read it), but with such A+++ art design, I'm not sure the story even matters...

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Dec 23 2015

Shopping for slackers

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It's two days before Christmas, and I have a lot of experience working in bookstores at this time of year, so I thought I'd put together a quickie gift guide for my favorite kind of customer: the kind who shows up at 4:37 PM on Christmas Eve with $300 and no plan, ready to do 100% of their holiday shopping...

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Dec 22 2015

Sorry, try again.

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Wow, this is the second time in less than a month that I am left rolling my eyes over a respected English professor's opinions about Jane Austen. (Note: Few things make me happier than hate-reading subpar Austen criticism...

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Dec 22 2015

Useful!

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I'm totally in love with this Random Illustrated Facts Instagram, featuring artwork by children's illustrator Mike Lowery. (I already knew that thing about the national animal of Scotland being the unicorn, though, and it has always upset me. I mean, if...

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Dec 21 2015

Winter, by Marissa Meyer

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I love Sailor Moon fanfiction and I love retold fairytales. You'd think combining the two would be an automatic win for me, but Marissa Meyer's best-selling Lunar Chronicles series proves that there's no such thing as a surefire bet...

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Dec 21 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Winter, by Marissa Meyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Marissa Meyer's Winter, the final installment in the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. I wasn't thrilled when Meyer delayed releasing the final novel in her series in favor of a quickie origin story for the antagonist (and charged eighteen bucks for it, too!), but it's probably time for me to get over it...

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Dec 17 2015

At least it will be better than Crimson Peak.

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I'm not sure if I'll see this movie adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel High Rise (although I do like the "creepy sales pitch" vibe of the trailer), but it did leave me with a more pressing question...

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Dec 17 2015

Any excuse to use these covers

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Elsewhere in The Guardian, there is a fascinating article about some new research about possible source material for Shakespeare's Macbeth. According to Dr John-Mark Philo, a lecturer at East Anglia University, there are close similarities between Lady Macbeth and two Roman queens...

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