Jun 25 2019

Future so bright

I really enjoy these photographs of the cast of the upcoming "adaptation" of Jane Austen's Sanditon. I have no idea how the actual film will turn out...

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Jun 25 2019

Money was spent

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Vanity Fair recently revealed an exclusive first look at Gretta Gerwig's upcoming film adaptation of Little Women, which will star Saoirse Ronan as Jo. As longtime readers of the site know, I can't stand Little Women, but I can admit that this looks like a very handsome, well-cast production...

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Jun 24 2019

Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts

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In many of her recent standalones, Nora Roberts has minimized the tropes of romance writing in favor of straight action/suspense. That's fine—the romantic elements of her books are the bits she is most prone to recycling—but I do wish she wasn't so fond of really lingering on the POV of her villains. I don't need to read an additional hundred pages of manufactured drama between her protagonists, but...

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Jun 24 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Shelter in Place, by Nora Roberts

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Nora Roberts's Shelter in Place. It's definitely one of her more impressive recent offerings (which, admittedly, isn't saying much), but skip it if you are in any way triggered by scenes of mass shootings. A full review will follow shortly, and this review will run through 7/5/19...

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Jun 20 2019

Just charge more!

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LitHub recently posted a promising-looking article about the development of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in Florida. I'm always interested in logistics, so I was excited to learn more about merchandising tie-ins and ride development, but then I ran across this staggering fact...

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Jun 20 2019

That'll be a no

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The trailer is out for the upcoming movie version of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep, the sequel to his classic novel The Shining. Ewan McGregor plays a grown-up Danny Torrance, 40 years after his terrifying stay at the Overlook Hotel. He's a solid actor, but they're clearly making a lot of references...

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Jun 19 2019

They're cute~

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I have now seen the entire line of Vans' Harry Potter-inspired shoes, and I've decided that for once I am glad that I always, always get sorted into Slytherin...

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Jun 18 2019

Neat!

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Thankfully, I just read another, non-eye-roll-inducing thinkpiece about one of my favorite books: Jia Tolentino's “The Westing Game, a Tribute to Labor That Became a Dark Comedy of American Capitalism". I actually don't think that title does a great job of encapsulating the article, but...

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Jun 18 2019

WhatEVER

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A recent article on The Independent has arrived at the (apparently astonishing) conclusion that Jane Austen's life wasn't all sunshine and roses. I'm always quick to roll my eyes at this kind of thinkpiece, and my eye-rolling muscles got an extra workout today...

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Jun 17 2019

Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, by Alice Waters

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In 1995, celebrated chef Alice Waters joined forces with the principal of a public middle school in Berkeley to found The Edible Schoolyard, an on-site organic garden that allowed students a chance to explore food as a scientific and social experience. This process was documented by Waters in Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea. Ignore that lofty subtitle...

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Jun 17 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, by Alice Waters

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Our latest Book Giveway is Alice Waters's Edible Schoolyard, which, should you be in need of one, would make an awesome coffee table book. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 7/5/19...

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Jun 13 2019

I can wait. Forever, if need be.

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There's a good interview over on Collider about the recent Amazon adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's classic novel Good Omens. The article sounds pretty gushy, and I watched the first few episodes of the show with mild interest, but...

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Jun 13 2019

BOOOO

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For the second year in a row, The Guardian and The Observer have conducted a research study on diversity in children's picture books, and the results are extremely disappointing. According to the newspapers' research, the 100 best-selling picture books published in 2018...

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Jun 12 2019

Unexpected opposition

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Huh: according to Curbed, the Strand Bookstore in New York has been designated as a New York City landmark. This sounded like a good thing to me (bear in mind, I know nothing about New York real estate laws), but apparently the 92-year-old bookstore's owner feels very strongly...

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Jun 11 2019

Soapy!

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I have watched the first four episodes of Netflix's new show The Society (billed as a modern YA take on The Lord of the Flies, but with a supernatural twist), and I am giving it a somewhat wobbly thumbs-up. It took me two full episodes to be able to tell most of the characters apart (the Elle and Allie actresses were particularly confusing), and...

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Jun 11 2019

I'm so proud

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I don't know how I missed this, but I was delighted to discover that Simon Armitage—author of my all-time favorite poem, "I am very bothered"—was announced last month as the UK's next Poet Laureate...

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Jun 10 2019

Yotsuba&!, Vol. 14, by Kiyohiko Azuma

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It's been years since I read a volume of Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsuba&!, and even longer since I've reviewed one. Part of that is due to the author's extremely intermittent publishing schedule (there was a three-year gap between his last two books), but a lot of it was because it took me a long, loooong time to adjust to the editorial changes that took place between the fifth and sixth volumes...

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Jun 10 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Yotsuba&!, Vol. 14, by Kiyohiko Azuma

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This week's Book Giveway is the 14th volume of Kiyohiko Azuma's universally beloved Yotsuba&!. It's taken me years, but I've finally adjusted (mostly) to the new publisher and their translation style, so I think I can give this a fair shake. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 7/5/19...

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Jun 6 2019

Hadn't she already suffered enough?

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NPR just posted a fascinating article about Life With Picasso, a memoir written by French painter Françoise Gilot, who served as Pablo Picasso's "muse, manager, and support system" during a decade-long relationship. Apparently, while it was A-okay for Picasso to use Gilot in his work (he used her likeness in hundreds of paintings), many...

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Jun 6 2019

Backlash

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The Times just posted an article about the growing backlash to Linda Fairstein, the prosecutor-turned-successful mystery novelist who oversaw the Central Park Five case. Thanks largely to Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series about the attack and its aftermath, When They See Us, which...

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Jun 5 2019

Hmm

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I'm not sure how I feel about these angled bookshelves, which were recently featured in a home decor article on The Cut. They give off a vibe of fanciness for fanciness's sake, which I usually dislike, but...

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Jun 4 2019

Yes spoilers

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And in sharp contrast to our earlier post, the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Vertigo Comics' miniseries The Kitchen gives away pretty much the entire plot. On the other hand, the presence of Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss...

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Jun 4 2019

No spoilers

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Good job, trailer editors: I have literally no idea what this film adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch is about, other than an explosion in a museum, a rather depressing painting of a chained bird...

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Jun 3 2019

The Wind Off The Small Isles, by Mary Stewart

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If you, like me, consider yourself to be a Mary Stewart fan, you might be concerned that you have never heard of her book The Wind Off The Small Isles, which her publisher describes as a “beloved modern classic”. But take heart, dear readers, because it turns out this description is utter garbage—Stewart produced several beloved modern classics, but this isn't one of them...

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Jun 3 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Wind Off the Small Isles, by Mary Stewart

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Wind Off the Small Isles, by Mary Stewart. I'm really happy that Hodder Books reprinted this little-known 1968 novella (along with a recently rediscovered short story, "The Lost One"), but I'm not sure I would describe it as a "beloved modern classic". Maybe "long-lost treasure", if they were looking for a superlative...

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May 30 2019

It's not all about lake monsters, though. (Alas.)

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According to Lithub, Hulu has ordered a series based on Nathan Ballingrud’s Shirley Jackson award-winning short story collection North American Lake Monsters. The book has great reviews and an even better cover...

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May 30 2019

BOOOO

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Tea and literature are two of my favorite subjects, so I opened this recent NPR article expecting nothing but joy... only to discover a horrifying announcement about a link between hot tea and esophageal cancer...

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May 29 2019

Damp

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There's a full-length trailer out for DC's upcoming Swamp Thing series, and it looks extremely dark, both literally and figuratively. I'm not sure if this is a purposeful attempt at building up suspense or an easy way for DC to save on their FX budget...

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May 28 2019

We Have Always Lived In the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

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A recent film adaptation has renewed interest in Shirley Jackson's 1962 novella We Have Always Lived in the Castle. As a scary-movie weenie, I stuck to reading the synopsis... which ended up irritating me in its own right, because Jackson's story didn't actually need a bunch of tacked-on action/horror sequences to be creepy as hell...

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May 28 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

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Our current Book Giveaway is Shirley Jackson's 1962 gothic novel We Have Always Lived at the Castle, the inspiration for the recent film of the same name. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 6/8/19...

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