Jul 31 2018

Nothing new under the sun

According to Collider, HBO has given a straight-to-series order for a TV show adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger’s novel The Time Traveler’s Wife, to be produced by Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat. The book was already adapted for film in 2003, but...

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Jul 31 2018

Starting at the top

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According to the Georgian Papers Programme, a researcher named Nicholas Foretek has found evidence that the first documented purchaser of any novel by Jane Austen was actually the Prince Regent (later George IV). I know that Austen had, at best, mixed feelings about the Prince Regent, but...

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Jul 30 2018

The Poisoned City, by Anna Clark

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As longtime readers of the site know, every once in a while we review nonfiction books on subjects that we consider to be of general interest: money, food, education, the environment. Our latest pick is Detroit journalist Anna Clark's The Poisoned City, a convincing and devastating look at the water crisis in Flint, Michigan...

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Jul 30 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Poisoned City, by Anna Clark

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It's summer, so it must be time for me to find a depressing nonfiction book to read on vacation! This week we're giving away a copy of Anna Clark's The Poisoned City, about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jul 26 2018

Buffyless

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According to Pajiba, it has now been made clear that the much buzzed-about reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer won't be a Buffy-centric reboot, but rather an entirely new series set in the same world, featuring a new slayer. This still doesn't sound like must-see-TV, though. I'd much rather...

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Jul 26 2018

Not the series I would have picked, but okay!

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There's a massive article in The New York Times about Shonda Rhimes's partnership with Netflix. The streaming service wooed Rhimes away from ABC with a nine-figure deal, and she has agreed to make eight shows for them. I'm particularly excited to see what she does with a proposed adaptation...

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Jul 25 2018

Upwards and onwards

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According to Slate, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has announced he’s leaving The Atlantic. This makes sense for Coates, whose national profile has steadily been rising, but it's not a great sign for The Atlantic, particularly with their short-lived decision...

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Jul 24 2018

Imaginary reboot

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Vulture recently asked several Sex and the City writers—Jenny Bicks, Cindy Chupack, Amy B. Harris, Julie Rottenberg, and Elisa Zuritsky—what six episodes of a 2018 reboot of the show would look like. I have no idea how much these story ideas have in common with Candace Bushnell's original book, but...

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Jul 24 2018

The dorkiest quest

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There's a great long-form essay on Kotaku about one woman's quest to find video evidence of the long-lost attempt at rebooting Sailor Moon into a half live-action, half-animated American kids' series...

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Jul 23 2018

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

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Nine times out of ten, a book is better than its movie or television adaptation. No matter how talented the filmmaker, the literary medium—which has no need to worry about production schedules or actors' salaries—is usually best. That isn't always true, however, and Deborah Harkness's novel A Discovery of Witches is a prime example...

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Jul 23 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

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We are currently giving away a copy of Deborah Harkness's novel A Discovery of Witches, which the author describes as a book about books. I'm going to post our full review shortly, but: no, it isn't. A.S. Byatt's Possession is a book about books, as are Jasper Fforde's Tuesday Next series and...

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Jul 19 2018

Far-seeing

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There's an article on Buzzfeed about Rona Jaffe’s The Best of Everything, a novel written in 1958 that offered a prescient look at the eventual #MeToo crisis. The book was reissued about a decade ago, and I'm...

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Jul 19 2018

Dudes. No.

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Man, people are worked up about the upcoming She-Ra reboot, written by Nimona author Noelle Stevenson. Setting aside the creepy details of their thoughts...

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Jul 18 2018

Will absolutely watch

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Koala's Playground recently posted a description (with some images) of an upcoming k-drama adaptation of the webcomic Ring When I Like You. The concept sounds cute, I like the prospective lead actress, and...

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Jul 17 2018

Seriously, he was the worst.

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Town and Country magazine recently posted an absolutely fascinating essay by Paula McClain about the career of Martha Gellhorn, a journalist and war correspondent who was also Ernest Hemingway's third wife. Gellhorn sounds...

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Jul 17 2018

Hell no

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I'm sorry, but everything about this Mary Queen of Scots movie looks terrible. Some dude on Vulture posted a solid little explanation of the fundamental things the promotional posters are getting wrong, but...

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Jul 16 2018

Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

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I have no idea if Rachel Hawkins timed the release of her new book Royals to coincide with the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, or if it was just a happy accident, but either way people looking for a little more royal-wedding action have absolutely lucked out...

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Jul 16 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

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If you're going through Royal Wedding withdrawal, we have just the book for you: we're currently giving away a copy of Rachel Hawkins's new YA novel Royals. Sure, this book is pure fluff, but it does feature embarrassing relatives, snotty aristocrats, silly hats, and an American/royal engagement, so the parallels are uncanny, at least as far as I'm concerned. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jul 12 2018

Maybe? If I'm in the right mood?

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I just saw the trailer for Netflix's upcoming miniseries adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel Sacred Games, and I'm thinking of checking it out. My mother is fond of foreign cop procedurals, but I usually decline to watch any series that centers around...

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Jul 12 2018

Who do I blame for this?

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According to the New York Times, Michael Ondaatje won the "Golden Man Booker Prize" for his 1992 novel The English Patient. The Golden Man Booker Prize is like a souped-up version of the annual award: five judges were asked to choose the best winner from each decade, and then the public voted on the resulting shortlist of nominees. Someone clearly got it wrong, but...

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Jul 11 2018

Summer un-fun

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I'm always grateful to whomever compiles these massive lists of upcoming anime series for Kokatu, because I suspect they take a lot of work. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a single series I actually want to watch on there. Here's hoping the fall round-up is more fun, because this bunch looks like...

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Jul 10 2018

Surely he has enough money by now?

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According to io9, R.L. Stine has just signed a multi-book deal with comics publisher Boom Studios. Stine has committed to writing four supernatural/horror-themed graphic novels in a new series aimed at young teens, with the first installment coming out in the fall of 2019...

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Jul 10 2018

I have failed myself

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While falling down an internet worm hole of Moomin-themed tattoos, I recently discovered that Tove Jansson once illustrated an edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and somehow I don't already own a copy...

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Jul 9 2018

Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, by P.G. Wodehouse

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During a recent trip to Powell's Books in Portland, OR, I picked up Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, an oddly packaged collection of P.G. Wodehouse stories edited by D.R. Bensen. Wodehouse on Crime features stories from all over the Wodehouse universe: Jeeves and Wooster, Mulliner, Lord Emsworth, Ukridge. Wodehouse was perhaps the furthest thing on Earth from a hardboiled crime writer, but a surprising number of his plots hinge...

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Jul 9 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, by P.G. Wodehouse

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We are currently giving away a copy of this extremely ugly but amusingly-titled P.G. Wodehouse collection: Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, originally published in 1990. A full review will follow shortly, but meanwhile, take a gander at that guy lurking on the far left of the cover. Doesn't he look like a beefier Benedict Cumberbatch...

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Jul 3 2018

Sorry, comic book stores.

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Huh. I thought these already existed, but maybe I'm confusing them with those freestanding kiosks: according to Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble recently announced plans to create dedicated sections for middle grade graphic novels in all of its stores...

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Jul 3 2018

Decor goals

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I'm not sure how I feel about Mandi Johnson's horse painting (I like charming kitsch, but I feel like that horse, uh, only half qualifies), but her IKEA bookcase hack featured on the blog...

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Jul 2 2018

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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In 2006, the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly released the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip. Whoever did the graphic design for these editions deserves a raise: they're vivid and eye-catching, doing full justice to Jansson's art and characters...

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Jul 2 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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We are currently giving away a copy of the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, released in 2006 by the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly. Even if you're not a Moomin fan, this thing is a triumph of graphic design, and would grace any coffee table in all the land...

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Jun 28 2018

When it comes out on DVD

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Okay, this movie looks incredibly well made and timely and important... and absolutely wrenching. The trailer is out for the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. I've watched it twice, and have firmly decided that there is absolutely zero chance of me watching this movie in public...

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