Oct 15 2013

Rick Riordan gives an update

And speaking of Rick Riordan's The House of Hades (which I was, at least in passing), the author recently gave a lengthy interview to Publishers Weekly, which included an update on his upcoming series about the Norse gods...

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Oct 15 2013

If that extra minute matters...

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I'm definitely going to read Veronica Roth's Allegiant, but I'm not invested enough to go out at midnight on October 22 to pick up a copy. (In contrast, if Rick Riordan's The House of Hades had been available at midnight, I would have been there with bells on.) However, more hardcore Roth fans can now get a teeny-tiny head start on the story...

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Oct 14 2013

The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

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I have never understood James Dashner's success. He has some fun ideas, and his best-selling Maze Runner series definitely came out at the perfect, immediately-post-Hunger Games time, but his characters are incredibly boring. But he has zillions of fans who obviously feel otherwise, so I did my best to approach his new book The Eye of Minds without preconceptions...

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Oct 14 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

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The first order of business after our unscheduled break: a book giveaway. This week's pick is James Dashner's The Eye of Minds, described as "the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares". I wasn't a fan of Dashner's earlier series, but maybe this will knock my socks off. Our review should go up later today...

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Oct 8 2013

A brief hiatus

Due to a death in the family, Wordcandy.net will not be updated until October 14th, 2013. We appreciate your support and patience!

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Sep 26 2013

The Giver to hit big screens

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Cinema Blend recently posted an article about the Weinstein Company's upcoming film adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, beloved by sixth-grade teachers everywhere (except for those sixth-grade teachers that think it should be burned because of its satanic agenda, of course). The movie will star...

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Sep 25 2013

Untold: The Lynburn Legacy, Book Two, by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Sarah Rees Brennan's novel Unspoken was one of my favorite YA books of 2012. I objected to the twee cover art, the overly-mannered dialogue, and the underdeveloped antagonist, but I was utterly in love with the protagonists' romantic conflict: an example of teen angst done absolutely right...

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Sep 24 2013

Cooking with Roald Dahl

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The blog Paper and Salt (which attempts to "recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction") doesn't update often, and even more rarely does it feature authors that I like, but the author recently came up with a recipe inspired by Roald Dahl's "Frozen Homemade Kit-Kat Cake"...

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Sep 24 2013

Impractical storage

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Most of me really likes this bookshelf, but even I have to admit it looks like the least-efficient book storage unit on the planet. The artist (Matt Innes) describes it as a "personal typographic bookshelf sized to fit just those books you go back to time & again", but I'm pretty sure that's just a fancy way of saying "ONLY FOR SHOW"...

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Sep 23 2013

Getting In, by Karen Stabiner

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I found Karen Stabiner's novel Getting In surprisingly readable, despite the fact that fully 99% of its plot could be summed up with a dismissive “First world problems”...

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Sep 23 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Getting In, by Karen Stabiner

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Karen Stabiner's Getting In, a novel about five Los Angeles families obsessed (to varying degrees) with getting their children into good colleges. I'm fascinated by the modern college application process—when I was applying, roughly fifteen years ago, it seemed like they took anyone with a B+ average and a pulse—but things are obviously verrrrry different now, and this novel explores those changes...

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Sep 19 2013

Quirky

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I don't have a toddler, and I certainly don't have $300 to blow on a novelty lamp, but I'm still coveting this Miffy Lamp XL, inspired by the Miffy series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. I've never read the Miffy books, which were introduced in the 1950s, but they're apparently famous enough to...

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Sep 19 2013

Pompeii!

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I've always had a soft spot for Meg Cabot's 2002 romance novel She Went All The Way, despite its terrible title, which meant I cracked up when I heard that someone was finally making a movie about the destruction of Pompeii. See, in Cabot's book the heroine—Lou Calabrese—is a screen writer whose actor ex-boyfriend Barry dumps her after she makes him famous by writing him a star-making role in a Titanic-style blockbuster called Hindenburg...

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Sep 18 2013

School of Fear, by Gitty Daneshvari

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Like Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gitty Daneshvari's novel School of Fear is a story about extraordinarily odd children visiting an even odder place. School of Fear can't compare to Dahl's classic, but it boasts plenty of goofy charm, a uniformly appealing cast of characters, and tons of snappy one-liners...

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Sep 17 2013

Anne of Green Gables goes big-screen and musical

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And speaking of movie adaptations, Variety informs me that they'll be making a movie out of the long-running Anne of Green Gables musical. I had no idea this even existed...

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Sep 17 2013

Five bucks says they try to split this into three movies.

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Last week, J.K. Rowling announced that she is writing a script for a spin-off Harry Potter film based on her novella Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. (Using the name Newt Scamander, Rowling wrote the book in 2001 to benefit the charity Comic Relief. It's supposed to be a copy of one of the Hogwarts textbooks, embellished with doodles from the series' main characters...

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Sep 16 2013

The Blood Keeper, by Tessa Gratton

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While Tessa Gratton's The Blood Keeper is billed as a “companion novel” to her book Blood Magic, rather than a sequel, you need to have read the earlier book for this one to make sense. (Actually, this one isn't guaranteed to make sense even if you have read Blood Magic, but the light bulb might glow a little brighter...

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Sep 16 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Blood Keeper, by Tessa Gratton

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Tessa Gratton's The Blood Keeper, the standalone "companion novel" to her 2011 novel Blood Magic, which we reviewed here. It's... not a sequel, I guess, but set in the same world? And maybe the pair from the first book will make a cameo? Who knows? Anyway, our review should go up later today...

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Sep 12 2013

Blood Sun, by David Gilman

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David Gilman's supercharged Max Gordon series is aimed squarely at action/adventure purists. These books are not even remotely plausible, but they're ridiculously fun—even for someone like me, who would ordinarily be grousing about strained credulity and far-fetched MacGuffins...

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Sep 12 2013

From book to movie to TV

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The website Word & Film recently compiled a list of 10 upcoming TV shows based on books. We've already written about most of them (NBC's Dracula and Crossbones, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, etc.), but I was interested to see that NBC has ordered a midseason comedy based on Nick Hornby’s 1999 novel About a Boy...

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Sep 11 2013

Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers

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Robin LaFevers's Grave Mercy rings my bell on about a million different levels. Her heroine is thoughtful, cautious, and totally badass, the story dives into a load of historical details without triggering all of my usual squeamishness about novels set pre-1800, and—best of all—it's the first installment of a trilogy, but there's no cliffhanger...

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Sep 10 2013

The Morning Star, by Robin Bridges

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The Morning Star, the final book in Robin Bridges's Katerina trilogy, exhibits the same strengths and weaknesses as her previous two installments. The story is ridiculously over-stuffed with monsters and plot twists, but it's hard to fault an author for having too much ambition...

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Sep 10 2013

Imaginary home values

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The fine people at the Movoto real estate blog have once again been speculating about home prices in the Harry Potter 'verse. According to their calculations, it would be possible to purchase the Burrow—home to the Weasleys—for a mere $660,150...

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Sep 9 2013

Hanging By a Thread, by Sophie Littlefield

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Sophie Littlefield's novel Hanging By a Thread bills itself as a murder mystery, but the lion's share of the story centers around the heroine's interest in re-purposing vintage clothing. The end result still boasts its fair share of action and violence, but the blood-splattered cover is a wee bit misleading...

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Sep 9 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Hanging By a Thread, by Sophie Littlefield

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Sophie Littlefield's Hanging By a Thread. One of the reviews from BN.com describes it as a "tension-filled mystery with an extrasensory twist", which concerns me, because I tend to read that as "a mystery whose resolution hinges on a magical cop-out", but who knows? Maybe it will be brilliant. Our review will go up later today...

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Sep 5 2013

Books in stripe form

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British artist Jaz Parkinson has created twelve "rainbow charts" for Smithsonian Magazine, each inspired by a different book or play. The colors are determined by tallying the number of times the text "mentions or evokes" (the "evokes" bit is kind of hazy) a specific hue...

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Sep 5 2013

Thanks all the same, but...

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According to Deadline, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas is working on an upcoming, modern-day TV series inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables. The series is described as...

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Sep 4 2013

Three arms do help

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Thanks to a brewing head cold, even this shortened work week feels like it's lasting forever. To help any fellow sufferers get through it, may I suggest reading Christina Dodd's post about her infamous three-armed cover? I have no idea when it was posted, but...

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Sep 3 2013

A Plague Year, by Edward Bloor

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For a book about the devastating effect of methamphetamine on a small Pennsylvania town, Edward Bloor's novel A Plague Year is surprisingly readable. Bloor never shies away from the horror of his subject matter, but his overall message is one of courage—even if it's the kind of courage that only appears after people realize they have nothing left to lose...

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Sep 3 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Plague Year, by Edward Bloor

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Rarely do we describe books about meth as "wordcandy", but we're giving this one a shot: this week's Book Giveaway pick is Edward Bloor's A Plague Year. (Apparently, the title comes from another cheery text, Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel A Journal of the Plague Year, about the Great Plague hitting London in 1665.) Our review should go up later today...

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