Mar 1 2010

Nerd Shakeup

I've never actually been to Comic-Con, but the possibility of the venerable convention leaving San Diego depresses me*. * Admittedly, this is mostly because I hear San Diego has a restaurant that...

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Feb 25 2010

Look away, fellow OCD sufferers

...just looking at this bookshelf picture gives me a headache: I'm not sure why, but my brain is quietly but firmly declining to accept it.[Via Apartment Therapy]

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Feb 25 2010

Tena on S-String (Yen Press Extravaganza Part IV), by Sesuna Mikabe

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More graphic novels! While Sesuna Mikabe's Tena on S-String is typically described as a seinen (young men's) manga, the series' second volume focuses more...

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Feb 24 2010

X-Men: Misfits, by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman

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X-Men: Misfits is a shōjo-style retelling of Kitty Pryde's introduction to the X-Men written by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman and featuring sharp, clean-lined artwork by Anzu. The story is set b...

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Feb 24 2010

Superheroes and Beyond, by Christopher Hart

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Christopher Hart's Superheroes and Beyond: How to Draw The Leading and Supporting Characters of Today's Comics promises to provide "the knowledge necessary to create great comic book characters......

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Feb 23 2010

Harry Potter World

Some dude called Brian Orndorf was kind enough to post some photographs of the construction happening at the Harry Potter theme park, and I have to say: it does look kind of awesome. I'm not sure ...

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Feb 22 2010

Set your alarm clocks!

Well-organized Jennifer Crusie fans TAKE NOTE:St. Martin's Press is currently running a week-long giveaway of 35 bound-manuscript copies of Jennifer Crusie's upcoming solo novel Maybe This Time. T...

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Feb 22 2010

An embarrassment of riches

Whoa, what happened? Lisa Kleypas has been releasing the books in her Hathaway family series on a once-a-year schedule since 2007, but now she's putting the last two books out within a month of ea...

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Feb 18 2010

Raiders' Ransom, by Emily Diamand

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Raiders' Ransom, the debut novel from writer Emily Diamand, was the winner of the inaugural London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, and it's easy to see why: Diamand's blend of ...

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Feb 18 2010

Re-re-re-working it

Hmm. I see they're making a movie of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, which is a loose (very loose) continuation of Mary Shelley's novel.A movie of a novel adaptation (with, naturally, it...

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Feb 17 2010

The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein, by Libby Schmais

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The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein, the debut YA novel from author Libby Schmais, is a collection of journal entries written by Lotus Lowenstein, a fifteen-year-old Brooklynite who is convinced—d...

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Feb 17 2010

Rin-ne: Vol. 1, by Rumiko Takahashi

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Rin-ne is the fifth major series from manga great Rumiko Takahashi, following InuYasha, Ranma ½, Maison Ikkoku, and Urusei Yatsura. Rin-ne launched in...

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Feb 17 2010

It's a journal!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid trailer's up, and it looks... painful. But in a funnier-than-you'd-expect way:

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Feb 16 2010

I don't think that was why the audience was shouting "Blasphemy!"

Oh. My. Nathan sent me an interview with Craig Titley, the screenwriter for the truly unspeakable Percy Jackson movie. In it, Mr. Titley reflects on the way his recent PhD in mythology changed his...

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Feb 16 2010

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (film review), by Rick Riordan

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Picture this, dear readers—One day, you walk to the store and buy a chocolate chip cookie. You've noticed in the past that this store's baker isn't very good, so you worry that maybe the cookie will...

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Feb 12 2010

Valentine's Day Reading

Hello, darling readers! In honor of Valentine's Day, we'll be featuring two reviews on the site this morning. And because we understand that this is the kind of holiday that inspires mixed emotion...

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Feb 11 2010

Skeleton Creek and Ghost in the Machine, by Patrick Carman

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Patrick Carman clearly appreciates a good literary gimmick. He promoted his Land of Elyon books via a four-month-long cross-country tour in a decorated bus, he contributed a novel to Scholastic's...

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Feb 11 2010

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater

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We here at Wordcandy admit it: we judge books by their covers. This doesn't always work for us (note our recent post on Atlas Shrugged), but we still believe that great cover art is an impor...

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Feb 11 2010

Hollywood gone wrong

Worst casting news ever: Columbia Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment have signed Katherine Heigl to play Stephanie Plum, the hapless lingerie-buyer-turned-bounty-hunter heroine of Janet Evanovic...

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Feb 10 2010

Back on top

Megan informs me that Seattle currently ranks #1 on USA TODAY's annual list of the nation's most literate cities, thereby smacking down rival city Minneapolis (who actually dropped behind Washingt...

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Feb 10 2010

Behind the times

Wait. There's a Flipped movie?!? AND IT'S COMING OUT THIS YEAR? (...and why is it suddenly set in the fifties?)Why am I so behind on Wendelin Van Draanen news? Turns out there's both a plot summar...

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Feb 9 2010

Maggie Stiefvater

We approve of Maggie Stiefvater: her characters are relatively sane, her mythologies creative, and her sentiments on fanfiction just what the civic-minded public likes to see. Her novel Shiver is...

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Feb 9 2010

The Passion of the Hausfrau: Motherhood, Illuminated, by Nicole Chaison

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Nicole Chaison is the creator of the website Blog-o-Hausfrau and the tri-annually published 'zine Hausfrau Muthazine, which launched in 2003. Her experiences—everything from giving birth in a hosp...

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Feb 9 2010

Supergross

When J. D. Salinger died two weeks ago, I decided not to write an obit for him, mostly because—I'm sorry; I'm a philistine—I've never felt like Catcher in the Rye or his Glass family stories were ...

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Feb 8 2010

All Unquiet Things, by Anna Jarzab

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Anna Jarzab's intriguing debut novel All Unquiet Things centers around Neily and Audrey, two wealthy California teens haunted by the death of sixteen-year-old Carly—the beautiful, damaged girl who...

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Feb 8 2010

Brilliant with a side of more brilliant

Clearly, soap opera stars + an Agatha Christie read-a-long = Two great tastes that taste great together.

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Feb 5 2010

Freefall, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

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All of the books in Brian Williams and Roderick Gordon's Tunnels series have featured elements from Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, but Freefall—the third entry in the seri...

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Feb 4 2010

Tunnels and Deeper, by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams

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Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams's Tunnels series has a great back story. Their first book (originally titled The Highfield Mole) was allegedly inspired by a real—and very strange—place: the Wil...

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Feb 3 2010

Girls Gone Victorian

Whoa: this is the first time I've seen someone market a romance novel (from Katie MacAlister, one of Meg's favorite authors) as "steampunk". New literary sub-genre, or just a marketing gimmick? On...

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Feb 2 2010

You do have to admire her gall, though.

My, my. Whatever could this be? It appears to be a reprint (the one hundred and forty-seventh edition, I believe) of Nora Roberts's 1991 novel Genuine Lies, and it costs sixteen dollars. Are you k...

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