Mar 17 2010

Awesome and awesomer...

When I saw the cover art for the upcoming 50th anniversary edition of Peg Bracken's classic I Hate to Cook Book, my only thought was How adorable. But now I've seen the original version, featurin...

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Mar 17 2010

Hot-button topic

The most recent Horn Book newsletter has a great interview up with Joanna Cole, one of the co-creators (with illustrator Bruce Degen) of the Magic School Bus series. Cole and Degen's most recent ...

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Mar 16 2010

Booooring.

The website Popcandy (no relation) is currently featuring a sneak peek of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, due out May 4th. It all looks very "Barbie vs. ...

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Mar 16 2010

Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

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Wild Ride is the most successful of the Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer collaborations to date: fast, fun, and deliciously weird. Admittedly, we still prefer Crusie's solo work, but how could anyone ha...

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Mar 15 2010

The Tempest 2.0

I have a new movie to look forward to: an adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by Across the Universe's Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren. Mirren will be playing "Prospera" (rath...

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Mar 11 2010

Drawing to a close

Two of Yen Press's titles are coming to an end this spring, so those of you who only buy manga once the entire series has been published should add these titles to your to-be-investigated list, sa...

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Mar 11 2010

Less fun than a barrel of monkeys, but not bad at all.

Mindful of that March 9th deadline for catching the recent television adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma online, I finally sat down and watched it*. And while I spent most of the time bemoaning the...

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Mar 10 2010

Time on your hands?

Whoa. This must have taken some serious effort:And in other news, Disney has decided to go for a more dude-friendly take on the ol' fairytale genre: from here on out (says the Los Angeles Times),...

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Mar 10 2010

Alice in Wonderland (film review), by Lewis Carroll

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Well, dear readers, I saw Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland over the weekend, and the best thing I can say about it is that it's probably best that the horrors of the Percy Jackson movie are still so fresh in my mind. It's not that the Alice movie was good, but everything looks better in comparison...

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Mar 9 2010

Please let this be true.

THANK YOU, KOREAN CINEMA GODS.Dramabeans.com is reporting that Jang Geun-seok (the adorable lead actor from last year's You're Beautiful) has signed on to play Takeshi Gouda, the main male charact...

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Mar 8 2010

Wildfire at Midnight, by Mary Stewart

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Mary Stewart is one of those authors whose best work (the truly awesome 1958 novel Nine Coaches Waiting) was so good that everything else she produced pales in comparison...

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Mar 8 2010

Patience: my least favorite virtue

Speaking of The Wallflower, Friday's post reminded me that I hadn't seen Tomoko Hayakawa's latest volume on bookstore shelves yet, so I did a little research into its whereabouts. As it turns out...

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Mar 5 2010

Perfect Girl Evolution

I finally watched the first episode of the J-drama Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, which is based on one of my all-time favorite manga series, Tomoko Hayakawa's The Wallflower. For those of you unf...

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Mar 4 2010

The Dead-Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan

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The Dead-Tossed Waves is the sequel to Carrie Ryan's 2009 novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and it's just as cheery as its predecessor—which is to say, not even remotely. Ryan's second book...

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Mar 4 2010

Counting down

AustenBlog recently posted a handy reminder that PBS is still hosting all three episodes of their recent adaptation of Emma on its Masterpiece website--but only until March 9th, so if you'd like t...

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Mar 3 2010

Chalk and cheese

Weird pairing news: Warner Bros. has apparently hired R.J. Cutler (the dude who directed the well-respected documentary The September Issue) to helm their adaptation of Melissa de la Cruz's (deepl...

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Mar 2 2010

Perpetual Check, by Rich Wallace

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Rich Wallace's novel Perpetual Check is set at a regional chess tournament. Two brothers—sports star Zeke and chubby, retiring Randy—are competing, and the idea of playing against each other has p...

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Mar 2 2010

Goldfinger: new and undoubtedly improved

The BBC's Radio 4 is recording a new version (one "more faithful to Fleming’s original 1959 novel than the film version was") of Ian Fleming's classic James Bond novel Goldfinger, with the always-...

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Mar 1 2010

13th Boy, by SangEun Lee

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When it comes to reading girls' manga and manhwa, sometimes it's best to turn off the critical part of our brains. This allows us to enjoy series that might otherwise seem disturbing—stories feat...

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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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