Sep 14 2009

People Who Died

The Times has a nice obit up for Jim Carroll, poet, musician, and The Basketball Diaries author, who died on Friday at his home in Manhattan at age 60. Rest in peace, Mr. Carroll.

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Sep 11 2009

Home decorating for book geeks

By the end of the month, I'm hoping to have realized a life-long dream: a real, grown-up library. After spending the past year remodeling my house, I finally have the space... but, sadly, my libra...

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Sep 10 2009

Bonnet-rippers

Amish romance novels are selling like hotcakes? Really?Is anybody else having one of those weeks where they're constantly checking the calendar, wondering uneasily if they've lost time and it's su...

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Sep 10 2009

Tulle gone wrong.

Hmm. Penguin seems to have bumped up the release date for the second book in Nora Roberts's 'Bride Quartet'. Behold the cover for Bed of Roses, now coming out on October 27th:That's... surprisingl...

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Sep 9 2009

Must be dorm-decorating season

Today's the last day for AllPosters.com's big poster sale, which includes a couple of awesome Ralph Steadman illustrations from Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Behold:If you'r...

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Sep 9 2009

Churning 'em out

Wow: According to the AP Wire, James Patterson has signed on to write seventeen(!!!) books for Hachette in the next three years--11 adult thrillers and 6 YA books.I'm not much of a Patterson fan t...

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Sep 8 2009

Mark your calendars, anime geeks.

A quick reminder for disorganized Rumiko Takahashi fans: Inuyasha: the Final Act will begin airing in Japan on October 3rd.People who watched the original TV series on Cartoon Network's Adult Swi...

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Sep 8 2009

Neil Gaiman makes a Christmas movie!

Neil Gaiman's long-hinted-at short film will happen, and it will apparently star ubiquitous character actor Bill Nighy. According to Cinematical, the movie will be a silent short described as "a l...

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Sep 4 2009

Emma on the TV

Take note, dear readers: AustenBlog is saying that the BBC's new version of Emma is due to air "early in October". And while that means that us poor souls in the States won't get to see it until 2...

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Sep 3 2009

Robert Downey Jr. continues to work the comic book angle

Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has apparently signed on to star in a film adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens, a graphic novel created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg in 2006. I haven't read it, but I ...

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Sep 3 2009

Suzanne Collins chats with NPR

NPR is full of Suzanne Collins goodness right now: their site is offering both a sneak peek at chapter two of her just-released novel Catching Fire and a lengthy interview with the author.

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Sep 2 2009

Merge of the Titans

The comic book world is all a-flutter with the news that Disney is buying Marvel for $4 billion... and while I don't have a big emotional stake in either one of these companies, if Disney casts an...

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Sep 1 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox movie smells of win

And in slightly bigger-budget promotional news, here's the trailer for the upcoming film based on Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox:I was a little taken aback by the animation style, but this film lo...

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Sep 1 2009

Clutch the pearls!

Behold, it's the book trailer for Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, our current Featured Book:I refrained from complaining about this in the review, because even I understand it's an awfully minor point, but I'...

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Aug 31 2009

Popular fiction in the classroom?

There's an article up on the New York Times website about a teacher in Atlanta who allows her students to read whatever they want to* in her middle-school literature class. The students explore th...

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Aug 31 2009

Twilight + wedding dresses = girl-entertainment jackpot?

In what I can only describe as a desperate attempt to attract really young readers with the fashion equivalent of fanfiction, InStyle magazine asked several designers to sketch Bella Swann's weddi...

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Aug 30 2009

Amanda Grange

Amanda Grange has written several bestselling Jane Austen continuations. We haven't fully forgiven her for making Lydia full-on evil (see the Bitter Aftertaste section) in her book Mr. Darcy's Di...

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Aug 30 2009

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

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Jane Austen continuations and vampire romances have been two of the great literary success stories of the past five years, so we're actually a little surprised we haven't already seen a combi...

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Aug 28 2009

Entertainment for the masses

I had to snicker when I read this Variety article about the sky-high ratings enjoyed by the recent episode of HBO's True Blood, which was the first HBO series episode to top 5 million viewers sinc...

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Aug 27 2009

Repackaging for fun and (even more) profit

A recent trip to the bookstore revealed quite a few repackaging efforts on behalf of Wordcandy-approved authors. Richelle Mead has upgraded to hardcover class:Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl books have...

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Aug 27 2009

TokyoPop calls dibs on Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume

According to Deb's Manga Blog, TokyoPop has licensed Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume ("Happy Cafe"), and will be releasing it in January. This 11-volume series overflows with shojo cliches, including a r...

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Aug 26 2009

Youth in Revolt trailer's up...

...and while I'm not a huge Michael Cera fan (he's precious) and I haven't read the C.D. Payne book the movie is based on, the trailer's teen-romance take on Fight Club shtick did make me snicker ...

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Aug 25 2009

Wordcandy (hearts) public libraries

Once again, my local library has come through for me with their excellent books-on-CD selection. My family and I are heading off to the beach this week, and we'll be listening to the complete and ...

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Aug 25 2009

Advertising run amok

So, as kind of a palate-cleanser after the orgy of fiction I've been reading lately, I picked up a copy* of Carrie McLaren and Jason Torchinsky's Ad Nauseam: A Survivor's Guide to American Consume...

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Aug 24 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth book trailer

Okay, as book trailers go, this one isn't too bad, actually:And isn't it a relief to know that eyeliner is still available, even after the zombie apocalypse?

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Aug 24 2009

Popular shojo manga comes to TV

AnimeNewsNetwork informs me that someone is making an anime version of Kaichou wa Maid-sama!, the super-popular shojo manga by Hiro Fujiwara. This series, while cute, is one of those stories that...

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Aug 20 2009

Jennifer Crusie needs you...

...to come up with a new title for her paranormal work-in-progress. The book has been tentatively titled Always Kiss Me Goodnight for some time, which Crusie chose because the phrase has always g...

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Aug 20 2009

The Punctuation Avenger!

I was listening to BBC Radio yesterday, and they had a story about 62-year-old Stefan Gatward, a Kent resident who finally lost his temper over the incorrectly-punctuated sign on the end of his st...

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Aug 19 2009

Too much money, too little sense

Y'know, I enjoyed the "missing bottles of Thomas Jefferson's wine" plotline in Ridley Pearson's Killer Summer, but I had no idea the storyline was based on an actual (alleged) hoax.

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Aug 19 2009

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

Heh. I finally got around to watching the New Moon trailer, and I'm sorry to say that the hokey boy-into-wolf CGI in the first teaser does not appear to have been fixed:And the last line of the tr...

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