Sep 23 2009

Trompe l'oeil

I don't know about this, dear readers:Sure, I like books... but I also like cereal, and I wouldn't paint a mural of that on my garage, either.[Via the Los Angeles Times]

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Sep 22 2009

A gift from Lisa Kleypas

(Is it just me, or has Lisa Kleypas's website gotten more tasteful again? Man, don't you guys miss it back when it looked like this? Good times...)Anyway, if you take a gander at Ms. Kleypas's s...

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Sep 22 2009

Grossly unfair

Speaking of upcoming book releases, there seem to be a huge number of Wordcandy books coming out this fall/winter, many of which come as a pleasant surprise (and an overdue reminder that we need t...

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Sep 21 2009

Fantasy revival

Heeeeey, they've finally reprinted L.J. Smith's Dark Visions series! I'm sure I can thank the success of the CW's cheese-tastic Vampire Diaries for this, and it raises a more important question: i...

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Sep 21 2009

A literary take on San Francisco

Apartment Therapy wrote a post last week featuring the following print:This image of San Francisco was commissioned by the San Francisco Chronicle. Artist Ian Huebert borrowed literary quotes from...

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Sep 18 2009

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is best known for his insanely entertaining Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but he is also the first contributing author and outline-producing mastermind for The 39 Clues, one...

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Sep 18 2009

The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, by Rick Riordan

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Note: The following review is based upon the first five books in this series. Should we object to the contents of the remaining five books, we reserve the right to rain fire upon the heads of all...

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Sep 18 2009

How did I miss this?

Sisters Grimm author Michael Buckley has a new series coming out soon, and by "soon" I mean ON TUESDAY!!! I'm not sure how this slid past my radar, but check it out:Admittedly, Amazon has Buckley...

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Sep 17 2009

But when will they give us a manga version of Gossip Girl?

Yen Press has announced plans to publish a manga adaptation of the first book in Lisi Harrison’s massively popular series The Clique. Yen's adaptation will be released next July and is being illus...

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Sep 16 2009

Mr. Keillor gets back to work

Garrison Keillor has written an essay for Salonabout his recent stroke. It gets a little political at the end (which I wouldn't object to, but his comments feel weirdly tacked-on), and he goes on...

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Sep 16 2009

Mutating Austen: a how-to guide

Slate is currently featuring an essay called "How I wrote Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters", by Quirk Books author Ben H. Winters. I'm still not paying to read his book, but I have to give t...

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Sep 15 2009

Well, if people went to see a love story set on the Titanic, why not?

But if you like your movies sob-inducing, feel free to check out Bright Star, a biopic about the love affair of poet John Keats and the young woman who lived next door to him. Not to spoil things...

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Sep 15 2009

A Christmas Carol gets (even more) cartoonish

I'm sorry, Jim Carrey, but I don't like watching old people fall and get hurt. Not even cartoon old people. I only find slapstick funny when the participants are practically made of rubber, and I...

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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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