Oct 6 2016

Pretty!

I'm fascinated by this Instagram account: Folded Pages Distillery makes... vignettes? Visual tributes? to various books. I don't really understand the point of these images, but they appeal to the same part of me that sincerely enjoys looking at competitive table-decorating displays...

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Oct 6 2016

Phonies abound

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According to Veranda magazine, the Cornish Center for Cartoon Studies is "giving admirers of J.D. Salinger the chance to live and work in the author's former home in rural New Hampshire." The winner of the Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship will be given...

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Oct 5 2016

An unholy hybrid

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Publishers Weekly informs me that Harlequin has added yet another imprint to its trade program: Graydon House Books will focus on "commercial women's fiction", and plans to start releasing titles by next September. I'd be more excited about this news if...

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Oct 4 2016

Tragic

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According to the LA Times, there is an ongoing murder trial in England centering around the theft of a first edition of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. The details of the crime are pretty creepy, so I'll stick to the bare-bones version: a man named Michael Danaher...

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Oct 4 2016

Efficient!

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There's an article on Mental Floss about the new "tiny train" book-delivery service that has been installed in the New York Public Library located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Sadly, the library refrained...

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Oct 3 2016

Otherworld Chills, by Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstrong is right up there with J.K. Rowling when it comes to creating supplementary material for her books. She has written more than fifty(!) short stories and novellas set in her Women of the Otherworld universe. Seven of these are now available in the anthology Otherworld Chills, which consists of six previously-published works and one new story...

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Oct 3 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Otherworld Chills, by Kelley Armstrong

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It's October, and we've been in a very horror-lite mood lately, so this week's Book Giveaway is Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld Chills, a collection of "rare and never-before-published novellas and short stories" set in her "Women of the Otherworld" 'verse. A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 29 2016

Whimsical

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If you're a classic shojo manga fan with 13,000 yen (US $129) burning a hole in your pocket, you can now own an extra-fancy replica of Super Sailor Moon's "Kaleidomoon Scope" from Sailor Moon Super S. According to Anime News Network, the...

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Sep 29 2016

Shocker!

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THR just posted their annual list of "Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors". The list is determined by book sales, number of adaptations, projects in development, additional credits, and "cultural influence", and features a combination of first-time honorees and...

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Sep 28 2016

Beach reads

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In honor of Banned Books Week, Forbes put together a list of the "Top 5 Ancient And Medieval Censored Books To Read During Banned Book Week". I have no idea how they determine what makes these books the "Top 5"...

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Sep 27 2016

Yeah...

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The Independent informs me that James Patterson has decided against publishing a book called The Murder of Stephen King. The book was apparently going to be about...

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Sep 27 2016

Calendar MARKED

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According to io9, the BBC is planning a radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's romantic fantasy Stardust, due to air in the UK (and worldwide on the internet) this December. It will be directed by Dirk Maggs, the man responsible for...

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Sep 26 2016

Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen

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Before we get started, I want to emphasize that this is a review of a particular edition—the Penguin Deluxe Classics 200th Anniversary Annotated version—of Jane Austen's novel Emma, rather than the novel itself. If you haven't already read Emma... well, you should! It's good...

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Sep 26 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen

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This week's Book Giveaway is Penguin's "Classics Deluxe" edition of Jane Austen's Emma. This is the 200th Anniversary annotated edition, and features explanatory notes by Juliette Wells. Our review will follow shortly...

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Sep 22 2016

Not sold

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The first teaser trailers are out for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Masamune Shirow's classic manga Ghost in the Shell. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the film producers' decision to cast Scarlett Johansson in the main role...

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Sep 21 2016

I'd use it

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A Singapore-based design studio has created a project called "The Missing Dining Table", which explores a variety of futuristic dining tools, all aimed at the solo eater. This book/dish holder made me laugh, but...

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Sep 21 2016

Choice vacation reading

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Ooh, I see there's a new book coming out next week in Elle Kennedy's Off-Campus series (we reviewed the first three books in the series earlier this year). I still feel like the musclebound cover art fails...

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Sep 20 2016

Brighter future

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According to The Verge, orders for comic books have hit a 20-year high. The surge seems to be currently benefiting DC Comics, which sold nine out of the 10 best-selling issues released last month (Harley Quinn #1 was the top seller), but...

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Sep 20 2016

Worth it?

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No matter what I do, any Harry Potter quiz or online generator always sorts me into Slytherin. I've accepted my snaky nature, and am therefore tempted by this Elhoffer Design sweater. (All four houses are available.) They're a little pricey ($50), and they're still...

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Sep 19 2016

Betrayals, by Kelley Armstrong

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Betrayals is the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series. It is also her publishers' third attempt at finding the right cover art style for these books. (The first two installments were American Gothic; the third was modern and geometric.) I really like both the look and the contents of Betrayals, so I'm hoping the ever-changing cover design...

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Sep 19 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Betrayals, by Kelley Armstrong

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This week's Book Giveaway is Betrayals, the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series. I see we're on cover art style attempt #3. Won't anyone think of people like me and Megan, who need our books to match? A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 15 2016

Okay, sure.

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Slate recently posted an article called "The New Powers That Be: Harry Potter, the triumph of fandom, and the future of creativity". The essay dives into the impact of Harry Potter as the focus of the first major internet-born fandom...

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Sep 15 2016

"Wake Up Pretty!" v. "Explore Your Future"

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There was a lot of buzz earlier this month about the unfortunate contrast between the covers for two magazines: Boys' Life and Girls' Life. A business owner and mother of five named Shoshanna Keats-Jaskoll took to Facebook to...

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Sep 14 2016

Um...

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NPR recently featured an article about Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure, the recent attempt to update Betty MacDonald’s beloved (albeit decidedly dated) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books for the modern era. I'm just not feeling this idea: I still get creeped out when I think about the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle story about the little girl who refused to take a bath...

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Sep 13 2016

Cute

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Okay, I kind of want this "Too Due" notepad (recently featured on the design blog Swiss-Miss). I'm normally the kind of person who tries to discreetly correct misspelled signs...

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Sep 13 2016

Olivia Twist?

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How nice: according to THR, NBC is planning to transform Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist into a "Contemporary Female-Driven Procedural". I'm having some trouble picturing this (apparently, it's going to be "sexy"), but...

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Sep 12 2016

The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

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In The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in Jonathan Stroud's spine-tingling Lockwood and Co. series, the heroine has left her friends at the Lockwood and Co. ghost-hunting agency. Lucy is now a freelance Listener, hiring herself out to the big London agencies. But when her former teammates request her help with the ghost...

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Sep 12 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Creeping Shadow, by Jonathan Stroud

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jonathan Stroud's The Creeping Shadow, the fourth book in his delightfully creepy Lockwood & Co. series. Trust me, dear readers, this is pretty much the perfect way to kick off the fall season. Our review will follow shortly...

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Sep 8 2016

Updates

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Next week will feature the release of Berkeley Breathed's The Bill the Cat Story: A Bloom County Epic (a picture book), and September 27th will see the release of Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope (the first collection of the strips Breathed has been releasing on his Facebook page since 2015). As lifelong Bloom County fan, I...

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Sep 8 2016

Gun-slinging robots

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A new trailer has been released for Westworld, HBO's remake of the 1973 sci-fi/western/horror film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton. This new version appears to shift the primary focus to a female character (played by Evan Rachel Wood), which...

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