Apr 8 2014

It could be internet-famous!

April Fools jokes generally leave me cold, but I did enjoy these fake book titles from the Dear Author website. And while I have my doubts about anything written by someone named "Chastity Velvet", and—no joke—I have a bunch of YA books that look exactly like their Shattered Brokeness...

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Apr 7 2014

Little Lulu: Vol. 1, by John Stanley and Irving Tripp

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The character of Little Lulu was created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell, beginning life as the subject of a series of gag panels in The Saturday Evening Post and eventually becoming the star of an ongoing comic strip. In 1945, she graduated to her own comic book series, written by John Stanley and illustrated by Irving Tripp. In 2004, Dark Horse Books picked up the rights to reprint the Little Lulu stories, making Lulu's adventures available to a new generation of readers...

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Apr 7 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Little Lulu: Vol. 1, by John Stanley and Irving Tripp

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It's Spring Break, and we're celebrating by focusing on comic books—including several titles that we are seriously behind on reviewing (like the past year of Buffy). We're kicking things off by giving away a classic: the first "Giant Size" volume of John Stanley and Irving Tripp's long-running Little Lulu strip. Our review will follow later today...

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Apr 1 2014

In my defense, it's a super-fun game.

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I'm pretty sure this adorable Robin Hood-themed print from Ohio artist James Graves (currently on sale at HelpInk for $12) should inspire more noble thoughts than: "Dude, I haven't played Conquests of the Longbow in forever...

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Apr 1 2014

Horror redux

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British publishing house Faber & Faber has announced the publication of several new editions of the "strange stories" of horror writer Robert Aickman...

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Mar 31 2014

Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher

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I admit I'm a little behind the times when it comes to Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, seeing as, uh, the final book was released in 2009. But you know what that means? No waiting, not even for public library editions! And if you want to buy your own copies, everything's in paperback now! You can probably even find used versions. Why, it's almost like I put off reading these stories for almost a decade... for you.

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Mar 31 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher

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This week's Book Giveaway is the first book in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, Furies of Calderon. I'm only a few chapters in, but so far this appears to be straight fantasy, not the more tongue-in-cheek style featured in his Harry Dresden books. Who knows, though? Maybe he's just holding off on introducing a perverted, hard-to-shut-up skull sidekick until a later chapter...

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Mar 27 2014

Caaandy...

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It's the 50th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Publishers Weekly has posted a helpful round-up of Penguin's upcoming year-long celebration plans...

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Mar 27 2014

Mystery cake

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I have an ongoing fascination with heritage recipes, despite being A) deeply lazy, and B) vegetarian, which severely limits the stuff I'm ever going to actually make. (Sorry, 1901 edition of The White House Cookbook; I'm never going to try that recipe for roasted squirrel.) So I was pretty stoked to pick up a copy of America's Best Lost Recipes, written by the editors of Cook's Country magazine, and read with purely academic interest...

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Mar 25 2014

Sign me up

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The second trailer is out for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and I am so excited. Sure, I'll be there for the new Captain America movie... but I'll be thinking of X-Men. Everything about this speaks to me: the shamelessly melodramatic music, the glowering faces, the Buffy-esque power strides...

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Mar 25 2014

I do like the cover, though.

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The website Word and Film recently posted an interview with Jennifer Graham, who co-wrote (with series creator Rob Thomas) the first Veronica Mars novel, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I admit I have my doubts...

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Mar 24 2014

The Mirk and Midnight Hour, by Jane Nickerson

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When I saw the press notes for Jane Nickerson's The Mirk and Midnight Hour, which describe the book as a "haunting love story and suspenseful thriller" inspired by the Tam Lin fairytale, I applauded the author's ambition. She was taking a risk: Tam Lin doesn't have the universal appeal of, say, Cinderella, plus there are already two extremely well-regarded YA versions out there...

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Mar 24 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Mirk and Midnight Hour, by Jane Nickerson

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This week's Book Giveaway title is The Mirk and Midnight Hour, the second YA novel from Jane Nickerson. Like her first book Strands of Bronze and Gold (which we reviewed here), The Mirk and Midnight Hour is inspired by a not-exactly-Disney-friendly fairytale: the Scottish ballad Tam Lin...

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Mar 20 2014

In a word: gross

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I don't know why I'm so offended by the idea of a big-budget CGI Peanuts movie. I don't have particularly fond memories of the comics, and the strip has obviously inspired plenty of animated adaptations, but...

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Mar 20 2014

So ridiculous

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Publishers Weekly has posted an update on the decision by the South Carolina House of Representatives to cut the College of Charleston's funding by $52,000 and University of South Carolina-Upstate's funding by $17,142...

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Mar 19 2014

This is my surprised face.

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I am legitimately stunned to be writing this (seeing as I just gave James Dashner's The Kill Order my nastiest review of the year), but the full trailer for The Maze Runner actually looks interesting...

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Mar 18 2014

Season of the Witch, by Mariah Fredericks

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Mariah Fredericks's Season of the Witch hopes for the literary equivalent of having one's cake and eating it too: the author tries to lure in readers with fantasy/horror stuff, but she also wants her story to be taken seriously as a real-world exploration of grief, revenge, and teenage power dynamics. I wish she had committed to one approach or the other, although the resulting mash-up is still remarkably entertaining...

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Mar 18 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Season of the Witch, by Mariah Fredericks

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This week's Book Giveaway is Mariah Fredericks's Season of the Witch, which I'm told is a psychological thriller set in an exclusive New York prep school, not a supernatural romance. (I enjoy the way the cover art is purposefully vague, presumably in an effort to attract both audiences.) Our review will go up later today...

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Mar 13 2014

I want one!

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Okay, I love this story: NPR's article "Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There" introduces readers to JuJu Harris, a "culinary educator" and SNAP outreach coordinator with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, a nonprofit group devoted to pushing for...

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Mar 13 2014

An impressively terrible decision

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According to Variety, Warner Bros. is making a Peter Pan origin movie slated for summer 2015. They have already cast Hugh Jackman and Garrett Hedlund as pirates, and just announced that Rooney Mara will play Tiger Lily. Clearly anticipating some controversy, the studio was careful to describe their film as a "multi-racial/international" production, and mentioned...

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Mar 11 2014

Anne Rice tries again

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According to Dread Central, Anne Rice is going to write another installment of her Vampire Chronicles series. The book will be called Prince Lestat, and the author briefly described the plot...

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Mar 11 2014

MTV shows its age

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People have been justifiably incensed by the MTV Movie Award nominees for 'Best Hero', which are 100% male. (And no, there's no 'Best Heroine' category.) Despite the huge and ongoing success of the Hunger Games adaptations, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen lost out to Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Henry Cavill's Clark Kent, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins, and Channing Tatum's, uh, whoever he played in White House Down, which nobody saw...

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Mar 10 2014

The Kill Order, by James Dashner

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In 1988, John Christopher wrote When The Tripods Came, a prequel to the Tripods series, his famous 1960s science fiction trilogy. Creepy and deeply weird, When The Tripods Came simultaneously established the post-apocalyptic world featured in the main series and worked as a standalone novel. James Dashner's novel The Kill Order attempts to...

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Mar 10 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Kill Order by James Dashner

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This week's Book Giveaway is James Dashner's The Kill Order, the prequel to his bestselling Maze Runner series. I've never read the Maze Runner books, but I'm choosing to believe that makes me the ideal person to review a prequel (no preconceptions!), rather than, y'know, totally unprepared. My review should go up this evening...

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Mar 7 2014

Discount Armageddon, Midnight Blue-Light Special, and Half-Off Ragnarok, by Seanan McGuire

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The third book in Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series hit bookstores last week, making it officially Way Past Time for me to feature this fantastic (in all senses of the word) urban fantasy series on the site. Do your best to ignore the cover art—I promise this isn't a R-rated story about an anime schoolgirl gone rogue—and believe me when I say this series is wildly fun...

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Mar 6 2014

Ah, singing gang members

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According to Deadline, Fox is considering remaking West Side Story. While Robert Wise's 1961 version is the highest Oscar-winning musical in history and was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress, Steven Spielberg has indicated his interest in directing a remake, and that's all it took...

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Mar 6 2014

Books on walls

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Apartment Therapy recently introduced me to the website FreeVintagePosters.com, which (as the name would indicate) offers "free downloads of high quality vintage posters and retro art prints." Not all of the images are available for commercial use, and I suspect the cost of having a high-quality print made will be painful...

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Mar 5 2014

Old and improved

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I recently ran across these mega-cute reprints of the first four Nancy Drew stories: The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery, and The Mystery at Lilac Inn. They're Penguin editions, they seemed sturdy, and, at $7.99, they're the same price as the classic editions with school bus-yellow spines...

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Mar 4 2014

The man-pretty version of James Gordon

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I didn't even realize Warner Bros. was making a "Batman-less Batman series", but io9 has casting news for it: in the upcoming FOX TV show Gotham, David Mazouz has been cast as the preteen Bruce Wayne, and acting newcomer Camren Bicondova has been cast as Selina Kyle. The press release emphasizes that this is meant to be the origin story of Commissioner James Gordon, not Batman, so...

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Mar 4 2014

Goodnight, some more

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Today Sterling Children’s Books is releasing Goodnight Songs, a compilation of "lullaby poems" by Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown. According to Publishers Weekly, the book features the work of twelve different illustrators and is packaged with a...

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