Jul 15 2009

For your viewing pleasure

After a seven-month delay, the release date has finally hit for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and people seem to really, really, really* like it.*Although the Roll...

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Jul 14 2009

Bibliophile home design?

...or not, as the case may be.I'm a big fan of the home decor site Apartment Therapy, but sometimes I'm amazed at how impractical they can be. Take, for example, this area, which they glowingly de...

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Jul 14 2009

Comic book casting news

There's been a fair number of movie casting announcements over the past few days. Natalie Portman has been cast as Jane Foster, the love interest in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming adaptation of Marve...

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Jul 10 2009

Wolverine: Prodigal Son, by Antony Johnston

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In the grand tradition of alternate-universe fanfiction, writer Antony Johnston and artist Wilson Tortosa have created a shonen manga take on the popular X-Men character Wolverine. Their new series...

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Jul 9 2009

More budget-friendly Wordcandy fun...

Speaking of free stuff (always our favorite price!), VIZ Media is offering a free iTunes download of the first episode of the anime Honey and Clover (based on the super-popular shojo manga of the ...

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Jul 9 2009

Catherine Jinks for grown-ups

We recently noticed that Evil Genius author Catherine Jinks has been posting a free e-book on her site for adults. The story is called The Deck, and the site describes it as "[The] comic tribulati...

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Jul 8 2009

Nodame Cantabile: the saga continues

AnimeNewsNetwork has some info on the upcoming third season of the animated version of Nodame Cantabile, which is scheduled to air next January*. The animation and character design for this serie...

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Jul 7 2009

Cover art on the cheap

If you're a fan of classic book art, AllPosters has some awesome posters on sale. These three are all 50% off (each costing about $15), and the site is currently offering free shipping:

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Jul 7 2009

Jennifer Crusie's back catalog LIVES!

Ohohoho, what is this? Amazon tells me that Bantam will be releasing Crusie's long out of print title The Cinderella Deal as a mass market paperback in January 2010.Note: I would post a picture o...

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Jul 6 2009

Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher

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When it comes to pulp fiction, I usually think shorter is better. This is why I’ve always liked Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, but I love his graphic-novel reworkings of the same material. The...

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Jul 6 2009

I don't think I'll be able to handle this in 3D.

There's a new, official, HQ Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs trailer out, and this one features more Mr. T. (always a good decision):

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Jul 6 2009

The world run amok

So, it's been several days of crazy news, right? Palin resigned! The Californian economy went belly-up! Michael Jackson died! And then, in a little bit of weirdness that sat atop the great big pil...

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Jul 2 2009

Revenge via Twitter?

Whoa--has anyone been following this Alice Hoffman thing? She was apparently upset by an unfavorable review Boston Globe critic Roberta Silman wrote about her latest book, so she went on a Twitter...

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Jul 1 2009

Nonfiction for the young'uns

Powell's Books is having a limited-time sale on DK Publishing's excellent line of nonfiction books for young readers, including Annabel Karmel's Cook It Together, an entertaining and informative c...

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Jul 1 2009

Money burning a hole in your pocket?

Because I'm pretty sure that all the real Stephenie Meyer fans are rushing out to buy one of these $24.99 Twilight USB Flash Drives.

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Jun 30 2009

It's that time of year again...

...Bulwer-Lytton time!There are several excellent entries for this venerable contest celebrating terrible first sentences for imaginary novels, but my favorites are these:The gutters of Manhattan ...

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Jun 30 2009

A new take on a classic

Brace yourselves, dear readers: we are getting yet another Hollywood remake of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Normally this news wouldn't result in anything other than the fervent hope that its star...

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Jun 29 2009

The Maxx is back on MTV

...kinda.MTV.com has begun streaming their '90s-era bizarre-yet-fascinating cartoon adaptation of Sam Kieth's even more bizarre-yet-fascinating comic book series The Maxx. As I (distantly) recall,...

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Jun 29 2009

Propaganda for fun and paranoia

There's a fabulous article over on Sleep is For the Weak about the comics of North Korea, which are apparently chock-full of propaganda-y goodness. (In The Great General Mighty Wing, pictured righ...

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Jun 26 2009

Hiatus blues

Another manga creator is taking a break due to poor health: according to AnimeNewsNetwork, NANA author Ai Yazawa is putting her popular series (read our review of the movie adaptation here) on hol...

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Jun 25 2009

Janet Evanovich changes it up

After a whopping fourteen volumes, Janet Evanovich has decided to go with fancy new cover art. Behold:Cute, right? And a nice change from volumes one through fourteen, which all look more or less ...

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Jun 24 2009

New manga from S.A.'s Maki Minami

According to the AnimeNewsNetwork, there's a new manga coming out from Special A's Maki Minami. The series will be called Seiyū ka—!, and ANN describes its heroine thusly:"Hime Kino, a 15-year-old...

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Jun 24 2009

Dubious DIY

I'm just not sure about this upside-down bookshelf project:It looks kind of cool, sure, but how do you get the books (especially the ones on the ends) down? And, once they're down, how do you put ...

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Jun 23 2009

Ponyo in English

The English-language trailer for Hayao Miyazaki's latest film (the Little Mermaid retelling Ponyo) is finally up, and while they didn't quite sync up the voices and the mouths, it still looks pret...

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Jun 23 2009

Chicken With Plums, by Marjane Satrapi

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I do not enjoy tragic love stories. I rolled my eyes when Anna Karenina offed herself, I failed to sympathize with the plight of Newland Archer, and I spent most of The Great Gatsby wanting to kic...

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Jun 22 2009

Alice... from Hell!

USA Today has a bunch of exclusive images from Tim Burton's upcoming adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, but if this is the kind of thing we're going to be subjected to, I'm not sure I'm old enough...

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Jun 22 2009

Teenagers (heart) disaster lit?

The Wall Street Journal recently posted an essay about the brisk market for grim YA literature, wondering when the nation's teenagers became "connoisseurs of disaster". The author, Katie Roiphe, s...

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Jun 19 2009

Tone it down, son.

They've released a whole bunch of Harry Potter images on the British Warner Bros. site, and I am once again taken aback by young Daniel Radcliffe's ability to over-emote:See what I mean? His over...

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Jun 18 2009

Book nerd chic

Is it wrong that I really, really, really want to buy this?I mean, how many "conversation piece" furniture items are actually functional? Overstock is selling this library cart for $215.99. What d...

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Jun 18 2009

Jim Lynch speaks

Powell's Books (in Portland, OR) has just posted a great interview with Border Songs/The Highest Tide author Jim Lynch, who lives in my hometown of Olympia, WA. Pacific Northwest power! raises fist

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