Aug 12 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan

A word of warning before we begin: on the Depression Scale, Carrie Ryan's debut novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth ranks somewhere between Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and Schopenhauer...

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Aug 12 2009

My wallet would cry.

Annnnd speaking of short roads to poverty, I was recently tempted by these little baubles from Tarina Tarantino's Queen Alice collection:Adorable, no? The combination of Tenniel's art and sparkly ...

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Aug 11 2009

By Invitation Only, by Jodi Della Femina and Sheri McInnis

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By Invitation Only is a breezy romantic comedy co-written by Jodi Della Femina and Sheri McInnis, two authors with solid beach-reading street cred: Femina is the autho...

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Aug 11 2009

Poverty, here I come.

Speaking of things that make my world a better place, I have long been excited about the upcoming complete collection of Berkeley Breathed's Bloom County strips. Behold:But what's with this "Volum...

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Aug 10 2009

So. Awesome.

Once again, Penguin's Deluxe Editions make my world a better place, and this time even The New York Times has noticed. Aren't these new covers from artist Ruben Toledo adorable? Nothing's gonna co...

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Aug 7 2009

Alyzon Whitestarr, by Isobelle Carmody

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The title of Isobelle Carmody's book Alyzon Whitestarr sounds like an eighties hair band, the cover model looks like Gossip Girl's Little J in a bad Goth wig, and the ...

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Aug 6 2009

Grr...

GYAH. Dramabeans says they're making a K-drama out of Itazura Na Kiss!!!Why this series? WHY?!? It's already been adapted into two enormously popular Taiwanese dramas and a Japanese anime, but non...

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Aug 5 2009

The Unit, by Ninni Holmqvist

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The Unit, the debut novel by Swedish author Ninni Holmqvist, is neither fish nor fowl nor good Swedish surströmming. It's half dystopian horror story and half mid-life...

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Aug 5 2009

All kinds of disgusting

Speaking of Salon.com, they just posted another bookgeek-friendly interview, this one with Everything Sucks: Losing My Mind and Finding Myself in a High School Quest for Cool author Hannah Friedma...

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Aug 4 2009

Laura Ingalls Wilder's name-taking, butt-kicking spawn

Salon.com has an article up about Rose Wilder Lane, the oldest daughter of beloved children's writer Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Salon piece draws on both an upcoming book by Wendy McClure about the...

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Aug 4 2009

Reason number #327 I want to go to Beijing...

...would be this bookstore.Sadly, I suspect I'm a mite too tall to fit in. Also, I don't speak Chinese. Oh, and I'm 30 years old. But I'd still go.

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Aug 3 2009

The Sweet Life of Stella Madison, by Lara M. Zeises

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Stella Madison, the 17-year-old heroine of Lara M. Zeises's The Sweet Life of Stella Madison, has her hands full: her boyfriend has just professed his love, her long-s...

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Aug 3 2009

It strikes again...

Horrors! Another publisher has fallen prey to The Curse of the Georgette Heyer Back Cover Blurb, as Ace and Harlequin and Arrow have done before it! Here's what's written on the back cover of the ...

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Jul 31 2009

Break out the cake!

...because The Writer's Almanac informs me it's J.K. Rowling's birthday.Hey, any excuse for cake, right?

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Jul 30 2009

Kind of a stretch...

...but, hey, we love The Yellow Submarine, so we felt a need to do this shout-out. Heinz Edelmann, the art director for the incredibly distinctive 1968 Beatles film The Yellow Submarine, died last...

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Jul 30 2009

Not for the young'uns

I didn't realize this was coming out so soon...

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Jul 29 2009

Laughing it up in the Middle East

Charlize Theron has acquired the screen rights to Christopher Buckley's satirical novel Florence of Arabia, which is apparently about "a State Dept. employee (to be played by Theron) who, after wa...

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Jul 29 2009

Onwards and upwards

Annnd our contest page is UP!

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Jul 28 2009

Drink like a vampire

True Blood geeks better start digging through their couch cushions, because HBO has bottles of Tru-Blood available for pre-order, and they cost a whopping $4 apiece. Also, this is a "uniquely carb...

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Jul 28 2009

Dial Emmy for Murder, by Eileen Davidson

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Dial Emmy for Murder might not have the genre-hopping appeal of, say, a Janet Evanovich novel, but it's a perfectly respectable mystery with an amusing hook and an app...

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Jul 27 2009

Vintage books are the new neckties.

The latest J.Crew catalog recently showed up in my mailbox, and it has a literary theme! The shoot was called "East of Eden", and the models were photographed reading (er... "reading") vintage boo...

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Jul 27 2009

Beach Reading Giveaway

The Wordcandy staff is happy to announce that we are embarking on another contest (our most extensive to date!) and we're posting it here on the blog a full day early, giving our blog readers a 24...

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Jul 23 2009

Charmingly unique, or just ridiculous?

Eh, flip a coin, right?AustenBlog has just posted a review of a book called Prawn and Prejudice, and they seem to really like it... although I'd read it based on the title alone. I might be bored ...

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Jul 23 2009

Is it wrong...

...that I totally want these little cigarette-box books, even though I've never smoked and I don't like these particular titles? Proof, once again, that weirdly-sized things placed out of context...

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Jul 22 2009

Want to see the Alice in Wonderland teaser trailer a day early?

I'm not sure it's worth signing up for Facebook just to see a teaser trailer one day before the rest of us, but hardcore Alice fanatics with Facebook pages might want to check this out: MTV is rep...

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Jul 22 2009

Anime for the masses

Even more Wordcandy-on-the-cheap goodness! I just got a VIZ press release informing me that the first 32 episode of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha are now available on Hulu, which means they are FREE...

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Jul 21 2009

Free stuff all over the place

The Sugar Network is currently running two book-focused contests: a Kindle giveaway and a "Battle of the Books" game with $100 daily (and $1000 monthly) prizes. Good luck to those who enter!

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Jul 21 2009

Jane Austen: now with 100% more tentacles

I'm still not thrilled by the [Jane Austen novel] + [random monster] formula, but I have to give Quirk Classics credit: this is the best-quality book trailer I've ever seen.Seriously, choose a d...

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Jul 20 2009

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote her first novel as a teenager, and she’s written five others since, including the Wordcandy Featured Book pick Fate, Tattoo, and the 'Killer Squad' series. Her far-fetc...

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Jul 20 2009

Fate, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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YA author Jennifer Lynn Barnes has quite the talent for creating unlikely heroes. Her The Squad series features cheerleader secret agents, while 2007’s Tattoo and its recently released...

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