Mar 9 2009

Time magazine can bite me.

I've been reading a lot about the new Watchmen movie adaptation, and nearly every article I've seen mentions that the Alan Moore-penned graphic novel it was based on was included on Time's List of...

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Mar 6 2009

Jane Austen Ruined My Life, by Beth Pattillo

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Beth Pattillo’s Jane Austen Ruined My Life is the latest (and one of the more interesting) examples of the many, many novels inspired by Jane Austen’s life and work. Recently divorced American co...

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Mar 6 2009

Want to read a free chapter of Daniel Gross's Dumb Money?

Anyone interested in seeing the first chapter of Slate and NPR commentator Daniel Gross's new e-book Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation should send an e-mail to: du...

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Mar 5 2009

Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, by Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth

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Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son is Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth’s comic book adaptation of the 2005 novel of the same name by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson, which is in turn a modern-d...

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Mar 5 2009

New Absolute Witch

Huh. How did we miss the second part of Absolute Witch chapter seven? I mean, it's been out since December, and I even helped with the quality check. Seriously, how absent-minded can I be?Anyway, ...

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Mar 4 2009

Public Enemies

Trailer's up for Public Enemies, Michael Mann's upcoming movie adaptation of Bryan Burrough's nonfiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34:Looks ...

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Mar 4 2009

Pride and Prejudice comic book adaptation sneak peek!

Marvel's posted the first five pages, and, in a word, HOLY MOLY.I'm sorry to say this, but Mrs. Bennet looks like a drag queen and the five sisters look like the Pussycat Dolls. They did so well ...

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Mar 3 2009

Nutcase, by Charlotte Hughes

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We were pleasantly surprised by What Looks Like Crazy, the first book in Charlotte Hughes’s Dr. Kate Holly series. Our previous experience with Hughes was limited to the mediocre Full House...

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Mar 3 2009

Tales from Outer Suburbia, by Shaun Tan

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It's difficult to maintain an genuinely dreamlike atmosphere over 90+ pages, but Australian graphic novelist Shaun Tan's Tales from Outer Suburbia manages it... or very nearly. One or two of his...

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Mar 3 2009

Gimme Shelter, by Mary Elizabeth Williams

If, like me, you can't get enough of burst-housing-bubble news, Salon is currently featuring an excerpt from Mary Elizabeth Williams's Gimme Shelter. Williams, a freelance journalist, takes her re...

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Mar 2 2009

Book storage with style

I just got the Chiasso catalog, which featured several covetable bookends. I particularly liked these:Bendit Bookends ($28 for a set of two)Hand Bookends ($38)Pretty, huh? I think I like the hand...

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Mar 2 2009

Kleypas news

There's a title and release date out for the next book in Lisa Kleypas's Hathaways series: according to Amazon, Tempt Me at Twilight will be out on September 29th. We're still waiting on the cove...

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Feb 27 2009

Tom Becker

Tom Becker is a British fantasy author. Darkside, his debut novel, is both the first installment in a projected series and one of our Featured Book titles.Note: We feel a strong sense of kinship ...

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Feb 27 2009

The mind boggles

I cannot BELIEVE they're going to do this, but The Hollywood Reporter assures me it's true:Hollywood is looking to remake The NeverEnding Story.Scarier still, the article linked above suggests tha...

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Feb 26 2009

Sticking with what works

Variety is reporting that Juno's Diablo Cody will be producing an adaptation of S.G. Browne's upcoming novel Breathers: A Zombie's Lament. That's a fun cover, and I respect Cody's commitment to th...

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Feb 26 2009

Pinching pennies

Judith Levine, author of the Wordcandy-approved (albeit with reservations) nonfiction book Not Buying It, posted an essay in Salon on Tuesday about the questionable virtue of thrift. I'm not sure ...

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Feb 25 2009

The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way, by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim

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Despite being a glorified advertisement for Ugly Dolls, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim's The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way actually boasts some pretty sound advice. Th...

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Feb 25 2009

A little look-see

I didn't watch the Oscars, but apparently they featured a bunch of clips of upcoming movies during the ending credits, including some first-glimpse looks at several Wordcandy-friendly movies:

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Feb 24 2009

Fat (and lazy) Tuesday

In honor of Mardi Gras, we'll be taking the day off from book blogging and stuffing ourselves with donuts instead. See y'all tomorrow, okay?

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Feb 23 2009

There and back again

TV and movies are constantly looking to comic books for inspiration, and now the ABC Family show The Middleman is returning to its roots. The show was originally scheduled for a 13-episode run, bu...

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Feb 23 2009

Spoiled

MTV's Spoilers has some never-before-seen material and news up from both Watchmen and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, for those of us who don't believe in delayed gratification.

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Feb 20 2009

Life of Pi, the movie

According to Variety, Ang Lee is in talks to direct Life of Pi, an adaptation of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. The book, which I have not read, is described as the story of "a...

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Feb 20 2009

TV vs. Books: score one for TV!

I'm sorry, but the television version of Gossip Girl is so very, very much better than the books:If only I spoke Polish....P.S. There's another one, but it's about Dan and that teacher, so who cares?

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Feb 19 2009

Literary hipster bargains

I was in Urban Outfitters earlier this week, and it was positively bursting with bargain-book goodness. There were piles of those Hard Case paperbacks for $1.99, fun-looking kids' books for around...

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Feb 19 2009

Downward Spiral, Part II

NPR's All Things Considered mentioned the Austen + Predator story, too. I particularly enjoyed their audio editing job, which combined samples from the 1995 TV version of Pride and Prejudice with...

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Feb 18 2009

Downward Spiral

Please, movie gods, tell me this is a joke:Elton John's Rocket Pictures hopes to make the first Jane Austen adaptation to which men will drag their girlfriends.Will Clark is set to direct "Pride a...

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Feb 18 2009

Larry Doyle book to hit the big screen

The trailer's up for the movie adaptation of I Love You, Beth Cooper, and it looks, well, totally painful:I couldn't really get past the opening scene, where the main character (a high school seni...

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Feb 17 2009

Dan Simmons news

The Denver Decider* has posted a great interview with Wordcandy favorite Dan Simmons. In addition to being chatty and charming and generally awesome, Mr. Simmons mentions in passing that director ...

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Feb 17 2009

Watchmen: the game

I'm not totally clear why the expectations for the upcoming adaptation of Alan Moore's Watchmen are so high (I mean, it's not like he's had good luck with film adaptations in the past), but I'm re...

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Feb 13 2009

The Maltese Falcon: a prequel

I'm torn on this one--is a prequel to The Maltese Falcon (even one with a great cover, written by Edgar Award-winner Joe Gores) a brilliant idea, or sign of the apocalypse?Oh, well. At least it m...

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