May 26 2009

Illegal, by Paul Levine

In the first three pages of Paul Levine’s Illegal, disgraced trial lawyer Jimmy Payne bribes a judge, (literally) loses his shirt, and ends up with a gun in his face... and the pace of the book ju...

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May 24 2009

Vision in White, by Nora Roberts

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As everyone who reads the Wordcandy blog knows, we have serious problems with the price of Nora Roberts’s latest book, Vision in White. What could possibly justify charging sixteen dollars f...

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May 22 2009

New clips from the upcoming 'Vampire Diaries' adaptation

I'm not sure what made me giggle more, the show's overall quality or that dude's eyebrows:But on the up side--the way, way up side--nobody appears to sparkle.

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May 22 2009

A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy, by Charlotte Greig

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Charlotte Greig’s thoughtful, beautifully-written debut novel A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy hovers somewhere between the general fiction and YA shelves: the story’s heroine is very—...

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May 21 2009

Beach reads on a budget

Frugal (and environmentally conscious) Wordcandy readers might want to check out PaperbackSwap.com, an online service that allows readers to earn credits by sending their used paperbacks to fellow...

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May 20 2009

Free book-based movies GALORE

Those of you with kids (or those of you who ARE kids) might want to check out the Free Family Film Festival at various Regal Cinemas locations around the US this summer. Over nine weeks between J...

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May 20 2009

Sherlock Holmes, uncensored(?)

Ooooh, the trailer for the Sherlock Holmes movie is out: ...it looks a bit like "Iron Man In a Cravat", but that's okay, right?

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May 19 2009

Foldable-e-readers: gimmicky or cool?

I was reading an Unplggd post about the Readius e-reader, an upcoming e-reader with a newfangled roll-up display. Behold:I don't know anything about these machines (no info on price, etc.), but th...

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May 19 2009

Pride and Prejudice (Marvel Comic), by Jane Austen

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Well, I just got the second issue of Marvel's Pride and Prejudice comic book, and I think it's even worse than the first one. I'm not sure where to start with my complaints, so I'll just type 'em up as they come to me...

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May 18 2009

At long last...

... the Achewood shop is back open, so if you've been panting to buy a copy of The Great Outdoor Fight of your very own, now's your chance!

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May 18 2009

Charlaine Harris stuff on the cheap

Charlaine Harris fans take note: the True Blood: Season One DVD comes out this week, and Target is running a promotion where if you buy the DVD (which they're selling for $34.99, but I have no ide...

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May 15 2009

Whoa.

I'm no fan of book desecration, but this is amazing:It seems to be part of a series of promotional images for a bookstore in the Czech Republic. I'm not sure how it's made, or even if it's a real ...

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May 15 2009

Holy moly.

Chuck Bass is going to play Heathcliff?!?Bwahahaha!

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May 14 2009

Mystery solved

Speaking of movies, I've been wondering how Hollywood is going to turn Malcolm Gladwell's nonfiction bestseller Blink into a movie, and now I know: they're going to ignore 99% of their source mate...

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May 14 2009

Philip K. Dick heads to the big screen... yet again.

According to TheHollywoodReporter, the next Philip K. Dick novel to score a film adaptation will be his 1974 novel Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. I've never read this book, but the article inc...

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May 13 2009

Midnight Secretary sequel in the works

AnimeNewsNetwork is reporting that Tomu Ohmi is planning a one-shot follow-up to her hugely popular Midnight Secretary* manga, which ended this month. This 36-page story, entitled "Midnight Butle...

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May 13 2009

New York manga fans take note!

In a bit of totally random news, the New York City Macy's store is having a Fruits Basket event. According to the press release:Fruits Basket, the world's # 1 shojo manga, is coming to Macys! [Th...

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May 12 2009

The Princess and the Frog

Trailer's up for the new Disney movie, fairytale fans:

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May 12 2009

The wit and wisdom of Mary Bennet

Amanda Grange, author of the novel Mr. Darcy's Diary, pictured at right (not to be confused with this Mr. Darcy's Diary), has written a delightful collection of diary entries featuring Miss Mary B...

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May 11 2009

Books at work

Home decor blog Apartment Therapy has featured a lot of book-related pictures, links, and ideas lately. There's a post on making floating bookshelves that won't damage your books, an image of a bo...

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May 11 2009

Keanu Reeves as Dr. Jekyll?

...dude.Not content with ruining my beloved Cowboy Bebop, ComingSoon.net is reporting that Keanu Reeves will be bringing his uniquely wooden charm to an upcoming film adaptation of Robert Louis St...

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May 8 2009

Class act

In a truly classy gesture*, Jean Schulz (wife of the late Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts) has donated one million dollars towards renovating Sullivant Hall, the future home of the Cartoon Libr...

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May 8 2009

Recycling: Jane Austen edition

Oooh, forum posters at the Republic of Pemberley have dug up several photos of the upcoming film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. I don't understand why they cast Johnny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightl...

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May 7 2009

Fellow pop science geeks take note!

Oooooh, paleontologist Peter Ward (author of the awesome non-fiction book Out of Thin Air) is going to be appearing at the Burnside Powell's in Portland, Oregon next Monday. He's talking about hi...

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May 7 2009

New look for Jennifer Crusie

Wordcandy favorite Jennifer Crusie has changed her website, going for a vaguely circus-inspired, vintage-y vibe (rather like a less-scantily-clad Britney Spears, actually), and I think it looks pr...

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May 6 2009

England gets with the times

At long last, Britain has chosen a woman as its poet laureate: the Scottish-born, openly gay poet Carol Ann Duffy will be the first female to hold the post since it was created in 1668. Duffy wil...

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May 6 2009

Central Park Media folds

Anime producer and manga/manhwa publisher CPM filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last week—the kind of bankruptcy where the company will be liquidated. On one hand, any publisher shutting down is sad ...

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May 5 2009

The Two-Income Trap, by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi

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I first heard Elizabeth Warren speak in 2003 during an interview with Michele Norris on NPR’s All Things Considered. Warren appeared on the show to discuss The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class...

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May 5 2009

More True Blood fun...

Well, last week we saw a clip, but here's a more, uh, "stylized" look at the upcoming second season of HBO's True Blood.Urgh. It looks like a bad play, with really low-budget sets. Or maybe an int...

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May 5 2009

Required Reading

I was reading an article in my Sunday paper about Las Vegas's dwindling water supply (apparently, water could fall below the existing pipe to Lake Mead by 2012, thereby cutting off 40 percent of t...

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