Feb 25 2009

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

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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Feb 13 2009

Boys Before Flowers contest

If you're a K-drama fan with video-making skills, Dramabeans is having a Boys Before Flowers-themed giveaway. Submit your fan-made parody video for your chance to win one of three prizes.Good luck!

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Feb 12 2009

Heroes of the Valley, by Jonathan Stroud

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For my money, Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy was the best young adult fantasy series of the past decade. Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass was better than any individual book in Stro...

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Feb 12 2009

The Hunger Games sequel gets an update

There's fresh news about the sequel to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games. Previously, the book was listed under the name 12, and was scheduled to be released in early May. Unfortunately, that's a...

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Feb 12 2009

Them's fightin' words

The List Universe has made a list of the 10 Most Overrated Novels, and number one is Jane Austen's Emma, which they describe as "light summer reading for teenage girls". Emma is my least favorite...

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Feb 11 2009

Literary fundraising

The Shirley Jackson Awards, honoring outstanding work in the genres of psychological suspense, horror, and the "dark fantastic", is currently holding an online lottery to raise money for their awa...

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Feb 11 2009

Jane Austen + zombies = comedy gold?

Coming soon to a bookstore near you:Man... couldn't they have started off with a book that actually would have been improved with a few zombies? Like, say, Wuthering Heights? Just the thought of...

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Feb 10 2009

Woot! (Part III)

Seriously. Today is a very good day, guys.Last but not least: Wordcandy favorite Nodame Cantabile will resume, starting in the March 10th issue of the magazine Kiss. The series has been on a sever...

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Feb 10 2009

Woot! (Part II)

And the good news keeps coming! Viz Media has announced that they've picked up the new, as-yet-unnamed Rumiko Takahashi title (as expected), AND they've licensed Boys Over Flowers: Jewelry Box, a ...

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Feb 10 2009

Woot! (Part I)

It is a day of wondrous anime- and manga-related news, dear readers. At its New York Comic Con panel, North American publisher Yen Press announced on Saturday that it has picked up the license for...

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Feb 9 2009

'Bloom County' fans rejoice

Thanks to the fine people at IDW Publishing, fans of the classic comic strip Bloom County are about to have a dream realized: a high-quality, five-volume-long collection of nearly two years' worth...

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Feb 9 2009

TV vampires strike again

GYAH! The CW has given the green light to a pilot of one of our favorite teen-girl vampire series from the mid-90s, L.J. Smith's slightly-hokey-but-still-delightful Vampire Diaries!Sadly, the pilo...

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Feb 6 2009

Reading between the lines

Publishers Weekly has posted a list of the winners of the 2009 "Off the Cuff" awards, and it's worth taking a gander at--for the publishing gossip, if nothing else. (Blueberries for Sal went out o...

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Feb 6 2009

The critics (heart) Coraline, but I have my doubts.

Lots of good reviews coming out about the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, due out in theaters today. But what's with this new character, "Wybie"? I hate it when they stick in complete...

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Feb 5 2009

Two upcoming King Lear movies?

Ugh. Just what the world needs.According to Cinematical, the first adaptation will star Anthony Hopkins, Keira Knightley, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, and the second one is a "brilliant adap...

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Feb 5 2009

New work from Rumiko Takahashi!

AnimeNewsNetwork has posted a news item from Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday manga magazine. According to the post, it was announced on Wednesday that manga goddess Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Ma...

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Feb 4 2009

Tokyopop cancellations (yet again)

There's more news (confusing news, but news nonetheless) on which series the distressed manga publisher Tokyopop has actually cancelled, and which series they've only delayed. Sadly, as far as I c...

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