Apr 7 2009

Book sculpture

I'm torn, dear readers. Normally, I hate it when people destroy books (even really bad books), but I have to admit this hand-folded Cone Book Sculpture looks kind of cool. Hard to dust and, at $...

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Apr 7 2009

The World Without Us... the movie?

Huh. According to THR.com, Fox Pictures has acquired the film rights to Alan Weisman's The World Without Us. They plan to transform the bestselling nonfiction title into "a fictional feature [film...

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Apr 6 2009

Michael Crichton books on the way

The AP Wire is reporting that readers can expect two more novels from the late Michael Crichton, who died of cancer last year at age 66. HarperCollins will release Pirate Latitudes, an adventure s...

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Apr 6 2009

Georgette Heyer smackdown

Okay, one last piece of Heyer coverage and we're done (...for awhile). I went to the bookstore last night, and what to my wondering eyes did appear but TWO new Heyer releases—one from Sourcebooks...

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Apr 3 2009

Oooh, delicious cheese...

Check out this promo for Harper's Island. This upcoming CBS "mystery event" is loosely based on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None:Heh. At first I thought it was so cheesy it must be fan-m...

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Apr 2 2009

Contest follow up

We just sent out notices to the winners of our Georgette Heyer Giveaway, so if you entered that contest, please check your e-mail.As always, we'd like to send our sincere thanks out to both Source...

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Apr 2 2009

Have they failed to notice that we are collectively broke?

Brace yourselves, fantasy fans, because the fine people at Tor Books have decided to split the late Robert Jordan's final work into three pieces.The three releases combined make up A Memory of Lig...

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Apr 1 2009

A teeny-tiny vampire on the loose

Have you guys been following the adventures of Pocket Edward?Best thing to come out of the Twilight fandom yet.

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Apr 1 2009

This not an April Fools' joke.

...but it might as well be:Some lucky Slashfood writer picked this charming 1974 cookbook up at a New Jersey booksale, and I am so jealous.

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Mar 31 2009

Spanking Shakespeare, by Jake Wizner

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Jake Wizner’s debut novel Spanking Shakespeare is the literary equivalent of a Woody Allen movie directed by Judd Apatow: five times as self-centered, sex-obsessed, and painfully neurotic as it is...

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Mar 31 2009

The Scarlet Letter goes high school

Frankly, the story has always struck me as being fairly juvenile, so this seems like a pretty good fit.Variety is reporting that Will Gluck is directing a film called Easy A, a "modern, high schoo...

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Mar 30 2009

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, the first book in her Mortal Instruments trilogy, has a lot going for it: the twists and turns of the plot make sense, the dialogue is lively, and—unlike so many...

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Mar 30 2009

Borders no more?

There's been a fair amount of depressing-sounding Borders news floating around lately (not to mention the obvious shutting down/downsizing of its CD and DVD divisions), and it sounds like we might...

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Mar 28 2009

Behold, Here's Poison, by Georgette Heyer

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Behold, Here’s Poison features one the most creative weapons in murder-mystery history, and is my favorite of the three Heyer novels we’ve reviewed in the past week. Why Shoot a Butler? and...

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Mar 27 2009

Georgette Heyer resources

We're wrapping up our week of Georgette Heyer coverage (although our Heyer giveaway runs through Tuesday), so we thought we'd close with a list of additional references. If you'd like to know mor...

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Mar 27 2009

Wordcandy odds and ends...

They've cast the three main characters of the upcoming CW adaptation of L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries.The anime adaptation of Skip Beat is winding down. People always want another season of popular...

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Mar 26 2009

Wordcandy chats with the Sourcebooks graphic designer!

As longtime readers of the site know, we care (maybe more than we should) about cover art. It's all very well to say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover... but, hello, there are a lot of books...

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Mar 25 2009
Mar 25 2009

Georgette Heyer's film adaptations

The question of “Why hasn’t there been a Georgette Heyer television adaptation?” is one of the great Wordcandy conundrums, right up there with “How can anybody read the Twilight books without want...

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Mar 24 2009

Why Shoot a Butler?, by Georgette Heyer

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Why Shoot a Butler? is perhaps Georgette Heyer’s most conventional detective story. Her murder weapons are unremarkable, her plot centers around a missing will, and her sleuth displays a lev...

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Mar 24 2009

Georgette Heyer: Author Bio

Wordcandy favorite Georgette Heyer was born in 1902, and wrote her first novel at age 17. While she is best remembered as a writer of Regency-era romances, Heyer also penned several earlier period...

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Mar 24 2009

Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, by Carolyn Turgeon

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Carolyn Turgeon’s Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, is an elegantly melancholy retelling of the classic fairytale. The novel focuses on Lil, a desperately unhappy old woman with a secret: sh...

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Mar 23 2009

The Unfinished Clue, by Georgette Heyer

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While Georgette Heyer is best remembered for her Regency romances, she also wrote a handful of superb detective stories. These mid-twentieth century British mysteries amply display Heyer’s g...

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Mar 23 2009

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: the movie

We have some non-Heyer-related news to cover this week, too, like the release of the Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs movie trailer:Huh. Looks nothing like the book I remember, apart from a coup...

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Mar 20 2009

Rick Steves goes hardcore.

Heh. Okay, not really.Anyway, Salon has a fascinating interview up with the travel writer, who shares his feelings on Iran, ugly American stereotypes, and the decriminalization of marijuana. It ma...

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Mar 20 2009

Black Lagoon: Vol. 1, by Rei Hiroe

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As frequent readers of the site know, I have been sick with the Cold from Hell for days, and I spent most of that time reading. I read well-written books, thoughtful books, uplifting books... and ...

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Mar 19 2009

The Princess and the Unicorn, by Carol Hughes

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If you think the pink-and-gold cover art for Carol Hughes’s The Princess and the Unicorn is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, chances are good you will really like the book...

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Mar 19 2009

The Sisters Grimm

So, if you swing by Michael Buckley's site, you can read an excerpt from The Everafter War, the upcoming seventh book in his Sisters Grimm series. But be warned: there's just enough there to tanta...

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Mar 18 2009

'Where the Wild Things Are' poster arrives...

...and it's beautiful.I don't know why I feel so hopeful about this movie (and God knows I've been let down by good promotional materials before), but something about the handful of images I've se...

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Mar 18 2009

At last!

Yen Press has announced the release dates for the next three(!!!) volumes of Yotsuba&!: volume six comes out in September, volume seven in December, and volume eight in April of next year! Of cour...

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