Jan 22 2009

Kitchen Princess, by Miyuki Kobayashi

I've finally gotten around to reading the first few volumes of Miyuki Kobayashi and Natsumi Ando's manga Kitchen Princess, winner of the Kodansha Manga Award for children's manga in 2006.

Kitchen Princess is the story of Najika Kazami, the orphaned daughter of two world-class pastry chefs....

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Jan 21 2009

Any (moderately) rich Austen fans out there?

Behold, a "steampunk Jane Austen" necklace, on sale at etsy for $49.99:The necklace is made of a vintage pocket watch, with a resin-coated picture of Jane Austen and vintage pearl and rhinestone d...

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Jan 21 2009

Birthday gifts

Today's my birthday, and I feel like the universe is totally celebrating it. All kinds of Julia-approved stuff seems to be coming out this week--a brand-spanking-new president, confirmed(!!!) news...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part II

Publishers have plenty of (unsolicited, but cute!) advice for Barack Obama, too:McSweeney's has published Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids' Letters to President Obama. This title, whi...

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Jan 20 2009

Inauguration Day Reading, Part I

Can't get enough inauguration news?Check out Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady. This book of poetry, advice, and letters to the brand-spanking-new First Lady (...

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Jan 16 2009

So wrong...

Behold! A new (to me, at least) Edward Gorey-illustrated book: the cheerfully inappropriate-looking 1965 faux etiquette guide The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing To Say on Every Dubious ...

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Jan 16 2009

Perfumania

Ooh, a smackdown!The people at fashion house Nina Ricci are suing whoever's in charge of that Twilight-themed perfume, 'cause apparently the apple-shaped bottle is a total rip-off of one of their ...

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Jan 15 2009

But will there be snacks?

Award-winning cookbook writer Mark Bittman, author of the bestselling books How to Cook Everything and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, is going to be visiting Powell's Books in Portland tonight...

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Jan 15 2009

Meg Cabot gives back

In an extremely classy move, Meg Cabot is celebrating the release of her last Princess Diaries book (Forever Princess) with an online benefit auction for the New York Library's Young Adult Program...

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Jan 14 2009

Kiss Me Kill Me, by Lauren Henderson

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While a discouraging number of C-grade Gossip Girl rip-offs cross our desks here at Wordcandy HQ, once in a while we encounter a story about rich teenagers behaving badly that stands out from the ...

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Jan 14 2009

So pretty...

We got an e-mail from Sourcebooks yesterday, letting us know the cover art for Georgette Heyer's The Unfinished Clue featured in our 2009 Preview is actually out of date. They've chosen new cover...

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Jan 13 2009

Contest news for action/suspense fans!

Stephen J. Cannell fans take note: in honor of Mr. Cannell's new book On the Grind, his website is running a contest with some truly excellent prizes, including a Garmin Nuvi 760 GPS, autographed ...

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Jan 13 2009

Cyberspace shindig

Bestselling YA author Sarah Mlynowski is kicking off the publicity for her latest book in the Magic in Manhattan series (the just-released Parties and Potions) with a virtual book party. The event...

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Jan 12 2009

Evil Ways, by Justin Gustainis

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I really enjoyed Black Magic Woman, the first book in Justin Gustainis’s Morris and Chastain Investigations series. I liked his just-released sequel, Evil Ways, too... but with considerably more r...

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Jan 12 2009

2009: A Preview

Last week we talked about our favorite book-related things of 2008; this week we’re listing the stuff we’re most looking forward to in 2009:Georgette Heyer's mysteries:Starting in March, we’ll be ...

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Jan 11 2009

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, and producer, and is frequently referred to as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. He is best remembered as the creator of Astro Boy and Ki...

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Jan 11 2009

Black Jack: Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka

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An English translation of Osamu Tezuka’s award-winning manga Black Jack is available again, thanks to the fine people at VIZ Media. The first two volumes of this enjoyably bizarre medical dr...

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Jan 9 2009

Maybe in a public library?

Another tidbit via AustenBlog:The Telegraph is reporting that the oil painting of Colin Firth-as-Mr. Darcy (the one Elizabeth stares up at in fourth episode of the 1995 miniseries's version of Pem...

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Jan 9 2009

Marvel Illustrated

I was reading a post on AustenBlog about an upcoming Marvel Illustrated adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (not sure how I feel about that), and decided to check out their current offerings, which ...

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Jan 8 2009

The Mightiest Motion Picture of Them All!

Uh... it was? Really?Apparently:Well, Disney seems confident enough in the appeal of Jules Verne's classic characters to fast-track the development of a new movie, despite these uncertain economic...

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Jan 8 2009

Near-sickening cuteness

Powell's Books is currently featuring the paperback book Sukie Iron-Ons in their New Favorites section, which means you can pick it up for 30% off of the cover price of $12.95. Sukie is a British ...

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Jan 7 2009

Thank you, fan-subbing gods

I asked, and whatever kind, generous, hardworking people are working on this series totally delivered! (I'd refer to the subbing group by name, but I'm not sure who they are yet.) The earliest fan...

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Jan 7 2009

Looking forward to the subs...

Dramabeans has posted her recaps of the first and second episodes of Boys Before Flowers (the Korean version of Hana Yori Dango), and her opinion seems generally positive--the show has its fair sh...

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Jan 6 2009

Sounds like 30 Days of Night: II

Myriad Pictures and comic book publisher Studio 407 are joining forces to produce a feature film version of the indie comic book miniseries The Night Projectionist. The story takes place on Hallow...

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Jan 6 2009

Alas.

Ed Chavez of Manga Cast has updated his list of cancelled manga, and there are distressing number of really great titles on it.

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Jan 5 2009

$5 says it smells like a Jolly Rancher.

Admittedly, it says it's "a delicious lavender and freesia scented perfume", but I have my doubts. I'd find out, but it costs a whopping forty-eight dollars, which seems like a lot for a scent aim...

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Jan 5 2009

2008: Wordcandy's Year in Review

2008 was, in many ways, a serious bummer for the book world. A lot of industry jobs were lost, some great authors died, and the projections for 2009 are not encouraging. But some good stuff happen...

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Dec 31 2008

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year's Eve, guys! The Wordcandy staff will be back on Monday with a full week's worth of reviews, book news, and new contest information. In the meantime, have fun, be careful, and don...

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Dec 30 2008

Catherine Jinks changes it up a little.

Catherine Jinks (Evil Genius, Genius Squad) is offering readers a fresh take on teen vampire literature, and I for one am super excited about it. The Reformed Vampire Support Group is due out in ...

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Dec 30 2008

The price is right

Readers with a high tolerance for reading stuff online can currently read Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries in its entirety for free on the HarperCollins website.

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