Mar 19 2019

Big plans

(First, let me note that I love this cover art.) It's 2019, which marks the 200th birthday of author George Eliot, and there are going to be a number of events held in her honor...

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Mar 18 2019

The Beast's Heart, by Leife Shallcross

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There are some classic stories that just don't lend themselves to PC updates, and “Beauty and the Beast” is one of them. In her book The Beast's Heart, author Leife Shallcross does her best to minimize the fairytale's inherent problems, but there are too many to fully overcome...

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Mar 18 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Beast's Heart, by Leife Shallcross

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Leife Shallcross's The Beast's Heart, the first of two Beauty and the Beast-themed reviews we're planning on over the next couple weeks. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Mar 15 2019

Clever

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Food52 just posted a list of "8 Clever Ways to Store Books if You're Short on Space". I can't get behind some of their ideas (don't store heavy stuff above your bed, people!), I love the idea of lining a hallway with bookshelves...

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Mar 14 2019

A stand-in wouldn't cut it

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A decade ago, we reviewed Simon Mawer's The Glass Room. It was the kind of book that sticks with you, so I was excited to learn that the upcoming Czech movie adaptation was filmed in the actual house that...

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Mar 13 2019

Free and easy (for me, anyway)

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According to The Verge, Netflix has acquired the streaming rights for The Wandering Earth, China’s first science fiction blockbuster, which was based on a story by Hugo-award-winning author Cixin Liu...

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Mar 12 2019

YAY

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THE FIRST TRAILER IS OUT FOR THE ROOK!!! It isn't exactly what I was picturing, but I totally don't care: I've been waiting to see this for years, and...

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Mar 12 2019

Binti: The Complete Trilogy, by Nnedi Okorafor

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If the plot of Nnedi Okorafor's Binti was as impressive as her world-building and character design, her book would be an instant sci-fi classic. Sadly, the plot is by far the weakest element of this story—although Okorafor has clearly established herself as an author to watch...

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Mar 11 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Binti: The Complete Trilogy, a flawed but impressively imaginative fantasy/sci-fi by Nnedi Okorafor. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Mar 7 2019

There are worse ideas

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Vogue just posted an article titled "What Jane Austen Can Teach Us about Wellness", centered around Bryan Kozlowski's upcoming book The Jane Austen Diet. (Spoiler: go for a lot of walks.) I'm deeply suspicious...

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Mar 6 2019

Awkward!

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Wow, this guy sounds like he is an extremely messy human being: Ian Parker recently posted an in-depth investigation into the public persona of Dan Mallory, who, under the name A. J. Finn, wrote the best-selling thriller The Woman in the Window...

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Mar 5 2019

I'll even consider shelling out for HBO

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How did I miss this? HBO is working on a Perry Mason miniseries, and it will apparently star The Americans' Matthew Rhys in the title role. The show is being produced by Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan Downey, and...

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Mar 5 2019

Respectable move, Netflix

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According to The Mary Sue, Netflix has ordered a ten-episode adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club, and put it in the capable hands of Rachel Shukert, the showrunner of G.L.O.W....

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Mar 4 2019

Slayer, by Kiersten White

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In my recent review of the BOOM Comics Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, I wondered if the Buffy-centric storytelling well had finally run dry. Bestselling author Kiersten White's new spinoff novel Slayer proves that there is still some life in this 'verse...

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Mar 4 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Slayer, by Kiersten White

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Kiersten White's Slayer, a book that I enjoyed far, far more than I expected to, considering the quality of recent Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed output. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Feb 28 2019

Sign me up

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And in our third and final bit of page-to-screen news this week, here's the only one of the bunch I'm genuinely excited to see: The Changeover, a deeply creepy-looking adaptation of an award-winning YA fantasy novel...

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Feb 27 2019

Meeeeeehhhh

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And speaking of unnecessary movies, here's the trailer for Tolkien. Notice how when he talks about all the things his stories are about, the one thing...

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Feb 26 2019

What a charmer

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Wow: those of us who read Phyllis Rose's Parallel Lives already knew that Charles Dickens was a total asshole to his wife Catherine, but a recent discovery indicates that he was even worse than previously supposed...

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Feb 26 2019

Not the target audience, I guess

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Apparently, the first trailer for the upcoming Hellboy reboot went over so badly they're cutting another one, and comic creator Mike Mignola says it's "so much better". I watched the first trailer, and while it doesn't seem...

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Feb 25 2019

Young Men in Spats, by P.G. Wodehouse

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The last book I reviewed left me convinced we're all about to die, so this week I wanted something soothing—and soothing, for me, usually means P.G. Wodehouse. I picked up a copy of Young Men in Spats, a collection of Drones Club, Mulliner, and Uncle Fred short stories, and, while definitely not the author's most impressive work, it did its anxiety-reducing job...

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Feb 25 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Young Men in Spats, by P.G. Wodehouse

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After our latest Book Giveaway, I decided to balance things out with little P.G. Wodehouse: our current book on offer is his short story collection Young Men in Spats. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Feb 21 2019

Yep. Here they are.

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I'm not a Game of Thrones fan, and, even if I was, I'd balk at the $180 price tag, but it is my duty to report that Adidas has released their full line of Game of Thrones-inspired sneakers...

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Feb 20 2019

New-old Poirot

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NPR recently posted a glowing review of The ABC Murders, a three-part British miniseries that is now available via Amazon Prime...

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Feb 19 2019

The Water Will Come, by Jeff Goodell

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It has been more than six months since my last review of a gloomy nonfiction book about water, so I'm clearly way overdue. Today's pick is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World, the latest effort from Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell...

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Feb 19 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Water Will Come, by Jeff Goodell

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If you, like me, are fond of reading deeply unsettling nonfiction accounts of potential disasters, today could be your lucky day: our current Book Giveaway is Jeff Goodell's The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. It's just as cheery as it sounds...

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Feb 14 2019

And just think of their poor livers

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In honor of Valentine's Day, The Mary Sue just posted a tribute to Nick and Nora Charles, the married pair at the center of The Thin Man film and its sequels. I've never found the pair quite as endearing as this author does, but...

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Feb 13 2019

Roswell 2.0

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Huh... I didn't think anyone was crying out for a reboot of the mildly enjoyable Roswell TV series of my teenage years, but apparently they were, and the new version has made several changes...

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Feb 12 2019

TEARS

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Man, this is a blow: Kate Beaton, creator of my beloved webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, has officially retired the series. She has several very good reasons for moving on, but...

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Feb 12 2019

Edgy.

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I just caught a trailer for the upcoming TV series The Boys, based on the aggressively gritty comic series of the same name by writer Garth Ennis and co-creator and illustrator Darick Robertson. I'm not sure why the world needs so many shows and movies about...

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Feb 11 2019

Sleepless: Vol. 1, by Sarah Vaughn

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A few months ago, I asked my local comic shop owner for his honest opinion of the new Books of Magic reboot. (I loved the original series as a kid, but I've been burned before by the various attempts at re-starting it, and my comics budget is not limitless.) He hesitated—clearly, a sale's a sale—but...

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