Sep 23 2015

At least release the music

According to THR, the Park Avenue Armory recently featured a week-long "visual art, electro-pop, and contemporary dance" program called Tree of Codes, inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer's novel of the same name...

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Sep 22 2015

Not exactly burning questions

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According to THR, J.K. Rowling has released yet another Harry Potter short story on Pottermore.com. This installment promises to explain more about "the history of the Potter family, including its origins in the 12th century" and...

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Sep 22 2015

Maybe a nice teen comedy?

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According to io9, Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is going to star in an upcoming film adaptation of Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, which we reviewed (not super enthusiastically) in 2009...

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Sep 21 2015

The Hollow Boy, by Jonathan Stroud

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I absolutely loved The Screaming Staircase and The Whispering Skull, the first two installments in Jonathan Stroud's horror/adventure series Lockwood & Co. The third book in the series is more problematic than the first two...

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Sep 21 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud

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This week we're giving away a copy of The Screaming Staircase, the first book in Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood and Co. series. We reviewed this a couple of years ago...

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Sep 17 2015

Historical romances with routine bathing

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There's an interesting article (with a terrible, misleading title) over on Jezebel: "The Regency Romance: How Jane Austen (Kinda) Created a New Subgenre". The article has less to do with Austen than Georgette Heyer...

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Sep 17 2015

Lovely

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There's a site up for Scholastic's upcoming illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, featuring over 100 illustrations by Jim Kay. If the nine "Special Preview" images featured on the site are a good representative sample, this book might actually be worth the jaw-dropping $39.99 cover price...

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Sep 16 2015

How much will I regret this?

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According to Koala's Playground, there's a fun-looking upcoming J-drama called 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made, based on the josei manga of the same name by Miki Aihara. I like the trailer, I like the main actress, I'm okay with the premise (an arranged marriage between a modern young teacher and a Buddhist monk), but...

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Sep 15 2015

UGH.

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And again: there are some really good books out there that would make fine movies, Disney! You don't need to keep mining your own old projects! And no one needs another "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" song stuck in their heads...

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Sep 15 2015

Why bother?

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The first trailer was released for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Jungle Book. It looks very... CGI. I can't believe there's really that much of a demand for this movie. I mean, if Disney is so hard up...

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Sep 14 2015

Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde

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Like my beloved Ysabeau S. Wilce, Jasper Fforde has a gift: his endlessly inventive books feel coherent, even when his actual plots are totally nuts...

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Sep 14 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Shades of Grey, by Jasper FForde

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, which is not to be confused with any other shades-of-grey-related books. Instead, it's one of Fforde's trademark blends of fantasy, sci-fi, cultural commentary, and 100-proof weirdness, and I am quite looking forward to reading it. A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 10 2015

Geek joy on tap

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I need to go to this new Harry Potter-themed bar in Toronto, like, immediately. Sure, I don't drink alcohol, but I don't care. I will order whatever their themed version of a Designated Driver special is (and they better have one, damn it), and admire the decor...

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Sep 10 2015

Sad facts

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SplitSider writer Priyanka Mattoo recently wrote a helpful explanatory article called "How Does a Book Get Optioned and Become a Movie?" If, like me, you don't really care about the how-to stuff for writers looking to sell their book(s) to Hollywood, skip to the paragraph that..

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Sep 9 2015

Sex, aliens, and videotape

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And speaking of fantasy novels, io9 recently put together a great interview about the challenges (which range from "exciting" to, uh, "just plain challenging") facing the people attempting to adapt Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a TV show...

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Sep 8 2015

Silver Eve, by Sandra Waugh

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Last year's Lark Rising was a delight—a dreamy, thoughtful classic fantasy novel aimed at middle- and high-school readers, with a complex heroine and compelling larger world. The novel wasn't perfect (it was too short to do full justice to the material, leaving large sections underdeveloped), but...

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Sep 8 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Silver Eve, by Sandra Waugh

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This week's Book Giveaway is Sandra Waugh's Silver Eve, the sequel to last year's excellent Lark Rising. I'm still a little sad this book will shift the focus to a new heroine, but I'm hoping I'll like her just as well...

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Sep 6 2015

Devoted in Death, by J.D. Robb

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Devoted in Death is the 41st installment of J.D. Robb's futuristic mystery/suspense “In Death” series, and—unsurprisingly—things are getting pretty damn stale. There are a couple of nice moments in this book, but 99% of it is the literary equivalent of a filler episode...

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Sep 3 2015

Ouch.

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I've read some surprisingly positive reviews of Anthony Horowitz's new James Bond continuation, Trigger Mortis. Unfortunately (for him), most of the recent buzz around Horowitz...

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Sep 3 2015

Will I buy a ticket? Probably.

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Funimation has released an English-language trailer for the live-action film adaptations of Attack on Titan, and I keep watching it, even though everything about this series grosses me out...

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Sep 2 2015

A recipe for success?

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Chloë Grace Moretz continues her search for the teen literary franchise that will make her into a world-famous zillionaire. If I Stay was only a minor hit, but the recently-released trailer for The Fifth Wave looks like it's going for broke: a mixture of alien movies + survivalist adventure + doomed love triangle...

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Sep 1 2015

NOT. FAIR.

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Huh. It seems there's going to not only be a Ready Player One movie (which: why? We already have two Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptations. Can't we just re-watch those?), but...

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Sep 1 2015

Congratulations

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According to THR, today is the first day at Hogwarts for Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's oldest son, James Sirius. J.K. Rowling announced via Twitter that he was sorted in Gryffindor...

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Aug 31 2015

Reawakened, by Colleen Houck

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Several people have compared Colleen Houck's new novel Reawakened to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. Both are aimed at younger teens, feature a mixture of human and demigod characters, and rely on a lot of PG-13 action sequences to push their plots along. Unfortunately, Reawakened doesn't share Riordan's greatest strength: his ability to create relatable characters, no matter how over-the-top their abilities or adventures...

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Aug 31 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Reawakened, by Colleen Houck

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This week's Book Giveaway is Colleen Houck's novel Reawakened, the first novel in a "multibook series". (Note: this means I have no idea how long we'll have to wait for actual plot resolution. Sorry!) Reviewers keep favorably comparing Reawakened to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, so I'm excited. A full review will follow later today...

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Aug 27 2015

Family-friendly!

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I was rolling with the assumption that Berkeley Breathed's new Bloom County strips weren't appearing in major newspapers because they were being produced on an intermittent schedule, but now I'm thinking...

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Aug 27 2015

Dark Ages soap

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Deadline recently posted an update on ITV's upcoming Beowulf miniseries, which they describe as a "Dark Ages Western". My hopes that this adaptation will be a hokey delight are high (the creators also produced Primeval, which pretty much rang the hokey delight bell, IMO), but..

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Aug 26 2015

Racy

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According to the Guardian, there will be an exhibition of photographs in honor of the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. The previously unseen images are allegedly a "world away from how most people picture [Christie]," and depict the author roller-skating and surfing...

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Aug 25 2015

Marvel's sound and fury

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Last week, Pajiba posted an article called "The Life of Marvel Marketing and the Death of Marvel Story Telling", which presents the persuasive argument that Marvel is mostly concerned with hyping its larger universe, not the quality of its individual films...

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Aug 25 2015

We'll see...

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Since we're a few years past the last one (which was what, Death Comes To Pemberley?), we are clearly past due for another rush of Jane Austen-inspired movies...

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