Nov 17 2008

Pricey! But also cool!

The new book-and-DVD set The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages might cost a whopping $60, but it looks totally awesome:More than 300 of the Times front pages have been reproduced in this bo...

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Nov 17 2008

New Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince trailer up...

...and while my favorite HP trailer of all time remains the one for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (with the school choir clutching toads and singing "Something Wicked This Way Comes"), ...

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Nov 14 2008

Blue Bloods: the animated primer

If you're interested in reading our current Featured Book, Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods 3: Revelations, but you're too broke to shell out for the first two installments in the series, she's pu...

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Nov 14 2008

Why, Kelley Armstrong? WHY?!?

I was so turned off by the cover art for Kelley Armstrong’s Personal Demon that I didn’t even feel like requesting a review copy, much less actually purchasing one. This is no reflection on Ms. Ar...

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Nov 13 2008

The Angels and Demons trailer is up...

Do we have any fans of overwrought fake religious revelations in the house? 'Cause the teaser trailer for the new Dan Brown movie is up:

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Nov 13 2008

Want to win a Twilight prize pack?

Trent from PinkistheNewBlog is giving away a Twilight-themed prize pack. To enter, submit a photo of "you, your family and/or your friends doing your best vampire impersonation" by November 24th. ...

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Nov 12 2008

America's Test Kitchen books on the cheap

PRE-THANKSGIVING REMINDER:Fans of the fine people at America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Magazine take note: you can get several of their cookbook titles for remarkably low prices at Overstock.com. Titl...

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Nov 12 2008

Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the author of several YA series about the lives of rich, snotty, self-indulgent teens. Normally, this style of book leaves us cold... but then she went ahead wrote a series ...

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Nov 12 2008

Revelations, by Melissa de la Cruz

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I have an intense, long-standing, slightly guilty love for vampire stories, which allows me to tolerate literature I wouldn’t otherwise touch with a ten foot pole. This love might not be powerful enough...

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Nov 12 2008

Twilight goes to the mall!

If you just can't get enough of those Twilight books, various cast members from the upcoming movie adaptation are currently on a mall tour.After all, nothing says "dark, brooding romance" like a B...

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Nov 11 2008

Why don't we ever get to see animated versions of, like, Paradise Lost?

According to AnimeNewsNetwork, anime director Osamu Dezaki is planning to debut his anime Genji Monogatari Sen-nen-ki Genji ("The Tale of Genji: A Millennium-Old Journal") on Japanese television i...

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Nov 11 2008

Conan remake to compete with Red Sonja?

Remember our earlier posts about the prospect of a Red Sonja remake? Well, it turns out the consistently-awful director Brett Ratner is thinking of updating another cheeseball-adventure-series-tu...

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Nov 10 2008

We Interrupt this Broadcast, by Joe Garner

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Effectively combining history, commentary, and audio recordings of actual news broadcasts, Joe Garner’s recently re-released We Interrupt This Broadcast is a far cry above the typical coffee-table...

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Nov 10 2008

One last pumpkin and we're done, promise...

But how could we pass up a Jane Austen pumpkin?

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Nov 7 2008

Chris Onstad blogs for Powell's

The recently-featured-on-Wordcandy comic strip author Chris Onstad (or, uh, Ray Smuckles) has produced a blog post for Powell's Books... and, as always, it is totally awesome.Note: Today's Achewoo...

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Nov 7 2008

Gaiman fans take note...

There are still tickets available for this Vertigo/Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) event, apparently:Veteran voice actor Tom Wayland and others, will read from some of the most politically c...

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Nov 6 2008

Speaking of Black Jack, you can read a complete chapter online!

And for those of you who DON'T win the MangaBlog giveaway, but just can't get enough of creepy medical drama/horror stories about rogue doctors, The Beat (Publishers Weekly's comic news blog) has ...

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Nov 6 2008

Black Jack giveaway!

MangaBlog is giving away three sets of the first two volumes of the legendary Osamu Tezuka’s (Astro Boy, Kimba, the White Lion) manga Black Jack--a twisted-but-awesome series about an outlaw surge...

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Nov 5 2008

Edward Cullen in squash form.

The MTV Movies Blog asked their readers to send in pictures of their best Twilight-inspired Halloween gear. Most of the costumes were underwhelming (let's face it: red eye-makeup aside, dressing ...

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Nov 5 2008

Michael Crichton: October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008

Holy moly: Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton died yesterday after a private battle with cancer. He was 66. Our sympathy goes out to his family.

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Nov 4 2008

Recommended reading for anybody stuck in line to vote!

First of all, I'd like to thank whoever decided to make my county mail-in-only, because I do not enjoy waiting in lines. Sadly, however, in plenty of places in this country, people are stuck in ve...

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Nov 3 2008

Lois Duncan tries, once again, to make a decent movie.

Despite some very, very bad film adaptations of her books in the past (including 1997's I Know What You Did Last Summer), author Lois Duncan has sold the movie rights to yet another story, the 197...

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Nov 3 2008

MTV's must-read vamp list

MTV has posted a short essay comparing modern interpretations of the vampire myth in books and movies--everything from Buffy to Twilight. They don't say anything earth-shattering, but the article ...

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Nov 1 2008

What Looks Like Crazy, by Charlotte Hughes

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Before reading What Looks Like Crazy, our exposure to Charlotte Hughes’s work was limited to the utterly forgettable Full House series she co-wrote with Janet Evanovich. As longtime fans of ...

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Oct 31 2008

Last-minute book-inspired costume ideas for the truly lazy (Part II)

And for lazy adults...Guys:Dig out your suit, make some paper chains out of gray paper, and go as Jacob Marley.Ladies:Our Nancy Drew costume idea works for you, too--but the vintage dress (or at l...

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Oct 30 2008

Last-minute book-inspired costume ideas for the truly lazy (Part I)

Let's start with the kids, shall we?Pre-Hogwarts Harry Potter:This one couldn't be easier, less expensive, or more cold-weather-friendly. Dress your kid in oversized, shabby clothes, slap some tap...

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Oct 30 2008

Another casting match made in Heaven!

According to MTV, eccentric character actor Crispin Glover has joined the cast of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, playing the Knave of Hearts. Seriously, is every quirky actor in the English-sp...

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Oct 29 2008

At long last: Sisters Grimm news

I know Michael Buckley is probably hard at work on that Sisters Grimm movie, and I hate to whine about a mere one-year waiting period between books (okay, that's a total lie), but I really wish th...

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Oct 29 2008

Another famous fantasy series I've never heard of is getting the LoTR treatment.

According to the Powell's Books blog, Deryni Rising, the first book in a "classic sci-fi series" written by Katherine Kurtz, is on its way to the big screen. I'd never heard of this author or this...

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Oct 28 2008

Pirates, presidency, etc.

If you have a strict "try before you buy" approach to first time authors, please note that Silver author Edward Chupack has also written a few humorous essays on politics and piracy, available for...

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