Oct 15 2008

Wordcandy for hard times

Slate has a great slide show up about kids' books set during tough financial times. They skipped a lot of my favorites (Mama's Bank Account, about an immigrant Norwegian family in San Francisco in...

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Oct 15 2008

Anime season is up and running

October is here, and all that delicious anime has finally landed!Skip Beat!:Vampire Knight - Guilty:Nodame Cantabile - Paris:

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Oct 14 2008

Um, ew.

Reviews of the current City of Ember movie have been mixed, but I'm less concerned by complaints regarding Bill Murray's smirking and some amateurish acting than I am by the addition [SPOILER!] of...

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Oct 14 2008

Colleen McCullough takes on Jane Austen

Wow! Thanks to AustenBlog, I now know that Colleen McCullough (author of The Thorn Birds, which missed inclusion on the Wordcandy-approved List of Unreadable Books by inches) has written a Pride ...

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Oct 13 2008

Scanlation update

Aaaaand the third and final part of Absolute Witch chapter six is now up on our Scanlations page!

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Oct 13 2008

Watch Ouran, School Rumble on the cheap

Anime distributor Funimation is currently streaming the first two episodes of the Ouran High School Host Club anime adaptation AND the first four episodes of the second season of School Rumble. I ...

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Oct 10 2008

After all, what other pressing issues could they have to worry about?

Don't worry, dear readers, that absolutely vital bill to declare Herman Melville's Moby-Dick as the official "epic novel" of Massachusetts has passed their state House of Representatives.Thank goo...

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Oct 10 2008

More Twilight trailer action:

New and questionably improved!

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Oct 9 2008

Shakespeare, diluted.

Is the world truly ready for a TV adaptation of a movie adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew? ABC Family seems to think so.

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Oct 9 2008

Sale on book posters...

Got blank walls and literary tastes? Art.com is having a 20% off sale today, and they carry a much wider variety of titles than Urban Outfitters did when they offered an identical line of book-art...

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Oct 8 2008

Scanlation updates!

Two updates on our Scanlations page, dear readers: the second part of Absolute Witch Chapter 6, and chapter 26 of Banhonsa.

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Oct 8 2008

Powell's Books - Indiespensable

Powell's Books, Portland, Oregon's independent bookstore to the stars, has started a new subscription book club:For $39.95 per delivery, Indiespensable subscribers will enjoy a delivery of:"[The] ...

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Oct 7 2008

Unforseen awesomeness ahead

I haven't been particularly excited about the upcoming film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline. I enjoyed the book (although I prefer Gaiman's short story The Wolves in the Walls), but I was dis...

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Oct 7 2008

Katherine Neville's The Eight rides again

Recently, I've been seeing copies of Katherine Neville's 1988 novel The Eight popping up in prime bookstore real estate (stacks on the misleadingly-named "new releases" table, free-standing displa...

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Oct 6 2008

Hansel and Gretel: the Un-dead

Speaking of Korean entertainment, Variety is reporting that practically everybody but the Americans will have an opportunity to see the Korean horror film based on the (already pretty horrific) fa...

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Oct 6 2008

Not as exciting as it would have been a week ago...

As an enthusiastic fan of Korean entertainment, I was very sad to hear of the suicide of actress Choi Jin-Shil, whose most recent production was the sweet, funny, Cinderella-esque k-drama My Last ...

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Oct 3 2008

Scanlation update

It's been a while, but we've finally posted the most recent chapter of Absolute Witch. Check out the first part of chapter six on our Scanlations page!

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Oct 3 2008

Striking while the iron is hot

Has everybody seen this awesome fake political ad for the upcoming City of Ember adaptation?I like the idea of this spot, but I think Bill Murray is too smirky for the role. We like our politicia...

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Oct 2 2008

It does make a nice change from Shakespeare.

And, in other movie news, Variety is reporting that Kenneth Branagh is in talks to direct an adaptation of the Marvel comic book Thor, scheduled for release in 2010. He doesn't seem like the likel...

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Oct 2 2008

Pretty!

Cinematical has posted a pair of early photos from Tim Burton's upcoming Alice in Wonderland adaptation:I realize it's a little costume-y (hello, Sergeant Pepper!), and I would totally get it dirt...

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Oct 1 2008

In honor of the Wasilla Public Library...

...let's all celebrate Banned Books Week!

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Oct 1 2008

The Smart Cookies' Guide to Making More Dough, by Assorted Authors

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In 2006, inspired by an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, five young women decided to form a “money group”—a Weight Watchers-style support group to help them pay off their debt, start saving, and...

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Sep 30 2008

Best. Halloween Costume. Ever.

Yes, dear friends, this young woman actually dressed up as Tiffany Aching—toad, frying pan, and all:[Source]

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Sep 30 2008

Skip Beat: the anime

Gyah. I've watched and enjoyed a lot of shojo-manga-based anime in the past two years, but very few series have done an even halfway-decent job of replicating their source material. (For every ser...

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Sep 29 2008

Fanfiction contest!

Hex Appeal, the second book in Linda Wisdom’s new paranormal series featuring witch Jazz Tremaine, is coming out in a few weeks, and Ms. Wisdom and Sourcebooks are celebrating its release in an ex...

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Sep 29 2008

Dead is the New Black, by Marlene Perez

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Marlene Perez’s Dead is the New Black is a supernatural mystery/romance aimed at reluctant teen readers*. Her protagonist is Daisy Giordano, the youngest daughter of one of the strangest families ...

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Sep 28 2008

Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

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Middle series installments frequently feel like stopgaps, but Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora’s Dare, the sequel to 2007’s Flora Segunda, is in all ways exceptional. As the story opens, fourteen-year-old Flora has discovered that her formerly crazy father was actually a lot easier to live with back when he was nuts...

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Sep 26 2008

Speaking of movies...

...Will Smith has signed on to star in a prequel to the blockbuster I Am Legend (which was based on a novel by acclaimed horror/sci-fi writer Richard Matheson). According to Variety, the film wil...

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Sep 26 2008
Sep 25 2008

Dupond et Dupont!

Rumors are afloat that Shaun of the Dead's Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will join the cast of Steven Spielberg's adaptations of Hergé's The Adventures of TinTin, thereby increasing the project's cool...

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