Aug 7 2008

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: the movie

Okay, I'll probably see this:I'm not a huge fan of David Leviathan's books--they're well-written, but his plot conclusions are weak--and Michael Cera always seems to be just playing himself. (Luc...

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Aug 6 2008

Vicarious thrift

I've spent most of today curled up with Amy Dacyczyn's The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle*. I was too young to be aware of Ms. Dacyczyn's Tightwad Ga...

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Aug 6 2008

Garfield Minus Garfield: the book

(I can't believe this comic strip exists... and, having seen proof that it exists, I can't believe how depressing it is.)In February of 2008, Dan Walsh started trotting out a unique webcomic--Gar...

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Aug 5 2008

Buffy: the animated series

The TV gods are giving us a taste of what might have been, in the form of a three-minute-long clip of the proposed Buffy the Vampire Slayer animated TV show, which never actually came to developme...

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Aug 5 2008

"Guilty pleasure" doesn't even begin to cover it.

Viz Media has licensed Honey Hunt, the latest series from Miki Aihara, author of the enormously popular Hot Gimmick. The heroine of Honey Hunt is a quiet, shy teenager named Yura, whose mother is...

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Aug 4 2008

Girls Like Us, by Sheila Weller

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Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon—and the Journey of a Generation is an unusual but highly satisfying end-of-summer read. The book is an ambitious attempt at a...

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Aug 4 2008

Clueless: the video game

The fine, fine people at Paramount have announced that they're making a video game version of Clueless, the greatest film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma ever made. (Actually, it might be the mo...

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Aug 1 2008

American McGee's Grimm

Grimm, the latest literature-inspired release from video game creator American McGee, offers players a twisted take on on some of the western world's best-known fairytales, including Cinderella, P...

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Aug 1 2008

Surprise, surprise...

Whoever could have guessed?It'll be out on December 4th.

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Jul 31 2008

But wait, there's more

I just finished reading Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning—her first young adult novel, as well as the first book in a projected trilogy—and I thought it was awesome: totally fun, totally exciting, ...

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Jul 31 2008

The Waiter rants for Powell's Books

Powell's guest blogger of the week is Steve Dublanica, a.k.a. "The Waiter", author of the book Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip--Confessions of a Cynical Waiter and creator of the award-winning blo...

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Jul 30 2008

Fake books (Part 17,921)

GYAH!CasaSugar recently featured this horrifying Anthropologie display:Unless those are all D.H. Lawrence novels (and I doubt it, as I don't think he was big on illustrations), I call that an unfo...

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Jul 30 2008

HP6 teaser trailer's out

It looks like they skipped most of the major plot points in favor of showcasing that creepy mini-Tom and Michael Gambon's plummy voice, but who am I to complain?

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Jul 29 2008

They even made Tru-Blood commercials!

Check 'em out:One for the ladies...And one for the guys:I'm told an early version of the pilot episode was leaked a few months ago, and people were not impressed, but I figure if this show is half...

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Jul 29 2008

Saving Grace in the blogosphere

Sherri Rifkin, author of the highly enjoyable novel Lovehampton, has been hired as one of the guest bloggers for an online community devoted the TNT show Saving Grace. I'm unfamiliar with this sh...

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Jul 28 2008

Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim, by Tom Corwin

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Tom Corwin’s Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim doesn’t quite live up to its publishers’ “Like Harold and the Purple Crayon for adults!” hype, but this elegant, unusual graphic novel is undeniab...

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Jul 28 2008

Southern vampire must-see TV

And speaking of pretty girls lapping blood, the TV powers-that-be used the same charming motif for the teaser poster for Alan Ball's upcoming HBO show True Blood, which is based off of Wordcandy f...

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Jul 28 2008

Red Sonja news, part II

They've released the poster for that upcoming Red Sonja adaptation I was talking about, and it looks about as classy as you'd expect:...uh, yeah. I guess that settles the "Is it going to be a hig...

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Jul 27 2008

Tom Corwin

Tom Corwin—along with illustrator Craig Fraizer—is the creator of Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim, one of our Wordcandy Featured Books. Mr. Corwin is also a musician, and the author of Mostly Bob...

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Jul 25 2008

The Amnesiac, by Sam Taylor

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When construction worker James Purdew, the protagonist of Sam Taylor’s ambitious psychological thriller The Amnesiac, breaks his leg in an accident, he spends his convalescence obsessing over the ...

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Jul 25 2008

GYAH!

Somebody's totally trashed Ron Weasley!...oh, wait. Turns out this is just for his, uh, "art". Rupert Grint is going to be starring in a teen thriller called Cherry Bomb (due out next year), and...

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Jul 24 2008

Watchmen trailer online

The movie adaptation of Alan Moore's Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Watchmen is out:Like most of Moore's stuff, I've always thought Watchmen was way too self-consciously weighty, so I'm glad to ...

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Jul 24 2008

Comic-con fallout

As usual, Comic-Con totally delivered on the geek news front:*Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is going to be made into a comic book. My brother loved this book, but I never got over Card’s introd...

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Jul 23 2008

Coming soon to a theater near you...

There appear to be two more YA fantasy novel film adaptations coming down the pike: producer Nina Jacobson is making a movie version of the popular Children of the Lamp series by P.B. Kerr, and Wa...

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Jul 23 2008

Gaiman gets choosy.

Neil Gaiman—who's obviously in full promotion-mode for his upcoming novel The Graveyard Book—has compiled a list of his 10 favorite "New Classic Monsters" for Entertainment Weekly. I’m not sure I...

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Jul 22 2008

Kat Richardson rides again

Underground, the third book in Kat Richardson's Greywalker series, is due out in exactly two weeks, and she's recently posted an excerpt on her website. I cannot wait to read this novel—Richardso...

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Jul 22 2008

Graphic novel odds and ends

NPR has an article up about American interest in foreign comics—everything from Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis to manga. The article is generic and under-researched, particularly by NPR's standards...

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Jul 21 2008

Karen Neches

Karen Neches (who also writes those Bottom Dollar books under the name "Karin Gillespie") is the author of the supernatural romance/mystery Earthly Pleasures, one of our Featured Books.

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Jul 21 2008

Earthly Pleasures, by Karen Neches

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Skye Sebring, the heroine of Karen Neches’s amusing and unconventional novel Earthly Pleasures, is one of Heaven's "Hospitality greeters"—a supernatural social worker who spends her days help...

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Jul 21 2008

Pride and Prejudice: the musical

Yes, dear readers, I'm afraid it's true. There really is going to be a Pride and Prejudice musical:According to the synopsis page, this production will be a two-fold delight: the story will focus...

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