Aug 15 2008

No HP for 2008

Alan Horn, the President and COO of Warner Bros. Pictures, announced yesterday that the company has pushed back the release date of the film adaptaion of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to...

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Aug 14 2008

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the author of the highly enjoyable YA paranormal romance Wake, one of our Featured Book picks. While Wake is her debut novel, Ms. McMann has apparently published several short stor...

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Aug 14 2008

Wake, by Lisa McMann

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Lisa McMann’s debut novel Wake has a lot going for it: a great premise, an intriguingly dark atmosphere, and a plausibly screwed-up heroine. Unfortunately, it’s way too short, it’s currently...

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Aug 14 2008

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series to be made into a movie

I've never been able to finish one of these books, so someone else will have to be the judge--will this project be another Lord of the Rings, or another Eragon?

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Aug 14 2008

Manhwa mourning

Christopher from the blog comics212 has posted a discouraging response to a Publishers Weekly interview with Tokyopop marketing director Marco Pavia. Christopher seems unconvinced by Pavia's claim...

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Aug 13 2008

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, by Jasper Fforde

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Thursday Next: First Among Sequels is the fifth book in Jasper Fforde’s comedic fantasy series about the adventures of literary detective Thursday Next. As the story opens, Thursday is attempting...

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Aug 13 2008

Wow...

Those Breaking Dawn readers are angry. Heh.

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Aug 12 2008

I had no idea this story was so popular.

Variety has an article up about a forthcoming TV pilot based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick. I already knew about the 1980s movie adaptation, but I didn't realize that this will ...

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Aug 12 2008

My eyes, they bleed...

Sweet Georgia peaches!Annnnnnd here's the publisher's description:"Mr. Darcy just isn't Flip Allison's style. She prefers novels with hot sex on the bathroom sink to the mannerly, high-tension lon...

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Aug 11 2008

Pick your poison--Ballet Shoes version

I was planning to write a review of the unabridged audiobook edition of Noel Streatfeild's novel Ballet Shoes this afternoon, but I see that there's actually even more Ballet Shoes-related news wo...

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Aug 11 2008

Opposites attract

I finally got around to reading Eoin Colfer's latest Artemis Fowl book, Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox. It was just as solidly entertaining as the previous books in the series, but it ventures ...

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Aug 9 2008

Dale E. Basye

Dale E. Basye has been a film critic and journalist, and published an Arts and Entertainment newsletter, and now lives in Oregon. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go is his first novel.Note: Heck feature...

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Aug 9 2008

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale E. Basye

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Dale E. Basye, author of Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, may not be the first person to write a book about an eleven-year-old boy with dark hair and glasses getting shipped off to a bizarre boarding ...

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Aug 8 2008

Diana Birchall defends Mrs. Elton

...can't imagine why she'd want to, but whatever.The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) has posted the second story from their collection of Annual General Meeting Publication fanfics, a...

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Aug 8 2008

Yay!

I can't believe that I'm only NOW learning that there's going to be a sequel to the anime adaptation of Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile, covering her "Paris" story arc. I love this series (the...

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Aug 7 2008

But what does this have to do with Buffy?

In an interesting advertising move, there was a six-page-long preview of Brad Meltzer's upcoming novel The Book of Lies in my Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight comic (issue #17). I'm not sur...

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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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