Aug 26 2008

That long-awaited Hobbit adaptation starts looking up!

According to Variety, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens (the people who brought us the recent film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy) have officially signed...

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Aug 25 2008

Nothing but good times ahead...?

According to this article in the Daily Mail, broadcasters will be showing a brand-spanking-new adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles (you know, the book about the hard-working, pi...

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Aug 25 2008

Scanlation update!

The new chapter of Banhonsa: The Spirit Returner is up on our scanlation page, and we encourage everyone to check it out--but we warn you: this series is taking a major turn towards Creepyville...

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Aug 22 2008

Riiiight.

BoingBoing is featuring a sneak peek at an abridged glossary of neologisms from Neal Stephenson's upcoming book Anathem. Seriously, does Stephenson want his readers to die of old age before fini...

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Aug 22 2008

Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging: the movie

I had no idea they were making a movie of this (and I see they've done a lovely job of translating Louise Rennison's excruciating sense of humor to the big screen), so this trailer came as an exci...

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Aug 21 2008

Lost in Austen: Part II

While the film mentioned below gives me the heebie-jeebies, I have no problem with the (unconnected) book of the same title:C'mon! It's an Austen choose-your-own-adventure with totally awesome co...

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Aug 21 2008

Lost In Austen

Remember my earlier post about fanfic authors gone mad? Well, that's how I feel about ITV's upcoming film Lost in Austen:Yeah, the heroine looks cute, and if it was a book I wasn't so close to, I...

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Aug 20 2008

Lauren Mechling

Lauren Mechling is the New York-based co-author (with Laura Moser) of the "10th Grade Social Climber" series, and the (sole) author of Dream Girl, one of our Featured Book titles.

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Aug 20 2008

Dream Girl, by Lauren Mechling

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No sooner had we remarked on the originality of a young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl with magical dreams... than we received another young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl...

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Aug 20 2008

But... but... WHY?!?

GYAH! According to Meg Cabot's (usually totally awesome, but in this case quite depressing) blog, Kristen Bell, star of my beloved Veronica Mars, has agreed to play Lizzie Nichols, the main chara...

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Aug 19 2008

Who comes up with these?

The literary powers-that-be have made one of those bizarre commercials for our current Featured Book, Lisa McMann's highly entertaining YA fantasy Wake. Behold:I don't have a television, so I'm t...

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Aug 19 2008

Gakuen Alice licensed

I'm hearing that the anime adaptation of the popular manga Gakuen Alice has been licensed here in the U.S. I enjoyed this half-cute, half-creepy 26-episode series about a spunky 10-year-old who f...

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Aug 18 2008

Next chapter of Nodame delayed?

AnimeNewsNetwork.com is reporting that Nodame Cantabile (one of my favorite series) is going on hiatus until October, as series creator Tomoko Ninomiya is going on maternity leave. However, the fi...

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Aug 18 2008

Dating da Vinci, by Malena Lott

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The heroine of Malena Lott’s novel Dating da Vinci is a 36-year-old linguist named Ramona Elise. The widowed mother of two young boys, Ramona is still mourning her husband, who died two years ear...

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Aug 15 2008

But in the meanwhile...

...you can at least enjoy the trailer for the video game version of HP6, right?I particularly enjoy that smoke-machine effect behind the opening credits!

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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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