Jan 22 2008

Austen Week, part II

(You know, it's very soothing, not having to get creative with my post titles.)We're planning to review a number of Austen continuations this week, and Lord knows there's been a recent outpouring ...

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Jan 21 2008

Austen Week, part I

It's my birthday this week (yes, all week), and Jane Austen is my favorite author, and American PBS stations are currently showing all those (mostly bad) Austen adaptations, and I have a pile of A...

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Jan 18 2008

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich

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Dogs and Goddesses, the latest collaborative novel from Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich, has a lot of plot packed into its 388 pages. In addition to the three heroines’ romantic travails (one storyline per author), there’s also magical cookies, talking dogs, and an ancient, ruthless Mesopotamian goddess with plans of world domination...

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Jan 17 2008

Curiosity vs. my delicate sensibilities

I've been tempted by a number of grim-looking books recently. They all seem to be creative and well-written, but there's no denying that they have a strong smell of "reading this book can only le...

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Jan 16 2008

A love triangle involving only two bodies?

In a word: Bleh. I don't even like normal love triangles, and a two-bodies/three-souls one sounds more irritating than most.It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books, a...

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Jan 15 2008

Go Fug Yourself goes literary.

Y'know, I'm just not sure about this:I appreciate that the Fug Girls need and totally deserve to be paid for their work, but... a book? Nobody loves the Go Fug Yourself blog more than I do. I read...

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Jan 14 2008

Philip Pullman continues to milk the His Dark Materials cash cow.

Here's the cover art for Philip Pullman's upcoming Once Upon a Time in the North:Very... dignified-looking. Once Upon a Time in the North is a prequel to the His Dark Materials trilogy, and focuse...

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Jan 13 2008

Justin Gustainis

Justin Gustainis is the author of Black Magic Woman, a horror/action/adventure story that's the subject of one of our Featured Book reviews. Mr. Gustainis is in his private life a very respectabl...

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Jan 13 2008

Black Magic Woman, by Justin Gustainis

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I love monster movies, which is why I’ve always been surprised that the 2004 film Van Helsing was so bad. It had vampires, werewolves, witches, and Hugh Jackman—how could such abundant awesomenes...

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Jan 11 2008

The Fattening of America, by Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman

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Health economist Eric A. Finkelstein and business writer Laurie Zuckerman are the co-authors of The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What to Do About It, a...

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Jan 10 2008

Holy CATS.

Is there GROPING* I see in this trailer for the upcoming BBC adaptation of Austen's Sense and Sensibility, or am I just filthy-minded? *Okay, maybe it's not full-blown groping... but there are tra...

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Jan 9 2008

A Slave No More, by David W. Blight

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We here at Wordcandy usually choose our books based on purely hedonistic impulses, but we have been known—very occasionally—to pick up the odd “improving” book. We frequently regret this impulse, ...

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Jan 8 2008

I don't have room for this...

...seeing as my house is well under 1,000 square feet, but I still totally want it:[Source]It's a Yotsuba&! "Cardbo" action figure!!! Isn't it adorable? It's twenty bucks (ouch), and it's not out ...

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Jan 7 2008

A new "Dune" movie?

I'm not sure whether I'm more excited or horrified by this news:'Ladies and gentlemen, the next huge sci-fi franchise has a director. During an interview with "The Kingdom" director Peter Berg, he...

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Jan 6 2008

Dragonhaven, by Robin McKinley

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Robin McKinley’s Dragonhaven, her first novel in four years, is a celebration of atmosphere and characterization. It’s an intensely absorbing story, but longtime fans take heed: this book has much more in common with her character-driven vampire novel Sunshine than her earlier, more conventional fantasy novels...

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Jan 4 2008

Prettification

And speaking of new and improved cover art, somebody has FINALLY done a makeover on L.M. Montgomery's novels. Behold the New Canadian Library's versions of Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Mo...

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Jan 3 2008

Moving up in the world

I'm normally a little irritated when a paperback author re-releases previously-inexpensive older material in new, pricier editions. (See: Meg Cabot, whose The Boy Next Door was previously availabl...

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Jan 2 2008

Best of luck, Mr. Pratchett.

A New Year's Day chat reminded me that I hadn't already posted this:"Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, as he announced yesterday with a post to the we...

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Jan 1 2008

2008: A Year in (Pre)view

And here’s the flip side to yesterday’s list: the top ten literary events we’re anticipating in 2008. Happy New Year, dear readers!1. 2008 is the year that disappointed ICE Kunion readers will fin...

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Dec 31 2007

Wordcandy's Year in Books: 2007 Edition

Hey, everybody! We are delighted to present our annual list of the top ten Wordcandy-approved book releases, rumors, and events of the past year. We really enjoyed this stuff, and we hope you did,...

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Dec 20 2007

eBooks GALORE!

Girlebooks.com is a website with a mission: it offers free e-books by female writers, all in an effort to “make classic and lesser-known works by female writers available to a large audience throu...

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Dec 19 2007

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson

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James Patterson has described Maximum Ride as his favorite series, and possibly his best. We totally understand why these books are his favorites, as the first installment in the series...

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Dec 18 2007

Shonen Jump turns five!

The January issue of Shonen Jump magazine hit stores on December 4th, and it is jam-packed with 392 pages' worth of holiday-worthy content. This "Mondo!" issue - which marks the anthology's fifth ...

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Dec 18 2007

Arliss Ryan

Arliss Ryan is the author of the hilarious (if cringe-inducing) novel How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding, one of our Featured Book picks. Ms. Ryan has also written several short stories and a hi...

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Dec 18 2007

How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding, by Arliss Ryan

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It wouldn’t be smart to give Arliss Ryan’s novel How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding to anyone planning to get married in the near future. Ryan’s book (which she based on her experiences as a professional wedding hostess) is witty, well-written, and occasionally touching, but she ruthlessly strips every last drop of glamour and romance from the wedding experience...

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Dec 17 2007

Kissing Snowflakes, by Abby Sher

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Kissing Snowflakes, Abby Sher’s first novel, isn’t outstandingly original, but it features plausible characters and a solidly entertaining storyline. The book reads like a Molly Ringwald movie, but...

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Dec 14 2007

Pushin' for the Oscars

I couldn't stand Joe Wright's recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice (not, as has been suggested, because I'm an impossible-to-please Austen purist, but because the movie was TOTALLY STUPID), an...

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Dec 13 2007

Make every word tell

Here is the Wordcandy stocking stuffer of choice: a new, gorgeously illustrated version of our personal bible, Strunk and White's The Elements of Style:Is it not awesome? This elegant $15 paperbac...

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Dec 12 2007

Wordcandy Summer Trailers Presents: Chronicle Books

Publishers' Spring/Summer catalogs are beginning to roll in, and there's some seriously awesome stuff coming down the pike. We were particularly interested in the artsy, funky, elegantly present...

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Dec 11 2007

Intriguing.

I've never read a Gregory Maguire book, and I'm not leaping to do so - his cover art is good, but the guy seems like a one-trick pony. However, I was mildly tempted by this:In case you can't read...

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