Jun 5 2008

"Writing as Ian Fleming", huh?

The new James Bond novel is out, and it's written by some guy named Sebastian Faulks: According to the veerrry fine, veerrry pale print between the two authors' names (can you guys even read that...

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Jun 5 2008

Runaways: the movie

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel's Runaways series will be getting its very own film adaptation sometime in the (probably very distant) future. Series creator Brian K. Vaughn is writin...

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Jun 4 2008

The Foundling: Monster Blood Tattoo, by D. M. Cornish

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Poor Rosamund Bookchild. Orphaned and odd, he just can’t catch a break. He's scrawny and curious in a world where neither is desirable. Kids pick on him, potential employers pass him over, and al...

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Jun 4 2008

Naomi and Ely's No-Kiss List, by David Leviathan and Rachel Cohn

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David Levithan writes about teenagers so well that I originally thought he must not be too far divorced from his own teen years. As it turns out, he’s thirty-eight—but his writing does an excellen...

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Jun 3 2008

*Scowls*

AintItCoolNews has posted some Yotsuba&! news--nothing about a definitive release date for volume 6, but they're featuring a Q-and-A session with Chris Oarr, the sales and marketing representative...

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Jun 3 2008

Expanding the empire

According to Variety, Disney's plans for Kingdom Comics are progressing nicely. This new division will develop graphic novels for film adaptation (and turn past live-action films into comics). It...

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Jun 2 2008

Studio Ghibli takes on The Little Mermaid

We're seeing early images from Hayao Miyazaki's upcoming film Ponyo on the Cliff:Ponyo is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale The Little Mermaid. The plot centers on a gold...

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Jun 2 2008

Call of the Highland Moon, by Kendra Leigh Castle

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Kendra Leigh Castle’s debut novel Call of the Highland Moon kicks off with a supernatural twist on the meet cute device: When werewolf Gideon MacInnes is attacked by his cousin’s minions during a ...

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May 30 2008

Julia Quinn picks up the pace

Speaking of Ms. Quinn...I am not a huge Julia Quinn fan--her books are pleasant, but rarely memorable--but I found myself unusually interested in the secondary couple in her just-released The Los...

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May 30 2008

Avon Books gets time out of purgatory

Avon Books has launched a charity called Love Gives Back. According to their website, "Love Gives Back [is] a new program where you'll get Sneak Peeks into upcoming releases and be able to read Av...

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May 29 2008

Excited about that 800-word-long Harry Potter prequel?

For those of you just turning on your computers, J.K. Rowling has written an 800-word mini-prequel to her Harry Potter series that will be auctioned off for a charity benefiting Dyslexia Action. I...

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May 29 2008

We’ll have YA fantasy coming out of our ears.

I’m still waiting to see what Megan Whalen Turner will publish next (where did that woman go?), but several other A-list fantasy writers are marching towards their next publication:1. Robin McKinl...

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May 28 2008

Princess Ben, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s new novel Princess Ben is a major departure from her earlier works, Dairy Queen and The Off Season. While Dairy Queen and The Off Season focused on the trials of a dairy-farming teenager with dreams of playing high school football in small-town Wisconsin...

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May 28 2008

Creeptastic

Check it out:Wow! I've never read Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember*, but Bill Murray? Tim Robbins? Martin Landau? Those are some big names for a kid movie--not that ths particular preview seems a...

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May 28 2008

Build-a-library

While wandering through my local bookstore last night, I came across the new line of Puffin Classics re-releases. Each of the titles featured below costs $4.99, and includes an introduction by a w...

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May 27 2008

I think we're reading these titles a little differently.

Check out this blog post on Guardian.co.uk about the sexism faced by female fantasy authors. I have no doubt female writers encounter considerable sexism*, but I'm not sure I agree with such stat...

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May 27 2008

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 10th Anniversary Edition

Scholastic has announced an upcoming 10th Anniversary edition of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The re-release will cost $30.00, feature new artwor...

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May 23 2008

No, thank you.

I see that Jenny Downham's novel Before I Die has been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction award. We were offered a copy of this novel for review several months ago and I politely dec...

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May 23 2008

Yearly top ten lists already?

I have no problem with the books featured on Booklist Online's list of the Top 10 SF/Fantasy for Youth: 2008 titles, but that title is misleading--it isn't really a list of this year's top sci-fi/...

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May 22 2008

Skip Beat! to be made into a T-drama?

I'm hearing rumors that Yoshiko Nakamura's deliciously funny revenge manga Skip Beat! is going to be made into a Taiwanese drama starring Ariel Lin. Frankly, my hopes are not high.Not everything ...

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May 22 2008

Lynne Rossetto Kasper guest-blogging for Powell's

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of NPR's The Splendid Table and co-author (with producer Sally Swift) of the awesome new cookbook The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper: Recipes, Stories, and Opinions...

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May 21 2008

Lisa Kleypas to spice up the fall book season...

...with not one but two(!!!) new historicals, and it looks like A Wallflower Christmas will be coming out in HARDCOVER:(I'd be even more excited about this if the book didn't cost $16.99, which te...

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May 21 2008

Books I don't care about are going to be made into movies I won't see

According to this, they're going to make a movie out of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series (big when I was in sixth grade), according to this they're making another Nicholas Sparks adaptation (ugh!), ...

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May 20 2008

ABC Family (hearts) Meg Cabot

According to the News page of Meg Cabot's website, ABC Family has optioned her standalone novel Jinx as a TV movie and her Heather Wells mysteries as a series. Cabot's novels have already inspire...

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May 20 2008

Gossip Girl: Season One on DVD

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the release date for the DVD version of the (semi-)hit show Gossip Girl is August 19th. The DVD (which retails for an eyebrow-raising $59.98, although Amazon is...

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May 19 2008

A new book from a late author

I saw this at a Seattle bookstore over the weekend:The Joys of Love is a previously unpublished coming-of-age story written by Madeleine L'Engle in the 1940s. The book includes an introduction by...

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May 19 2008

Scanlations for the people

As many of you know, we host scanlated versions of two Korean manhwa series on the main site: Banhonsa: The Spirit Returner and Absolute Witch, both by Kim Tae Yeon and both scanlated by the group...

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May 18 2008

Chick lit fans take note: Dal Ja's Spring is totally awesome.

I have an urgent entertainment recommendation, dear readers: if you enjoy the school of literature that focuses on the romantic and career struggles of thirtysomething women, you should definitely...

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May 16 2008

The Quotable Austen

We got a ton of responses to our recent Jane Austen Giveaway, and were pleased to see selections from each of Austen's six novels. All of the submissions were great, so we thought we'd share a few...

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May 16 2008

Death Note promotion

I just got the following notice from VIZ Media:"San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, anim...

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