May 9 2008

Mind-bending

I was recently poking through the Art.com website, and I ran across this:This framed print of an 1894 illustration featuring Mr. Collins proposing to Elizabeth Bennet (from Austen's Pride and Prej...

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May 9 2008

Mother's Day gifts for the procrastinator (Part II)

Sadly, some of us don't have $50 to spend on our mothers (even if said mothers are worth every penny). If you're shopping for Mom on a limited budget, we suggest hitting up your local Goodwill or ...

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May 9 2008

Mother's Day Gifts for the procrastinator (Part I)

Many of us woke up this morning, glanced at our calendars, and realized: Sweet Georgia peaches, Mother's Day is this weekend. (Seriously, how did it sneak up on us like this?) So if you're in the ...

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May 8 2008

Out and about

If you're going to be in the Portland, OR area this evening, supernatural romance/horror writers Richelle Mead and Caitlin Kittredge are going to be at the Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (...

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May 8 2008

May Book Giveaway!

Thanks to the very generous people at Sourcebooks, Inc., five Wordcandy readers have a chance to win a copy of a Jane Austen continuation:Good luck, dear readers. The contest ends next Wednesday, ...

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May 7 2008

Behold: A low-budget vampire version of the Gossip Girl cast!

Holy moly. Are they serious?What am I saying? This is the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight: of course they're serious! And just because I find those poses hilarious, it doesn't mean ...

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May 7 2008

The Invention of Hugo Cabret gets even more visual

According to this, Brian Selznick's graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret is going to be made into a movie:"The adaptation is being ushered into production by GK Films, whose last project was...

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May 6 2008

Picture shows

A literary movie adaptation I definitely will not be seeing:A literary movie adaptation I definitely will see:Dude, Hellboy versus Lucius Malfoy's evil alien cousin?! I can hardly wait!Although...

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May 6 2008

House of Many Ways

Behold, the cover art for the upcoming Diana Wynne Jones release: Thank you, fine people at HarperCollins Children's Publishing! I see they're selling it as a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle (even...

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May 5 2008

The Stone Gods, by Jeanette Winterson

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Jeanette Winterson's novel The Stone Gods opens with the following lines:"This new world weighs a yatto-gram.But everything is trial size; tread-on-me tiny or blurred-out-of-focus huge. There are ...

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May 5 2008

Maximum Ride goes manga-esque

The Free Comic Book Day offering from the up-and-coming group Yen Press was a sneak preview of their manga-style adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride series. I've been excited about this s...

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May 5 2008

Wordcandy Bookshelf: the sequel

As readers of our newsletter know, starting today we will be increasing the number of daily posts on the blog. We're continuing to post Monday through Friday, but upping our post count from one p...

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May 2 2008

In a word: awesome

Behold, a video of a cartoon cat named Nibbles reading aloud the first chapter of Pride and Prejudice:I didn't realize it, but I've waited my whole life to watch this.[Via AustenBlog]

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May 1 2008

Absolute Boyfriend: the drama version

I am not a fan of Yuu Watase's work (a friend made me watch all 8,000 episodes* of Fushigi Yugi in high school, and I've never fully recovered), but she's certainly enormously popular. Her series ...

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Apr 30 2008

The Poem I Turn To: Actors and Directors Present Poetry That Inspires Them, edited by Jason Shinder

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Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, so here’s a last-minute offering: a review of The Poem I Turn To: Actors and Directors Present Poetry That Inspires Them, edited by poet Jason Shind...

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Apr 29 2008

The Sisters Grimm: Tales from the Hood, by Michael Buckley

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Tales from the Hood, the sixth entry in Michael Buckley’s impishly funny Sisters Grimm series, is just as enjoyable as its predecessors—but the increasing darkness and complexity of the Sisters Grimm world has us wondering if Buckley is losing control of his own mythology...

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Apr 29 2008

Anime fans take note:

VIZ Media has announced that they have partnered with the entertainment division of National CineMedia to present Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody. The film (accompanied by exclusive interview...

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Apr 28 2008

Just a reminder...

Don't forget, gentle readers, this upcoming Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, which means you're going to want to shop early and shop often!Click here for more details--there's some good stuff this...

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Apr 25 2008

Books to inspire budding eco-geeks

Nonfiction books about the deterioration of the planet are great for inspiring nightmares about the melting polar ice caps, but the fiction aisle has something to offer, too. The following YA book...

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Apr 24 2008

Go Green: How To Build An Earth-Friendly Community, by Nancy H. Taylor

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Nancy H. Taylor’s Go Green: How To Build an Earth-Friendly Community offers a concise, well-organized guide to a more sustainable lifestyle. Taylor examines everything from green building to loca...

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Apr 23 2008

Cooking for a Small Planet

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."-Albert EinsteinSome of us are vegetarians, some of us are flex...

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Apr 22 2008

Farewell, My Subaru: An Epic Adventure in Local Living, by Doug Fine

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Hoping to reduce his carbon footprint, journalist Doug Fine purchased a sprawling ranch in New Mexico, along with a couple of goats, some solar panels and a truck that runs on vegetable oil. He th...

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Apr 21 2008

Goin' Green

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, the Wordcandy Staff is devoting this week to reviewing the coolest, most Earth-friendly books--everything from memoirs to cookbooks to straight-up fiction.We're kic...

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Apr 18 2008

A Church of Her Own: What Happens When a Woman Takes the Pulpit, by Sarah Sentilles

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While women have been ordained by the Episcopal Church for decades, female clergy still struggle to achieve equality with their male counterparts. Armed with a master of divinity degree from Harva...

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Apr 17 2008

Churchill's Triumph: A Novel of Betrayal, by Michael Dobbs

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Churchill’s Triumph, the fourth and final novel in Michael Dobbs's Churchill series, further explores the unique talents and historical legacy of Winston Churchill. The book takes place over the eight days at Yalta, as three world leaders (Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin Roosevelt) attempt to find the light at the end of the World War II tunnel...

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Apr 17 2008

Succubus in the City, by Nina Harper

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Welcome to part two of our paranormal romance series, featuring reviews of the second installment of a young adult vampire series and a book about the exciting lives of New York succubae...

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Apr 16 2008

50 Ways to Hex Your Lover, by Linda Wisdom

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We’ve received a number of supernatural romance novels recently, featuring everything from witches to succubae to cat-people from space, so we’ll be posting four reviews over the next two days. Ke...

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Apr 15 2008

Death and Taxes

I don't have much time today (I have to go pay my taxes, and something tells me that will involve waiting in a long, boring line), so I'm just posting a quick Tax Day book rec:Before her death in ...

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Apr 14 2008

My apologies for doubting you, Ms. Smith.

Apparently, author L.J. Smith actually meant it when she said that her publisher was re-releasing her Night World series. (Frankly, I'd filed that idea under "wishful thinking", seeing as re-print...

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Apr 11 2008

Jeanne Birdsall

Jeanne Birdsall is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Penderwicks and its sequel: Featured Book pick The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. We have our doubts about the plausibili...

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