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I saw this at a Seattle bookstore over the weekend:The Joys of Love is a previously unpublished coming-of-age story written by Madeleine L'Engle in the 1940s.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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May 15 2008

It's manga awards season!

The results of the 32nd Kodansha Awards are out, and they've selected some really great-looking stuff this year. (The Kodansha Awards have made plenty of solid picks in the past: both Tramps Like...

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May 15 2008

Jane Austen Continuation Giveaway

To those of you who entered our Jane Austen Continuation Giveaway:The contest is now over. E-mails to the winners will go out this afternoon, and we'd like to extend our sincere thanks to both th...

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May 14 2008

Vampire Knight: the anime

I'm currently watching two K-dramas (I'm marching through Dal Ja's Spring--which is utterly fantastic, by the way--while I wait for subs for the next episodes of The Last Scandal of My Life), but ...

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May 14 2008

Easy-bake evolution

The New York Times is currently featuring an article about a publishing boom in the children's cookbook genre. According to the author, the market for books aimed at youthful cooks is increasingl...

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May 13 2008

Venus Capriccio

According to this article, the four-volume-long shojo manga Venus Capriccio has been licensed by CMX. I've really enjoyed the scanlated chapters of this romantic comedy series*, so I was chagrined...

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May 13 2008

Cheap'n'easy literary cred

Offering a hipster take on the "books by the foot" concept, Urban Outfitters is currently selling an assortment of 20th century classic novels, all obviously chosen for their awesome vintage cover...

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May 12 2008

Picture books for baby techies

Slate is currently featuring a slideshow about the frequently out-of-date portrayal of technology in kids' books.The slideshow introduced me to Sylvia van Ommen's Jellybeans, which kicks off with ...

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May 12 2008

Hollywood matchmaking

There's been action on the Bronte movie adaptation front: according to Variety, Natalie Portman will NOT be playing the heroine in the upcoming Wuthering Heights movie, and according to BuzzSugar...

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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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