Feb 5 2008

Ballet Shoes, the movie

I've been periodically checking up on the progress of the BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, but I still managed to totally miss the boat: this made-for-TV movie aired on December ...

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Feb 4 2008

Comic news round-up

Publishers Weekly recently published an interview with indie comic god Jeff Smith. Click here to read more about Smith's upcoming title RASL, a quarterly series PW describes as "a blend of science...

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Feb 1 2008

Why, movie gods? WHYYYY?!?

Variety is reporting that Hollywood is making ANOTHER film adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Now, as longtime Wordcandy readers know, I am not a fan of Wuthering Heights (classic lo...

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Jan 31 2008

The clock is ticking...

Today is the LAST DAY to nab a free digitally downloaded episode of Bleach, Naruto, or Death Note from VIZ Media and Amazon Unbox, Amazon’s digital video download service.Unbox normally offers epi...

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Jan 30 2008

Life is unfair.

Check out this announcement from Harvard:J.K. Rowling, author of the world-renowned "Harry Potter" novels, will be the principal speaker during the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard University's 357t...

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Jan 29 2008

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of the entertaining YA fantasy Runemarks, one of our Featured Book titles. While Runemarks was given one of those irritating staggered release dates (the British versi...

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Jan 29 2008

Runemarks, by Joanne Harris

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Joanne Harris’s novel Runemarks—her first book for children—features an intriguing female protagonist, a collection of secondary characters from Norse mythology, and an imaginative, fully-developed setting. There have been more impressive fantasy novels released in the past few years, but Runemarks is a solid entry into the growing field of entertaining novels for young readers written by “serious” authors...

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Jan 29 2008

It's alive!!!

Well, we're finally seeing signs of life on the Yen Press/ICE Kunion front. Yen Press's webpage is UP, and it's full of Korean-manhwa goodness. Yes, dear readers: new volumes of Goong, Angel Dia...

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Jan 28 2008

Azuma!

Remember the adorable Yotsuba&! "Cardbo" doll we mentioned a few weeks ago? Well, click here to see how to turn it into this:I want one.In other Kiyohiko Azuma news, Yotsuba&! volume six is due ou...

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Jan 25 2008

Austen Week, part V

Several months ago we were offered a pile of Austen-inspired novels from the fine people at Sourcebooks, Inc.. While all of the titles were entertaining, we were particularly impressed by Sybil G....

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Jan 24 2008

Austen Week, part IV

And if you're really, truly, fantastically geeky, there's always the Pride and Prejudice board game.I kid you not:Tomorrow, we review!

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Jan 23 2008

Austen Week, part III

Today we express our love for Jane through shopping!There are bags:There are extremely classy tank tops:And there's this, which I totally, totally want:All of these and much, much more are availab...

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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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