Jul 13 2007

Harry Potter Toolishness, Part II

CURSE YOU, SIENNA MILLER!!!When will British girls learn? I don't care HOW cute you are, Emma Watson, NO ONE is cute enough to carry off this kind of outfit. Those BOOTS! That SATIN! Those... dang...

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Jul 12 2007

New Bond book

According to the Associated Press, the estate of the late Ian Fleming has selected British author Sebastian Faulks to write a new James Bond story. Faulks' novel, Devil May Care, is due to come o...

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Jul 11 2007

Deck yourself out

If you like Harry Potter shirts, but don't want to actually set foot in a Hot Topic, there are still some pretty awesome options out there:Support Buckbeak:I really like this one--very wearable, n...

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Jul 10 2007

Young Harry looks a little toolish

Details magazine is currently featuring an oh-so-saucy interview with Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter movie franchise. I didn't read the whole thing (I get tired of Details' tone of co...

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Jul 9 2007

Avalon High Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy, by Meg Cabot

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Meg Cabot’s books are pure escapist fun. Shojo manga—well, some of it—is also pure escapist fun. So combining the two should create some kind of super pure escapist fun, right? TOKYOPOP ho...

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Jul 9 2007

Yet another vamp series rec

My mother suggested that I check out Marta Acosta's vampire/romance series. Acosta's first book is Happy Hour at Casa Dracula, followed by Midnight Brunch, with a third book due to be released in...

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Jul 6 2007

Books on demand?

According to this, patrons of the New York Public Library will soon be able to use the machine at left to "print off books free of charge, the end result of which is supposedly 'indistinguishable...

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Jul 5 2007

Meh.

The trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club is now available on the web.I was underwhelmed by this book (although I know and respect several people...

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Jul 3 2007

Crusie and friends, part II

Well, here's the cover art for Jennifer Crusie's upcoming collaboration with Bob Mayer, Agnes and the Hitman:And here's the official publisher's description:"Agnes Crandall, a food columnist bette...

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Jul 2 2007

Lovely Complex

Viz Media is set to release their translation of the first volume of the shojo comic Lovely Complex tomorrow (they've retitled it Love*Com). Lovely Complex is an exceptionally cute odd-couple lo...

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Jul 1 2007

Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is one of our favorite YA authors. Both 2006’s Major Crush and 2007’s The Boys Next Door are smart, funny romantic comedies with equally smart, funny heroines. Please note, Ms. E...

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Jul 1 2007

The Boys Next Door, by Jennifer Echols

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It’s clear that Simon and Schuster hasn't exactly pulled out all the PR stops for YA novelist Jennifer Echols. Both of her books (2006’s Major Crush and the just-released The Boys Next Door) are ...

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Jun 29 2007

Mr. Spock! How COULD you?!

I was at work the other day, minding my own business, when a co-worker mentioned in passing a song about Bilbo Baggins sung by Leonard Nimoy. "How can it be that I haven't heard of this before?" I...

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Jun 28 2007

Evildoers beware

Mark your calendars--The Tick Vs: Season Two is due out on DVD on August 7th! Its $34.99 price tag is a little painful, but this gloriously strange mid-nineties cartoon is totally worth it.

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Jun 26 2007

Hocus pocus... with a little hanky-panky

The release of The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, Jennifer Crusie's newest collaboration (with authors Eileen Dreyer & Anne Stuart) totally snuck up on me this week. I think between anticipating the i...

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Jun 26 2007

WHHHHYYYY????

Slate has posted an essay about the upcoming movie adaptation of Richard Yates's 1961 book Revolutionary Road, described by the essayist as "one of the most depressing novels ever written". Why i...

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Jun 25 2007

The Last Summer (of You and Me), by Ann Brashares

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I have spent years avoiding books like Ann Brashares's novel The Last Summer (of You and Me). Everything about it--the dreary cover art, the tasteful font, even the artistically placed paren...

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Jun 24 2007

Austin Grossman

According to his publicist, Austin Grossman is a "freelance game-design consultant and a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he specializes in...

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Jun 24 2007

Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman

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At first glance, Austin Grossman’s debut novel Soon I Will Be Invincible has a lot in common with Ben Edlund’s The Tick. Both are witty stories about superheroes and their villainous counterparts attempting to make a name for themselves in cities that are overrun with muscle-bound do-gooders...

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Jun 22 2007

Holy cats!

HarperCollins Canada will apparently be offering a new edition of Susan Juby's Alice, I Think, aimed at adult readers. This book (due out in early August) is a perfect fit for the adult market--le...

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Jun 21 2007

Have we been missing out again?

Operating on a reader recommendation, I've put in a request for the 2005 Tor reprints of Michael de Larrabeitti's Borribles trilogy (originally published between 1978 and 1986). This is yet anoth...

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Jun 20 2007

Seems a little tacky.

Romance author Julia Quinn is offering what she calls "second epilogues" through her website. Each epilogue is about 30 pages long, and is available as an $1.99 HarperCollins e-book. Ms. Quinn h...

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Jun 19 2007

Wordcandy Book Snippet

Excerpt from:The Brat, by Lynsay SandsWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Sands' books are sweet, funny, and pleasantly free of buttheaded male main characters. I can't tell you how rare th...

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Jun 18 2007

Gakuen Alice

We were excited to hear that Gakuen Alice, one of the darkest kid mangas on the planet, has finally been licensed. AnimeonDVD.com is reporting that Tokyopop will be releasing the first volume of G...

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Jun 15 2007

Father's Day Gift Suggestions, Part II

While all of the titles on our first list of suggested Father's Day Gifts are still awesome, we thought we'd add a few more books to to the pile.For the dad who likes mysteries, we suggest The Mon...

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Jun 14 2007

Uh... right.

There's yet another book being hyped as the next Harry Potter--but this one, at least, is being hyped by the same publisher who "discovered" Rowling's series. Barry Cunningham, a publisher for Ch...

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Jun 13 2007

Cute!

Powells.com is selling an adorable tote bag containing the first two Nancy Drew titles--The Secret of the Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase, for a mere $13.99. The bag itself features the origin...

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Jun 12 2007

New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

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New Moon, the sequel to Stephenie Meyer’s hugely successful YA novel Twilight, tries to take this ongoing vampire romance saga in a new direction... but hardcore fans of the first book shouldn’t worry: New Moon is just as silly as its predecessor...

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Jun 12 2007

ONE TO THREE MONTHS?!?

And this is why I can't stand the Korean manhwa publisher ICE Kunion: not only have they been blithely promising us the second volume of Goong for MONTHS, now they're screwing us over on volumes o...

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Jun 11 2007

See the bear dance...

Interested parties can now download the high-definition trailer for the upcoming The Golden Compass movie. While all the human actors look great--I can't believe how slinky Nicole Kidman looks--t...

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