Nov 4 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Tandem, by Anna Jarzab

Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Anna Jarzab's Tandem, the first installment in a projected trilogy. Early reviews are mixed, but I've really enjoyed Jarzab's previous two books, so my hopes remain high...

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Oct 31 2013

Superheroism

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In additional comic book news, DC Comics has hired Toronto cartoonist Jeff Lemire to create a new title inspired by a teenage girl from James Bay, Canada. The 15-year-old girl in question, Shannen Koostachin, was a member of the Attawapiskat First Nation who advocated for equitable education funding for native children...

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Oct 31 2013

Just what the world needs

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Neil Gaiman gave NPR a lengthy interview about The Sandman: Overture, a prequel series to his long-running Sandman comic book series. I'm mildly stoked about the idea, but...

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Oct 29 2013

Everyone I know is getting this for Christmas.

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At long, looooong last, Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half book has finally arrived! The book was originally supposed to come out last fall, but...

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Oct 29 2013

Burnt offerings

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In one of the odder marketing tie-ins of recent memory, high-end chocolatier Vosges has released a line of Hunger Games-inspired chocolates. I'm not sure what a bunch of poverty-stricken industrial districts in a dystopian society have to do with $5 candy bars...

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Oct 28 2013

The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler

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Apart from an overly poetic opening sequence that compares the heroine to a “leggy foal contorted in the womb” (seriously), Sonia Gensler's novel The Dark Between is an enjoyably atmospheric and unpretentious historical fantasy-adventure story...

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Oct 28 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Sonia Gensler's gothic romance The Dark Between, which I'm hoping (based entirely upon its title and cover art, as I haven't actually read the official description yet) is a Halloween-appropriate choice. Our review should go up later today...

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Oct 24 2013

My eyes, they roll

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I have serious doubts about this, you guys: BBC News recently posted a round-up article about the upcoming series of six contemporary re-workings of Jane Austen's books. The HarperCollins project kicks off this month with Joanna Trollope's version of Sense and Sensibility, due out on October 29th. Future authors include...

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Oct 24 2013

Big-screen Little Women

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So... they're trying to make another Little Women movie. According to Variety, the Sony Pictures project has been handed to a newbie scriptwriter named Olivia Milch. There's no word on casting or director or anything, but seeing as previous incarnations have starred...

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Oct 23 2013

Awkward!

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CNN informs me that reclusive To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee is suing the Monroe County Heritage Museum for trademark infringement. Lee's suit hinges on the argument...

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Oct 22 2013

New, pretty, arguably improved

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Anthropologie has a habit of trotting out adorably re-designed classic book reprints shortly before the holidays. I'm not as excited about the cover art featured on...

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Oct 22 2013

A fool and their money are soon parted.

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I love soccer, and I love books, but I cannot imagine anyone shelling out for former Brazilian legend Pelé's new book 1283, which will apparently cost 1,225 euros (approximately $1700) and weigh over thirty pounds...

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Oct 21 2013

Across A Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund

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I seriously wanted to love Diana Peterfreund's 2012 novel For Darkness Shows the Stars—it's a post-apocalyptic YA reworking of Jane Austen's Persuasion, and who hasn't always longed for one of those? Unfortunately, the story suffered from the same problem I usually have with Peterfreund's writing: she has style, intelligence, and imagination, but...

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Oct 21 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Across A Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Diana Peterfreund's Across A Star-Swept Sea, a "companion novel" (in this case, that means "not a sequel, but set in the same world") to 2012's For Darkness Shows the Stars. Both books have enjoyably weird literary ambitions: For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic YA retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, while Across A Star-Swept Sea is an equally bizarre re-working of the Baroness Orczy's...

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Oct 17 2013

Discounted home decor for your inner goth

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If you're a member of the discount-furnishings site Joss & Main, they're currently running a sale on Edgar Allan Poe-inspired furniture. (People frequently get confused on how to spell Poe's middle name—“Allan” or “Allen”. I'm pretty sure the former is correct, but J&M hedges their bets by spelling it both ways; “Allan” in the header and “Allen” in the text.) I've never thought of Poe as a "design icon", but whatever...

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Oct 17 2013

Non-shocking confessions

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I can't stop myself from hate-reading NPR's My Guilty Pleasure posts, in which authors recommend their favorite "embarrassing, but addictive reads". As longtime readers of the site know, I feel strongly that you should never be ashamed of the things you like (as long as they're not, y'know, illegal or immoral), and describing intelligent, witty genre authors like Georgette Heyer as a "guilty pleasure"...

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Oct 16 2013

Pride and Prejudice reworked (some more)

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There was some good news on the Jane Austen continuation/retelling front this week: AustenBlog posted a very positive review of Nancy Kelley's His Good Opinion, and I was pleased to see that Lara S. Ormiston's upcoming Pride and Prejudice retelling Unequal Affection has been blessed with lovely cover art...

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Oct 15 2013

Rick Riordan gives an update

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And speaking of Rick Riordan's The House of Hades (which I was, at least in passing), the author recently gave a lengthy interview to Publishers Weekly, which included an update on his upcoming series about the Norse gods...

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Oct 15 2013

If that extra minute matters...

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I'm definitely going to read Veronica Roth's Allegiant, but I'm not invested enough to go out at midnight on October 22 to pick up a copy. (In contrast, if Rick Riordan's The House of Hades had been available at midnight, I would have been there with bells on.) However, more hardcore Roth fans can now get a teeny-tiny head start on the story...

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Oct 14 2013

The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

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I have never understood James Dashner's success. He has some fun ideas, and his best-selling Maze Runner series definitely came out at the perfect, immediately-post-Hunger Games time, but his characters are incredibly boring. But he has zillions of fans who obviously feel otherwise, so I did my best to approach his new book The Eye of Minds without preconceptions...

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Oct 14 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner

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The first order of business after our unscheduled break: a book giveaway. This week's pick is James Dashner's The Eye of Minds, described as "the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares". I wasn't a fan of Dashner's earlier series, but maybe this will knock my socks off. Our review should go up later today...

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Oct 8 2013

A brief hiatus

Due to a death in the family, Wordcandy.net will not be updated until October 14th, 2013. We appreciate your support and patience!

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Sep 26 2013

The Giver to hit big screens

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Cinema Blend recently posted an article about the Weinstein Company's upcoming film adaptation of Lois Lowry's The Giver, beloved by sixth-grade teachers everywhere (except for those sixth-grade teachers that think it should be burned because of its satanic agenda, of course). The movie will star...

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Sep 25 2013

Untold: The Lynburn Legacy, Book Two, by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Sarah Rees Brennan's novel Unspoken was one of my favorite YA books of 2012. I objected to the twee cover art, the overly-mannered dialogue, and the underdeveloped antagonist, but I was utterly in love with the protagonists' romantic conflict: an example of teen angst done absolutely right...

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Sep 24 2013

Cooking with Roald Dahl

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The blog Paper and Salt (which attempts to "recreate and reinterpret the dishes that iconic authors discuss in their letters, diaries, essays, and fiction") doesn't update often, and even more rarely does it feature authors that I like, but the author recently came up with a recipe inspired by Roald Dahl's "Frozen Homemade Kit-Kat Cake"...

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Sep 24 2013

Impractical storage

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Most of me really likes this bookshelf, but even I have to admit it looks like the least-efficient book storage unit on the planet. The artist (Matt Innes) describes it as a "personal typographic bookshelf sized to fit just those books you go back to time & again", but I'm pretty sure that's just a fancy way of saying "ONLY FOR SHOW"...

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Sep 23 2013

Getting In, by Karen Stabiner

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I found Karen Stabiner's novel Getting In surprisingly readable, despite the fact that fully 99% of its plot could be summed up with a dismissive “First world problems”...

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Sep 23 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Getting In, by Karen Stabiner

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Karen Stabiner's Getting In, a novel about five Los Angeles families obsessed (to varying degrees) with getting their children into good colleges. I'm fascinated by the modern college application process—when I was applying, roughly fifteen years ago, it seemed like they took anyone with a B+ average and a pulse—but things are obviously verrrrry different now, and this novel explores those changes...

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Sep 19 2013

Quirky

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I don't have a toddler, and I certainly don't have $300 to blow on a novelty lamp, but I'm still coveting this Miffy Lamp XL, inspired by the Miffy series of picture books drawn and written by Dutch artist Dick Bruna. I've never read the Miffy books, which were introduced in the 1950s, but they're apparently famous enough to...

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Sep 19 2013

Pompeii!

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I've always had a soft spot for Meg Cabot's 2002 romance novel She Went All The Way, despite its terrible title, which meant I cracked up when I heard that someone was finally making a movie about the destruction of Pompeii. See, in Cabot's book the heroine—Lou Calabrese—is a screen writer whose actor ex-boyfriend Barry dumps her after she makes him famous by writing him a star-making role in a Titanic-style blockbuster called Hindenburg...

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