Jan 7 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Smooth Criminals: Issues 1 & 2, by Kurt Lustgarten and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith

Our current Book Giveaway is the first two issues of Smooth Criminals, the second comic by Misfit City creators Kurt Lustgarten and Kerstin "Kiwi" Smith. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler: they still have some kinks to work out. This giveaway will run through 3/09/19...

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Jan 3 2019

Original sources

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This is fascinating, from The Guardian: "Spanish academic gets €1.5m EU grant to rescue 'women's writing'." Apparently, the European Research Council has given Carme Font, an English literature professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a €1.5m grant to...

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Jan 3 2019

Free books~

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And in other good beginning-of-the-year news, I just learned that Apple is letting people download six classic audiobook editions for free. Each novel features a recognizable celebrity narrator, with the exception of Winnie-the-Pooh...

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Jan 2 2019

Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe), by Jane Austen

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I'm hoping to start 2019 on a good note, so my first review choice of the year is the Penguin Classics Deluxe 200th anniversary edition of Jane Austen's Persuasion. Alas, it isn't quite the note-perfect edition of my dreams, but it is far and away the best option I've encountered to date...

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Jan 2 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Persuasion (Penguin Classics Deluxe), by Jane Austen

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It's a short week, but let's start off 2019 right: with Jane Austen. This week's Book Giveaway is the Penguin Classics Deluxe edition of Persuasion. Due to the wonky holiday schedule, we're extending this giveaway through Monday, January 7th. A full review will follow shortly...

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Dec 20 2018

Lovecraft, improved

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Slate recently posted an essay about the many nods to H.P. Lovecraft in the recent DC movie adaptation of Aquaman. The writer also points out, with understandable pleasure, the many ways in which this new film would shock and horrify...

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Dec 20 2018

Maybe Apple will let him kick that stupid football

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Apple has picked up the rights to produce new content based on Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. I wasn't raised on the various Peanuts specials, so I don't fully grasp their appeal...

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Dec 19 2018

Not sure how it will work as an ongoing series, though.

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Okay, I am REALLY excited about this upcoming modern-day adaptation of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. A) I love that story, and B) this version will apparently be set on Bainbridge Island...

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Dec 18 2018

Worth MORE than what you pay for them

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The Hollywood Reporter is offering a sneak peek at next year's Free Comic Book Day offerings, and they look pretty good! There's always a lot of industry tie-ins...

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Dec 18 2018

Whatever sells

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According to Deadline, Disney recently won a bidding war for the rights to Melissa de la Cruz's latest YA book, 29 Dates. I've never enjoyed de la Cruz's writing, but plenty of people do: she's written over 40 books, most of which were hugely successful...

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Dec 17 2018

Little White Lies, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Jennifer Lynn Barnes's books must have great elevator pitches: cheerleader spies! Magic-granting tattoos! Teenage FBI agents! Unfortunately, her latest effort, Little White Lies, doesn't fully lean in to the wildness of its Gilmore Girls-meets-Peyton Place premise. Barnes is a solid writer, but her books are never as cheesy as they sound, and this was a story that could have used significantly more cheese...

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Dec 17 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Little White Lies, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jennifer Lynn Barnes's latest, Little White Lies, which combines some girl-power crime-fighting with a Gilmore Girls-inspired premise. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 12/28/18...

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Dec 12 2018

Unexpected

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Huh. There's apparently going to be a Netflix TV show about professional tidier Marie Kondo's work. I'm a little surprised there's a market for this, but I was a little surprised by the success of Ms. Kondo's book(s), too..

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Dec 12 2018

Problem solving

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This is great: according to CBS News, the East Los Angeles Library allows their young patrons to pay their overdue fees by reading. If you're 21 or younger, you can "read away" your late fees at at rate of $5 an hour...

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Dec 11 2018

A present from the internet

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If you're desperate for a new Jenny Crusie novel after her eight-year hiatus, I have good(ish) news: she just posted the first draft of the first act of her work-in-progress on her blog, and you can read it...

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Dec 10 2018

Here's hoping

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In other (and even more exciting!) Neflix news, the streaming service has announced that they are going to make a live-action, 10-episode-long adaptation of the 1998 anime Cowboy Bebop. This series has been rumored for ages...

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Dec 10 2018

Eh... maybe?

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According to The Guardian, Neflix has announced plans to produced a number of animated adaptations of Roald Dahl's work. In addition to new versions of stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, and The Twits, Netflix is...

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Dec 9 2018

Frederica, by Georgette Heyer

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Orignally published in 1965, Georgette Heyer's novel Frederica is once again available, this time as part of Sourcebooks' charmingly packaged “Georgette Heyer Signature Collection”. Frederica falls just a hair short of Heyer's best work, but pretty much any other historical romance novelist would consider this their masterpiece...

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Dec 9 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Frederica, by Georgette Heyer

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It's been a while since I've reviewed a Georgette Heyer novel, and luckily there are some brand-new editions of her books for me to enjoy! This week's book giveaway is Heyer's Frederica, originally published in 1965...

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Dec 6 2018

Oh, no.

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I still can't believe that a sexy One Direction self-insertion fanfic found a mainstream publisher... and then became a best-seller... and is now being made into an intensely cheesy-looking feature film...

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Dec 6 2018

So many choices!

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I've never heard of the gossip website Oh No They Didn't!'s monthly reading challenge before, but I really like this idea: in December, they're challenging their followers to read a book that won an award (any award) in 2018...

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Dec 5 2018

Maybe over the holidays!

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I had no idea the upcoming movie Bird Box was based on a book. The timing of the release seems unfortunate (it's definitely going to be compared to A Quiet Place), but apparently the author of the book...

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Dec 4 2018

I've got a copy somewhere...

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In honor of William Goldman, who died at age 87 last month, Slate published a loving tribute to The Princess Bride—both Goldman's novel, and his skillful adaption into the beloved 1987 film of the same name...

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Dec 4 2018

Pricey but intriguing

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Last month, LitHub posted an article about SP Books' upcoming reprint of the original, unedited manuscript of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. This edition is...

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Dec 3 2018

The Dark Days Deceit, by Alison Goodman

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Maybe this is a sign that I'm thinking too much about baked goods right now, but Alison Goodman's The Dark Days Deceit reminded me very much of one of those professionally decorated sugar cookies—technically impressive, but not that much fun to consume...

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Dec 3 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Days Deceit, by Alison Goodman

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Dark Days Deceit, the final book in Alison Goodman's ambitious Lady Helen trilogy. Thus far, this has been a series I've admired more than I've loved, but I never count Goodman out—I get distracted by her elaborate plotting and world-building, but her stories can deliver an unexpected emotional punch. A full review will follow shortly...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #8

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And last but not least, Gift Idea #8, chosen because I'm hungry: my favorite cookbooks of 2018! (prices vary, but they're all in the $25 range)

I'm trying to resist buying too many more cookbooks, because I'm running out of room to actually, y'know, cook, but sometimes a cookbook is just too alluring to resist. This year's evil tempters include...

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Nov 30 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #7

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Gift Idea #7: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, by Taschen Books ($40)

We recently chatted about Taschen Books' exquisite coffee table collection of Danish artist Kay Nielsen's long-lost illustrations for 1,001 Nights. While that particular book will set you back $300, Taschen also offers East of the Sun and West of the Moon...

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Nov 29 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #6

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Gift Idea #6: The complete Lockwood & Co. series, by Jonathan Stroud (approximately $35 for paperback editions)

If you're shopping for a teenager (or an adult who isn't above reading YA literature), we can't recommend this series highly enough. Seriously, it's wildly imaginative and deeply creepy and the teeniest bit romantic, and...

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Nov 29 2018

Holiday Gift Pick #5

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Gift Idea #5: Anything by Taro Gomi, but particularly the recent re-release of The Crocodile and the Dentist ($16.99)

Taro Gomi has written more than 400 books, and while he lacks the current kid-lit buzz of, say, Mo Willems, his stories are a consistent hit. I was pleased to see that Chronicle Books has re-released his picture book The Crocodile and the Dentist...

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