May 13 2007

Gregor and the Code of Claw, by Suzanne Collins

Gregor and the Code of Claw, the final installment in Suzanne Collins’s Underland Chronicles, is the most unsatisfying book I have read this year. It’s not a bad book—Collins’s characters...

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May 11 2007

Delaying Jane

Austenblog is reporting that Masterpiece Theatre may delay their broadcast of ITV's Jane Austen adaptations until January '08. (They were originally going to be shown in November '07.) If we ha...

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May 10 2007

Archie goes East

I hear that there's a possibility of an Indian version of the long-running Archie comic books. Apparently, Archie's pretty hot in India, and its publishers are thinking of releasing a culturally-...

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May 9 2007

Babies with books, Part II

And if you're in the market for a great book to share with your zero- to two-year-old, we (as always) have some suggestions!Try Lane Smith's The Happy Hockey Family! and its sequel, The Happy Hock...

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May 8 2007

Babies with books, Part I

We here at Wordcandy HQ try not to get too upset over statistics about the dwindling popularity of reading, but this survey, featured in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, is pret...

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May 7 2007

Zombie titles lurch back to life

While it doesn't compare to our excitement over the upcoming Yotsuba&! volume, we're happy to see that CPM is finally, finally releasing volume four of Full House*. This is a very entertaining ti...

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May 4 2007

Hey, I did remember

As promised, a reminder--tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day, people (and my buddy Patrick says there's some good stuff this year). Get thee to a comic book store and demand (politely) that they turn...

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May 3 2007

Crusie on the move

I recently happened upon the website for Jennifer Crusie's upcoming collaboration with Anne Stuart and Eileen Dreyer, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes. The website isn't much to look at*, but it d...

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May 2 2007

Wow.

We've been known to say that Michael Chabon kinda needs to get over himself, but there's no denying that his books have fantastically awesome cover art. Check it out:Seriously. Such gorgeousness...

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May 1 2007

Evil Genius, by Catherine Jinks

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Catherine Jinks’s novel Evil Genius opens with a list of the classes offered at the Axis Institute. Students can sign up for “Applied Physics”, “Cultural Appreciation”, or “Pragmatic Philosophy”. There’s even a wholesome-sounding offering entitled “Coping Skills”. It looks a lot like any other class list... or it would, if someone hadn’t crossed out the official class names and written in more accurate descriptions...

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May 1 2007

Hmm.

Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a 500-plus-page-long picture book for older children--maybe 40% text and 60% images. I read and enjoyed this book, but I was a little taken aback ...

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Apr 30 2007

Catherine Jinks

Catherine Jinks is a Very Big Deal in Australia, and Harcourt is clearly hoping that her book Evil Genius (the focus of one of our Bok of the Week reviews) will be equally successful here in the S...

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Apr 30 2007

If only it was a recipe for something else.

The mega-cool Virtual History Exhibit at the Horn Book site is currently featuring Laura Ingalls Wilder's recipe for gingerbread (recorded in a 1953 letter to a woman named Jennie Lindquist). Sad...

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Apr 27 2007

When what to my wondering eyes did appear...

I really wanted this t-shirt, but apparently it's already been sold:Alas. Well, I guess I could make do with this one:[Source]

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Apr 26 2007

Book Crush, by Nancy Pearl

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Naturally, we here at Wordcandy have trouble understanding why you might look to anyone else for your book recommendation needs, but we can—reluctantly—accept that occasionally you’re going to str...

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Apr 26 2007

Spin the wheel

New Line's website for their Golden Compass movie adaptation is up and running, and allows fans to play a twenty questions-style game that determines what their deamon would be. (It's kinda fun--m...

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Apr 25 2007

Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust, is America's best-known librarian. She's a regular commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, developed the One Book, One City program, and served as the model for ...

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Apr 25 2007

The Screaming Room, by Thomas O'Callaghan

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Mini-reviews!The Screaming Room, by Thomas O'CallaghanThomas O'Callaghan's The Screaming Room is not a book for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. It's a thriller featuring a series of gr...

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Apr 24 2007

Ironside, by Holly Black

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Fans of Holly Black’s earlier books will be delighted to find that her new novel, Ironside, picks up shortly after Tithe ends and features many of the characters in Valiant. As Ironside opens, Unseelie king-to-be Roiben’s coronation is approaching, and changeling Kaye decides that it’s time to declare her love for him...

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Apr 24 2007

International Trailer Action!

Here is another sneak peak of what to expect this summer from the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now if we could just get a sample chapter from the final bo...

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Apr 23 2007

Oh, for the love of...

It has finally happened: Hollywood is going to make a film version of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising. And you know who is going to direct it? David L. Cunningham, director of the infamous ABC...

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Apr 20 2007

Alice tableware

FishsEddy.com is offering some cool Alice in Wonderland-themed glasses and serving plates:Aren't they pretty? They range in price from $4.50 to $19.95, and I think they're well worth it.

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Apr 20 2007

Support your favorite banned book.

My local bookstore is selling the American Library Association's "Banned Books" bracelets. There's an adult version featuring Howl, Alice in Wonderland, The Color Purple, and three other titles f...

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Apr 18 2007

We like our books pretty.

Have I mentioned what a bargain the Everyman's Library editions are? Published by Knopf Books, this line of over 500 classic titles is beautifully bound and reasonably priced, at about $18 apiece...

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Apr 17 2007

Achewood teaches us about wine.

Achewood.com, home to Chris Onstad's awesomely surreal webcomic of the same name about the group of anthropomorphic toys, robots, and animals that live at 62 Achewood Court, now offers The Achewoo...

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Apr 16 2007

Diana Wynne Jones news!

According to her homepage, the great Diana Wynne Jones's current work-in-progress will feature a guest appearance from Wizard Howl, the hero of Howl's Moving Castle (and a bit player in Castle in ...

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Apr 13 2007

Creepy.

While hunting down artist James Jean's website for yesterday's post, I ran across this, his cover art for William Sleator's novel Among the Dolls:Whoa. Add a clown and that is the freakiest thing...

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Apr 12 2007

Free Comic Book Day is coming soon...

Remember, gentle readers, Free Comic Book Day is coming up on May 5th. I don't know much about this year's titles, but there's one titled The Umbrella Academy that features cover art by the pheno...

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Apr 11 2007

Teen Witch Powers Activate!

Thanks to the fine people at Penguin Books, I have recently discovered Cate Tiernan’s very entertaining YA supernatural/suspense series Sweep*. Ms. Tiernan produced this fifteen-book-long series ...

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Apr 10 2007

Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black is the pen name of prize-winning Irish novelist and journalist John Banville. Banville’s books are short on charm, but long on intelligence, elegant prose, and dark humor. His mys...

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