Jun 12 2007

New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer

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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Jun 8 2007

Another one bites the dust

The film review site Pajiba is reporting that one of the big literary successes of 2006, Marisha Pessl's debut novel Specialty Topics in Calamity Physics, is going to be turned into a movie.This...

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Jun 7 2007

New romance recommendation

While going through the slim pickings in a small English-language bookstore in Italy, I unenthusiastically selected Single White Vampire, a cheesy-looking book by a writer I'd never heard of befor...

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Jun 6 2007

Cover art saves

We don't know anything about this book, and (if it's anything like the lion's share of Austen continuations/retellings) it will probably blow like a fog horn, but at least it has a snappy cover.So...

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Jun 5 2007

Desperate Duchesses, by Eloisa James

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Romance novelist and Shakespeare professor Eloisa James clearly wants her books to push the boundaries of the romance genre. But while originality is a commendable goal, it’s usually a good idea to ...

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Jun 5 2007

We are BACK...

...and to celebrate our return to the vitally important world of pop-fiction-related blogging, I think somebody needs to send me an e-mail assuring me that this article is actually the world's lat...

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May 30 2007

No Humans Involved, by Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstong’s most recent book, No Humans Involved, is the first installment of her Women of the Otherworld series to feature a character without name-taking and ass-kicking magical powers. In fact, necromancer Jaime Vegas has decidedly mixed feelings about her “gift”—on one hand, it allows her to work as a successful celebrity medium; on the other, ghosts are constantly hanging around...

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May 28 2007

Manga babes in stars-and-stripes bikinis?

Here's an interesting article about the U.S. Navy using manga to explain its presence to the Japanese people. Er... I'm having some trouble imagining how a storyline could be built around this co...

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May 26 2007

Further unfairness

The Janet Evanovich editions aren't the only examples of superior cover art to be found in Europe. I am only on day ten of this trip, and I've already lusted after a girly, funky paperback copy of...

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May 24 2007

Lucky...

How come the Europeans get much, much cooler copies of the Janet Evanovich books then we do in the States?Totally not fair. Somebody should protest.

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May 22 2007

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things, by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes series is one of our favorites. It’s smart, straightforward, and it hasn’t put itself under pressure by announcing a finite number of installments, so plot lines develop at a natural pace. Van Draanen's eponymous heroine is a genuinely likable character, and her adventures consist of a nicely judged blend of mystery, romance, and hair-raising adventure...

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May 19 2007

Out for lunch

Hey, everybody. The Wordcandy staff is currently on vacation, so updates to the blog may be spotty for the next few days. The main site is all loaded up with new releases, though, so please head...

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May 17 2007

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, by Joss Whedon

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When we first heard that Joss Whedon was going to write a comic book series that would serve as the eighth season of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, we weren’t sold on the idea. The first f...

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May 16 2007

Joss Whedon

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade, you've at least heard of Joss Whedon, creator of television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the much-loved, short-lived Firefly. ...

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May 16 2007

A worthy effort

Square Fish Books has just released a gorgeous and inexpensive ($6.99) new paperback edition to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Madeleine L'Engle's Newberry-award-winning A Wrinkle in Time. Che...

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May 15 2007

Now with pictures

We're very excited to see that there's going to be a graphic novel adaptation of Eoin Colfer's first Artemis Fowl book, due out in October. According to Colfer's website, the book will be a faith...

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May 14 2007

Best. Website. EVER.

Many thanks to Lori for introducing me to the "Longmire Does Romance Novels" website, a collection of totally awesome re-imagined romance novel covers. My favorite is Chili Supper for Satan (ori...

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May 13 2007

Laurie Halse Anderson

Like many other YA novelists, Laurie Halse Anderson writes books about troubled teenagers (although their troubles vary widely on the crisis-o-meter). We usually avoid novels like these, but Ande...

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May 13 2007

Gregor and the Code of Claw, by Suzanne Collins

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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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