May 30 2007

No Humans Involved, by Kelley Armstrong

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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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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