Jan 29 2007

Fantasy geeks take note.

On January 27, NPR's "All Things Considered" ran an article on the changing image of dragons. If interested, click here to listen to Rick Kleffel talk about modern dragon PR, using evidence from ...

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Jan 26 2007

Only to be expected

The film adaptation of Annette Curtis Klause's wonderful YA novel Blood and Chocolate is out today, and the reviews are uniformly unenthusiastic. There's a lot of comments along the lines of "it'...

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Jan 25 2007

Austen sequel goodness

Margaret C. Sullivan, editor of AustenBlog, has written a sequel to Northanger Abbey entitled There Must Be Murder. Sullivan's story will be published as a serialized novella, with one chapter app...

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Jan 24 2007

Guillermo Martinez

Guillermo Martinez is an Argentinean mathematician. He teaches at the University of Buenos Aires and is the author of several well-received mysteries, including The Oxford Murders, the topic of o...

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Jan 24 2007

The Oxford Murders, by Guillermo Martinez

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It’s a good thing that Guillermo Martinez’s mystery The Oxford Murders was only 200 pages long, seeing as I had to read half of it twice (and I suspect I’m not the only one). Mr. Martinez is all too willing to embrace big words, obscure metaphors, and complicated mathematical references. Happily, his elegantly wrought whodunit is entertaining enough to hook readers, despite...

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Jan 24 2007

Manhwa for the masses

I'm currently enjoying two very similar manhwa titles: Sun Hee Lee's Neck and Neck (released through TokyoPop), and YunHee Lee's Angel Diary, from Ice Kunion. I think Ice Kunion is doing a slig...

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Jan 23 2007

Finally, covers I like!

I know that a lot of my posts tend to be about cover art that I hate. It's not that I don't find covers that I like, it's that when I see covers that are unbelievably bad or embarrassing I feel l...

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Jan 22 2007

Chin up.

According to my mother, who saw it on the news, today is supposed to be the gloomiest day of the year. The weather tends to be bad, Christmas bills are due, and most people have broken their New ...

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Jan 20 2007

The Rhythm of the Road, by Albyn Leah Hall

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Albyn Leah Hall is an author to watch, but nobody would describe her as being remotely Wordcandy-friendly. Her book The Rhythm of the Road is full of familiar images from country music: miss...

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Jan 19 2007

The Magic Pudding

The hardworking people at Dover Thrift have just released a handsome illustrated edition of Norman Lindsay's 1918 novel The Magic Pudding: Being the Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum and His Friends Bi...

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Jan 18 2007

Classier and classier...

Zenescope Entertainment is offering another twist on the popular revamped fairytale genre: an R-rated comic book version! Doesn't their "Grimm Fairy Tales" series look delightful?Dude, that's ful...

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Jan 17 2007

Shojo exhibit hits DC

The international touring exhibit "Girl Power! Girls' Comics from Japan" is coming to Washington D.C. on January 30th. Curated by Dr. Masami Toku, Associate Professor of Art and Art History at C...

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Jan 16 2007

Um. Okay.

If you're an adventurous Tolkien fan, click here to enjoy a video of Gollum/Smeagol singing a Barry White song. If you're anyone else... well, click at your own peril. (And you might want to pla...

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Jan 15 2007

Must-see PBS TV.

PBS's upcoming TV adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre is scheduled to air on January 21st and 28th. I have yet to enjoy a televised version of a Bronte novel, but this one looks pretty impr...

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Jan 12 2007

Holy cow--is she smiling?

Unable to get Sarah Michelle Gellar to stop looking like a wet week, Joss Whedon has turned to comic books to continue his story. Behold: Buffy the Vampire Slayer's season eight, coming soon to a...

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Jan 11 2007

Kat Richardson

Kat Richardson is the Seattle-based author of the Greywalker books. This urban fantasy series features an enjoyable blend of horror and action, and has been the subject of two of our Featured Boo...

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Jan 11 2007

Greywalker, by Kat Richardson

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Kat Richardson’s debut novel Greywalker is a rare beast: a female-oriented fantasy/horror story without a single kinky sex scene. There’s a minor romantic subplot (and the heroine encounters a few alternate romantic possibilities), but Richardson seems much more interested in her cloudy Seattle setting, her levelheaded P.I. heroine, and her tense, action-packed plot...

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Jan 11 2007

Another step backward.

First we have the new and, ah, "improved" Meg Cabot website, now we have a revised cover for the first book in Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars series. I am not sure what our authors are thinking thi...

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Jan 10 2007

New website

So, it looks like Meg Cabot has launched a new website layout...I am pretty sure I liked the site much better before this latest redesign. It had this fun, bubblegum pink look and feel to it. The ...

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Jan 9 2007

Wordcandy Book Snippet

Excerpt from:Helen Huddleson, by Amanda McKittrick RosWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:This was an author who was confident that her books would be admired for the next thousand years, a...

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Jan 8 2007

No cover art yet...

We don't have any cover art yet for the seventh Harry Potter book, but if you're a budding designer (or you just like to draw), then The Leaky Cauldron has a fun contest for you. In honor of the...

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Jan 7 2007

Ysabeau S. Wilce

Ysabeau S. Wilce is a Chicago-based YA fantasy author (although she calls herself a “fabulist and scribbler”, which... okay). Her first book, succinctly titled Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal A...

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Jan 7 2007

Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

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Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Adventures of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), A House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog is...

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Jan 5 2007

Lyra! Mrs. Coulter! Lord James Bond!

New Line has released a load of Golden Compass stills, and they look lovely:You can view the rest here and here.

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Jan 4 2007

My cat would love it.

I'm usually a big fan of West Elm's designs, but I'm not sure about this bookcase:It looks cool, but wouldn't stuff get knocked off? Still, it's only $149, and that's nothing to sneeze at, booksh...

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Jan 3 2007

Size 14 is Not Fat Either, by Meg Cabot

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Size 14 Is Not Fat Either is the best series installment Meg Cabot has produced in years. It’s sunny-tempered (well, as sunny-tempered as a story featuring a beheaded cheerleader can be) and witty, and it does a great job of displaying Cabot’s gift for engaging characterization...

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Jan 3 2007

Fanfiction DOES pay--if you're really good at it.

These Three Remain, the final volume of Pamela Aidan's Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series is newly available this week.This trilogy began as a Pride and Prejudice fanfic on the Republic of Pember...

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Dec 31 2006

2007: WOOT!

So here's the flip side of our "Best of 2006" list on the main site--the top ten things we're looking forward to in 2007. We're happy to report that there's a ton of stuff coming out over the nex...

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Dec 30 2006

...but why are they still in high school?

Viz Media is releasing the first volume of Vampire Knight, Matsuri Hino's beautiful, profoundly silly shojo manga about a high school that caters to both human and vampire students. (Seriously--w...

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Dec 29 2006

Possible release date...?

The Leaky Cauldron is reporting that there's a possible Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows release date of July 31, 2007. This information is based on a date provided by Baker and Taylor, a comp...

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