Posts tagged with humor

Mar 16 2010

Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer


Wild Ride is the most successful of the Jennifer Crusie/Bob Mayer collaborations to date: fast, fun, and deliciously weird. Admittedly, we still prefer Crusie's solo work, but how could anyone ha...

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Feb 17 2010

Rin-ne: Vol. 1, by Rumiko Takahashi


Rin-ne is the fifth major series from manga great Rumiko Takahashi, following InuYasha, Ranma ½, Maison Ikkoku, and Urusei Yatsura. Rin-ne launched in...

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Jan 5 2010

High Anxiety, by Charlotte Hughes


Charlotte Hughes' High Anxiety is her third book to feature accident-prone psychologist Kate Holly (following What Looks Like Crazy and Nutcase). At this point in the series, Kate's life is about ...

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Nov 4 2009

Jill Mansell

Jill Mansell is an English novelist based in Bristol. We've featured two of her gleefully silly romantic comedies on the site: An Offer You Can't Refuse on the blog, and Millie's Fling as one of ...

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Nov 4 2009

Millie's Fling, by Jill Mansell


British author Jill Mansell never takes herself too seriously, and we here at Wordcandy are grateful for it. Her latest effort, Millie's Fling, is classic Mansell: sweet, sunny, and cheerful...

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Oct 12 2009

Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of the excellent YA novel The Splendor Falls (which we loved, and chose as one of our Featured Book titles), and the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series (which ...

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Sep 18 2009

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is best known for his insanely entertaining Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but he is also the first contributing author and outline-producing mastermind for The 39 Clues, one...

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Jul 20 2009

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Jennifer Lynn Barnes wrote her first novel as a teenager, and she’s written five others since, including the Wordcandy Featured Book pick Fate, Tattoo, and the 'Killer Squad' series. Her far-fetc...

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Jul 20 2009

Fate, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


YA author Jennifer Lynn Barnes has quite the talent for creating unlikely heroes. Her The Squad series features cheerleader secret agents, while 2007’s Tattoo and its recently released...

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Jul 6 2009

Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, by Jim Butcher


When it comes to pulp fiction, I usually think shorter is better. This is why I’ve always liked Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series, but I love his graphic-novel reworkings of the same material. The...

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May 4 2009

Fire Me, by Libby Malin


Libby Malin’s new novel Fire Me takes a series of girl-book clichés (a self-effacing heroine, an overbearing family, a vaguely defined job) and combines them with the workplace hijinks of...

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Mar 3 2009

Nutcase, by Charlotte Hughes


We were pleasantly surprised by What Looks Like Crazy, the first book in Charlotte Hughes’s Dr. Kate Holly series. Our previous experience with Hughes was limited to the mediocre Full House...

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Feb 25 2009

The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way, by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim


Despite being a glorified advertisement for Ugly Dolls, David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim's The Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying That Way actually boasts some pretty sound advice. Th...

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Jan 11 2009

Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese manga artist, animator, and producer, and is frequently referred to as the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. He is best remembered as the creator of Astro Boy and Ki...

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Jan 11 2009

Black Jack: Vol. 1, by Osamu Tezuka


An English translation of Osamu Tezuka’s award-winning manga Black Jack is available again, thanks to the fine people at VIZ Media. The first two volumes of this enjoyably bizarre medical dr...

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Nov 1 2008

What Looks Like Crazy, by Charlotte Hughes


Before reading What Looks Like Crazy, our exposure to Charlotte Hughes’s work was limited to the utterly forgettable Full House series she co-wrote with Janet Evanovich. As longtime fans of ...

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Oct 27 2008

Charlotte Hughes

Charlotte Hughes is a bestselling romance novelist who has achieved considerable success with both her independent contemporary romances and her series of collaborations with fellow Wordcandy-appr...

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Oct 15 2008

Chris Onstad

Chris Onstad is the creator of Achewood, a webcomic featuring a group of anthropomorphic animals, robots, and stuffed toys, all of whom live and play in the fictional town of Achewood, CA (which i...

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Oct 15 2008

The Great Outdoor Fight, by Chris Onstad


A word of warning before we begin, dear readers: the packaging of Chris Onstad’s Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight is deceptively adorable. This book might look like it belongs on the set of...

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Sep 28 2008

Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce


Middle series installments frequently feel like stopgaps, but Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora’s Dare, the sequel to 2007’s Flora Segunda, is in all ways exceptional. As the story opens, fourteen-year-old Flora has discovered that her formerly crazy father was actually a lot easier to live with back when he was nuts...

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Aug 9 2008

Dale E. Basye

Dale E. Basye has been a film critic and journalist, and published an Arts and Entertainment newsletter, and now lives in Oregon. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go is his first novel.Note: Heck feature...

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Aug 9 2008

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale E. Basye


Dale E. Basye, author of Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, may not be the first person to write a book about an eleven-year-old boy with dark hair and glasses getting shipped off to a bizarre boarding ...

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Jul 21 2008

Karen Neches

Karen Neches (who also writes those Bottom Dollar books under the name "Karin Gillespie") is the author of the supernatural romance/mystery Earthly Pleasures, one of our Featured Books.

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Apr 29 2008

The Sisters Grimm: Tales from the Hood, by Michael Buckley


Tales from the Hood, the sixth entry in Michael Buckley’s impishly funny Sisters Grimm series, is just as enjoyable as its predecessors—but the increasing darkness and complexity of the Sisters Grimm world has us wondering if Buckley is losing control of his own mythology...

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Apr 11 2008

Jeanne Birdsall

Jeanne Birdsall is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Penderwicks and its sequel: Featured Book pick The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. We have our doubts about the plausibili...

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Mar 22 2008

Winifred Watson

Winifred Watson was a writer in the 1930s. Apparently, she wrote a couple of well-received rural dramas of the type satirized in Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, and then went on to write the ...

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Mar 13 2008

Novala Takemoto

Novala Takemoto is the author of the Japanese cult classic Kamikaze Girls. Kamikaze Girls has been turned into a manga and a feature film, and (naturally, this is the greatest honor of all) it's ...

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Mar 12 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winnifred Watson


Winifred Watson’s 1938 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has just been made into a movie, and—for once!—we’re totally grateful. We’re usually the first in line to complain about film adaptations, but if it wasn’t for the fine people at Focus Features we might never have heard of this charmingly optimistic romantic comedy...

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Feb 21 2008

Tramps Like Us Vol. 14, by Yayoi Ogawa


TOKYOPOP has just released the final volume of Yayoi Ogawa’s sublimely romantic manga Tramps Like Us, and while we are definitely going to miss seeing new installments of this story every few months, we are thrilled that Ogawa ended her fourteen-volume series on such a satisfying note...

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Jan 18 2008

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich


Dogs and Goddesses, the latest collaborative novel from Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich, has a lot of plot packed into its 388 pages. In addition to the three heroines’ romantic travails (one storyline per author), there’s also magical cookies, talking dogs, and an ancient, ruthless Mesopotamian goddess with plans of world domination...

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