Posts tagged with humor

Dec 18 2007

Arliss Ryan

Arliss Ryan is the author of the hilarious (if cringe-inducing) novel How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding, one of our Featured Book picks. Ms. Ryan has also written several short stories and a hi...

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Dec 18 2007

How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding, by Arliss Ryan

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It wouldn’t be smart to give Arliss Ryan’s novel How (Not) To Have a Perfect Wedding to anyone planning to get married in the near future. Ryan’s book (which she based on her experiences as a professional wedding hostess) is witty, well-written, and occasionally touching, but she ruthlessly strips every last drop of glamour and romance from the wedding experience...

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Nov 13 2007

Cotillion, by Georgette Heyer

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Georgette Heyer's Cotillion is romantic, hilarious, delightfully unconventional, and one of my all-time favorite books. For some unfathomable reason, Cotillion is rarely reprinted, so I was thrilled when Sourcebooks announced that this outstanding historical romance would be one of their Fall titles...

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Oct 2 2007

Lisa Shanahan

Lisa Shanahan is an Australian children’s author. Ms. Shanahan trained as an actor, and she’s heavily into drama—and (for once) we mean that in a straightforward, non-Oprah-esque way. Her book T...

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Oct 1 2007

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely, Lost It, by Lisa Shanahan

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I don’t know much about Australian entertainment. My knowledge of their popular culture is limited to Strictly Ballroom, a single episode of Kath & Kim I caught in England, and an Australian romance novel that I read a few years ago, which featured such outdated sexual politics that I originally thought it was written in the sixties...

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Sep 27 2007

Michael A. Stusser

Michael A. Stusser is a Seattle-based journalist, writer, and game inventor. His (semi) non-fiction book The Dead Guy Interviews is one of our Featured Book titles.

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Sep 27 2007

The Dead Guy Interviews, by Michael A. Stusser

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I still have my battered middle school copy of DK Publishing's Chronicle of America. It’s held together with duct tape and prayers, but I’m going to keep it forever. The Chronicle was a massive ...

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Sep 4 2007

Nodame Cantabile Vol. 1, by Tomoko Ninomiya

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Smart, weird, and irresistibly funny, Tomoko Ninomiya’s Nodame Cantabile is one of our all-time favorite mangas. This coming-of-age story about a group of budding classical musicians will have particular charm for readers who’ve had some musical instruction, but Nodame Cantabile is worth reading even if you’ve never so much as plonked out Chopsticks on your neighbor’s piano...

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Sep 4 2007

Tomoko Ninomiya

Tomoko Ninomiya is the author of the fantastically awesome manga Nodame Cantabile, one of our Featured Book picks. Nodame Cantabile has been turned into a live-action Japanese soap opera and an a...

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Aug 26 2007

Bob Mayer

While we here at Wordcandy are only familiar with Bob Mayer's collaborations with Jennifer Crusie, he has also written over 30 novels under the names Joe Dalton, Robert Doherty, Greg Donegan, and ...

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Jul 26 2007

Leonie Swann

Leonie Swann is the German author of the internationally best-selling detective novel Three Bags Full, one of our "Featured Book" picks. According to her publishers, Ms. Swann has degrees in phil...

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Jul 26 2007

Three Bags Full, by Leonie Swann

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The set-up is stock casual mystery: in a rural Irish town, a friendly, reclusive shepherd is found dead in his pasture with a spade in his stomach. Everyone in the town had a reason to not only want him dead, but also to fear his death. None of the locals, including the police, care to investigate. Instead, the mystery is left to be solved by a set of lovable amateurs—the shepherd’s abandoned flock...

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Jul 1 2007

Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols is one of our favorite YA authors. Both 2006’s Major Crush and 2007’s The Boys Next Door are smart, funny romantic comedies with equally smart, funny heroines. Please note, Ms. E...

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Jun 24 2007

Austin Grossman

According to his publicist, Austin Grossman is a "freelance game-design consultant and a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he specializes in...

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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 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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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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Mar 13 2007

My Dead Girlfriend, by Eric Wight

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At first glance, the first volume of Eric Wight’s My Dead Girlfriend has two things going for it—glowing recommendations from Meg Cabot and Joss Whedon—and one major strike against it: cover art t...

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Mar 11 2007

Eric Wight

American comic book writer and artist Eric Wight is the author of My Dead Girlfriend, one of our Book of the Week picks, and a contributing author to Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Esc...

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Mar 4 2007

Robert Crais

California-based suspense novelist Robert Crais is best known as the author of the Elvis Cole detective series, featuring the wisecracking title character and his enigmatic, heavily armed partner,...

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Jan 30 2007

Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde has written dozens of excellent fantasy novels and short stories for children and teenagers, including Heir Apparent (one of our Book of the Week picks) and Companions of the Ni...

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Jan 30 2007

Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde

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While many fantasy fans will enjoy Vivian Vande Velde’s YA novel Heir Apparent, it will resonate most with readers that are familiar with fantasy-based computer games. If you’ve ever happily played a Sierra game into the wee hours of the night...

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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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Nov 13 2006

Aaron Renier

Not much information is available on Mr. Renier, as his website is still under construction. All I know is that A) he has a dog named “Beluga”, and B) that he’s the author of the awesome graphic...

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Nov 13 2006

Kenneth Grahame

Best known as the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame actually spent most of his career working in a bank. He started out as a lowly minion at the Bank of England in 1879, he retir...

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Oct 26 2006

Miss Understanding, by Stephanie Lessing

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At first glance, Stephanie Lessing’s novel Miss Understanding looks pretty generic. A fish-out-of-water comedy set in a fashion magazine? Shades of Ugly Betty. A neurotic, obsessive heroine with a bevy of psychosomatic illnesses? Shades of Bridget Jones. A female-empowering adult-coming-of-age story featuring lots of Mean Girls-style bad behavior and a romantically mismatched couple...

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Sep 25 2006

David Kamp

Vanity Fair writer David Kamp is the author of the Wordcandy-approved non-fiction book The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. He’s also a co-author of the irritatingly hipp...

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Sep 17 2006

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka is a tutor at Sheffield Hallam University, the child of Ukrainian immigrants, the author of six books on “aspects of elder care” and the novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukraini...

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Sep 17 2006

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka

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The original cover of Marina Lewycka’s novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was extremely tasteful. The background is a lovely grayish blue, and there’s a yellow border running down the edge, dec...

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