Posts tagged with romance

Feb 18 2006

Megan Whalen Turner

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the excellent (possibly ongoing?) children’s fantasy series featuring The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. Borrowing freely from Greek my...

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Jan 24 2006

Stephenie Meyer

Stephenie Meyer is the author of Twilight, the only vampire novel with the distinction of being set in the town of Forks, Washington. Unfortunately Ms. Meyer just Googled Forks, rather than bothe...

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Jan 24 2006

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

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Stephenie Meyer’s novel Twilight appealed to me for two reasons—I liked the cover, and my mom mentioned that it was a vampire story set in the town of Forks, Washington. If you’ve ever been to...

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Jan 11 2006

Jennifer Colt

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Jennifer Colt is the author of The Butcher of Beverly Hills, an action-packed story about two redheaded twin sisters (one an uptight university grad, the other a lesbian ex-con with a wickedly ben...

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Jan 11 2006

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon wrote one truly remarkable book, followed by many inferior sequels. (Shades of Frank Herbert.) Read the wonderful romance/suspense/sci-fi novel Outlander and marvel at how intelli...

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Jan 7 2006

Avalon High and Size 12 is Not Fat, by Meg Cabot

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In the past two weeks Meg Cabot has released two brand-new standalone novels: the YA supernatural romance Avalon High and the mystery/suspense story Size 12 Is Not Fat. Both feature bright, funny...

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Dec 26 2005

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of a series of excellent YA horror/fantasy novels: Valiant, Tithe, and Ironside, one of our Featured Book picks. Ms. Black is also one of the authors (along with Tony Di...

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Nov 25 2005

David and Leigh Eddings

Epic fantasy authors David and Leigh Eddings are the authors of four massively entertaining series: The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. Absolutely nothing about these books...

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Nov 25 2005

Anne McCaffrey

Born in 1926, Anne McCaffrey attended Radcliffe, got a degree in Slavic languages and literature, trained as a singer, and appeared in an Orff opretta. Clearly, this woman's brain is nothing to s...

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Nov 25 2005

Restoree, by Anne McCaffrey

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According to Anne McCaffrey’s website, her first novel, 1967’s sci-fi/romance Restoree, was intended as “a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in sci-fi novels in the 50s and early 60s”...

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Oct 25 2005

Miki Aihara

When reading Miki Aihara’s Hot Gimmick series, it’s very important to keep a few things in mind: 1. It’s only manga. 2. No one actually behaves this way. (Hopefully.)3. No one is looking to thi...

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Oct 25 2005

Fuyumi Soryo

Fuyumi Soryo is the author of Mars, one of the best-selling shōjo comics ever released in Japan. Mars is compulsively readable--the literary equivalent of a bag of potato chips--but it’s als...

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Oct 25 2005

Nanaji Nagamu

If you’re in the mood for some classic “Who will this sweet, innocent girl end up with?” shōjo manga, you can’t go wrong with Nanaji Nagamu’s Parfait Tic. While this story has more than its ...

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Oct 25 2005

Kiyoko Arai

Kiyoko Arai’s Beauty Pop is the oft-told shōjo story of a quiet girl attending a high school that’s ruled by a group of gorgeous male bullies… but in Arai’s story, the bullies are the sons of...

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Oct 25 2005

Ichiha

Ichiha’s Pheromania Syndrome is yet another shōjo manga about a physically mismatched couple. Ichiha’s tall, masculine heroine, Hatori, is in love with her tiny, delicate (male) childhood fr...

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Oct 25 2005

Kamio Yoko

Kamio Yoko’s Hana Yori Dango (English title: Boys Over Flowers) was a massively successful manga that ran for ELEVEN YEARS. (The author once said that toward the end of the series she found herse...

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Oct 25 2005

Mimi Tajima

She’s not exactly a groundbreaking new talent, but Mimi Tajima’s stories (Koi Suru ¼, Ichigo Channel, and Aoi Spice) are consistently excellent examples of conventional shōjo manga. Tajima’s...

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Oct 25 2005

Hisaya Nakajo

Hisaya Nakajo’s Hana-Kimi (original Japanese title: Hanazakari no Kimitachi E, English title: Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom) is my favorite of the seemingly endless number of stories about a ...

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Oct 25 2005

Emura

Emura’s W-Juliet is one of those rare romances (of any type) that features a main couple that, in addition to being attracted to one another, are completely believable as friends. Despite an outw...

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Oct 25 2005

So-Hee Park

So-Hee Park is the author of the excellent Korean manhwa Goong. Goong is an alternate universe story about an ordinary high school girl forced to marry into the Korean royal family. (In Park’s w...

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Oct 24 2005

Yayoi Ogawa

Yayoi Ogawa is the author of three josei mangas: Kimi ha Pet (English title: Tramps Like Us), Candy Life, and Baby Pop. Ogawa’s distinctive art style and truly bizarre romantic pairings have litt...

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Oct 24 2005

Tomoko Hayakawa

Tomoko Hayakawa’s Perfect Girl Evolution (licensed by Del Rey, original Japanese title Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge, English title: The Wallflower) is my favorite manga. Picture, if you will, a t...

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Aug 26 2005

Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart

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As you all know, we here at Wordcandy are strong believers in the power of cover art. If you want someone to take your book seriously--i.e., shell out big bucks for the hardback version--then you...

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Jul 11 2005

Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier's major Wordcandy contribution is her gothic suspense novel Rebecca. Rebecca has never been a particular favorite of mine--I've always regarded it as an inferior version of Jane...

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Jul 11 2005

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

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(Sorry--this is less a Book of the Week Review than it is book-related musings.) So... have you all been following the completely bizarre courtship of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? (And if not, you totally should be! May we suggest www.pinkisthenewblog.com as a particularly fine source for TomKat news?) Anyway, in a(nother) vaguely disturbing interview...

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Jun 24 2005

Margery Sharp

If the children's books of George MacDonald have "fallen out of fashion", then the books of Margery Sharp are the literary equivalent of the bustle... and I really have no idea why. What happened...

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Jun 24 2005

Karen Hawkins

Much like fellow Wordcandy authors Julia Quinn and Suzanne Enoch, Karen Hawkins is less spectacular than she is consistently entertaining. She has yet to write a novel that knocks my socks off, b...

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Apr 28 2005

Greensleeves, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

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My copy of Eloise Jarvis McGraw's Greensleeves is battered, ugly, and features a gigantic stamp on the dust jacket reading "THIS IS NO LONGER THE PROPERTY OF THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY"...

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Apr 24 2005

Jacqueline Gilbert

Although I can't seem to find out anything on this woman's personal life (I know! Google has failed me!), from the mid-seventies to the early nineties, Jacqueline Gilbert was one of the best auth...

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Apr 24 2005

Eloise Jarvis McGraw

(Information complied with the assistance of Colleen, an University of Oregon reference librarian, and Eric Gjovaag, webmaster of the The Wizard of Oz Info website. Many thanks to both of them!) ...

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