Jun 3 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Wind Off the Small Isles, by Mary Stewart

This week's Book Giveaway is The Wind Off the Small Isles, by Mary Stewart. I'm really happy that Hodder Books reprinted this little-known 1968 novella (along with a recently rediscovered short story, "The Lost One"), but I'm not sure I would describe it as a "beloved modern classic". Maybe "long-lost treasure", if they were looking for a superlative...

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May 30 2019

It's not all about lake monsters, though. (Alas.)

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According to Lithub, Hulu has ordered a series based on Nathan Ballingrud’s Shirley Jackson award-winning short story collection North American Lake Monsters. The book has great reviews and an even better cover...

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May 30 2019

BOOOO

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Tea and literature are two of my favorite subjects, so I opened this recent NPR article expecting nothing but joy... only to discover a horrifying announcement about a link between hot tea and esophageal cancer...

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May 29 2019

Damp

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There's a full-length trailer out for DC's upcoming Swamp Thing series, and it looks extremely dark, both literally and figuratively. I'm not sure if this is a purposeful attempt at building up suspense or an easy way for DC to save on their FX budget...

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May 28 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson

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Our current Book Giveaway is Shirley Jackson's 1962 gothic novel We Have Always Lived at the Castle, the inspiration for the recent film of the same name. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 6/8/19...

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May 23 2019

The Queen 2.0

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I'm so pleased to see this has been expanded (although the original article was not exactly a quick read): according to The New York Times, Josh Levin has fleshed out his article...

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May 23 2019

Grandparents take note

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Marie Kondo is writing a children's book that ties right in with her overall mission: according to LitHub, it will be called Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship, and it will be...

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May 22 2019

Clear as mud

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George R.R. Martin addressed the controversial ending of Game of Thrones on his blog recently, answering his fans' most urgent question: will the books end the same way as the show?

"Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes."

I hope that cleared everything up for you, GoT readers...

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May 21 2019

Art budget well spent

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According to The Mary Sue, there's going to be a one-shot Buffy the Vampire Slayer prequel comic coming out in August from BOOM! Studios, called The Chosen Ones. It will apparently tell the stories of three historical...

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May 21 2019

Salty!

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If you, like me, are amused by reading scorched-earth book reviews (they're also the most fun to write!), you should definitely check out NPR's review of Fox News host Mark Levin's Unfreedom of the Press, which includes the following paragraph...

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May 20 2019

Storm Cursed, by Patricia Briggs

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Patricia Briggs is one of the most reliable fantasy writers on my mental list of books to take on a plane. She's less pretentious than Seanan McGuire, way less gross than Laurell K. Hamilton, and better at romance than Charlaine Harris...

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May 20 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Storm Cursed, by Patricia Briggs

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Storm Cursed, the 11th book in Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series. (Why are the titles in this series so generic-fantasy-lite? I've already read the book, and I still couldn't tell you what "storm cursed" refers to.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/31/19...

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May 16 2019

This does not seem like a good use of funds.

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If you're a hardcore James Bond fan with £2.75 million to spare and space in your garage, Aston Martin has announced the details of their limited run of 1964 DB5s, inspired by the one Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger. The cars will include...

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May 16 2019

It's her one big scene!

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As longtime readers of the site know, I frequently find Neil Gaiman a little tough to take, but I'm happy to see that he held out for an important element of the upcoming Good Omens adaptation: the death scene of Agnes Nutter, which was written by co-author Terry Pratchett...

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May 15 2019

SCARY

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The trailer is out for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the upcoming adaptation of Shirley Jackson's horror/suspense novel of the same name. I tend to get this title confused with Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle...

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May 14 2019

Still no

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The trailer is out for the movie adaptation of Lisa Klein's Ophelia. Frankly, I haven't had good luck with YA reworkings of Shakespeare (still not over this), but this movie stars...

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May 14 2019

Time to match some funds

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There has been another twist in the saga of this particular copy of D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, which belonged to the judge who presided over the book's 1960 obscenity trial: while the book was sold at auction last fall for £56,250, the UK government has blocked its release...

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May 13 2019

The Plotters, by Un-Su Kim

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I am a big fan of the John Wick movies. They're stylish, they're fast-paced, and the violence is so over-the-top it is essentially meaningless. It's like a ballet about a bloodbath. Sadly (for my movie-watching plans, not for the rest of my life), I have a one-year-old baby, so my chances of seeing John Wick 3 are pretty remote right now, but the fine people at Doubleday sent me a copy of Un-Su Kim's The Plotters, which checks a lot of the same boxes...

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May 13 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Plotters, by Un-su Kim

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Plotters, an action-and-suspense thriller that is as far from this as humanly possible, while still being shelved in roughly the same section. A full review will follow shortly...

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May 9 2019

READ TO YOUR KIDS.

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There is a great article on WHYY about "Reach Out and Read", a program that hands out free books to parents of young children at well-child checkups, starting at six months of age...

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May 9 2019

That will be a big HELL NO.

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Okay, even the trailer for IT: Chapter Two was waaaay too creepifying for me, so I will be skipping this movie. If I can't handle mediocre child actors looking scared...

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May 8 2019

A little adjustment

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HAH: according the Huffington Post, Tony Schwartz (the man who ghost-wrote Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal) recently suggested that Random House either take the book out of print...

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May 7 2019

Boo, but also yay?

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I was originally bummed to see an announcement on The Wrap that Disney was pushing back their Artemis Fowl movie update by nearly a year. But while I'm sorry to have to wait, a May release...

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May 6 2019

When a Duchess Says I Do, by Grace Burrowes

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It's been several months since my last attempt at finding a new-to-me historical romance novelist whose work I actually like, so once again I'm choosing an author at random off a bookstore shelf. Sure, Grace Burrowes's When a Duchess Says I Do is covered in glowing testimonials from her fellow writers, but I've been misled before...

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May 6 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: When a Duchess Says I Do, by Grace Burrowes

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Our latest Book Giveaway is When a Duchess Says I Do, the second book in Grace Burrowes's Rogues to Riches series. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/15/19...

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May 2 2019

Printing money

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Sick of Game of Thrones getting all that sweet, sweet merchandising tie-in money, Vans has just announced a Harry Potter-themed line of sneakers. Details are non-existent, but they seem to be modeled after the Hogwarts houses...

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May 1 2019

Promising combo

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According to Tor.com, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (the duo behind Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) are adapting Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series for TV...

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Apr 30 2019

Solid suggestions from a guy who knows

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There's a great tip buried in this New York Times interview with James Holzhauer, the dude who has been busily cleaning up on Jeopardy! during the past few weeks...

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Apr 30 2019

Very cute

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The official trailer is out for Lifetime's Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, and it looks good—way less obnoxious than, say, this offering from the Hallmark Channel. I'm standing by what I said, though: this...

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Apr 29 2019

The Casket of Time, by Andri Snaer Magnason

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More books are published in Iceland per capita than anywhere else in the world. A disproportionate number seem to be indistinguishable gloomy thrillers, but a few stand out. Admittedly, Andri Snaer Magnason's The Casket of Time is both thrilling and frequently gloomy, but in an impressively idiosyncratic way...

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