Oct 15 2018

Stupid Love Comedy, by Shushushu Sakurai

Shushushu Sakurai's Stupid Love Comedy is an odd duck—it's packaged like a conventional romance manga, but most of the story is devoted to meta jokes and background information about manga publishing. The plot centers around Suzu Sakura, a manga artist who is disorganized, inconsiderate, and perpetually late. When her original editor changes jobs, Suzu is assigned to Hasegawa, the editing department's devastatingly handsome new recruit...

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Oct 15 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Stupid Love Comedy, by Shushushu Sakurai

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This week's Book Giveaway is Stupid Love Comedy, a lengthy one-shot manga by Shushushu Sakurai. A full review will follow shortly, but please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/26/18...

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Oct 11 2018

Maybe two boxes

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I finally saw a trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk, the upcoming movie directed by Moonlight's Berry Jenkins and based on the novel of the same name by James Baldwin. The movie looks amazing, but also...

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Oct 11 2018

Planning ahead

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Electric Lit just posted an interesting article called "Why Buying Books Will Not Save Our Beloved Bookstores". This particular essay felt rather large-city-specific, but some of the issues it discusses (local businesses versus chains, low profit margins, inequitable taxation, etc.) are...

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Oct 10 2018

If money were no object

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If you're a rich book nerd (or you have loving and indulgent relatives), check out the latest Harry Potter-themed items at Pottery Barn. They range from kitschy-yet-expensive items like a Golden Snitch-inspired beanbag chair to...

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Oct 9 2018

Fingers crossed

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And in other comic book adaptation news, the full trailer is out for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Riverdale spin-off (kind of?) that will be released on Netflix on October 26th. It looks dreamy, all rich colors and vintage clothes, so...

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Oct 9 2018

The hairspray budget is going to be astronomical

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The trailer is out for Deadly Class, the Russo brothers' TV adaptation of Rick Remender's comic book of the same name. The plot has been done before (many times), but I was excited to see...

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Oct 8 2018

Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean

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Peter McLean's new novel Priest of Bones centers around someone competently handling an unusual job (one of my favorite things to read about!), but features loads of sexual violence (one of my least favorite things to read about!). Your enjoyment of this book will hinge upon your interest in the former, and your tolerance for the latter...

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Oct 8 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Priest of Bones, by Peter McLean

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This week's Book Giveaway is Peter McLean's Priest of Bones, the first installment in his War for the Rose Throne series. A full review will follow shortly, but please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/19/18...

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Oct 4 2018

Again: meh.

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And in other comic adaptation news, the And in other comic adaptation news, the trailer for the second season of Runaways is out. The dinosaur might look a little less hokey, but they still seem to have blown most of their budget...

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Oct 4 2018

Could (and has) been worse

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The trailer for Dark Phoenix is out. I thought they already covered this ground in The Last Stand, but apparently not to the filmmakers' satisfaction...? Anyway, I'm glad to see...

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Oct 3 2018

So, so, so very overdue

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Well, we've been following stories about Cornell University food behavior scientist Brian Wansink for more than a year now, but it seems this saga has finally come to an end: after a boatload (more collective nouns!) of scandals, Cornell has decided it's time to...

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Oct 2 2018

Quite a run

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It's the end of an era: NPR informs me that after 40 years of publication, the fantasy comic ElfQuest has come to an end. I had no idea ElfQuest was still running (it was considered pretty dated and hokey, even when I was a kid), but...

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Oct 2 2018

More MinaLima

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And speaking of MinaLima, I've just discovered their Collective Nouns prints, too. I love these. Did you know the collective noun for a group of moles is a "movement"? And a group of sharks is...

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Oct 1 2018

The Secret Garden (MinaLima edition), by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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MinaLima is a graphic design studio best known for providing all the paper goods for the Harry Potter movies—the newspapers, candy wrappers, books, and other ephemera that make that film world feel like a real, lived-in place. When I learned they were working on a handful of interactive editions of classic children's stories, I was super excited—but that was before I saw the titles...

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Oct 1 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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This week's Book Giveaway is the MinaLima edition of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. (This book is so pretty it hurts me to give it up, but them's the breaks.) A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/12/18...

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Sep 27 2018

It looks so innocuous

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Okay, this is for serious book nerds only: Sotheby’s is auctioning off the exact copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that belonged to the judge presiding over the book's 1960 obscenity trial, which eventually lead to the reworking of England's...

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Sep 27 2018

Mark your calendars

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According to THR, there's going to be a stage adaptation of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, and it comes with a lot of very impressive credentials...

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Sep 26 2018

Thanks, but...

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The Times just posted an article about a new filmed version of King Lear, mostly notable because of its cast, which includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, and Emily Watson. It will debut on Amazon Prime Video on Friday...

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Sep 25 2018

Does someone rip off a wig?

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I finally saw the trailer for A Simple Favor. I had no idea it was based on a book until I read a review describing it as a "campy" take on Gone Girl. Gone Girl already seemed pretty camp to me...

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Sep 25 2018

Nothing new

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This is unexpected: according to THR, Zoe Kravitz is going to star in a gender-swapped "re-imagining" of Nick Horby's 1995 novel High Fidelity. This new version will be a 10-episode miniseries that will air on Disney's forthcoming streaming service...

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Sep 24 2018

Year One, by Nora Roberts

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If you've ever thought: Man, The Stand sounds interesting, but I'm just not into Stephen King's writing, congratulations, you're in luck! Year One is The Stand, as written by Nora Roberts...

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Sep 24 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Year One, by Nora Roberts

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This week's Book Giveaway is Year One, the first book in Nora Roberts's Chronicles of The One series. It's dark, gloomy, violent, and full of the word "magick", so it's probably best that we're cruising toward October. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through 10/12/18...

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Sep 20 2018

Love this idea

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Newlywed Meghan Markle recently announced her first solo project as a royal person: a charity cookbook to raise funds for a community kitchen used by the displaced victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The cookbook, Together: Our Community Kitchen, will feature...

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Sep 20 2018

Hard pass

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According to Bustle, someone decided to make a sexy The Handmaid's Tale Halloween costume. This does not seem like a good idea. Go ahead: dress up as a sexy unicorn or clown or bunch of grapes or whatever, but...

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Sep 19 2018

Adding to my Christmas list

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I quite like this BOOKS ARE BANANAS print, even though it costs $65 and it gets Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" stuck in my head every time I see it. Plus, it only comes in one size...

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Sep 18 2018

Cinderella at the movies

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There's an interesting article on The Mary Sue about the ever-evolving feminism of Cinderella. The author explores four different iterations of the character, and while I don't actually agree with all of her conclusions...

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Sep 18 2018

Try again

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I was peacefully reading yet another article about Little Women (it's the 150th anniversary of the book's publication, so there are a lot of them out there), and it featured another quote from Anne Boyd Rioux...

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Sep 17 2018

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren

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At first glance, Christina Lauren's Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating looks like a grown-up version of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before: a fluffy, high-concept friends-to-lovers romance. Unfortunately, while Lauren's characters are a decade older than the protagonists of Han's YA romance, they're way less mature...

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Sep 17 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, by Christina Lauren

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This week's Book Giveaway is Christina Lauren's new romance Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating. A full review will follow shortly, and please note: due to a bunch of overdue postings, this giveaway will run through October 12th...

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