Jul 19 2018

Dudes. No.

Man, people are worked up about the upcoming She-Ra reboot, written by Nimona author Noelle Stevenson. Setting aside the creepy details of their thoughts...

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Jul 18 2018

Will absolutely watch

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Koala's Playground recently posted a description (with some images) of an upcoming k-drama adaptation of the webcomic Ring When I Like You. The concept sounds cute, I like the prospective lead actress, and...

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Jul 17 2018

Seriously, he was the worst.

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Town and Country magazine recently posted an absolutely fascinating essay by Paula McClain about the career of Martha Gellhorn, a journalist and war correspondent who was also Ernest Hemingway's third wife. Gellhorn sounds...

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Jul 17 2018

Hell no

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I'm sorry, but everything about this Mary Queen of Scots movie looks terrible. Some dude on Vulture posted a solid little explanation of the fundamental things the promotional posters are getting wrong, but...

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Jul 16 2018

Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

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I have no idea if Rachel Hawkins timed the release of her new book Royals to coincide with the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, or if it was just a happy accident, but either way people looking for a little more royal-wedding action have absolutely lucked out...

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Jul 16 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Royals, by Rachel Hawkins

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If you're going through Royal Wedding withdrawal, we have just the book for you: we're currently giving away a copy of Rachel Hawkins's new YA novel Royals. Sure, this book is pure fluff, but it does feature embarrassing relatives, snotty aristocrats, silly hats, and an American/royal engagement, so the parallels are uncanny, at least as far as I'm concerned. A full review will follow shortly...

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Jul 12 2018

Maybe? If I'm in the right mood?

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I just saw the trailer for Netflix's upcoming miniseries adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel Sacred Games, and I'm thinking of checking it out. My mother is fond of foreign cop procedurals, but I usually decline to watch any series that centers around...

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Jul 12 2018

Who do I blame for this?

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According to the New York Times, Michael Ondaatje won the "Golden Man Booker Prize" for his 1992 novel The English Patient. The Golden Man Booker Prize is like a souped-up version of the annual award: five judges were asked to choose the best winner from each decade, and then the public voted on the resulting shortlist of nominees. Someone clearly got it wrong, but...

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Jul 11 2018

Summer un-fun

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I'm always grateful to whomever compiles these massive lists of upcoming anime series for Kokatu, because I suspect they take a lot of work. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a single series I actually want to watch on there. Here's hoping the fall round-up is more fun, because this bunch looks like...

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Jul 10 2018

Surely he has enough money by now?

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According to io9, R.L. Stine has just signed a multi-book deal with comics publisher Boom Studios. Stine has committed to writing four supernatural/horror-themed graphic novels in a new series aimed at young teens, with the first installment coming out in the fall of 2019...

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Jul 10 2018

I have failed myself

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While falling down an internet worm hole of Moomin-themed tattoos, I recently discovered that Tove Jansson once illustrated an edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and somehow I don't already own a copy...

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Jul 9 2018

Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, by P.G. Wodehouse

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During a recent trip to Powell's Books in Portland, OR, I picked up Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, an oddly packaged collection of P.G. Wodehouse stories edited by D.R. Bensen. Wodehouse on Crime features stories from all over the Wodehouse universe: Jeeves and Wooster, Mulliner, Lord Emsworth, Ukridge. Wodehouse was perhaps the furthest thing on Earth from a hardboiled crime writer, but a surprising number of his plots hinge...

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Jul 9 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, by P.G. Wodehouse

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We are currently giving away a copy of this extremely ugly but amusingly-titled P.G. Wodehouse collection: Wodehouse on Crime: A Dozen Tales of Fiendish Cunning, originally published in 1990. A full review will follow shortly, but meanwhile, take a gander at that guy lurking on the far left of the cover. Doesn't he look like a beefier Benedict Cumberbatch...

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Jul 3 2018

Sorry, comic book stores.

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Huh. I thought these already existed, but maybe I'm confusing them with those freestanding kiosks: according to Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble recently announced plans to create dedicated sections for middle grade graphic novels in all of its stores...

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Jul 3 2018

Decor goals

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I'm not sure how I feel about Mandi Johnson's horse painting (I like charming kitsch, but I feel like that horse, uh, only half qualifies), but her IKEA bookcase hack featured on the blog...

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Jul 2 2018

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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In 2006, the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly released the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip. Whoever did the graphic design for these editions deserves a raise: they're vivid and eye-catching, doing full justice to Jansson's art and characters...

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Jul 2 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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We are currently giving away a copy of the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, released in 2006 by the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly. Even if you're not a Moomin fan, this thing is a triumph of graphic design, and would grace any coffee table in all the land...

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Jun 28 2018

When it comes out on DVD

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Okay, this movie looks incredibly well made and timely and important... and absolutely wrenching. The trailer is out for the hotly-anticipated adaptation of Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give. I've watched it twice, and have firmly decided that there is absolutely zero chance of me watching this movie in public...

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Jun 28 2018

From one jerk to another

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According to LaineyGossip, Russell Crowe has been cast as Roger Ailes in the upcoming film adaptation of Gabriel Sherman's The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country. This is, uh, really inspired casting...

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Jun 27 2018

Moving on

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If you follow national literary news, there have been a lot of stories this week about the American Library Association's decision to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from their annual award for children's literature. NPR put together a helpful essay exploring the controversy...

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Jun 26 2018

Not a new idea

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In very different adaptation news, Deadline reports that Syfy is developing a TV series based on Clive Barker’s short-story collection Cabal. The material has been filmed before (as the 1990 movie Nightbreed), and sounds a little like the recent movie Bright...

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Jun 26 2018

Maybe if I had enough junk food...

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The trailer is out for Netflix's upcoming adaptation of Jenny Han's All the Boys I've Loved Before, and it looks cute, albeit excruciatingly embarassing. I'm still recovering from the news that someone made The Kissing Booth into a (apparently successful!!!) movie...

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Jun 25 2018

A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, by Jules Feiffer

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In a world bursting with children's stories that feel like they were designed by an algorithm to appeal to the widest possible audience, Jules Fieffer's A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears stands out. It's a genuinely weird book, and I'd bet cash money it never would have found a publisher had it been written by a less well-known author...

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Jun 25 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, by Jules Feiffer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jules Feiffer's 1995 children's book A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears. You'd be forgiven for thinking this is one of those deeply weird, self-published books (because that's what it looks like), but I promise that is only half true. A full review will follow shortly.

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Jun 21 2018

If only...

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I want to go here: Dumbarton House in Washington D.C., headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, is hosting its 7th Annual Jane Austen Film Festival on Wednesday nights from July 11th through August 1st 2018. I don't actually like any of the films that they've chosen, and...

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Jun 21 2018

Timely!

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Paste Magazine recently compiled a list of the 30 Best Dystopian Books of All Time. I have some questions (the books are very English-language heavy; surely there are some great dystopian novels that haven't been translated yet?), and...

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Jun 20 2018

Be strong, Julia.

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I'm not proud of being a sucker, I don't like the packaging (did this really need to be promoted by name-dropping The Big Bang Theory?), and I'm never going to shell out $65 for one of these, but a small part of me really wants this...

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Jun 19 2018

I DO, as it happens!

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Today, the website Cup of Jo wrote a lovely essay about poetry, and asked their readers if they have a favorite poem. I do have a favorite poem, actually, and I encourage everyone to read it, because...

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Jun 19 2018

I think we all know what to expect.

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According to Deadline, HBO has made the sensible decision to keep milking their cash cow until it dries up completely: they've greenlit a pilot for a Game of Thrones prequel series. Details are scarce, but the as-yet-untitled show is apparently set thousands of years before the events of A Song Of Ice And Fire...

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Jun 18 2018

Misfit City, Issues 3 - 8, by Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten

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When I reviewed the first two issues of Kiwi Smith and Kurt Lustgarten's 8-issue miniseries Misfit City, I groused about the flimsiness of the plot, but felt the characters and setting made up for it. Unfortunately, as the series progressed and less of each issue...

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