Nov 26 2018

The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

When it comes to royalty-themed entertainment, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan's novel The Royal We is more realistic than the many princess-y Hallmark movies, more grown-up than Rachel Hawkins' Royals, and grander in scope than Meg Cabot's effervescent Princess Diaries—but it isn't quite perfect...

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Nov 26 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Royal We, by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Royal We, by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks (of Go Fug Yourself fame). This book came out several years ago, and I've always meant to read it, but there was a long, drawn-out battle between my love for Ms. Morgan and Ms. Cocks' writing and my fundamental disapproval of royalty...

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Nov 21 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers!

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Have a good holiday, guys, and don't spend too much on Black Friday. See you on Monday!



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Nov 20 2018

Aggressive quirk

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And also on The Hollywood Reporter, Endeavor Content (the company that makes Killing Eve) has picked up the film rights to My Best Friend’s Exorcism, a horror novel by Grady Hendrix (of Horrorstor fame)...

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Nov 20 2018

Adios, Glamour

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glamour has just sent out an announcement that they are ending the regular print format of their magazine. The first issue of Glamour was released in 1939, and...

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Nov 19 2018

Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer

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Archenemies, the second book in Marissa Meyer's Renegades series, picks up immediately after the events of the first. Heroine Nova Artino is still working as a double agent, torn between her loyalty to the villains who raised her and the morally-questionable “superheroes” who control her city...

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Nov 19 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Archenemies, by Marissa Meyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Archenemies, the sequel to Marissa Meyer's Renegades. We had some realllly big problems with Renegades, but the sequel, at least at first glance, seems to be looking up. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Nov 15 2018

A-changing

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The Atlantic recently posted a lengthy article about writing consent in romance novels, basing it around an interview with Jasmine Guillory. The article gives a short but comprehensive overview...

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Nov 15 2018

Quite the tribute

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We've been writing about our love for Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract for more than a decade, so it's always a thrill to run across someone else who appreciates it, too. Yesterday, the blog Toying With Pearls released a truly epic post...

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Nov 14 2018

Holiday schmaltz?

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The trailer is out for the movie adaptation of Julie Murphy's YA novel Dumplin'. The movie will feature Jennifer Aniston as the heroine's mother and songs by Dolly Parton, so I'm assuming...

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Nov 13 2018

The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory

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Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date boasts a delightful heroine, a memorable hook, and centers around a healthy, sex-positive, power-balanced relationship. I really liked large portions of the story, but thought it fell short on one critical front.

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Nov 13 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Date, which has gotten a lot of absolutely glowing reviews (particularly for a romance novel, which are depressingly prone to being completely ignored by critics). A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Nov 8 2018

A taste for cheese

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For the past six moths, PBS has been running their “The Great American Read” survey, which garnered over four million votes. The winner (which was always the frontrunner) was Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which beat everything from Harry Potter to Pride and Prejudice...

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Nov 8 2018

Promising?

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I recently saw the latest trailer for Syfy's Nightflyers, based in the 1980 novella by Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. Writing about it on his blog, Martin sounds like he's giving the series a cautious thumbs-up...

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Nov 7 2018

Rest in peace, Ms. Bell

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I ran across this obituary of translator Anthea Bell recently, and it took me a while to remember why I knew Ms. Bell's name. It turns out I'd spent a lot of time complaining about her in 2012, while I was wondering...

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Nov 6 2018

Sure, why not?

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I treasure this level of geekdom: there is apparently an elaborate fan theory that the 2013 sci-fi action film Snowpiercer is a direct sequel to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory...

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Nov 6 2018

Huh

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How did I miss the previous trailers for this new Robin Hood movie? Why does it look so terrible? (And why are the costumes so weird?) If it didn't have a reasonably big-name cast, I'd assume this was, like, a Syfy original series...

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Nov 5 2018

The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey

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I recently asked the owner of my local comic book store if I should buy the new Books of Magic reboot. He hesitated, but then (very diplomatically, I thought) said that while he was pleased the Vertigo reboots were driving traffic into the store, he thought he could recommend some more interesting fantasy titles. I trust his taste, so...

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Nov 5 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Highest House: Issue #1, by Mike Carey

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It's been quite some time since we've featured a comic book, so this week's Book Giveaway is the first issue of Mike Carey's latest title, The Highest House. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/23/18...

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Nov 1 2018

Cute! But maybe too much?

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Okay, so I'm torn: would wearing a vintage-style t-shirt reading "EURIPIDES" be amusingly quirky, or obnoxiously twee? I honestly can't decide, but if this is the kind of thing that speaks to you...

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Nov 1 2018

Worth it

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NPR recently posted an article about a long-lost edition of 1,001 Nights. The version in question was illustrated by Danish artist Kay Nielsen during World War I, but for various reasons the book was never released...

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Oct 31 2018

No, thank you

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In honor of Halloween, I've been reading several article about The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's miniseries adaptation of Shirley Jackson's novel. I'm way too much of a chicken to actually watch the series (even still shots give me the heebie-jeebies), but...

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Oct 30 2018

Carbs and environmental disasters!

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I was interested in this crowd-sourced list of the 100 "Must-Read" nonfiction books of the year. Their subjects are limited (and please note that the list includes several titles that haven't been released in the US yet), but I found at least three books I really want to read...

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Oct 30 2018

Looking forward to it

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We're cruising towards the launch of my most-anticipated K-drama of 2018: Clean With Passion For Now, and trailers are beginning to appear. This is based on a popular webcomic, and I'm a little nervous about...

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Oct 29 2018

Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller

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I am always on the lookout for promising new historical romance novelists, so I was delighted to encounter Renee Ann Miller's Never Dare a Wicked Earl. Sure, I've read more compelling romance and more ambitious historical fiction, but this was a thoroughly respectable, entertaining combination of the two—and that's harder to find than you'd think...

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Oct 29 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller

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This week's Book Giveaway is Never Dare a Wicked Earl, by Renee Ann Miller. It appears to be her first book, but I'm not at all surprised she was already signed for a series—this is a really solid debut. A full review will...

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Oct 25 2018

Clock's ticking

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And speaking of Cadillac Desert (as well as David Owen's Where the Water Goes), I see that the federal government recently announced an end-of-year deadline to resolve water rights issues surrounding the Colorado River...

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Oct 25 2018

Even more required reading

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: every resident of the American West should read Cadillac Desert. This article (part of a series tellingly titled "PARCHED") in...

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Oct 24 2018

I WANT THEM.

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Okay, these Oliver Jeffers-designed Veja sneakers are so adorable it hurts. Jeffers is an author and illustrator best known for his children's books, and Veja is a French shoe company that produces fair trade, environmentally-friendly sneakers...

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Oct 23 2018

I have questions

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CrimeReads has begun assembling a list of the 15 Most Adapted Female Crime Writers. Heading the list is obviously Agatha Christie, but I was taken aback by how many of the authors were new to me—I had never even heard of six of them. Also, I have questions about their methodology: I know not everywhere in the world has a thriving film industry, but...

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