Oct 28 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Snow & Rose, by Emily Winfield Martin

This week's Book Giveaway is Snow & Rose, a fairytale retelling written (reasonably well) and illustrated (extremely well) by painter Emily Winfield Martin. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 24 2019

At least there's no clowns

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Another day, another Stephen King adaptation. Here's the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of King's The Outsider, premiering January 12th on HBO. The series is based on King’s 2018 novel of the same name, and...

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Oct 24 2019

True, but unromantic

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If you have $100,000 lying around, you could own an original and authentic piece of Jane Austen's writing. Unfortunately, this particular bit of writing is a description of how much going to the dentist sucks...

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Oct 23 2019

Throwdowns

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This Twitter thread devoted to the greatest literary feuds in history is amazing. I don't know who Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was, but anyone who would brave a dissing contest with Jonathan Swift gets my vote...

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Oct 22 2019

Surely he has enough money?

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The trailer is out for the new Robert Downey Jr. adaptation of Dolittle. This production has been beset by rumors of strife and drama, but it's apparently a...

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Oct 22 2019

0 for 25

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NPR recently posted a complete list of the 25 finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards, and once again, I have not read a single one of them...

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Oct 21 2019

Bloody Business, by H.P. Jeffers

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I purchased my copy of H. Paul Jeffers's Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard solely because of its Edward Gorey-illustrated cover art. True Crime is not my preferred style of nonfiction, but I started flipping through the book one evening and found myself unexpectedly absorbed—for a small island, Britain has seen a lot of famous evildoing...

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Oct 21 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Bloody Business, by H.P. Jeffers

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Our current Book Giveaway is H.P. Jeffers's 1992 book Bloody Business: An Anecdotal History of Scotland Yard. (Is this the first true crime book we've reviewed here in 10+ years of blogging? Possibly.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 17 2019

Spooky on a budget #4: Literary pumpkin carving

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Idea #4: Literary pumpkin carving

Okay, so you do need to shell out for the pumpkin, but imagine how impressed your neighbors will be when they see something like these...

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Oct 16 2019

Spooky on a budget #3: Decorate with free printables

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Idea #3: Hit up the internet for free, literary-themed printable masks, then tape them to any face-based art in your house.

Yes, that portrait of your great aunt will look 1000% more festive...

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Oct 15 2019

Spooky on a budget #2: Hit up your local library

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Idea #2: Hit up your local library

Forget classic horror and the lists of spooky new releases, those books are going to be checked out until December. Instead, wade through the comments here. There are...

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Oct 15 2019

Spooky on a budget #1: Edward Gorey fonts

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In honor of the season (and in light of the shorter week), we've gathered up a collection of free or extremely inexpensive literary-themed suggestions to enhance your Halloween experience.

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Oct 10 2019

New bit of an old story

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According to the Japan Times, a manuscript containing a missing scene from The Tale of Genji was recently discovered among the heirlooms of the family of a former feudal lord...

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Oct 10 2019

C'mon, guys...

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Well, we started off the week praising Macmillan Publishing, but that's officially over: there's an disturbing editorial in the Seattle Times about the effect Macmillan's upcoming e-book embargo will have on public libraries throughout the country...

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Oct 9 2019

Back when things were even worse

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Suzanne Collins recently announced a prequel to her famous Hunger Games series, and io9 has the details: the book will be called The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and it's set 64 years before...

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Oct 8 2019

Content, content everywhere

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There's an article at the Guardian about two very different, currently-airing Jane Austen adaptations, both based on unfinished works. There's a relatively bland description of ITV's Sanditon, and a more in-depth discussion of Laura Wade’s version of The Watsons...

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Oct 7 2019

Pride and Prejudice (Macmillan Collector's Library edition), by Jane Austen

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As longtime readers of the site know, I periodically treat myself by reviewing a new edition of my all-time favorite book: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Few things make me happier than analyzing editorial choices—how creative are the essays? Is the cover art period-appropriate? Are the footnotes accurate? Did they weigh in on...

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Oct 7 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice (Macmillan Collector's Library edition), by Jane Austen

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This week's Book Giveaway is the Macmillan Collector's Library edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. A full review will follow shortly, but I can already tell you this: at $12.99, this is an A+++ bargain. This giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Oct 3 2019

Another $10 I will not be spending

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The full-length trailer for the upcoming Birds of Prey trailer has debuted, and it has three major strikes against it: Ewan McGregor's attractiveness may have been dealt a fatal blow by that velvet leisure suit...

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Oct 3 2019

It looks SO GOOD

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The first official trailer is out for HBO and the BBC's adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and it looks PHENOMENAL, creepy and atmospheric and elegant...

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Oct 2 2019

Hideous, but kind of cute?

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While looking up Eric Carle information the other day, I stumbled across this fabric based on some of the artwork from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I can't quite imagine...

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Oct 1 2019

Oof

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Well, the reviews are out for ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sanditon, and they are brutal. The kinder critics describe it as "good dirty end-of-the-pier fun but about as enduring as an ice-cream cone"...

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Oct 1 2019

Did you know...

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I missed this when it was published this summer, but it's still interesting: Mental Floss posted an article called "15 Facts About The Very Hungry Caterpillar" in honor of the Eric Carle children's classic's 50th anniversary. Most of them were...

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Sep 30 2019

No Judgments, by Meg Cabot

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Like nearly all of Meg Cabot's books, No Judgments is funny, charming, smart—and way messier and lazier than it has any right to be.


Bree Beckham has left behind a serious relationship, an overbearing mother, and her law studies to start life anew in Little Bridge, a tiny island in the Florida Keys. She loves living on Little Bridge, particularly after adopting a sweet, elderly cat named Gary...

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Sep 30 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: No Judgments, by Meg Cabot

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Our current Book Giveaway is Meg Cabot's No Judgments. Alas, I will be judging, and thus far I'm underwhelmed. (Evacuate when you're told to, people!) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 25 2019

Modern classic

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The Hollywood Reporter informs me that Andrew Scott—best known as the “Hot Priest” on Fleabag—has signed on to star as the title character in a Showtime series based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel...

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Sep 24 2019

Personal line in the sand

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It's been more than a decade since I reviewed Tana French's novel In the Woods, but it stands out in my memory. The upcoming Starz adaptation of both In the Woods and French's followup, The Likeness, looks like they've put a lot of effort into capturing the novels' tone...

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Sep 24 2019

Like Tolkien, hopefully it's better on film

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According to Deadline, A24 and producer Jennifer Fox have teamed up to turn Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea fantasy books into a television show. Before her death in 2018, Le Guin had given Ms. Fox permission to turn her books into a series of films, but...

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Sep 24 2019

Small Kindnesses

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I've never heard of the writer Danusha Lameris, but I absolutely love this poem. It was published in the New York Times Magazine, and I found it via Bailey Richardson's...

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Sep 23 2019

Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, by Darby Conley

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I really enjoyed Darby Conley's comic strip Get Fuzzy, which ran in my local paper for more than a decade, and my family still routinely refers back to his joke about how you can “verb anything”. Conley and his strip disappeared about five years ago, much to my chagrin, but when I recently ran across a copy of his Treasury of the Lost Litter Box collection...

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