Oct 21 2019

Bloody Business, by H.P. Jeffers

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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Sep 23 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, by Darby Conley

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Our current Book Giveaway is Treasury of the Lost Litter Box, a collection of Darby Conley's late (or at least on indefinite hiatus) and much-lamented comic strip Get Fuzzy. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 19 2019

How-to

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There's a great article in The Atlantic about raising your children to become avid readers. The whole things is worth reading (and I enthusiastically second the tip about seeding your house with books, particularly if you have very young children...

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Sep 18 2019

If you were hoping for a happy ending? Tough luck.

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Oh, YAY, more misery: according to Deadline, MGM Television and Hulu have already started developing The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, into a TV series...

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Sep 18 2019

Not their finest hour

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According to the Tennessean, students at the St. Edward Catholic School in Nashville will no longer be allowed to read the Harry Potter series, as a pastor at the parish school says he "consulted several exorcists" and decided the books were dangerous. He explained further...

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Sep 17 2019

Just think of the insurance!

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I'm not sure what an "event series" actually is (it's just a fancy way of saying "miniseries", right?), but USA has shelled out for a high-profile show called Treadstone, based on the world of Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne novels...

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Sep 16 2019

Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, by P.G. Wodehouse

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On a recent trip to Canada, I picked up Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, a beautifully packaged little collection of P.G. Wodehouse stories from Arrow Books, who blithely describe it as "A Wodehouse Pick-Me-Up!". Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo consists of three short stories: two Mulliner tales, including the title story (about a meek curate who turns into an ass-kicking, name-taking problem solver...

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