Apr 19 2006

Carrie Vaughn

Although I’ve seen several critics comparing Carrie Vaughn’s new werewolf series to the Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books, I think they have more in common with Charlaine Harris’s stories or...

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Apr 18 2006

Ugh.

It was bound to happen, I suppose.It was announced this week that Russell Crowe will be starring in an upcoming film version of Robert Cormier's novel Tenderness. Admittedly, Cormier is a gifted w...

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Apr 18 2006

Cover Art

We all know how obsessed with cover art I am. I really think that good cover art can help sell a book, particularly if it's a book by a relatively new author. If their cover doesn't stand out on t...

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Apr 17 2006

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of The Dresden Files novels, a series about Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, a wizard-slash-P.I. who’s doing his best to save the people of Chicago from various supe...

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Apr 17 2006

Why, Wendelin Van Draanen? WHY?!?

I regret to report that Wendelin Van Draanen has confirmed rumors that there is, in fact, going to be a Sammy Keyes movie.All we can hope for now is that she didn't sell the rights to Disney....

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Apr 15 2006

We'll be taking a brief break for Easter weekend...

...but we thought we'd leave you with this creeptastic Easter book cover. Donnie Darko aside, have you ever seen a more malevolent-looking bunny?

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Apr 14 2006
Apr 13 2006

Guilty Pleasures

No, this post is not another Laurell K. Hamilton bashing post (although after her last book it really should be--it sucked, Laurell!). Today we are talking about those books that you love in spit...

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Apr 12 2006

They're always telling us to buy classic pieces, right?

Behold, the Babysitters' Club punk rock tee!Here it is in action:Aaaaand here's a close-up:This t-shirtly gem (obviously an important addition to any girl's wardrobe) is the product of the Cat and...

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Apr 11 2006

Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins is the author of the critically acclaimed Underland Chronicles. Collins’s series is an Alice-in-Wonderland-on-crack story about an eleven year old boy named Gregor who tumbles thr...

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Apr 11 2006

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collins

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Pretty much the only things that went through my head while reading Suzanne Collins’s novel Gregor the Overlander were My God, this book is awesome! and There’s a sequel, right?. It’s been a long...

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Apr 11 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from: The Princess Bride, by William GoldmanWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Dude. The subtitle is "A Hot Fairytale". What's not to love?In this scene...Goldman is giving us a ...

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Apr 10 2006

Ben Edlund

Ben Edlund is the artist and writer of the cult favorite comic series The Tick. Edlund’s characters include the Tick himself, a seven-foot-tall, 300-pound, well-meaning dimwit in a blue costume w...

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Apr 10 2006

Crack the Code...

So it seems that while we were off in New York, author Dan Brown won his legal battle with a copyright suit in London's High Courts. Having only read Mr. Brown's book, I can't really comment on t...

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Apr 10 2006

We're back!

Hi, everybody! We're back from New York (and, as predicted, totally broke). On a truly book-geeky trip to the New York Public Library, we picked up a copy of this book in the gift shop:Alia's Mi...

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Apr 6 2006

Out to lunch

The Wordcandy staff is going to be on vacation for the next few days. Julia, Nathan and Meg are meeting up in New York for a long weekend. Lots of book shopping, art and music are on the agenda. W...

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Apr 5 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from: Bet Me, by Jennifer CrusieWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Because you should buy a copy of every Jenny Crusie book that you can get your little hands on, obviously. In thi...

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Apr 4 2006

Wordcandy Loves DIY Projects!

We here are Wordcandy are huge proponents of the Do It Yourshelf (DIY) movement. It might have something to do with our love of design, or the fact we think good design should be available to ever...

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Apr 3 2006

Excuse me...

...while I laugh my ass off. Behold! The Anita Blake comic book, coming soon:Apparently Laurell K. Hamilton really likes this artwork. Not that that's much of a shocker- Anita, as anyone who's s...

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Apr 2 2006

Rex Stout

Rex Stout wrote several standalone detective stories, dozens of short stories, and, of course, the Nero Wolfe novels. Stout’s greatest creation, Nero Wolfe is the ultimate armchair detective—a fa...

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Apr 2 2006

Steven Brust

Fantasy/sci-fi writer Steven Brust is best known for his Vlad Taltos novels, a series of books about a human assassin living in a world controlled by elf-like creatures known as Dragaerans. While...

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Apr 2 2006

Glen Cook

Missouri author Glenn Cook is the author of several very respectable contemporary fantasy novels, including the 'Black Company' books, the 'Starfishers' books, and the 'Dark War' trilogy, as well ...

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Apr 2 2006

Iain M. Banks

Iain M. Banks is a serious writer. You can tell, because he has a serious website, serious book covers, and a serious, deliberate style that moves along at a snail’s pace. However, if you’re wil...

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Apr 2 2006

Jin Kobayashi

Jin Kobayashi is the author of School Rumble, a cheerfully bizarre manga with the tagline “Subtlety is for Wimps!”. School Rumble is the story of a sweet, dopey girl with a good heart, the cluele...

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Apr 2 2006

A Public Service Announcement

Do not buy this book, because it SUCKS:Even though my hopes weren't high (thanks to how craptastic Ms. Hamilton's last few novels have been), I was shocked by how bad this book was. It's essentia...

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Apr 1 2006

Wordcandy loves Roethke's poetry

I Knew a WomanI knew a woman, lovely in her bones,When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:The shapes a bright container can contain!Of...

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Mar 31 2006

Classic girl books become cartoons

Apparently there are anime versions of both Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Who knew?From A Little Princess:From Little Women:...I wonder if Beth...

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Mar 30 2006

Bob Ruddick

Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick are the authors of Max and Me and the Time Machine and its sequel, Max and Me and the Wild West. Greer and Ruddick’s hero is a cheerful, act-in-haste, regret-at-leisure...

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Mar 30 2006

Life Comes At You Fast!

So I am not sure how widespread Nationwide Insurance's "Life Comes At You Fast" ad campain is, but as soon as I saw these billboards I knew I had to post them... I thought we might need some clos...

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Mar 29 2006

Hollywood (hearts) Neil Gaiman, too

...although you'd think that the silver screen would, like, sag under the weight of all that brilliantly profound, Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning brilliance, wouldn't you?The various projects that...

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