Oct 2 2006

Alas.

While visiting my local bookstore this weekend, I was excited to see a beautifully bound, Alice In Wonderland-inspired book on the new fiction shelves: Frank Beddor's The Looking-Glass Wars. Unfo...

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Oct 1 2006

Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett’s third Tiffany Aching book, Wintersmith, has problems. It’s not as uproariously funny as the previous two installments, and both the main plot and the villain are emotionally underwhelming. The book’s dreamlike atmosphere works in a few places, but Pratchett’s constant shifting from humor to pathos to action makes the story’s climax fall a little flat...

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Sep 30 2006

MirrorMask

I finally got around to watching Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's movie MirrorMask last night, and it was pretty good! I put off watching it for ages because (and I'm sorry to say it, but it's true) ...

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Sep 28 2006

Money burning a hole in your pocket?

Then we suggest that you check out some of these Wordcandy-approved manga titles. Unlike a lot of the manga we recommend, all of these stories are still in their infancy, English-language publicat...

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Sep 27 2006

Nora Roberts churns 'em out

The book covers and descriptions of the final two books in Nora Roberts's Circle Trilogy are up. Dance of the Gods is due out October 3rd, and Valley of Silence is due out October 31st. The descr...

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Sep 26 2006

One more shot...

The rest of the recent batch of Harry Potter promo stills didn't particularly interest me, but I thought I would share this last picture:Man, everybody looks so grown up! Also... mad as hell, for ...

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Sep 25 2006

David Kamp

Vanity Fair writer David Kamp is the author of the Wordcandy-approved non-fiction book The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation. He’s also a co-author of the irritatingly hipp...

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Sep 25 2006

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation, by David Kamp

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David Kamp’s The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation is a sprawling, gossipy account of some of America’s most influential post-World War II culinary icons. It doesn’t fully deliver the explanation promised by its subtitle (although I doubt that any single book could), but it works beautifully as a human-interest story, dipping into the careers of everyone from Alice Waters to Emeril Lagasse...

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Sep 25 2006

Check out that poncho!

So, the first stills from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie have been released, and I am pleased to announce that the windblown Monkees shag appears to be a thing of the...

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Sep 24 2006

God bless Jim Henson.

I love the movie Labyrinth. You'd have to be nuts not to, in my opinion. A) It has David Bowie in it, playing a role that would have destroyed the career of any other man, B) it has inspired loa...

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Sep 22 2006

Ah, the sweet scent of superheroes...

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Sep 22 2006

Book seven news

Well, according to this, J. K. Rowling is only half-finished with the final Harry Potter novel, which means that our dream* of one day being famous enough to merit an advance reader copy of a Pott...

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Sep 21 2006

Wordcandy Weekly Book Snippet

Excerpt from: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, by Roald DahlWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:It's just as nasty as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but even weirder!In this scene....

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Sep 20 2006

Delicious Library

Well, I am finally back from my month-long moving/starting school-related absence. I am all moved in (thanks to Julia & Nathan), and I have survived my first two weeks at college. Sadly, the more ...

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Sep 19 2006

Aardman!

Much to my delight, I hear that Aardman Studios (the people who made Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run) will be making a film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Scarecrow and his Servant. I've be...

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Sep 18 2006

Wordcandy loves cheap books

For those of you that like to get your Christmas shopping done early, we encourage you to start investigating the clearance sections of online booksellers. It takes a little searching, but you can...

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Sep 17 2006

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka is a tutor at Sheffield Hallam University, the child of Ukrainian immigrants, the author of six books on “aspects of elder care” and the novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukraini...

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Sep 17 2006

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, by Marina Lewycka

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The original cover of Marina Lewycka’s novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian was extremely tasteful. The background is a lovely grayish blue, and there’s a yellow border running down the edge, dec...

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Sep 16 2006

More from Hollywood

Hollywood is having another Wordcandy author lovefest! The new Eragon trailer is out, and it looks like it will be one of the big holiday films.

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Sep 15 2006

Movie Update: Fast Food Nation

So, last time we checked, we had a few pictures of this ill-fated project. But guess what, kids: today we have the trailer. Enjoy!

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Sep 14 2006

James Bond: The PG version

I've heard some surprisingly positive stuff about the new "Young James Bond" series by Charlie Higson. Still, I can't imagine how these books would work--James Bond novels are all about the sex, g...

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Sep 13 2006

Fanfic writers, take note.

The Harry Potter Lexicon, the go-to website for all true Harry Potter geeks, now features a Timeline of the Wizarding World. The timeline features hundreds of events in Wizarding history, ranging ...

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Sep 12 2006

Wordcandy loves Christmas books at Halloween

Jennifer Crusie has an all-new novella coming out on October 31st. It's called Hot Toy, and it's part of the collection Santa, Baby (which will also feature novellas by Lori Foster and Carly Phil...

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Sep 11 2006

There and Back Again

Aintitcoolnews posted an article this morning about MGM's desire to make a film version of The Hobbit, to be directed by Peter Jackson. Unfortunately, Jackson says that no one has spoken to him ab...

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Sep 9 2006

More Austen must-owns!

Along with the doll featured below, all true Jane Austen geeks are going to want to rush out and buy The Jane Austen Cookbook, by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye. Written by a food historian and...

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Sep 8 2006

Gaiman movie update

The official homepage for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust is up. There's hardly anything there, but it looks awfully pretty.

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Sep 7 2006

K. P. Bath

We held off on reviewing author K.P. Bath until we were sure that there was going to be a sequel to his first book, The Secret of Castle Cant. It’s not that we didn’t love The Secret of Castle Ca...

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Sep 7 2006

Morrigan's Cross, by Nora Roberts

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As anyone who’s had the misfortune of hearing me speak recently knows, I’ve been sick. Really sick. I sound like a seal with a lifelong pack-a-day habit. The only upside to the past week and a ...

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Sep 7 2006

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the excellent "Bartimaeus Trilogy", a fantasy/alternate history series starring a terrorist, a fairly unpleasant boy, and a very sympathetic demon. In Stroud’s un...

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Sep 7 2006

Bisco Hatori

Bisco Hatori is the author of the gleefully silly manga Ouran High School Host Club. Host Club is the story of a quiet, unemotional girl named Haruhi, who is attending Ouran High as a scholarship...

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