Sep 7 2006

Pamela Dean

Pamela Dean’s 1991 fantasy novel Tam Lin has recently been reprinted by Firebrand Books. Tam Lin is a creepy retelling of an even creepier old ballad, set in a college in the 1970s, and starring ...

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Sep 7 2006

Wordcandy loves the Bradbury

Ray Bradbury's classic short story "The Homecoming" was first published in Mademoiselle in 1946, and it's been a Halloween treat for readers ever since. HarperCollins has just released a beautiful...

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Sep 6 2006

Holy cats!

Yes, my friends, that IS a crocheted Jane Austen doll! Just what every household needs![Source]

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Sep 5 2006

Cover art that's practically made of ugly

It's heartbreaking, really:Why does Dover do this? I mean, they've released all kinds of gorgeous stuff--this week, they're putting out a beautiful book of Kay Neilsen's fairy tale illustrations. ...

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Sep 4 2006

Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams is the Ohio-based author of one of our Book of the Week picks, the enjoyably melodramatic friendship saga Girls Most Likely. Ms. Williams apparently spent many years as paralegal ...

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Sep 4 2006

Girls Most Likely, by Sheila Williams

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I confess—I didn’t think that I’d like Sheila Williams’s novel Girls Most Likely, being both turned off by the cover art and actively repelled by the purple prose on the back cover, which made the story sound like something by Danielle Steel. Happily, Girls Most Likely turned out to be far superior to its packaging...

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Sep 3 2006

So, turns out...

...there are less ugly editions of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy:Not that I would want to frame one of these, either, but they're infinitely better than the ones I own.

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Sep 2 2006

Beauty Pop

I'm happy to announce that Shojo Beat has picked up Kiyoko Arai's very funny manga Beauty Pop, and the first volume is due out on September 5th. Here's the official description:"Although a truly ...

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Sep 1 2006

Wordcandy loves the books of Jennifer Colt

Hey, all. Be sure to swing by Jennifer Colt's website and check out the sneak peek of the latest book in her McAfee twins detective series, The Vampire of Venice Beach. These books are funny, sma...

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Aug 31 2006

Suzanne Collins news

Still no release date beyond "sometime in 2007", but the fifth book in Suzanne Collins' super-awesome Underland Chronicles is going to be called Gregor and the Code of Claw, which is... kinda dork...

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Aug 30 2006

YAY!

We're back! Megan still has a boatload of stuff to unpack, her cat's mental health may be fragile for the foreseeable future, and I came home with a wicked case of laryngitis. Still, I arrived at ...

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Aug 23 2006

Be back soon.

Hi, everybody. The Wordcandy staff will be off on a road trip until Tuesday, August 29th (yes, we've all been shanghaied into helping Megan move). Have fun--but not too much fun--in our absence!

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Aug 21 2006

Wordcandy loves the retro cover art!

Check out these gorgeous Georgette Heyer mysteries from Arrow Books:Sadly, I expect those editions will only be available in the UK. US residents will get stuck with these:Eh. Serviceable, but p...

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Aug 20 2006

Back in the day...

Hey, remember this, Laurell? Back when you couldn't afford the truly classy cover art featured on your books now? When your budget was more Subspecies than Anne Rice?HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAO...

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Aug 19 2006

Peter Pan, part two

British author Geraldine McCaughrean has written the first authorized sequel to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. It's called Peter Pan in Scarlet, and it's due out on October 5th. McCaughrean was chosen...

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Aug 18 2006

M. T. Anderson

M. T. Anderson’s self-described “thrilling tales” are sure to delight anyone with a nodding familiarity with kids’ detective fiction. Whales on Stilts! and The Attack of the Linoleum Lederhosen p...

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Aug 18 2006

H. Beam Piper

Much like Ayn Rand, H. Beam Piper was a big believer in the virtue of self-reliance. (So much so, in fact, that he did his best to clean up after his own suicide.) His novels tended to feature h...

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Aug 18 2006

Laura Ingalls Wilder

There is some debate as to who wrote what in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Wilder was an intelligent, well-spoken woman who wrote a newspaper column, but her education was erratic. Her daughte...

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Aug 18 2006

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg is the author of several stunningly beautiful (albeit kinda creepy) children’s books, including Jumanji, Zathura, The Polar Express, and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Van Allsbur...

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Aug 18 2006

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen is one of the most thoughtful YA books I’ve read in years. It’s the story of D. J. Swenk, a teenage girl living on her family’s near-failing Wisconsin dair...

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Aug 18 2006

Upcoming adaptation news...

Sony has apparently acquired the rights to make a film version of Isaac Adamson's Tokyo Suckerpunch, starring Tobey Maguire. Judging by the outline of the script floating around, it sounds like th...

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Aug 17 2006

Wordcandy Weekly Book Snippet

Excerpt from: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 , by Sue TownsendWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:Adrian Mole's neurotic, self-obsessed diary entries are painfully funny. (Emp...

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Aug 16 2006

More totally gross Fast Food Nation movie news!

Behold! Today we have pictures:I don't think anything good is going to happen to those cows, kids. [Source]

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Aug 15 2006

Dover and Colette

You know what I want? I want a copy of Colette's Gigi that isn't stuck in a collection alongside The Cat, or Julie de Carneilhan and Chance Acquaintances, 'cause let's face it: those stories are ...

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Aug 14 2006

Love!

I have no idea what I'd use it for, but I really, really want this fabric. Maybe seat cushions? [Source]P.S. Oh, my Lord--they have Anne of Green Gables and Little Red Riding Hood fabric, too!

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Aug 13 2006

Alice, I Think, by Susan Juby

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Teen literature is full of dorky main characters. Meg Cabot’s entire career is based on stories about low-on-the-social-totem-pole heroines falling in love with hot-yet-geeky Stargate fans. Loui...

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Aug 13 2006

Wordcandy particularly loves her short stories.

Just a reminder, Clarke fans: you can read one of the short stories found in The Ladies of Grace Adieu here. It's called The Duke of Wellington Misplaces His Horse, and it originally appeared on ...

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Aug 12 2006

Wordcandy loves Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke's new book, The Ladies of Grace Adieu, is due out on October 17th. Apparently, it will be a collection of short stories set in the world of her first book, Jonathan Strange and Mr....

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Aug 11 2006

Welcome to our soap box.

We try to keep the blog as on-topic as possible... or, at least, we figure as long as it has something to do with books then we can write about it. However, today I am going to get on my politica...

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Aug 10 2006

Svankmajer!

In honor (...or something) of Jan Svankmajer's new Edgar Allen Poe-inspired movie Lunacy, we present to you a history of some of his previous dabbles in Wordcandy-approved literature:From his vers...

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