May 29 2006

ADV is AWOL...

...and I'm getting a tad grumpy about it. Where the hell has ADV manga gone? Why do so many manga companies just drop off the face of the planet? Or--and this is even more irritating--why do they ...

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May 29 2006

I'm sure those Coraline jammies will sell like hotcakes.

From Neil Gaiman's blog:How very... marketable of you, dear.

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May 28 2006

Holy cats.

For hardcore fairytale geeks like me, Terry Gilliam's movie The Brothers Grimm was a bitter disappointment. The movie wasn't terrible, but it wasn't particularly good, either, and it never conveye...

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May 27 2006

Little Women=Sultry Sapphic fun!

Slate is currently featuring a totally awesome slide show of pulp fiction covers of classic books. Below are my two favorites (although the Moby Dick one was pretty cool, too):

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May 27 2006

Beware!

In addition to the oh-so-exciting new book of Laurell K. Hamilton short stories that Julia mentioned yesterday, there is also going to be a re-issue of one of her older books: Death of a Darklord...

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May 26 2006

E. Nesbit

Gore Vidal once wrote, “[Other than Lewis Carroll] E. Nesbit is the best of the English fabulists who wrote about children”, and he blamed her books’ lack of popularity in the United States on lib...

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May 26 2006

Margery Allingham

Margery Allingham was a skillful, stylish mystery novelist who produced the bulk of her books between the first and second World Wars. Most of her novels feature a quiet, unassuming private detec...

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May 26 2006

Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart was a highly successful mystery novelist and playwright in the first half of the twentieth century. (She also wrote the “Tish” books, a comedic series of feminist novels abo...

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May 26 2006

Anne Lindbergh

For an author with such famous parents (not to mention a juvenile fantasy award named after her) you don’t hear much about Anne Spencer Lindbergh. Still, she wrote several excellent middle-school...

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May 26 2006

James Branch Cabell

James Branch Cabell had an impressively poisonous pen. His eighth and most famous novel, 1919’s satirical fantasy Jurgen, earned him a brief period in the literary spotlight when the New York Soc...

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May 26 2006

When "Man, is that tacky" is not enough...

"She keeps all her goods in the shop-window" is such a deliciously nasty old-fashioned saying. Don't you think it describes this book cover perfectly?Yes, gentle readers, there's another Laurell K...

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May 25 2006

Queen of Babble, by Meg Cabot

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I try to avoid romance novels that feature heroines under the age of twenty-six*. There are a few books about people in their early twenties that are okay, but I prefer to read about people that have their heads on at least semi-straight before they make any major decisions about their life partners...

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May 25 2006

Traveling this summer?

I received this book a few years ago from Julia, right before I headed off to Italy for a few weeks. Italy is the kind of place where you can usually get by without knowing much of the language, b...

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May 24 2006

Wilde!

Variety has announced an upcoming film version of Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, starring Annette Bening, Sean Bean, and Lindsay Lohan. (Er... what?)

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May 24 2006

Odds and ends

Sorry about this post wandering all over the Wordcandy map, people...Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson have released Chew On This, a kid-friendly book exploring the same territory that Schlosser c...

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May 23 2006

Happy birthday, Margaret Wise Brown!

And thank you for Goodnight Moon.Apparently, the New York Public Library banned Goodnight Moon when it first came out, which just goes to show you that even super awesome librarians who work in su...

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May 23 2006

Norway loves Wordcandy!

See? They even named a GAME after us:Note: Totally not true.

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May 22 2006

More from Hollywood.

Man, Hollywood has been going crazy for Wordcandy authors recently. (You have good taste, Hollywood. Too bad so many of your movies suck.) It was announced this week that Guillermo del Toro will b...

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May 20 2006

Fast Food Nation, Part II

Okay, I'm a little clearer on this Fast Food Nation movie. Here's the description from Salon.com:"Linklater's film (co-written with Schlosser) is an episodic docudrama about a large group of fict...

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May 19 2006

Aaaand in further movie news...

Huh. Apparently, Richard Linklater's film version of Eric Schlosser's excellent book Fast Food Nation is debuting at Cannes this year.Now, don't get me wrong here, but what? This isn't going to b...

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May 19 2006

Frankly, I am appalled.

While idly strolling through the Target book section the other day, I ran across this:Can you believe it? It's a tie-in novel for the soap opera As the World Turns! It's like one of those crappy ...

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May 18 2006

Wordcandy loves the poetry of William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say I have eatenthe plumsthat were inthe iceboxand which you were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so cold -William Carlos Williams

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May 18 2006

Oh, God, ew!!!

One of my favorite childhood books has been made into a movie. The film version of Thomas Rockwell's "How to Eat Fried Worms" is due for release this summer. It's been a really long time since I r...

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May 17 2006

Books & Art Projects

For any of you who might be looking for a fun project to take on over the next week, might I suggest creating your very own Mexican Novella Love Shrine? I stumbled across this kit today, and since...

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May 16 2006

Behold!

(I love starting posts with "Behold!".) First the t-shirt; now, the comic book:

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May 15 2006

Be careful what you wish for.

It seems that J.K. Rowling made the mistake of mentioning that she had run out of paper while writing the final book in the Harry Potter series, which resulted in many "helpful" fans sending her l...

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May 14 2006

Edward Eager

Playwright and lyricist Edward Eager began writing children’s books after he failed to find any suitable stories to read to his young son. Himself a huge fan of children’s literature, Eager’s boo...

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May 14 2006

Elizabeth Marie Pope

When I started researching Elizabeth Marie Pope, I was shocked to discover that she had written The Sherwood Ring in 1958 and The Perilous Guard in 1974 (and then I was totally bummed to find that...

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May 14 2006

Mignon G. Eberhart

While Mignon Good Eberhart’s name probably rings fewer bells for today’s readers than that of Dorothy Sayers or Margery Allingham, Eberhart spent half of the twentieth century being an extremely p...

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May 14 2006

Alexandre Dumas

Playwright and novelist Alexandre Dumas is so irrevocably linked in my mind with images of pre-Revolutionary France that it’s always a shock to remember that he actually wrote his books in the mid...

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