May 14 2006

John Christopher

John Christopher (real name: Samuel Youd) is an English science fiction writer. Mr. Christopher has written more than 70 novels under a variety of pen names, but he is best known as the author of...

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May 14 2006

Inspirational Reading

Okay. We're really not Chicken Soup for the Soul people, but we understand that Mother's Day is the kind of day that frequently involves inspirational reading. So if you're in the market for some ...

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May 12 2006

Cover Art...

I know that I spend a lot of time blaming our authors for their books' bad cover art, even though it's not always their fault--maybe they've been forced into it, or maybe they're just cursed with ...

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May 11 2006

The White Mountains, by John Christopher

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As post-apocalyptic visions of the future go, the world in John Christopher’s Tripod series isn’t so bad. In some ways, it’s almost idyllic—a world without war or famine, where people are comfortably assured of their own destiny. But there is one major downside: as soon as you turn fourteen, you’re sucked up into the belly of a three-legged, alien-controlled machine called a Tripod, and you’re not returned until a mind-controlling metal cap has been fused onto your skull...

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May 11 2006

The Patron Saints of Book Geeks

Well, hello, Saints Lawrence, Catherine of Alexandria, and Jerome...These, my friends, are the holy saints that Catholics like me pray to when we want to ask for something book-related. (Like, say...

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May 10 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from:Second Sight, by Amanda QuickWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:A fun new book from Ms. Quick, filled with humor and interesting charactersIn this scene...Venetia is a talente...

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May 9 2006

When good manga...

...gets turned into a choose-your-own-romantic-adventure Gameboy Color(TM) game, this is the result:Not that I wouldn't play it. (In a hot minute, people.) Unfortunately, I hear it's a really te...

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May 8 2006

God loves me.

Aaaaaaand here's proof:This and lots of other fine Austen gear is available here.

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May 7 2006

Movie adaptation news

Aintitcoolnews.com is reporting that we can, er, "look forward" to upcoming film versions of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The Verne story will apparently b...

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May 6 2006

Get thee...

...to a comic book store! For today, my friends, is:

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May 5 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from:The Boy Next Door, by Meg CabotWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:It's a romance novel told entirely through e-mail exchanges, and it's funny as all-git-out.In this scene...Th...

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May 4 2006

Name That Book

For those of you who are not familiar with how Janet Evanovich comes up with the titles for her Stephanie Plum series... well, she makes her fans do all the work. So if you're good with words, che...

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May 3 2006

Shopping, Part II

For our second reading-related shopping post, we thought we'd focus on that most decadent of all seating options, the chaise lounge. Picture yourself stretched out on any of these lovely pieces of...

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May 2 2006

More Kelly Armstrong!

Broken, Ms. Armstrong's newest book in the Otherworld series, was released last week. (I picked the book up over the weekend, but I haven't had a chance to start reading it yet--I spent the weeke...

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May 1 2006

Megan's Bookshelf Update

With all of these trips to New York & D.C. I have spent plenty of time waiting in airports. This has resulted in many new additions to my book collection--so many, in fact, that I will either have...

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Apr 30 2006

It's here!

Happy Walpurgisnacht, gentle readers! And happy Freinacht, gentle readers in Bavaria! Happy Valpurzina noc, gentle readers in the Czech Republic! And happy various-other-holidays-that-I-can-neithe...

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Apr 29 2006

Walpurgis Part V

Aaaaaand, last but not least, there are two scenes in Goethe's Faust named after Walpurgisnacht.A little bonus trivia: my mother once gave me copy of Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther--I think...

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Apr 28 2006

Hee. Hee hee hee...

Variety is reporting that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are considering starring in a film version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.Excuse me--I'll be in the next room, laughing my ass off.

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Apr 28 2006

Walpurgis Part IV

...you thought I was done, didn't you?The second act of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?* is called "Walpurgisnacht".*Completely and totally not Wordcandy-approved. Makes The M...

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Apr 27 2006

Moving out...

Well, I am finally back from my long weekend of checking out our nation's capital for possible areas to live. Yes--in just a few short months I am going to pack everything up and move to Washingto...

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Apr 26 2006

Walpurgis Part III

Aaaaand in Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, there's a scene where Margarita goes to Satan's Walpurgis Ball...Good book. Not Wordcandy-approved.

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Apr 25 2006

Walpurgis Part II

J. K. Rowling once mentioned in an interview that the original name for the Death Eaters was going to be the "Knights of Walpurgis". Frankly, I think "Knights of Walpurgis" sounds a lot less dorky...

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Apr 23 2006

Walpurgis Night!

The very Wordcandy-worthy holiday "Walpurgis" is coming up this week (the night of April 30th). Walpurgis Night celebrations in Finland are marked by the publication of two humor magazines: Apy an...

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Apr 22 2006

Why have an Easter egg hunt when you can read a book called Men Who Hate Women?

Newsflash: Norwegians are an unusual bunch. Check out this article on their tradition of reading mystery/crime novels during Easter Week.

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Apr 22 2006

Behold:

Okay! As soon as my bank balance recovers from my last vacation, I'm off to Amherst, MA.

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Apr 21 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from: Kitty and the Midnight Hour, by Carrie VaughnWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:The wry, funny, werewolf heroine, who starts off the book as a lowly pack member and finishes ...

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Apr 20 2006

Double Ugh.

Yesterday's post lead to a staff discussion of other books that we are too creeped out by to review. (Look--we're delicate, okay?) There's actually a fair number of them, including, but not limite...

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Apr 19 2006

Miyuki Miyabe

Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe has three books currently translated into English: Crossfire, All She Was Worth, and Shadow Family. Miyabe’s novels are an intriguing mix of horror, mystery, and pol...

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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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