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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Mar 28 2006

Wordcandy weekly book snippet

Excerpt from:Devil's Cub, by Georgette HeyerWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:It's Heyer's hottest romance (although you have to judge these things on the Heyer scale-we're talking about ...

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Mar 28 2006

Books2Eat

April 1st is (among other things) International Edible Book Festival Day. Celebrate this lovely event by creating some form of edible art inspired by books, then submit a photograph of your creati...

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Mar 27 2006

Books for Everyone

It seems that tomorrow the wordcandy authors are having an orgy of book releases. Some are reissue or paperback versions, but we do have some new ones in here for you to check out. I definitely ...

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Mar 26 2006

Even more Libraries for the Soulless!

The Seattle Times reports that more and more people are using books solely for decorative purposes.From the Pottery Barn catalogue:Well. I am shocked. I mean, with a functional, reader-friendly, p...

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Mar 25 2006

Libraries for the Soulless

If you're in the market for a library, but you just don't have any "suitable" books*, then have we ever found the ideal service for you! Behold: Books by the Foot!Offered by the venerable Strand ...

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Mar 24 2006

A...B...C...D...

While there are many people out there who collect alphabet books I am not really one of them... but I do collect books with great typography. I stumbled upon Bembo's Zoo while once again working ...

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Mar 23 2006

Neil Gaiman Tribute Album!!!

Billboard.com is reporting that Tori Amos will be leading a Neil Gaiman Tribute album.My first thought: ...hee hee heeMy second thought: Hasn't his swelled head already reached, like, critical mass?

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Mar 22 2006

Wordcandy loves Auden's poetry

"The Fall of Rome"The piers are pummelled by the waves;In a lonely field the rainLashes an abandoned train;Outlaws fill the mountain caves.Fantastic grow the evening gowns;Agents of the Fisc pursu...

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Mar 22 2006

Beatrix Potter, Part Two

In further Beatrix Potter movie news, Renee Zellweger has beencast as Miss Potter. Er... okay. Is this some kind of early April Fools' joke that I'm just not getting?

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Mar 21 2006

Buffalo Brenda, by Jill Pinkwater

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No Logo author Naomi Wolf recently published an essay in The New York Times bemoaning the current state of YA literature for girls, specifically mentioning the popular...

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Mar 21 2006

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is one of the most famous pieces of writing in the English language. It is an unfinished novel in verse—Chaucer got down about 17,000 lines before his death in...

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Mar 21 2006

Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was a brilliant novelist, poet and editor. His writings (particularly his most famous poem, 1845’s The Raven) have become such an integral part of our cultural identity that you c...

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Mar 21 2006

Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee is the author of 1992's The Holder of the World. Mukherjee’s novel tells the stories of two women: Beigh Masters, a 20th century “asset hunter” who tracks down historical artifa...

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Mar 21 2006

Gery Greer

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 21 2006

Christopher Durang

Playwright Christopher Durang is best known for his award-winning black comedy Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. I admit, I find large doses of Durang to be rather grating—the man is ...

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Mar 21 2006

Beatrix Potter = dead bunnies

I'm told that there's a movie in the works about the life of Beatrix Potter.I would be more excited about this, but I went to a lecture on the life of Beatrix Potter several years ago, and the spe...

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Mar 21 2006

Hollywood hearts Philip K. Dick

This......becomes this.While some Philip K. Dick purists are convinced that the author is probably spinning in his grave over the casting of poor Keanu, I remain open-minded about this movie. It's...

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Mar 20 2006

Wordcandy's (new and improved) weekly book snippet...

...now with 100% more background information!Excerpt from:The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects, by Michael BuckleyWhy you should buy a copy of your very own:The likable heroines, the clever twi...

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