Apr 14 2008

My apologies for doubting you, Ms. Smith.

Apparently, author L.J. Smith actually meant it when she said that her publisher was re-releasing her Night World series. (Frankly, I'd filed that idea under "wishful thinking", seeing as re-print...

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Apr 11 2008

Jeanne Birdsall

Jeanne Birdsall is the author of the National Book Award-winning novel The Penderwicks and its sequel: Featured Book pick The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. We have our doubts about the plausibili...

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Apr 11 2008

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, by Jeanne Birdsall


Jeanne Birdsall’s National Book Award-winning novel The Penderwicks, the story of four sisters' summertime adventure at a Massachusetts estate, is the literary equivalent of Disney’s Celebrat...

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Apr 11 2008

Where is the chihuahua?

My mother doesn't even like the title of this book (and I'm sure she's dreaded the time when I'm actually reading it, as I have a bad habit--inherited from her, by the way--of sharing every revolt...

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Apr 10 2008

Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro

I'm really enjoying the anime version of Yūsei Matsui's manga series Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro. It's gory, and violent, and the artwork is totally creepy, and it only makes sense about every third...

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Apr 9 2008

Most of my paperbacks are too worn for this, but...

Meg sent me this book storage idea:[From ApartmentTherapy.com]The books are secured to the door with a contraption called a Sticklebook, and you can order one of your very own for around $30 (USD)...

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Apr 8 2008

Peace, Part II

Below is an excerpt from Barry Miles's Peace: 50 Years of Protest, reprinted with permission. Click here for our review of Mr. Miles's book."In the new century the peace symbol has been evident w...

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Apr 7 2008

Peace: 50 Years of Protest, by Barry Miles


Like many of the articles in National Geographic, Barry Miles's book Peace: 50 Years of Protest features a fascinating subject, overflows with amazing photographs, and appears to have been organiz...

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Apr 4 2008

Sakura-Con 2008: The event itself...

I recently attended the first day of Sakura-Con 2008, a festival celebrating anime and manga held March 28th through the 30th at Seattle's Washington State Convention & Trade Center.If there's a s...

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Apr 3 2008

Blue-Eyed Devil, by Lisa Kleypas


Lisa Kleypas has just released Blue-Eyed Devil, the highly anticipated sequel to her first contemporary romance release, 2007’s Sugar Daddy. As with Sugar Daddy, Blue Eyed-Devil features a few eyebrow-raising plot and characterization decisions, but the final product is romantic drama at its best...

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Apr 3 2008


The fine people at Wiley Books (the publishers of the For Dummies books) have recently released manga-style editions of some of Shakespeare's best-known plays:I fell into conversation with a Latin...

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Apr 2 2008

Now with pictures

Publishers Weekly recently interviewed fantasy author Terry Brooks, asking him several questions about his latest release, Dark Wraith of Shannara. Dark Wraith is the first book in Brooks's Shanna...

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Apr 1 2008

Gone but not (totally) forgotten

I spoke with some TOKYOPOP reps at SakuraCon (more on that soon), and took the opportunity to ask about Eric Wight's manga series My Dead Girlfriend, which debuted with much fanfare over a year ag...

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Mar 31 2008

The Once and Future Sweet Valley High

I would like to think that this is an April Fools' joke, but, sadly, it's still March.With typical elegance and restraint, Gawker is reporting that the Sweet Valley High books have been updated. (...

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Mar 28 2008

Sakura-Con 2008

Forgive the short blog post today, dear readers, but I'm heading to Sakura-Con, the big Northwest anime/manga convention. So if any of you happen to be attending, and you see a tall, confused-loo...

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Mar 27 2008

Upward Spiral

When Mary Street’s The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy was first published in the U.K. in 1999, it looked like this:Now, almost ten years later, it is finally being published in the United States....

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Mar 26 2008

Downward spiral

We're a little behind on the calendar, so I was surprised to learn that Kelley Armstrong's new book Personal Demon is already out... and I was even more surprised to learn that this is the cover:A...

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Mar 25 2008

I will undoubtedly regret watching this, but at least it's free.

PBS's The Complete Jane Austen is concluding with the only Austen adaptation I haven't already watched on YouTube: the 2008 TV miniseries version of Sense and Sensibility, adapted by screenwriter ...

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Mar 24 2008

ADV falls off the wagon (again)

We're hearing distressing rumors that ADV is once again in financial difficulties, which means that we'll have to wait even longer to get our hands on the sixth volume of Yotsuba&!. The original ...

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Mar 22 2008

Winifred Watson

Winifred Watson was a writer in the 1930s. Apparently, she wrote a couple of well-received rural dramas of the type satirized in Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm, and then went on to write the ...

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Mar 21 2008


The trailer for the film adaptation of Mark Millar's graphic novel Wanted is out:Huh. Adorable James MacAvoy seems miscast as a budding supervillain (particularly one who was orginally modeled on ...

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Mar 20 2008

L.J. Smith returns

In unexpected (but awesome!) news, fantasy writer L.J. Smith has returned from a decade-long absence. The only signs of life we've seen from Ms. Smith since 1998 have been the recent re-releases ...

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Mar 19 2008

Freeing Tibet

The BBC/NPR program The World aired an interview with novelist Eliot Pattison yesterday as part of a series of stories on the recent unrest in Tibet. I've never read one of Pattison's mysteries, ...

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Mar 18 2008

The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall


I have long avoided reading Jeanne Birdsall's National Book Award-winning The Penderwicks, mostly because of its tastefully retro cover (which I felt was shamelessly derivative of the silhouette i...

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Mar 17 2008

Hana Yori Dango Version 3.0

While reading the excellent Dramabeans blog, I was delighted to see that there's going to be a K-drama adaptation of the cheese-tastic shojo manga Hana Yori Dango. I enjoyed the recent Japanese v...

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Mar 14 2008

Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, by James Patterson


James Patterson’s Maximum Ride books are an action-adventure/science fiction series featuring a group of genetically engineered bird-human children. There are currently three books in the series*...

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Mar 13 2008

Novala Takemoto

Novala Takemoto is the author of the Japanese cult classic Kamikaze Girls. Kamikaze Girls has been turned into a manga and a feature film, and (naturally, this is the greatest honor of all) it's ...

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Mar 13 2008

Kamikaze Girls, by Novala Takemoto


I hunted down a copy of Novala Takemoto’s 2002 novel Kamikaze Girls after I saw the film adaptation a few months ago, and—for once!—I’m not sure which I recommend picking up first. There are slig...

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Mar 13 2008

The Fug Girls are at Powell's

Well, kinda. Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, creators of GoFugYourself are the guest bloggers this week for Powells.com. Sadly, they haven't talked much about books at this point (although ref...

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Mar 12 2008

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winnifred Watson


Winifred Watson’s 1938 novel Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day has just been made into a movie, and—for once!—we’re totally grateful. We’re usually the first in line to complain about film adaptations, but if it wasn’t for the fine people at Focus Features we might never have heard of this charmingly optimistic romantic comedy...

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