Nov 25 2005

David and Leigh Eddings

Epic fantasy authors David and Leigh Eddings are the authors of four massively entertaining series: The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. Absolutely nothing about these books...

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Nov 17 2005

Still going through a poetry phase...

"Three Laments"I.AlasI believeI might have becomea great writerbutthe chairsin the librarywere too hardII.I havethe upper handbut if I keep itI'll lose the circulationin one armIII.So here I am th...

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Nov 9 2005

Rumors and Blogs...

Okay... so I know that I promised to be back yesterday with news about our favorite authors but I kinda got sidetracked reading Jenny Crusie's and Meg Cabot's blogs. Jenny Crusie Ms. Crusie start...

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Nov 7 2005

Megan’s Bookshelf Update

I am way behind on my reading- the huge pile of books on my night stand is threatening to topple over and bury me in my sleep. I keep promising myself that I'll get started once the election insa...

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Nov 1 2005

Historic Reading Posters

Check out these historic reading posters available through Allposters.com. Are they not awesome? If only I had a library to hang them in....

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Nov 1 2005

Time for a little Wordcandy-riffic poetry...

I am very bothered when I thinkof the bad things I have done in my life.Not least that time in the chemistry labwhen I held a pair of scissors by the bladesand played the handlesin the naked lilac...

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Oct 27 2005

Laurell K. Hamilton is at it again...

Today seems to be devoted to cover art! Some are great and some are like this beauty... well, it kind of speaks for itself. But really, Laurell, I know this series is slowly moving over to the e...

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Oct 27 2005

Fabulous New Cover from Meg!

Once again, we have an awesome cover from Meg Cabot! The book sounds interesting but I'd purchase it based on the cover alone.

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Oct 25 2005

Miki Aihara

When reading Miki Aihara’s Hot Gimmick series, it’s very important to keep a few things in mind: 1. It’s only manga. 2. No one actually behaves this way. (Hopefully.)3. No one is looking to thi...

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Oct 25 2005

Fuyumi Soryo

Fuyumi Soryo is the author of Mars, one of the best-selling shōjo comics ever released in Japan. Mars is compulsively readable--the literary equivalent of a bag of potato chips--but it’s als...

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Oct 25 2005

Nanaji Nagamu

If you’re in the mood for some classic “Who will this sweet, innocent girl end up with?” shōjo manga, you can’t go wrong with Nanaji Nagamu’s Parfait Tic. While this story has more than its ...

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Oct 25 2005

Kiyoko Arai

Kiyoko Arai’s Beauty Pop is the oft-told shōjo story of a quiet girl attending a high school that’s ruled by a group of gorgeous male bullies… but in Arai’s story, the bullies are the sons of...

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Oct 25 2005

Ichiha

Ichiha’s Pheromania Syndrome is yet another shōjo manga about a physically mismatched couple. Ichiha’s tall, masculine heroine, Hatori, is in love with her tiny, delicate (male) childhood fr...

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Oct 25 2005

Kamio Yoko

Kamio Yoko’s Hana Yori Dango (English title: Boys Over Flowers) was a massively successful manga that ran for ELEVEN YEARS. (The author once said that toward the end of the series she found herse...

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Oct 25 2005

Mimi Tajima

She’s not exactly a groundbreaking new talent, but Mimi Tajima’s stories (Koi Suru ¼, Ichigo Channel, and Aoi Spice) are consistently excellent examples of conventional shōjo manga. Tajima’s...

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Oct 25 2005

Hisaya Nakajo

Hisaya Nakajo’s Hana-Kimi (original Japanese title: Hanazakari no Kimitachi E, English title: Hana-Kimi: For You in Full Blossom) is my favorite of the seemingly endless number of stories about a ...

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Oct 25 2005

Emura

Emura’s W-Juliet is one of those rare romances (of any type) that features a main couple that, in addition to being attracted to one another, are completely believable as friends. Despite an outw...

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Oct 25 2005

So-Hee Park

So-Hee Park is the author of the excellent Korean manhwa Goong. Goong is an alternate universe story about an ordinary high school girl forced to marry into the Korean royal family. (In Park’s w...

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Oct 24 2005

Yayoi Ogawa

Yayoi Ogawa is the author of three josei mangas: Kimi ha Pet (English title: Tramps Like Us), Candy Life, and Baby Pop. Ogawa’s distinctive art style and truly bizarre romantic pairings have litt...

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Oct 24 2005

Tomoko Hayakawa

Tomoko Hayakawa’s Perfect Girl Evolution (licensed by Del Rey, original Japanese title Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge, English title: The Wallflower) is my favorite manga. Picture, if you will, a t...

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Aug 26 2005

Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart

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As you all know, we here at Wordcandy are strong believers in the power of cover art. If you want someone to take your book seriously--i.e., shell out big bucks for the hardback version--then you...

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Aug 25 2005

Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh, one of the four “Great Ladies” of English mystery writing, had a career that spanned approximately fifty years, beginning in 1932 and ending with her death in the 1980s. While her my...

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Aug 25 2005

Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat, author of the Canadian classics Owls in the Family and Never Cry Wolf, is actually quite the figure of controversy in Canada. His detractors (including The Toronto Star) have sugges...

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Aug 25 2005

A. A. Milne

Scottish-born author A. A. Milne is best remembered as the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books. This delightful series has the distinction of being perhaps the only literary creation that Disney ...

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Aug 25 2005

Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements has written a series of pleasantly earnest, thoughtful children’s books, including the excellent YA sci-fi/fantasy Things Not Seen. Clements spent several years as a teacher, and ...

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Aug 25 2005

Lewis Trondheim

Frenchman Lewis Trondheim is the author of about fifty bazillion comic books, the majority of which are being (slowly) translated into English. His series Dungeon, co-written with Joann Sfar, is ...

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Jul 11 2005

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat's Nate the Great is an amateur detective with a loyal dog, an assortment of weird friends, and a profound (perhaps existential?) hunger for pancakes. He is also the hero ...

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Jul 11 2005

Debi Gliori

Debi Gliori's Pure Dead... series is like an amalgamation of the Artemis Fowl stories, the Addams Family cartoons, and the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Nothing about these books is particu...

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Jul 11 2005

Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier's major Wordcandy contribution is her gothic suspense novel Rebecca. Rebecca has never been a particular favorite of mine--I've always regarded it as an inferior version of Jane...

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Jul 11 2005

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

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(Sorry--this is less a Book of the Week Review than it is book-related musings.) So... have you all been following the completely bizarre courtship of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? (And if not, you totally should be! May we suggest www.pinkisthenewblog.com as a particularly fine source for TomKat news?) Anyway, in a(nother) vaguely disturbing interview...

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