Sep 16 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, by P.G. Wodehouse

This week we're giving away Mulliner's Buck-U-Uppo, which has the dubious honor of being the most over-packaged collection of P.G. Wodehouse short stories I've ever seen. A full review will follow shortly, but here's a spoiler: this is a lot of wrapping for very little gift. This giveaway will run through 11/09/19...

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Sep 12 2019

Creepy animals galore

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The trailer is out for Briarpatch, the TV series adaptation of the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. It looks super David Lynchian in style; I'm a little surprised it's going to be a TV series, rather than a feature film...

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Sep 12 2019

Dress for success

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If you're a big Halloween fan (or just nostalgic for the diet horror of one's middle school years), there is a Goosebumps t-shirt on sale at Urban Outfitters for $34. Beware: it's cropped. (Also, Urban Outfitters...

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Sep 11 2019

Positive signs

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There are some good reviews coming out for the movie adaptation of How To Build a Girl, based on Caitlin Moran's coming-of-age novel of the same name. I'm never going to see this movie (even reading the plot summary makes me cringe), but...

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Sep 10 2019

Big no

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There's a trailer out for Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, based on Christine Leunens's book Caging Skies. I don't know about this one, guys. I mean, I like Waititi, and he continues to be super, super good-looking, but...

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Sep 10 2019

Just in time for...?

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Harper Perennial recently announced a limited run of Olive Editions reprints of eight famous mysteries and thrillers. The eye-catching books will be released on October 1st, and they're clearly aimed at Halloween shoppers, although...

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Sep 9 2019

Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin

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I hunted down a copy of Robert Asprin's Another Fine Myth after reading an absolutely glowing review of it on NPR. When I hear about a book described as a “joyous dad-joke fantasy”, I'm interested. Sadly, I found NPR's description to be a bit hyperbolic; Asprin's novel is more like a mildly amusing novelization of a D&D game.

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Sep 9 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Another Fine Myth, by Robert Asprin

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Another Fine Myth, a 1978 fantasy/comedy written by Robert Lynn Asprin. (This isn't the cover art featured on our particular edition, but don't worry: they're both equally ugly.) A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Sep 5 2019

Webtoons: Super Secret

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Our last Webtoons recommendation is eon's Super Secret. This series has three major things going for it: A) it's already completed (and the ending is great), B) it centers around a bunch of non-spooky monsters...

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Sep 5 2019

Webtoons: Age Matters

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Our fourth featured title from Webtoons is Enjelicious's Age Matters. This series features a fairly conventional romantic set-up: there's a super rich, handsome guy (cranky yet secretly caring!), and a poor-yet-spunky heroine...

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Sep 4 2019

Webtoons: My Giant Nerd Boyfriend

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Next up in our week of Webtoons mini-reviews is My Giant Nerd Boyfriend, a comedy/romance/slice of life story written by someone who calls herself fishball. This series, which is updated three times a week, consists of a bunch of A+++ standalone jokes about the writer and her much-taller boyfriend, both...

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Sep 3 2019

Webtoons: Lore Olympus

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The second Webtoons title we're featuring is Rachel Smythe's Lore Olympus, an ongoing series updated on Sundays. It's a modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth that features a deliciously soapy take on the Greek Gods. The series is...

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Sep 3 2019

Webtoons!

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It's a short week, so we're not doing our usual Book Giveaway. Instead, we thought we would celebrate some stories freely available to anyone with an internet connection: the comics on Webtoons, a site full of free, legal, creator-owned comics. It's like a giveaway that everyone wins...

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Aug 29 2019

Finally, the one I care about

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We're ending with the trailer I am most excited about: ITV's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sanditon. Frankly, I have a lot of concerns about this show (starting with petty stuff, like why the heroine is constantly wearing her hair down, and working up from there), but I'm still gonna watch it, even if...

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Aug 28 2019

So much no

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Continuing with our full week of movie trailers: today it's the final trailer for Warner Bros.' Joker. Clearly, the filmmakers behind this movie thought they'd one-up Heath Ledger's take on the character by going for the "depressed and angry loser" approach...

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Aug 27 2019

A lot of terrible hair

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And in our next featured trailer, we have The King, which is rife with strange head-styling choices, from Lily-Rose Depp's wimple to Timothée Chalamet's bowl cut to... whatever is happening to Robert Pattison's hair...

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Aug 27 2019

Interesting

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There have been a flurry of trailers released recently, and I'm, oh, 40% intrigued and 60% confused by this AppleTV trailer for Dickinson. Are they really attempting the full-blown A Knight's Tale-style anachronistic take...

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Aug 26 2019

The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay

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Norman Lindsay's 1918 novel The Magic Pudding is proof positive of my theory that Australian fiction—even their fiction for children—is not for the faint of heart. It centers around the Magic Pudding, a rude, sulky, anthropomorphic dessert, and the three friends who form the Noble Society of Puddin'-Owners...

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Aug 26 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Magic Pudding, by Norman Lindsay

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This week's Book Giveaway is Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding, which was originally published in 1918 and is considered to be an Australian children's classic. (It is also exhibit A in my ongoing argument that Australian literature is a uniquely red-blooded beast.) This giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Aug 22 2019

How? Why?

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I want to know so much about this, but I don't understand it at all. My questions include, but are not limited to:

Is it refillable?

Are you supposed to eat the pages...

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Aug 21 2019

Instant no

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Here's the trailer for the new movie Vita and Virginia, based on the love affair between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Frankly, if I wanted to watch two attractive people make each other miserable for two hours, I'd prefer the misery originated from...

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Aug 20 2019

More magic (this time with rules)

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People informs me that HBO Max has greenlit a series based on Rules of Magic, the prequel to Alice Hoffman's novel Practical Magic. Set in the 1960s...

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Aug 20 2019

One of the giants speaks

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According to the Guardian, comics legend Art Spiegelman is claiming that he was asked to remove a criticism of Donald Trump from an introduction he wrote for Marvel. (It was really more of an implied criticism—he mentioned something about how "the Orange Skull haunts America".) The official reason...

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Aug 19 2019

The Right Swipe, by Alisha Rai

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The Right Swipe is a spin-off from Alisha Rai's Forbidden Hearts series. It features a totally different style of cover art (one that I suspect is meant to evoke Jasmine Guillory and Helen Hoang's novels, which makes sense, as all three authors are at the top of the “smart, hot, diverse” romance market), but it has a lot in common with her earlier books, including a multi-ethnic cast, family drama, and interesting career dilemmas...

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Aug 19 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Right Swipe, by Alisha Rai

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Our latest Book Giveaway is The Right Swipe, the most recent romance novel from Alisa Rai. You might not guess it from the completely dissimilar cover styles, but this is actually a spin-off from her earlier series. It stands up just fine on its own, but completists should take note. This giveaway will run through 10/25/19...

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Aug 14 2019

Beach reads for a very intellectual swimmer

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Former president Barack Obama just released another list of recommended reads, and his choices are predictably excellent—thoughtful, important, challenging books. I'd actually quite like it if Trump would do something similar, if...

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Aug 13 2019

Love

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This is amazing: British poet laureate Simon Armitage’s latest poem, “Finishing It”, has been engraved by micro-artist Graham Short on to a 2cm x 1cm chemotherapy pill. The poem was commissioned by the Institute of Cancer Research in London, and according to The Guardian...

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Aug 13 2019

Yawn

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There's a trailer out for the upcoming movie adaptation of Little Women. I'm pretty sure it's a bad sign that I find Jo to be a judgmental bore even when depicted by a talented and appealing actress, but...

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Aug 12 2019

The Grand Dark, by Richard Kadrey

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Richard Kadrey's The Grand Dark reads like he took the little-seen but super fun 2012 film Premium Rush (bike messengers! Crooked cops! Underachieving young adults!) and filtered it through a Grand Guignol-inspired lens. His protagonist is a young man named Largo, who relies on drugs and macabre entertainment to muffle his intense anxiety about the rapidly crumbling world around him...

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Aug 12 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Grand Dark, by Richard Kadrey

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This week's Book Giveaway is The Grand Dark, a recent standalone fantasy from Sandman Slim author Richard Kadrey. The official premise sounds a little clichéd, but I have faith in Kadrey to transform it into something memorable. A full review will follow shortly...

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