May 4 2016

Gross, but maybe better than normal fruitcake

The Guardian recently posted Kate Young's tribute to the early Philip Pullman series The Ruby in the Smoke, complete with a recipe for a fruit cake mentioned in the series. I wasn't a huge fan of the Ruby series, and I'm even less...

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May 3 2016

Selfish

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Okay, I really, really want this $14 notebook from the Whitney Museum gift shop, but why is it so tiny? What if the list of people I'd like to punch in the face is long? And why is it unlined? What if...

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May 3 2016

Done and done

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According to io9, Robert Jordan's widow Harriet McDougal has announced that the weird legal situation surrounding the TV rights to Jordan's Wheel of Time series has been resolved, and an approved adaptation is on its way...

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May 2 2016

The Wallflower, by Tomoko Hayakawa

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Tomoko Hayakawa's The Wallflower ran from 2000 to 2015, spanning 36 volumes. That's at least twenty volumes longer than the actual storytelling could support, but there is no denying that the series' main character is one of the most memorable heroines in manga...

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May 2 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Wallflower Vol. 36, by Tomoko Hayakawa

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This week's Book Giveaway is the last volume of The Wallflower, the long-running romantic comedy manga by Tomoko Hayakawa. The Wallflower has always been a little flimsy (there was enough story for a ten-volume series, tops, but it ran for thirty six), but it also brought me one of my all-time favorite manga heroines, so I will always have a soft spot for it in my heart...

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Apr 28 2016

Good luck

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And in one last bit of movie-adaptation news, Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda have been confirmed as the stars of a sequel to Disney's Mary Poppins. I've never actually seen the original Mary Poppins, but just typing the name is enough to get some of the music stuck in my head, so...

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Apr 28 2016

Sorry, Meg.

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In news that will undoubtedly traumatize Wordcandy staff member Megan (who hates the book with a fiery passion), the Guardian is reporting that there will be a new film adaptation of Richard Adams’s 1972 novel Watership Down. The movie will be a co-production of the BBC and Netflix, and features...

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Apr 27 2016

Yes, that's really what they call themselves.

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Ugh: once again, the Hugo Awards have been hijacked by two groups known as "Sad Puppies" and "Rabid Puppies". While there are slight differences between the Puppy factions, both are determined to defeat what the Guardian tactfully refers to as "a perceived bias towards liberal and left-wing science-fiction and fantasy authors". Put less tactfully, the Puppies are...

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Apr 26 2016

Isn't this already a Japanese movie?

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The trailer is out for The Cell, the movie adaptation of the 2006 novel of the same name by Stephen King. I've never read it, but I treasure that dated cover and delightfully cheesy tagline. ("YOUR NUMBER IS UP!") Plus, I like John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, so...

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Apr 26 2016

Surprisingly elegant

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According to the website Disney Style, Neff Headwear has partnered with Disney on a Pinocchio-themed collection of "classic surf tees and Hawaiian shirts, as well as... snapback and boonie [hats]." I have no idea what boonie hats are, and I find the Pinocchio story to be creepy as hell, but...

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Apr 25 2016

Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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Night Shift, the third book in Charlaine Harris's highly entertaining Midnight, Texas series, has the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessors. With each installment, I grow more invested in the personal lives of Harris's characters... and with each installment, I grow more pained by her idea of what serves as romantic chemistry...

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Apr 25 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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This week's Book Giveaway is Charlaine Harris's Night Shift, the third book in her excellent Midnight, Texas series. (Our reviews of the first two are available here and here.) While I would never call Harris "the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed"...

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Apr 21 2016

Down and possibly out

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Comic Book Resources posted an article yesterday about a major shake-up at DC's Vertigo Comics, which will apparently involve "re-examining the direction and focus of the Vertigo imprint" and cutting loose their longtime Executive Editor...

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Apr 21 2016

They'll get my $9.50

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And in other trailer news, they're releasing yet another Bourne thriller, this one simply called Jason Bourne. Thankfully, they're back to Matt Damon in the title role. Apparently casting Jeremy Renner in a Bourne spin-off that felt like a slap-happy take on Flowers For Algernon didn't work out...

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Apr 20 2016

Possible soapy fun?

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The first trailer is out for the upcoming film adaptation of The Girl on the Train, the best-selling 2015 novel by author Paula Hawkins. It looks very melodramatic (and a bit like they really wanted to make Gone Girl 2: This Time She's British!), but...

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Apr 19 2016

Um...

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In honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, NPR is planning a series of stories exploring the link between his plays and food. The first post—"50 Shades Of Shakespeare: How The Bard Used Food As Racy Code"—goes into the many times Shakespeare used food as...

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Apr 19 2016

It looks like it would chafe, too.

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Hark! A Vagrant author Kate Beaton recently produced an absolutely glorious flurry of tweets about the upcoming TV adaptation of Marvel's Cloak and Dagger, a comic book series about a crime-fighting duo consisting of a man in an enveloping cloak and a woman in a skin-tight bodysuit with a deeply impractical dagger-shaped cutout...

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Apr 18 2016

Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid

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Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey is the second installment in the Austen Project, HarperCollins's much-maligned attempt to produce modern re-workings of Jane Austen's six novels, each written by a popular current author. As I mentioned in my review of Alexander McCall Smith's take on Emma, this is an exceptionally tall order: while many aspects of Austen's books are timeless, not...

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Apr 18 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Northanger Abbey, by Val McDermid

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This week's Book Giveaway is Val McDermid's Northanger Abbey, a modern retelling of the Jane Austen novel of the same name. I'm only a few chapters in (a full review will follow later today), but thus far I don't actively long to push anyone down a well, so it's already a vast improvement over Alexander McCall Smith's Emma...

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Apr 14 2016

At long last?

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The Guardian has confirmed that Neil Gaiman is working on a 6-part TV miniseries adaptation of Good Omens, the 1990 comedy/fantasy novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. (This is not the first time the idea of a TV adaptation of Good Omens has been floated around, but it seems more official now.) I've always thought of...

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Apr 14 2016

Bad idea

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According to the Tennessean, Tennessee librarians are urging Gov. Bill Haslam to veto a measure that would designate the Bible as the official book of Tennessee. I can think of a number of excellent reasons why they might want to choose another text, but Susan L. Jennings, president of the Tennessee Library Association, came up with...

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Apr 13 2016

Uncomfortable.

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The teaser trailer is out for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange, and it looks glossy and entertaining, just like we've come to expect from the studio. I'm sure it will earn a bazillion dollars, but now that I've seen the footage I'm even more irritated with Marvel's decision to transform the Tibetan-born character The Ancient One into Bald Tilda Swinton...

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Apr 12 2016

Maybe one more

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Okay, the adult coloring book market has gone from over-saturated to revoltingly soggy, but this is so, so gorgeous: Vogue has released Vogue Colors A to Z, a coloring book featuring "a Jazz Age–inspired alphabet, as well as 26 iconic Vogue covers from 1912 to 1932." The images...

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Apr 12 2016

A milestone

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In honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday, NPR put together a lovely tribute to her life and work. My godparents' house is one street over from Klickitat Street in Portland, Oregon...

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Apr 11 2016

The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

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Jeff Zentner's debut book The Serpent King reminds me of a teen-friendly version of Grace Metalious's infamous novel Peyton Place. Both stories feature small-town settings, twisted family lives, and dark secrets, but Zentner's book is approximately 1,000,000 times better-written...

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Apr 11 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jeff Zentner's debut novel The Serpent King, which I chose based on its attractively gritty cover art and my mother's recommendation. (She has a terrible habit of reading the last chapter of books first, and assures me that Mr. Zentner's book ends really well.) A full review will follow later today...

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Apr 8 2016

Expanded (but not enough)

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The more I think about Common Sense Media's list of 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12, the more I quibble with it. They chose a lot of great books, sure, but others range from flawed (Ender's Game) to age-inappropriate (The Fellowship of the Ring) to straight-up unworthy (The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events)...

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Apr 7 2016

Moderately impressed

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*Common Sense Media put together a list of 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12, and while I don't agree with all of their choices (or missing choices—um, where's Harriet the Spy? Or anything by Diana Wynne Jones? Lloyd Alexander? Jeff Smith's Bone series?), they...

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Apr 7 2016

How? Why?

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According to the Guardian, the original hand-corrected manuscript of Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls is going up for auction in California, where it is expected to sell for between $25,000 and $50,000...

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Apr 6 2016

With bells on

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Thanks to io9, I am now aware of the existence of The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, a totally ridiculous-looking fantasy movie that makes the upcoming The Huntsman: Winter’s War film look like Spirited Away...

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