Feb 13 2019

Roswell 2.0

Huh... I didn't think anyone was crying out for a reboot of the mildly enjoyable Roswell TV series of my teenage years, but apparently they were, and the new version has made several changes...

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Feb 12 2019

TEARS

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Man, this is a blow: Kate Beaton, creator of my beloved webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, has officially retired the series. She has several very good reasons for moving on, but...

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Feb 12 2019

Edgy.

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I just caught a trailer for the upcoming TV series The Boys, based on the aggressively gritty comic series of the same name by writer Garth Ennis and co-creator and illustrator Darick Robertson. I'm not sure why the world needs so many shows and movies about...

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Feb 11 2019

Sleepless: Vol. 1, by Sarah Vaughn

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A few months ago, I asked my local comic shop owner for his honest opinion of the new Books of Magic reboot. (I loved the original series as a kid, but I've been burned before by the various attempts at re-starting it, and my comics budget is not limitless.) He hesitated—clearly, a sale's a sale—but...

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Feb 11 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Sleepless, by Sarah Vaughn

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Our current Book Giveaway pick is the first volume (of a two-book series) of Sarah Vaughn's new graphic novel Sleepless, which combines high fantasy, romance, and A+++ artwork. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19...

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Feb 7 2019

Grim but necessary

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In important albeit deeply depressing news, Laurie Halse Anderson recently wrote an essay for Time entitled "I’ve Talked With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don’t Know". I'd like to think...

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Feb 6 2019

So many questions

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Man, this new Nancy Drew movie is really leaning in on the "Nancy Drew = Sammy Keyes" vibe, isn't it? I don't object, exactly, but...

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Feb 5 2019

Book-nerd tourism

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LitHub recently posted a guide to the many literary hotspots of Yorkshire. There are quite a few I could willingly miss (much as I admire her work, very little about Sylvia Plath's life says "let me visit these spots on vacation"), but...

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Feb 5 2019

Whiplash!

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Well, this is disappointing: after literally years of waiting for Jenny Crusie's next book, St. Martin's Press has decided that supernaturals are over and declined to publish it...

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Feb 4 2019

Devil's Daughter, by Lisa Kleypas

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After three mediocre-ranging-to-outright-disappointing installments in her Ravenels series, Lisa Kleypas has made an unexpected return to form. With Devil's Daughter, we are suddenly back to her normal solid work...

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Feb 4 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Devil's Daughter, by Lisa Kleypas

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Our latest Book Giveaway is Devil's Daughter, the most recent installment in Lisa Kleypas's thus-far-disappointing Ravenels series. Without going into spoiler-y details, I'm happy to say that it is a vast improvement over its predecessors...

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Feb 1 2019

Right show, wrong network

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The New York Times recently took a look at the unexpected success of Netflix's You, based upon Caroline Kepnes's novel of the same name. I keep hearing the show described as a "Netflix Original" (it's right there on the cover!), but...

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Feb 1 2019

Just take the L, son.

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Vulture just posted a update on the latest controversy involving Jay Asher (author of the popular YA book 13 Reasons Why). The essay is worth reading in full, but here's a very brief summary: in 2017, Asher was accused of several instances of sexual harassment. He had been invited to be a guest speaker at an event sponsored by...

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Jan 31 2019

Shady, Netflix

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The Verge recently posted an article about Chooseco Publishing (the company behind the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books) suing Netflix over its interactive Black Mirror episode "Bandersnatch"...

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Jan 30 2019

It claims to be the "easiest ever"

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This article is a few months old, but it's about one of my favorite subjects: COOKIES. It is based on an excerpt from bestselling author Anne Byrn's recent book American Cookie, and focuses on the invention of blondies...

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Jan 29 2019

An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace, by Tamar Adler

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As longtime readers know, while Wordcandy usually sticks to reviewing fiction, I make the occasional exception for nonfiction titles about stuff I consider to be of general interest—usually books about food, money, or the environment. Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal is touches on all three of those subjects, so it jumped to the top of my-to-be-read pile...

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Jan 29 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: An Everlasting Meal, by Tamar Adler

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Our current Book Giveaway pick is Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal, which feels less like a cookbook than an updated version of one of those Victorian books of domestic management. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 5/10/19.

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Jan 24 2019

Movies that don't exist yet

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The fine people at LitHub have an ongoing series where they mentally cast actors in thus-far-imaginary movie adaptations of books. I haven't read most of the books that they're talking about, but I have read Kindred, and...

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Jan 24 2019

No, but thanks!

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Well, this is nice: I was just wondering what Michael Buckley was up to, and the internet kindly provided an exciting answer! Apparently, Buckley and his young son Finn have co-written a choose-your-own-adventure book called Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay For Dinner...

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Jan 23 2019

At long last

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According to The Guardian, a long-overlooked note could solve the mystery of the "Rice Portrait", which descendants of Jane Austen have long argued was a portrait of the author as a young girl. Art experts have disagreed...

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Jan 22 2019

By Night, Issues 1-4, by John Allison

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My affection for John Allison's comic Bad Machinery is the kind of love that makes all of Alison's other titles (of which there are quite a few) feel like a letdown. They're fine, but they're mostly spin-offs or prequels or also-ran adventures—pale imitations of the story I'd prefer to be reading...

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Jan 22 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: By Night, Issues 1-4, by John Allison

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Our latest Book Giveaway is the first four issues of John Allison's new series By Night. Not to spoil anything, but of all the comic titles we've reviewed recently, this is FAR AND AWAY the best one. A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will run through 4/26/19...

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Jan 17 2019

Faaaancy

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I'm fascinated by this The New York Times article about the Grolier Club, the 100-year-old Manhattan-based society of bibliophiles. The pictures make it look like a movie set, but I'm hoping there is a small corner somewhere that's at least a little like a club in a P.G. Wodehouse novel...

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Jan 17 2019

Shimmy shimmy shimmy

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LitHub recently featured a snippet of writing and several illustrations from Lulu Hunt Peters’s Diet and Health: with The Key to the Calories, a best-selling exercise book from the early part of the 20th century...

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Jan 16 2019

Slow down, fellow book lovers

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IndieWire just published an article about Marie Kondo's approach to books, which has inspired loads of online outrage from my fellow bibliophiles. Kondo has faced a lot of backlash in regards to her

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Jan 16 2019

Maybe give Dahl a rest?

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According to Variety, Anne Hathaway will be starring as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Hathaway will be playing the same role Anjelica Huston played in the 1990 movie...

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Jan 15 2019

Confusing!

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So it's been almost three years since we've heard anything definitive about the movie adaptation of Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy. I'm thinking this project is (sobs) dead in the water. But on the upside, I recently saw a picture of this vintage edition of the novel online, and it fills my heart with joy...

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Jan 14 2019

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BOOM! Comics), Issue #1, by Jordie Bellaire

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More than twenty years after the TV series' debut (and twenty-seven after the original movie), and despite a plethora of spin-offs, continuations, and a potential reboot, BOOM! comics decided that what the world needed was yet another take on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This time it's a modern-day retelling of the original series, and while a few aspects of it work, thus far the storytelling well is looking pretty dry...

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Jan 14 2019

Weekly Book Giveaway: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (BOOM! Comics), Issue #1, by Jordie Bellaire

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Our latest book giveaway is the first issue of BOOM! Comics' recent reboot/re-imagining/re... something of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I, uh, did not realize the world was crying out for this, but maybe I was wrong? A full review will follow shortly, and this giveaway will...

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Jan 10 2019

All the thumbs up

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I love this: more than 80 children's book illustrators have collaborated on a bilingual coloring book called Coloring Without Borders. The project is curated by Jennifer Sofio Hall, and the proceeds from the book will benefit Families Belong Together...

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