Apr 10 2018

Anime in the springtime

If you have the patience for their page to load, Kotaku recently posted their Spring Anime Guide. I'm mostly interested in Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku and Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi...

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Apr 10 2018

Research, people!

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Wow: actor and YouTube "star" Kian Lawley has been dropped from the upcoming movie adaptation of award-winning novel The Hate U Give after a video surfaced of him making racist comments. Riverdale star KJ Apa will take over his role...

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Apr 9 2018

Nisekoi Vol. 1, by Naoshi Komi

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Naoshi Komi's Nisekoi is the manga equivalent of vanilla frozen yogurt: a sub-par take on an already boring flavor. It's not wholly unreadable, but it would be so easy to find something better...

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Apr 9 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Nisekoi Vol. 1, by Naoshi Komi

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This week's Book Giveaway is the first volume of Naoshi Komi's series Nisekoi, originally serialized in Shonen Jump magazine. The back cover promises a "laugh-out-loud feel-good" time. (Here's hoping this series can deliver on all those hyphens.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Apr 5 2018

At the press of a button

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According to LitHub, the number of Short Story Dispensers in the United States is about to grow. The machines were introduced in France a few years ago, and print a one-, three-, or five-minute story, for free, with the press of a button. The first American dispenser is located in Francis Ford Coppola’s Café Zoetrope in San Francisco...

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Apr 5 2018

I don't know about strangEST, but strange, sure.

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Crimereads recently posted a list of "Fiction's 10 Strangest Crimes". I'm not sure I agree with their choices (most of which sound like they fall obnoxiously close to "...and it was all in his head!" territory), but it serves as a reminder that I do want to read Tana French's The Likeness...

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Apr 4 2018

School = books (usually)

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There's an interesting article on Hyperalleric about the scaled-back role of actual books in some universities' fine arts libraries, two of which have recently moved to reduce or relocate large portions of their collections...

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Apr 3 2018

If only Edward Gorey was still around to illustrate the credits...

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And speaking of Neil Gaiman, Deadline has just announced that FremantleMedia North America has purchased the rights to the adapt Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy, and Gaiman will serve as a "non-writing executive producer" on the project...

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Apr 3 2018

Unexpected

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Hmm. There's going to be a film based on Neil Gaiman's short story "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", and it appears to have a much bigger-name cast (Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman) than its premise or somewhat low-budget-looking production values...

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Apr 2 2018

Rivers of London: Body Work, by Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch has many of the same strengths and weaknesses as Janet Evanovich: his Rivers of London mysteries rarely make much sense, but they don't need to. His fans read them for the characters, his distinctive sense of humor, and setting, not the cleverly-laid clues...

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Apr 2 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Rivers of London: Body Work, by Ben Aaronovitch

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This week's Book Giveaway is Body Work, the first graphic novel spin-off from Ben Aaronovitch's highly entertaining (if occasionally problematic) Rivers of London series. Body Work is co-written by Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, and illustrated by Lee Sullivan. A full review will be posted soon...

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Mar 29 2018

A little cheesy, but whatever.

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The trailer is out for The Darkest Minds, based on the YA novel of the same name by Alexandra Bracken and starring The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg. I hear they're delaying some of the X-Men reboots...

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Mar 29 2018

Hard pass

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Is this... a real book? More importantly, did Sean Penn get a real advance for it? This review suggests it is a real book (and that it's horrible), but I don't want to accept it. In a world where it took Madeleine L'Engle at least 27 tries to find a publisher for A Wrinkle in Time, this...

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Mar 28 2018

MUST FIX

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The trailer is out for Eli Roth's adaptation of John Bellairs’ 1973 YA novel The House With a Clock in Its Walls. The movie looks fine, but the real question is: how have I not read this yet?

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Mar 27 2018

Bad idea

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The University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point recently announced it is eliminating more than a dozen majors in the humanities and social sciences, including English, history, and philosophy. They apparently want to focus on "areas with high-demand career paths" instead, despite...

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Mar 27 2018

Coraline, in song

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There's a New York Times article up about the London Royal Opera's attempt to turn Neil Gaiman's children's book Coraline into an opera, despite several logistical challenges created by the story's contents (performing mice, children stuck in mirrors, etc.)...

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Mar 26 2018

Warcross, by Marie Lu

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When I first picked up Marie Lu's Warcross, my hopes were simple: I wanted a less aggressively self-indulgent version of Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. This definitely qualifies (of course, it's hard to imagine a more self-indulgent version of Ready Player One), but Lu's story has problems of its own...

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Mar 26 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Warcross, by Marie Lu

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This week's Book Giveaway pick is Marie Lu's Warcross, which I chose because I've been wanting to read one of Lu's books for a while, and I mistakenly thought this was a standalone. (You win some, you lose some.) A full review will follow shortly...

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Mar 22 2018

Implausible

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Fellow cookbook nerds take note: there's a fascinating article in The New Yorker about the ongoing battle between the descendants of Irma Rombauer, author of The Joy of Cooking, and...

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Mar 22 2018

Grim but intriguing

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Esquire recently put together an list of the 25 best True Crime novels. True Crime isn't my favorite genre, but some of these books look intriguing (and a lot of the covers are great). I'm adding...

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Mar 21 2018

Oscar bait

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It's a little weird to see Melissa McCarthy in a serious period picture, but the movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? has awards-show-bait written all over it: it's an adaptation of a memoir, it features an impressively de-glammed actress, and appears to have been filmed mostly in the dark...

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Mar 20 2018

If I'm feeling brave

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I clicked on this article about an upcoming stop-motion kids' movie because of my love for Jordan Peele, but I'm less interested in the kids' movie than the Peele-produced project mentioned at the very end: Lovecraft Country, based on the novel by Matt Ruff...

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Mar 20 2018

RIP, books

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I always feel a pang when I see fake books that used to be real books, and this "Secret Book Panel Hidden Storage" shelf is no different. Thankfully, the books I can see look pretty bad...

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Mar 19 2018

Tricks for Free, by Seanan McGuire

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This is a unusual thing to say about the seventh book in an ongoing series, but Seanan McGuire's Tricks for Free surprised me. This story is much different in tone and content from McGuire's previous installments, but plenty entertaining in its own right...

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Mar 19 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Tricks for Free, by Seanan McGuire

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This week's Book Giveaway is Tricks For Free, the seventh book in Seanan McGuire's wildly entertaining InCryptid series. After a brief but welcome detour into non-sexy cover art, my mother will be disappointed to see that the cover model is back to a bulging, ripped tank-top, but one cannot have everything...

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Mar 16 2018

To be expected

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I missed this news last month (and I was definitely happier for it): according to Publishers Weekly, the Trump administration has once again proposed "the permanent elimination of the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, as...

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Mar 15 2018

The thin line between gossip and news

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According to Deadline, David A. Neuman’s Blackrock Productions wants to turn Ryan Holiday’s new book Conspiracy–Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue into a movie or miniseries. The book covers the legal battle that lead to Gawker's dissolution: one involving a Hulk Hogan sex tape, a vengeful billionaire, and...

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Mar 14 2018

Nope!

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The official teaser trailer is out for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and once again it looks great. Unfortunately, these movies seem more worried about aesthetics than storytelling—and the filmmakers' (and Rowling's) insistence...

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Mar 13 2018

From page to screen

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Pajiba recently posted an article about the various book-related movie projects being produced by Reese Witherspoon. It's quite a list, ranging from Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere to S.J. Watson's Second Life. Not all of Witherspoon's choices appeal to me, but...

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Mar 13 2018

Scifi fairytales

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And speaking of Persuasion, I'm interested in this upcoming film starring Ciaran Hinds. Elizabeth Harvest appears to be a sci-fi take on the Bluebeard story with a little Rebecca thrown in, and despite my reservations about that poster art...

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