Friday, April 29, 2011

After The Last Stand, there's nowhere to go but up, right?

I don't know why the full-length trailer for this summer's X-Men: First Class looks so low-budget (although it probably has something to do with January Jones's "diamond form" look), or when James McAvoy got so jowly, but I totally don't care: I'm gonna be there June 3rd with bells on.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yes, it's real.

This came to our attention via the Horn Book Blog, and we're assured it's an actual book.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No consideration for my poor nerves

Alas, dear readers, I am not feeling optimistic about ANY of the books I have been patiently awaiting:
Jennifer Crusie's Liz Danger series is allegedly still coming out this summer, but none of the online booksellers seem to have cover art posted. Bad sign.

Michael Buckley's blog claims he is hard at work at the ninth Sisters Grimm book, but it's "tough nut to crack". Another bad sign.

Nothing has happened on Lisa Kleypas's site for ages. Her latest sneak peek is of a book that came out six months ago. There's no longer anything sneaky about it, Ms. Kleypas.

And, last but not least, Ysabeau S. Wilce's final Flora Segunda book won't be out until next spring, which means I will have waited four years for that series to finish up.


Boys gone Wilde

Uh. So the cast of the current revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of being Earnest are promoting the show by doing Wilde-esque readings of Jersey Shore transcripts:

...yep. That happened.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Eating Peter Rabbit

And the award for grossest-looking book tie-in I've seen for some time goes to these Peter Rabbit Gummy Candies, reviewed by the always-fascinating Candy Blog:

They look repulsive, and that was before I read the reviewer's take on the way they smell (like "styrofoam packaging, cinnamon breakfast syrup and flip flops") and mentioned that they left a "burning sensation" in the mouth. Charming!

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AustenBlog informs me there's another Sense and Sensibility update in the works, this one apparently destined for TV Movie-of-the-Week status. The whole production looks pretty bad, but I was particularly concerned by three things: one, the "brooding into buckets of ice cream" scene appears to feature off-brand ice cream (what, they couldn't shell out for Ben and Jerry's?); two, the voiceover sounds almost comically low-budget, like they just asked the camera grip with the clearest voice to read it through; and three, why did they wait to introduce the whole "scents" pun until the last ten seconds of the trailer?

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Friday, April 22, 2011

I'm told this builds character.

As you all know, we here at Wordcandy love Kiyohiko Azuma's manga Yotsuba&! with the fire of a thousand suns. So imagine our chagrin when we discovered that the series' current U.S. publisher (Yen Press) has decided to hold off on releasing volume ten until October.

Seriously, why don't the various publishers of Yotsuba&! ever seem to love us back? Volume ten came out in Japan last November, so why the wait? Is it because Azuma himself is slow to release new material, so Yen would rather space out their releases to match his pace? If so, I really wish they'd stop. If these books are out in Japan, I'd like the earliest possible opportunity to read 'em in English. I know I'll still have long waits between volumes, but trust me: I am way more likely to forgive Azuma himself than I am the American publishing house that sat on the series like Horton hatching the egg.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Getting out the vote

According to The Comics Beat, you can check out Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s Eisner Award-nominated comic book Afrodisiac for free. The book is currently between printings, so its publisher has posted it online. (Clearly, they know "free" is the easiest way to court my vote.)

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Forget the book; just judge the cover

Salon has an interview up with Penguin art director Paul Buckley, the man behind the recently-released Penguin 75, a collection of stories about the work that went into creating the 75 most memorable cover designs in Penguin's history. Now, I love great cover art, but I wince at the mere idea of paying $25 for a paperback book... so maybe as a gift?


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Boys Over Flowers: NPR-approved

And speaking of NPR, their ongoing "You Must Read This" segment recently featured Yoko Kamio's manga Boys Over Flowers. It's not the best written piece they've ever produced (the pun in the title isn't really that difficult to understand, and the phrase "a trenchant cliquey system" left us wanting to confiscate the author's thesaurus), but we certainly agree with the premise!

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Note the relative sizes of the title and author name...

NPR has an interview up with Marcia Clark, the former Los Angeles deputy district attorney best known for her work on the O.J. Simpson trial. 15-plus years later, she has shifted her focus to fictional crime: her first novel, Guilt by Association, has just been released, and while I have my doubts (about both that cover art and the featured excerpt), it's been garnering some decent reviews.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The end of an era

GYAH. Manga-publishing pioneer Tokyopop has announced plans to close its US publishing division, effective May 31st. Tokyopop's film and TV development wing will remain open, and there's always hope that they will allow their licensed titles to be picked up by other publishers, but this is an ugly, ugly sign about the health of manga publishing in the U.S.

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Are we thinking of the same book?

I made it most of the way through this Times article about plans to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind, but I had to stop when one of the devoted fans described the novel's setting as "a precious time to enjoy being a lady".

Sure, this is a book about war, slavery, poverty, gold-digging, and nearly dying in childbirth... but, hey, it also features coquettishly twirled parasols!


Friday, April 15, 2011

See me covet

Seriously, I need to own these. Possibly yesterday.

That Secret Garden cover makes my heart sing. October cannot get here soon enough.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

I don't think I'm old enough for this one.

HBO's new take on George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series Game of Thrones is about to descend upon us, and the reviews are mixed. I can't say this makes me want to watch it (although the line "[The series] proceeds in a style that bears all the most punishing hallmarks of close fidelity to its literary source" made me laugh), but this and this are more enthusiastic. Those so inclined may judge for themselves this Sunday, April 17th, at nine PM.

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Clearly, graduation season is coming

They're not out in the U.S. until the beginning of May, but the Moleskine "Le Petit Prince" notebooks are adorable. The books will come in two different sizes and layouts, both of which will display an image of the Little Prince debossed on the cover. Inside will be drawings and quotes from the story, as well as some miniature pop-up paper reproduction to cut out, mount and stick in the book. At roughly $20 per notebook, they're really not cheap... but I still totally want one.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Unoriginal yet effective

There's a trailer out for the upcoming horror film The Woman in Black, which is based on a 1983 horror novel by Susan Hill and stars Daniel Radcliffe. Behold:

I don't know about that "most chilling ghost story of our time" thing (uh... whatever), but it looks creepy enough, and I'm glad to see Radcliffe's patented Harry Potter-stumbling-back-in-terror shtick is still getting him work.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011


If you're looking to buy the latest 39 Clues book (which was pretty awesome, by the way), you might want to pick it up at a Barnes and Noble. My local store was offering a deal where if you bought Vespers Rising, you also got a free copy of the 39 Clues Agent Handbook. I'm not sure what non-game-playing readers (like me) would DO with an agent handbook, but it might make a nice Easter gift for somebody...?

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Monday, April 11, 2011

The real undead

And speaking of Jane Austen, did they really need to write a sequel (as well as a prequel, and a comic book book adaptation, and an upcoming movie version) to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies? Like zombies themselves, WHY WON'T THIS TREND DIE?

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Well, maybe.

Hmm. I am not the Amanda Grange fan that the fine people at AustenBlog are (mostly because I found Captain Wentworth's Diary a sad disappointment), but their review of her newest book, Wickham's Diary, does make it sound intriguing. Plus, it seems that she has finally scraped the bottom of the barrel when it comes to Austen's heroes, and has moved on to the inner lives of her less-noble characters. I, for one, can hardly wait for Mr. Collins's Diary.

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Friday, April 08, 2011

Take that, Glee.

Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie 'verse, is getting his own miniseries. According to the New York Post, the four-issue series will
"[Explain] how Keller arrived in Riverdale, where he's become close pals with Archie and the gang. But it will also deal with heavier fare than the typical Archie comic-including how the character struggled with coming out to his parents, and bullying."
Pretty cool, huh? Full props to Archie Comics for keeping up with the times.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Who knew?

I had no idea these didn't already exist, but The Hollywood Reporter informs me that J.K. Rowling is considering releasing digital versions of the Harry Potter books. Apparently, this is Big News because the later books in the series are, like, really heavy, and offering ebook versions will spare Potter fans years of back pain*.

*Oh, and it might make Rowling up to $100 million richer.

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Or you could buy two candy bars instead

Fans of Carrie Ryan's zombie-apocalypse series The Forest of Hands and Teeth take note: Random House released Hare Moon yesterday, an ebook prequel written by Ryan. The story is only available in digital format and costs $1.99.

Here's the official plot description (which is really poorly written, by the way):
HARE MOON: An Original Forest of Hands and Teeth Story is set in the barricaded village of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but takes place years before the novel began. Tabitha, an adult character in the first book, is a teenager who dreams for there to be more to her world. This desire pushes her to sneak past her village gates and into the Forest of Hands and Teeth where the undead reach for her from beyond the fence. And where she meets Patrick, who proves there is life beyond her village. HARE MOON answers questions about how Tabitha the teenager became Sister Tabitha of The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Readers will live through the gruesome moment when she realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live and love among the Unconsecrated.
Gruesome, plus a built-in depressing ending? How can I resist?

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Extra cheesy

Meg and I went to the bookstore last night and encountered this:

According to Lynsay Sands's promotional blurb, this novel is an "absolute delight". I don't know about that, but Meg and I certainly agreed that the cover is an absolute delight. It looks like a fantasy-themed 90s anime re-imagined as low-budget porn.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Not gone after all

The Times has posted an article about the final typescript of the last four chapters of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. The chapters—which were mistakenly believed to have been burned in 1949—have turned up in the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut, and have gone on display in honor of the novel's 75th anniversary in June.

Note: And even if, like me, you can't stand Gone With the Wind, check out that library! It looks awesome! My local public libraries both look like barns, so I'm totally jealous.


Good Omens to hit British TV

Someone is adapting Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel Good Omens into a TV show? But how will they include all the footnotes? Those are my favorite parts!

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Monday, April 04, 2011

Nostalgia with a dollop of gore

A new musical from singer John Mellencamp and horror writer Stephen King will make its world debut next year at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is described as a "riveting Southern gothic musical", and is based on the real 1957 deaths of two brothers and a young girl. Mellencamp will handle the score, King will write the story, and legendary producer T-Bone Burnett will be the music director. Here's the plot description:
"In the tiny town of Lake Belle Reve, Mississippi in 1957, a terrible tragedy took the lives of two brothers and a beautiful young girl. During the next forty years, the events of that night became the stuff of local legend. But legend is often just another word for lie. Joe McCandless knows what really happened; he saw it all. The question is whether or not he can bring himself to tell the truth in time to save his own troubled sons, and whether the ghosts left behind by an act of violence will help him – or tear the McCandless family apart forever."
Not my kind of thing, but the combination of Americana, sentiment, and horror sounds like it will be right up King's alley. I'm picturing The Shining blended with Stand By Me, with maybe a little Dolores Claiborne thrown in.

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Truth in advertising

I don't know who Houghton Mifflin Harcourt thinks they're fooling: you can dress up a Catherine Jinks novel with all the scowling hot guys you want, but nobody who's read five pages of her writing is going to confuse her with Stephenie Meyer.

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Friday, April 01, 2011

Silver linings

While I'm still totally bummed over the death of Diana Wynne Jones, I was pleased to note that her publishers are sitting on two yet-to-be released books. According to the author's official website, HarperCollins is publishing a novella for younger readers called Earwig and the Witch this summer, and sometime in 2012 David Fickling Publishers will be offering a collection of Jones's articles, lectures, and talks, as well as an interview with the author.

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