Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Paper and Fire</i>, by Rachel Caine

This week's Book Giveaway is Paper and Fire, the second book in Rachel Caine's 'The Great Library' YA series. (We reviewed the first book, Ink and Bone, here.) A full review will follow shortly. As always, this contest runs Monday through Friday ....more

Sad!

(Pardon my decision to reference the Donald's twitter style in my title. Regardless of the fate of his political campaign, I do think his online persona is here to stay.) So, this is pathetic: according to THR, the fourth and final Divergent film will be aired as a TV movie, despite the fact that this will almost certainly require extensive re-casting. Lionsgate Films declined to comment on the situation, but this wouldn't be the first lackluster YA film series to be downgraded to its TV equivalent: Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments is now enjoying mild success as a Freeform/ABC Family show ....more

Even more vital

Last week, Pajiba put together a list of Jane Austen's heroes, ranked by level of swoon-worthiness. (Please note: these are the film versions of various characters, not the book versions.) Of course, I firmly believe that Edmund Bertram could be played by Sex Incarnate and he'd still be a judgmental, easily manipulated doofus, so I'm ignoring their #10, but I totally approve of their decision to include Paul Rudd's Clueless role in their top five. He is both adorable and hot as fire in that movie ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Dark Money</i>, by Jane Mayer

This week's Book Giveaway is Jane Mayer's Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, which I read and enjoyed during my recent vacation. (There's nothing to beguile away a three-hour-long ferry ride like reading about the political fixations of creepy billionaires, in my opinion.) A full review will follow shortly. As always, this contest runs Monday through Friday ....more

Be back soon.

A note to our beloved readers: as I will be on traveling next week in a place with iffy internet access, I am officially giving myself a week off. The occasional book-related thought might be shared on our Twitter account, however, so please feel free to visit us over there. Wordcandy will be back on July 18th ....more

E.L. James, take note.

Stephenie Meyer has a new book coming out: The Chemist, to be released on November 15, 2016. I notice there's no mention of Twilight on the cover, although the artwork is thematically similar. Is this because Twilight is officially passé, or is it because Meyer is so well known as Twilight's creator that simply goes without saying? ...more

Vital questions of our times

The fine people at Lucky Peach recently put together a list of Nineteen of Roald Dahl’s Most Important Food Inventions. Sometimes I forget how incredibly messed up Dahl's writing was, and then a passage like this one, from The Witches, reminds me: “The third one was little Birgit Svenson,” my grandmother said. “She lived just across the road from us ....more

Missed opportunity

io9 recently introduced me to this brief look at the concept footage for a movie adaptation of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds, featuring the work of legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Sadly, this version of the story was never filmed, so we'll just have to use our imaginations to picture how gloriously hokey it would have been ....more

<i>Dark Money</i>, by Jane Mayer

On August 30, 2010, Janet Mayer published an article in the New Yorker called 'Covert Operations', an in-depth look at the political influence of Charles and David Koch, two American billionaire brothers who have devoted over a hundred million dollars to promoting libertarian causes. Over the next few years Mayer deepened and expanded her research on the subject, transforming her article into the nonfiction book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. While Dark Money focuses almost exclusively on figures from the far right of the political spectrum, the book is actually depicting a non-partisan concern: under our current laws, extremely wealthy Americans can avoid paying taxes by devoting a portion of their riches to “philanthropy”—even if said philanthropy is solely devoted to forwarding a self-serving political agenda ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Dark Money</i>, by Jane Mayer

This week's Book Giveaway is Jane Mayer's Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, which I read and enjoyed during my recent vacation. (There's nothing to beguile away a three-hour-long ferry ride like reading about the political fixations of creepy billionaires, in my opinion.) A full review will follow shortly. As always, this contest runs Monday through Friday ....more
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