Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Dreamer's Pool</i>, by Juliet Marillier

This week's Book Giveaway is Dreamer's Pool, the first installment in the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier. That's not the kind of cover that usually floats my boat (I avoid any book that looks like the author might describe someone's eyes as "cerulean orbs"), but I've been deeply impressed by Ms. Marillier's books in the past, so my hopes are high ....more

<i>To Lure a Proper Lady</i>, by Ashlyn MacNamara

When I reviewed a previous Ashlyn MacNamara book, I gave her writing a lukewarm but honest endorsement. Unfortunately, her upcoming novel To Lure A Proper Lady is the kind of hot mess that undoes a lot of preexisting goodwill. When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned (once again) to their hypochondriac father's “deathbed”, they assume he is exaggerating his illness ....more

What about that car, though?

Additional, far more exciting TV news: according to Variety, NBC has given a formal pilot order for a TV update of Cruel Intentions. The potential series "picks up 15 years after the movie left off and centers around the teenage son of the film’s characters made famous by Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon." They're clearly trying to hook both fans of the original film and anyone left bereft by the demise of Gossip Girl, but maybe that's a larger demographic than I thought ....more

It's cute, I guess.

Dramafever informs me that Warner Bros. has recently given Animate (Japan's largest retailer of anime, games, and manga) the exclusive rights to produce a wide range of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise. I'm hoping this stuff is more impressive in person, because you can seriously find far more impressive anime-style Harry Potter art on, like, DeviantArt ....more

Riverdale is... TWIN PEAKS

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70s food images!

Brain Pickings recently featured a look at The Museum of Modern Art Artists' Cookbook, a 1977 gem co-written by Madeleine Conway and Nancy Kirk. The cookbook is a collection of thirty famous artists' "favorite recipes and reflections on food", and features contributions from celebrities ranging from Salvador Dalí to Andy Warhol. The recipes sound.. ....more

<i>A Darker Shade of Magic</i>, by V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic is plastered with encomiums that make it sound like the second coming of Dune—it's described as “compulsively readable”, “ingeniously clever”, and “an exhilarating adventure”. This breathless enthusiasm struck me as a hair overblown, but Schwab's story is undeniably thoughtful, imaginative, and action-packed. A Darker Shade of Magic features four alternate universes: Grey London, a world without magic; Red London, where magic flows freely; White London, where the inhabitants fight viciously over what little magic remains; and dead, abandoned Black London ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>A Darker Shade of Magic</i>, by V.E. Schwab

This week's Book Giveaway is V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic. It's giving off a distinctly UnLunDun vibe, but I'm hoping I will like it better (or at least that it will be less pretentious). A full review will follow later today ....more

At least it's creative.

And speaking of webtoons, this weekend I started reading Witch Workshop, the latest effort from Goong author So-Hee Park. (English-translated chapters are available here.) So far it's not as instantly charming as Goong, but it's worth reading for the magical curse besetting one of the main characters: after an ancient ancestor tortured a witch, the men of the family were doomed to only be attracted to extremely old women. I'm not sure how I feel about that hook from a feminist perspective (one day I hope to be a VERY old, very attractive lady), but the various scenes of Park's teen-dream protagonist blushing furiously as he glances adoringly at the heroine's grandmother are still pretty funny ....more


According to the Guardian, "Researchers at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which resemble ‘ideal’ maths seen in nature." This may well be true—I'm no mathematician, and the concept of multifractals makes my head spin a little—but it doesn't make Finnegans Wake one iota more readable ....more