Archive for December, 2006

In The Coming Year… (TBS)

Hello All. I just wanted to let you know about some small changes coming to The Book Stacks in the new year. Starting the week of January 1, 2007 (sounds far away, but it’s really just Monday. Egad.) I will be taking Sunday and most Saturdays off from blogging. Most of the time, anyway. Sometimes I run across something cool that just can’t wait. On the other hand, during the week I will be posting at least once every morning before 10am. Theoretically, this should allow me to make my posts even better. I hope that we will all have fun during 2007. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Posted on 30th December 2006
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Spiderwick Chronicles Coming To The Big Screen (TBS)

The IMDB has a listing for a film version of The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. The fabulous Freddie Highmore is listed as playing the twins, Jared and Simon Grace. This film is due in US theaters 15 February 2008. As usual, this leaves me wondering how close to the books the movie will be. In this case, I would like to know specifically how many of the books this movie will cover. There are currently 5 books in the series, plus a Field Guide, Notebook, and The Care and Feeding of Sprites. Here’s hoping that the film reflects some of the art style of the book’s illustrations. Oh! I just noticed that Andrew McCarthy is listed as being in the film, but no word as to which character he plays. (I used to have such a crush on him.) Well, I haven’t read this series yet, but it looks like I’ll be adding them to my list. I’ve got a year. I can do it.

The Official Spiderwick Chronicles Website: http://www.spiderwick.com/

Posted on 27th December 2006
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The Tuesday List (TBS)

Well, I actually managed a Week of Reviews! I’ll have to think of a different present for next year. That was really difficult. I hope that everyone is having great holidays. Now, on to my short list of what I’m reading. Been a bit busy, sorry.

Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe - A very entertaining mystery so far…with footnotes.

Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole – I’m still not sure about this one. I don’t really like the story concept.

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin - A picture book that is…the diary of a worm. Yes, I’ve been busy enough that I haven’t managed to finish a picture book.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki – I’m about to start number 19. This is a pretty intense series. Yes, this is what I was reading at my in-laws’ place.

Posted on 26th December 2006
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How Many Books Did You Get For Christmas? (TBS)

Well, I’m still up the mountain at my in-laws. So far I have received two books for Christmas. I am told that others are on their way, so I will keep you updated. Did y’all get any books? If so, which ones? Merry Christmas!

Posted on 25th December 2006
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New Nancy Drew Film (TBS)

Nancy Drew is coming to the big screen June 15, 2007. The famous female detective will be played by Emma Roberts this time around. You can watch the trailer and get more infor over at Worstpreviews.com. This updated version of the classic Nancy Drew character actually looks really good. I hope that I have time to see this movie. I loved the trailer.

Posted on 24th December 2006
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A Book Review Referral (TBS)

decided to post my review for Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts over at Watchingdrwho.com for two reasons. Firstly, I’m doing a Week in Reviews over there, too. Secondly…well, it’s a site about Doctor Who. Yeah, I know that it’s kind of cheating to use this as my review for both places today, but it is applicable in both places. (And I’m working late tonight. Oh, do say you’ll forgive me.) It has been on my Tuesday List for a while now, and I finally finished it. It was a really interesting read. If you enjoy the new series of Doctor Who, I think you will like it too. So, if you would like to read the rest of my views on this wonderful tome, head on over to Watchingdrwho.com.

Posted on 20th December 2006
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The Tuesday List (TBS)

Well, what do you think of my Week in Reviews so far? I hope that your holiday season is going well.
Here are the coming attractions:

Doctor Who: The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole – I just started this one, and I’m not sure if I’m going to like it.

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin – A picture book that is…the diary of a worm.

Doctor Who: The Shooting Scripts – Scripts for season one of the new Doctor Who. It’s really good.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story by Nobuhiro Watsuki – I’m just starting number 12.

So, there you are. See you on Boxing Day.

Posted on 19th December 2006
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A Week In Reviews (TBS)

Okay folks. As we are right in the middle of the Chrismahannukwanzakah season, I suppose that it’s about time that I offered y’all a gift. So, during this week of general holiday cheer it is my intention to offer you a review a day. Yep. One a day. Wish me luck. Also, I’d like to thank everyone who has stopped by The Book Stacks so far. You make all of the work I put into this blog worthwhile. For those of you more visually inclined, I have included a picture of me smiling at you all. I hope that your holidays are relaxed and that you find yourself among friends.

Posted on 17th December 2006
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Author of “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” dead at 45 (TBS)

Richard Carlson, author of several books about stress-free living, died Wednesday on a flight to New York. Cause of death appears to be cardiac arrest. His newest book Don’t Get Scrooged: How to Thrive in a World Full of Obnoxious, Incompetent, Arrogant and Downright Mean-Spirited People came out last month, and he was travelling to promote it. Mr. Carlson was 45.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Posted on 16th December 2006
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Arthur C. Clarke is 89 (TBS)

Happy Birthday to Sir Arthur C. Clarke, man of science and Science Fiction. He is eighty-nine today.

Posted on 16th December 2006
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