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Interview with Cory Doctorow

In your opinion, what is the difference between writing a prose novel and a graphic novel? Is one more challenging than the other?

To be honest, Jen did most of the adaptation heavy lifting here. My experience with comics writing is limited — for me, the big difference (apart from the visual stuff, which is obvious and goes without saying) is that a novel’s big move is making you believe that you can be inside another’s head. It’s literally the only artform that does this.

What was the creative process like? Did you write the story first and then Jen Wang drew the art or did you have a discussion on the progress of the story before you both did your separate things?

The original story was published about a decade ago — it was called ANDA’S GAME. Jen sent me several drafts of her excellent adaptation for editing, review and notes, and we worked it through with help from our editors at Firstsecond.


Growing up on too many books, there were so many places I wanted to live that weren’t real. It killed me that Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters wasn’t taking admissions. Why couldn’t I go on an expedition to the Barrier Peaks? Did I have to settle for New York when I would have preferred the 87th Precinct of Isola instead? Here are five places that still make me want to sell my apartment and move.

New Zebedee – the Michigan town (population 6,000) where Lewis Barnavelt is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan after his parents die in a car accident in John Bellairs’s The House With a Clock In Its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring. In New Zebedee, all the houses are Victorian piles, the weather is always gothic, adults play poker with children, and lunatics are constantly escaping from Kalamazoo Mental Hospital and jumping out naked from behind trees.

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Hi everyone! How’s your day? Mine is quite fantastic as we have Claire Legrand here to share an excerpt from her upcoming YA, Winterspell. I don’t know about you but I am super excited about this book. Inspired by The Nutcracker (a childhood super-fav), it’s been described as a “dark, timeless fairy tale” and I don’t really need to go on because I’m already so sold, I’ve been brought home, taken out of the packaging and shelved for perpetual display (this metaphor may have run away from me a bit).

Anyhoo, enough from me, I’ll leave Claire to seduce you with her words (I mean that literally, deliciously sexy USTing ahead).

Hi Cuddlebuggery—and Cuddlebuggery readers!

Thanks so much to Steph, Kat, and Meg for hosting me here on their fantastic blog today as part of the Winterspell blog tour. This is one of my absolute favorite book blogs, so I’m always honored when they agree to let me stop by!

Poisoned Apples

Christine Heppermann handles female issues in such a unique and interesting way in Poisoned Apples. Her poetic style is quirky, witty and deeply real, highlighting numerous problems with gender inequality girls face throughout their pubescent stage into adulthood. Keep in mind, however, that she also somehow manages to infuse these with classic fairy tales we grow up on. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and other themes like Prince Charming are merged with issues such as sex, eating disorders, body image, social pressures, sexism, abuse and more. And as an added bonus we’re treated to mesmerizing photographs like this:

For the most part, I really felt like I could identify with many of the poems in one way or another, especially the ones on body image and the society’s outrageous beauty standards for women through use of mainstream media. I love how she questions what beauty is and what it means to be a woman. 

The World of Weir Blog Tour


Hey guys! You may have noticed from our occasional twitter freak outs that Steph and I are HUUUGE Cinda Williams Chima fans.  As such, Cuddlebuggery is super excited to be a part of the World of Weir Blog Tour celebrating the up-coming release of the sure-to-be-epic conclusion to the Heir Chronicles: The Sorcerer Heir.

For our stop I’ve put together a Wizard playlist. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, the Wizard Guild gets a bit of a bad rap (to be fair, a lot of them have it coming). You know the whole power corrupts thing? Well the wizards are generally considered the most powerful of the guilds and let’s just say in many cases it’s taken its toll. The Wizard Heir tells another side of the story. It centers around Seph McCauley, an orphaned wizard boy who is just starting to learn about his powers and the possibilities and pitfalls they afford.

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