Hail isn’t your average princess. For one thing, she ran away from home at the age of 18, leaving behind her home, family, and Empress mother, leader of the Indranan Empire, in order to hunt down her father’s murderer. For the next 20 years, Hail works hard for a living and for her freedom—she gets really good at gunrunning, and becomes captain of her own spaceship and crew. All of that hard work, however, comes to a screeching halt when ...
I wrote this time last year(ish) about the debut picture book from comics artist Kate Beaton. It was called The Princess and the Pony (I wrote about it here)—it was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2015, and my goodness, it was funny. (Well, it still is. If you go find a copy on bookstore or library shelves, you’ll see what I mean.)
Kate has another picture book, coming in mid-September, called King Baby. It’ll be out around ...
One of my best friends, whom I’ve been friends with since high school, is the Queen of Akron, Ohio. Seriously, Yoly is a master of social media who travels across the city highlighting how amazing Akron is.
Yoly and I grew up in El Paso, TX and graduated together enough years ago that when we say “synchronicity” to many of our friends, it still reminds them of the Police Tour rather than the psychological term.
At the beginning of this ...
My friends, I have been miserably sick for over 36 hours now, and there’s no end in sight. As I see myself logging a lot of Bed Time in the near future, let’s take a look at some books that star characters who’re convalescing from one thing or another:
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When I think of convalescing, this is always the first book that comes to mind—possibly because my own personal Summer Of Mono memories are so ...
Just because most of us read science fiction and fantasy fiction for purposes of escapist entertainment doesn't mean we can't also marvel at the way our favorite stories are told. The beauty of fiction may lie in the words, but the application of the craft of writing also piques our interest as readers. Eventually that curiosity about storytelling bleeds over into wanting to know about the people who do the telling. What makes them tick? How do ...
BOOK REPORT for The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Modern Mukashibanashi (“Tales of Long Ago")Bonus Factors:
Mysterious Loner Lady, NarcolepsyAnti-Bonus Factor:
Cover Story: Firefox
I mean, there’s a fox on (or transforming from) fire on this cover. I couldn’t help but take the literal route.
(Also: Is the figure on the front wearing a low ...
The books didn’t help me find a word for myself; my father refused to accept the weight of it. And so I made my own.
I am vengeance.
—The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
When Alex Craft was a freshman in high school, her older sister Anna was raped and murdered. For the last three years, Alex has hardly talked to anyone. At school, she flies under the radar—earning stellar grades, but avoiding all meaningful contact with ...
Every now and then, I like to do children’s graphic-novel round-ups, and this very moment seems like a good time. There are several rather high-profile graphic-novel releases coming in the next month or two, and I’ve seen some intriguing new stories out there. So, let’s get right to it. I’ll start with some of the lesser-known ones, two that are both, in fact, inspired by or based on Norwegian folk and fairy tales.
Norwegian illustrator, comic book artist, and writer ...