“Where are you going?” Dad asked.
“To the car,” I said. “We can’t stay here.”
“Of course we can. Where else would we stay?”
I stared at him in blank disbelief. “Um...how about anywhere that isn’t an abandoned mental hospital?”
—The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Katie Alender
One of the many reasons that Katie Alender’s horror stories are so enjoyable is that she knows the conventions of the genre—and ...
I recently binge-watched five seasons of The Good Wife on Netflix. It’s a great show with incredible female characters doing some awesome lawyering. When I realized Season 6 is not yet available I might have screeched. Thank the (mostly) dead gods of Dresediel Lex for Max Gladstone’s Last First Snow (which I read soon after finishing TGW), a fantasy novel in which corporate law is essential in saving the day and lawyer Elayne Kevarian is like Alicia Florrick on Red Bull ...
I’ve got my sights set on some picture book imports today, all three of them originally published in French. Two are by the celebrated author-illustrator Olivier Tallec, and one is by the just-as-celebrated Marianne Dubuc. And all three books are utterly pleasing in many directions.
First up, let’s take a look at Dubuc’s book, which will be on shelves in early August. Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds, originally published in French (Dubuc lives in Quebec), is the type of detailed book that ...
Last week I wrote about Paris. Ah, Paris. Whether in memoir or fiction, books set in Paris always have an extra background character, because Paris is such an evocative location.
Recently I’ve enjoyed a few books that used setting so strongly and effectively that it almost seemed they were another member of the cast.
Nancy Thayer lives in Nantucket and her books tend to be set there. I’ve read a good amount from this author who is usually more women’s ...
In my quest to discover new and exciting graphic novels to share with you here on the blog, I came across something with familiar themes executed with nice twists and turns that kept me turning the pages. Again, I find myself harvesting from the Image Comics catalog, where owner/creator comics continue to thrive and impress.
The book is Copperhead Volume 1: A New Sheriff in Town. In it, you have those familiar elements I mentioned a second ago; a ...
Abby Hanlon photographed by Sophie Elbrick
She’s back! Dory, that is. Last year, author-illustrator Abby Hanlon introduced the busy, bustling world of children’s literature to Dory, one of its most memorable new characters. This first book in a series, Dory Fantasmagory (named a Kirkus Best Book of 2014), was met with uniformly good reviews and garnered legions of fans. I personally keep having to replenish my bookshelf with a copy of this first book in the series, since I like to recommend it to children I ...
Sure, reading fiction stories are fun. Especially science-fiction stories, where readers get to experience space travel, alternate histories, thought-provoking premises regarding technology and how it affects society, and a host of other high-concept ideas. But take a step back. Science fiction as a literary field is interesting, too, as evidenced by the following nonfiction books about different aspects of the genre.
Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder edited by Kristen L. Geaman
Is there any comic book character more beloved than Batman ...
BOOK REPORT for Rebel Mechanics (Rebel Mechanics #1) by Shanna Swendson
Cover Story: Fancy Gear
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: What If, With Magic
Bonus Factors: Steampunk, Robin Hood
Anti-Bonus Factor: Series Starter
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends (No, Really)
Cover Story: Fancy Gear
There’s a lot going on on this cover, but all of it works together to form a cohesive whole. It’s obvious that this story will be an old-fashioned one, with a ...