I may have mentioned here before that I’m a bit of a gamer. Played my first video game when Atari was king, and I was working my way BACK through the original Mass Effect game just last weekend. Male Shepherd, kinda going Paragon…shhh! It’s fun. The changes in the quality of storytelling throughout the years has skyrocketed from what it used to be. I’ve always been a fan of RPG or role-playing games, having bought everything from the first Final ...
Liniers photographed by Nora Lezano
This month, the bookstore shelves are overflowing with great science-fiction and fantasy reads. Do you only have time for the best of them? If so, then check out this month's roundup of must-read speculative titles, which includes sky cities, voluntary prison stays, feudal societies on the moon, and a teenage witch.
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A married couple tries to make ends meet by signing up for a project where they live ...
BOOK REPORT for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Eventually
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Howdy, Y’all
Bonus Factor: The Lost Dutchman, Wild West
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
YES. ALL THE YES. This cover is not only stunning and fits the story within to a T, but also it’s completely unique to the YA genre. Cover designers: more completely illustrated covers, please!
Kate Thompson and her father have been ...
Last week I mentioned Read-A-Romance Month (I hope you’re enjoying all the amazing posts on The Joy of Romance! You can see the calendar here. )
It’s been an incredibly busy month, both trying to keep up with the site but also keeping up with the wealth of pro-romance events in the Chicago area this month.
On August 1, I attended a Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold event, which was basically a Susan Mallery Fool’s Gold lovefest. It was so much fun ...
I can’t help feeling a bit sorry this month for writers whose last names aren’t Horowitz, Lagercrantz, or Child. While putting together a list recently of what I figure will be the most interesting new crime, mystery, and thriller novels to be released in the States between now and the closing days of 2015, I came up with almost 100 titles in September alone. Yet just three of those are likely to dominate review space and reader attention.
The first ...
It’s only when we’re back in the house and have crept upstairs that she turns and looks at me for a long moment. ‘That was so special,’ she says. ‘Wasn’t it?’
I nod. I’m not good at talking about stuff like this, but I know what she means.
‘Everything’s so special. We should remember that.’
For decades, humans have tested their young routinely for a “defective” gene. Those who test positive are whisked away by the government ...