Futuristic detective novels are nothing new. Alfred Bester, for instance, combined science fiction with crime fiction in his 1953 work, The Demolished Man. Isaac Asimov showed the durability of such crossovers in The Caves of Steel (1954) and its sequels, starring New York City homicide investigator Elijah “Lije” Baley and his robot partner, R. Daneel Olivaw. Ben H. Winters’ trilogy of tales about rookie cop Hank Palace (beginning with 2012’s The Last Policeman) are all set in a pre-apocalyptic America ...
What determines genre? Over the course of this column, we've discussed the wide ranges of authors who have written under the “science fiction,” “speculative fiction,” or “fantasy” genre. Figuring out what falls into each of these broad headings is an ongoing conversation within genre communities, cause for continual debate and, at times, controversy. One author, Margaret Atwood, found herself at the head of that conversation when she dismissed science fiction as a genre that was all about ...
BOOK REPORT for A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
Cover Story: The Blues
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Fever Dream
Bonus Factor: F***ing Faeries
Anti-Bonus Factor: Prostitution
Relationship Status: Delightful(ly odd) Dinner Date
Cover Story: The Blues
This cover makes me melancholy. The overall tone, the colors, but most of all the look in the girl’s eyes. Stop looking so sad, Girl. Please? You’re breaking my heart.
Two years ago, I rounded up a few books set at summer camp. And now, in celebration of the release of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, I’m revisiting that topic—because camp stories are always fun, and there are tons of new ones!
Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer
The summer before they’re due to start college, a quartet of girls attend a camp reunion, enter a photo booth...and get catapulted back in time two years. Lessons ...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two brand-new picture books for children tell stories of the struggles African Americans faced in decades past with regard to their right to vote, one even closing with a note about today’s ongoing inequalities. The books take different approaches, but each humanizes the struggles by introducing us to characters we care about and root for.
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, with the ...
--The hippogriffs...must die. So, how?
--Mmmm. Death by explosion.
--Okay, okay. Like, spontaneous combustion?
--Nah, dynamite. Let’s go old school, too. Like Chuck Jones, Wile E. Coyote hot dog dynamite.
--Niiiccce. In their butts?
--You made it up, sicko.
--I did not! I was going to say MOUTHS.
--All right then, butts AND mouths.
In the small, sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, the Rook family tries to make a fresh start. For 13-year-old Sailor Rook, a ...
Did you get to RWA last week? If so, what was your favorite part?
I got there late, but was able to pack in a lot while I was in New York. It was a lovely re-affirmation of all the great things the romance community offers—camaraderie, generosity, and amazing writers who know their business and their craft and are willing to share tips and experiences.
Oh, right, and great books!
So many options out now and in the next few ...
It’s almost August, and therefore—in Maine, anyway—it’s exactly the right time to hide inside in front of a fan with a book. Here’s what’s on deck for this month:
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, by Katie Alender
A History of Glitter and Blood, by Hannah Moskowitz
I’ve already covered both of these: Alender’s is a ghost story set in an abandoned mental asylum, while Moskowitz’s is a dark fantasy about war, love, prostitution, and writing. They’re both smart, both ...