There's literary magic happening in the pages of short fiction. Where else can you quickly be exposed to as many stories, as many new ideas, as many new voices and as much entertainment? That's why I love reading anthologies of short fiction. You get lots of stories by multiple authors all between the same two covers. Anthologies allow me to sneak in some reading time even when life becomes too busy for longer books. It's where I ...
BOOK REPORT for The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom
Cover Story: O-Face, Literally
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Little House Nostalgia
Bonus Factors: Cross-Dressing, Supporting Cast
Anti-Bonus Factor: No Justice
Relationship Status: Friendly Neighbors
Cover Story: O-Face, Literally
The longer I stare at this cover, the more I question the placement of the “O” in Beloved being centered perfectly over the face of shadowy Harriet. It bothers my soul. Aside from the awkward placement of the ...
At first, writing feels like falling
where there is nothing to hold on to
to keep from slipping off the edge of the world.
But then the dark presence of another begins to whisper
from the corners of my mind,
and his shadow grows and touches my own.
Together, we take one step toward finding a word,
and then another,
until the struggle drops away
and the only thing that is left ...
I’m fairly certain I’ve said this before here at Kirkus (probably more than once), but it’s a fact that “quirky” gets overused in children’s book reviewing. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “unusual in especially an interesting or appealing way.” That covers a lot of ground, so let’s turn to a similar word (since we all know that, once a word is exhausted, it starts to lose its oomph)—“idiosyncratic.” I like that, and it captures well the picture ...
It opens in the far past as a King meets a monster and he knows what he has to do. After all, Kings were made for killing monsters.
In the far future of 2267, everything has gone to shit after a series of ecological disasters forced humans to find alternative living underground in “hells” that succumbed to plagues and epidemics over and over.
But humanity still endures—and the surviving plague babies made their way to the top of the ...
Photo courtesy of Tisa Della-Volpte
Who are your must-read authors? The ones who make you excited when you hear they have another title coming out? Whose books make you feel almost sad when you finish them, because you know you have to wait for the next one to release?
I have a few of those. I’m sure you do too.
One of mine is Marisa de los Santos.
I discovered this author long before I became a reviewer, and read all of her books right ...
Photo by Scott Areman, courtesy of Sealaska Heritage Institute
It’s a pleasure to speak today with Dr. Rosita Worl, President of Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau. In 2014, as you will read below, the Institute developed Baby Raven Reads, a culturally-based program promoting early literacy and school readiness for Alaska Native children. You will also read below, in Dr. Worl’s own words, why this was groundbreaking. I’ve seen a selection of their 2017 picture books, vividly-illustrated traditional tales by writers and illustrators from the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures ...
Image courtesy of The Folio Society
Serious book collectors may already know about the beautiful editions being published by The Folio Society, a longtime publisher of high-quality works of fiction. If you're not familiar with these definitive editions of fiction classics—particularly the science fiction and fantasy classics—then allow me to introduce you to some of the most gorgeous physical objects that bibliophiles can possess. Their books are lovingly crafted into works of art. Let me point out two volumes of particular interest to readers ...