Are you looking for a way to stay afloat in a seemingly never-ending sea of science-fiction, fantasy and horror book releases? Fear not, intrepid reader! Check out this month's latest roundup of must-read speculative titles, which includes a centuries-long war, parallel worlds, alternate history, extinction-level events, hackers, and what really happened in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In a world of angels and ...
BOOK REPORT for Armada by Ernest Cline
Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Space Crusaders
Bonus Factor: Mixtape
Relationship Status: Be My Wingman
Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!
This cover is well-designed without pandering; it calls to mind ’80s video games without being too obvious. As you read, you find out that the design isn’t just cool and eye-catching, but actually involves specific details from the story.
“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 ...