My friends, I have been miserably sick for over 36 hours now, and there’s no end in sight. As I see myself logging a lot of Bed Time in the near future, let’s take a look at some books that star characters who’re convalescing from one thing or another:
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When I think of convalescing, this is always the first book that comes to mind—possibly because my own personal Summer Of Mono memories are so ...
Just because most of us read science fiction and fantasy fiction for purposes of escapist entertainment doesn't mean we can't also marvel at the way our favorite stories are told. The beauty of fiction may lie in the words, but the application of the craft of writing also piques our interest as readers. Eventually that curiosity about storytelling bleeds over into wanting to know about the people who do the telling. What makes them tick? How do ...
BOOK REPORT for The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Modern Mukashibanashi (“Tales of Long Ago")Bonus Factors:
Mysterious Loner Lady, NarcolepsyAnti-Bonus Factor:
Cover Story: Firefox
I mean, there’s a fox on (or transforming from) fire on this cover. I couldn’t help but take the literal route.
(Also: Is the figure on the front wearing a low ...
The books didn’t help me find a word for myself; my father refused to accept the weight of it. And so I made my own.
I am vengeance.
—The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
When Alex Craft was a freshman in high school, her older sister Anna was raped and murdered. For the last three years, Alex has hardly talked to anyone. At school, she flies under the radar—earning stellar grades, but avoiding all meaningful contact with ...
Every now and then, I like to do children’s graphic-novel round-ups, and this very moment seems like a good time. There are several rather high-profile graphic-novel releases coming in the next month or two, and I’ve seen some intriguing new stories out there. So, let’s get right to it. I’ll start with some of the lesser-known ones, two that are both, in fact, inspired by or based on Norwegian folk and fairy tales.
Norwegian illustrator, comic book artist, and writer ...
It’s one thing to see a missed opportunity and lament it, but it’s another thing altogether to roll up your sleeves and try to do something about it. This is the case with children’s book and YA author Renée Watson, who has a vision to turn the brownstone in Harlem where legendary poet Langston Hughes once lived into “a space for poets, a space to honor his legacy.” The campaign she’s single-handedly organized, called the I, Too, Arts Collective ...
As I’m packing up and getting ready to hit the hallowed halls of WorldCon, I thought I’d take a look at the upcoming graphic novels I can’t wait to read – and have already added to my pull list.
Monstress by Marjorie Liu (Author) and Sana Takeda (Artist). I’m leading with this because, technically, I’ve already bought it. When I saw it, I snatched it up. The cover is intriguing, as is the description and interior art. That it comes ...
Back in 2012, when I starting reviewing and writing about romance, my first-ever interview was with Susan Elizabeth Phillips, one of my favorite authors.
It was a little breathtaking. There are few authors in the same stratosphere as SEP, and I have to admit to just a little excitement (read, a few actual jumps of joy and squeals of pure pleasure in my kitchen).
If you’re an SEP fan—and if you’re not, you may want to get on that! ;o ...