This is a review in parts.
Part 1: Let’s talk about definitions, baby
I think a lot about classifications and designations: it's simply who I am as a reader and reviewer. Thinking about Signal to Noise and trying to pin it down as something or the other was hard work and a wholly futile exercise because I couldn’t do it as the book is this rich, elaborate symphony of awesome that defies simple definitions.
It’s part fantasy, part YA ...
To every publishing house (turn turn turn), there is a season. And in children’s literature, we’re approaching the spring season, during which we see a lot of new picture books about Ms. Mother Nature, her delightful bounty, and the four seasons here on our planet as it spins on its axis. I’m going to round up a few of those books today, ones that grabbed my attention in one way or another.
I’ll start with my favorite of the lot ...
One of my main platforms in supporting romance novels is that I firmly believe that these books can change lives, and this idea was one of the major reasons I started Read-A-Romance Month.
I know from personal experience that, when I’m feeling low, picking up a romance novel makes me feel better. As an author once said to me, “I can practically guarantee you that no woman reads Anna Karenina when her child is in the ICU.”
If you ...
A.F. Harrold photographed by Naomi Woddis
Imaginary friends who have legit feelings of their own are getting a good amount of ink these days. They are no longer the passive creatures of children’s books of yore. The book currently sporting the 2015 Caldecott sticker, in fact, is all about an imaginary creature who sets out to find his own kid. No waiting around for him, thanks very much. He takes matters into his own hands.
Rudger—one of the characters in author and poet A. F. Harrold’s ...
Science fiction and fantasy have rich histories of adaptations to film and television.
Continuing the theme from last week, let's look at notable science-fiction and fantasy books of yesteryear that have been adapted to film.
Richard Matheson was not just a prolific author in terms of novels and short fiction, but he was also a prolific screenwriter in terms of television and film. Perhaps his most notable work as an author is the 1954 novel I Am Legend, a ...
BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson
Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor
Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London
Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?
Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors
The first time I saw the new Shades of London covers, I wasn’t a huge fan—but they’ve grown on me. I like the high contrast, the smoky ...
If you ever need reminding that mankind has stumbled seriously off the ideal evolutionary arc toward peace, mutual respect and enlightenment, simply type the words “hit man” into your computer’s search engine. When I did that recently, it fetched up the story of a 21-year-old Michigan woman who, in 2013, allegedly sought the services of a contract killer to do away with her husband because “it was easier than divorcing him.” (Unfortunately for her, she was caught on videotape ...
For the past four years, there has been constant construction on just about every block in my neighborhood. They’ve painted and planted and made beauty out of decaying dreams. Block after block, strangers kept coming to Jackson Avenue, kept coming and changing and remaking and adding on to and taking away from.
—This Side of Home, Renée Watson
As the twin daughters of two community activists, Maya and Nikki—named for poets Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni—have ...