Assembling the Team; executing the Heist. These are two of my absolute favorite tropes in all of film/television and genre fiction. Often they go hand in hand, wherein one character has motivation to pull off a grand caper, and needs to find the best possible team to do so. Why do I bring these tropes up, you ask?
Several reasons. 1. I just finished reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and, much to my delight, it was ...
It’s a good time to be a Beatrix Potter fan. This year marks the 150th anniversary of her birthday, and given that her books have entertained readers for more than a century, making her one of children’s literature’s most beloved authors, celebrations abound. Much of the buzz has been around the publication of The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, a new story from Ms. Potter herself, found in an archive collection two years ago.
The publication tale goes like this: Jo ...
On September 8th, 1966, NBC aired the first episode of a new television show: Star Trek. The science fiction adventure series had been imagined by Gene Roddenberry as a bold new vision for the future. Little did he know that his creation would grow into one of the largest science-fiction franchises of all time, influencing innumerable authors and creators. But Star Trek’s greatest influence was greater: it helped to introduce science fiction to the world at large, in ...
In the middle of my traveling craziness last spring, I was down to my last Kirkus review book just as I was getting ready for a long airline trip. Sifting through my piles of publisher ARCs to find something to read after that last title, I picked up a book which looked intriguing (plus it was already getting great early buzz).
A high fantasy romance with a Greek Mythology tie-in sounded fresh and fascinating, but when I opened ...
Long gone are the days when readers lamented about the lack of films based on their favorite books. These days, Hollywood routinely mines the written word for film ideas. Here's another handful of evidence: 5 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that are working their way to film and TV. Read them now and add them to your watch list for later!
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Neal Stephenson is known for novels that are downright ambitious. Often meticulously ...
BOOK REPORT for The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) by Traci Chee
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Cover Story: Patchwork
I am super pleased to see a POC on this cover. That said, I’m not a fan of the strange patchwork overlay. I think it’s supposed to be pages of ...
There are stories, of course. Tales of great queens who left the island to become great queens again on the mainland. Others tell of queens who live out the rest of their lives peacefully and quietly, with their consorts. But Arsinoe has never believed a word. In her mind, every last queen lies at the bottom of the sea, drowned by the Goddess the moment she was done with them.
—Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Every generation on ...
A novel of unsung voices and alternate World War I history, Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal is a wonderful, fraught, and heart-wrenching read. Set against the backdrop of World War I, it reinvents history to allow unheard stories to be told, whilst at the same creating a marvellous piece of romantic speculative fiction.
Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who serves the war effort as a medium working with the Spirit Corps. In this alternate version of our ...