BOOK REPORT for Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: I Feel The Sky Come Tumbling
Bonus Factors: San Francisco, Diversity, Boarding School
Relationship Status: I Feel My Heart Start Trembling Whenever You’re Around
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
Boy, has Stacey Lee ever lucked out with covers! I love the shattered glass lantern amongst the paper Chinese lanterns, and the dark foggy sky. It’s such a simple ...
As I’m sure you know, Mother’s Day was yesterday. Which, of course, got me thinking about recent depictions of mothers in YA books. For years now, especially with the rise of more romance-centric stories and dystopian adventures, the majority of the YA I’ve encountered has been heavily focused on the dynamics between teenagers. Which is all well and good, and obviously of interest to the target audience as well as a hugely important facet of adolescent life and of growing ...
Absent parents in children’s literature are commonplace. Come on, you gotta get the gatekeepers out of the way for the action and adventure to begin, right? As Roger Sutton put it in the latest episode of the Horn Book podcast, “a dead parent is traditional.”
On the one hand, you’ve got stories where the parents simply don’t come into play, because they would crimp the style of the fully-realized children’s world the author has created. Think of Kate DiCamillo’s ...
New Arcadia, a city-sized oil rig of many self-sufficient towers and dark secrets. Standing off the Canadian coastline, in a near future where most people have bio-engineered enhancements and the very wealthy family Lynch owns everything, the town that was once on the brink of collapse after an explosion that killed a lot of riggers is now ready to start over under the new developers.
Enter Go Jung-Hwa, a bodyguard with the United Sex Workers of Canada and one ...
“I bet you play chess,” she says.
I shake my head. “I quit in junior high.”
“You were good, though, right?”
“I don’t do anything I’m not good at.”
We stand there looking at each other over the carved-up benches. She’s wearing so much eyeliner that it’s starting to flake off in waxy pieces, like crayon.
“You didn’t quit,” she says finally. “You just found yourself a bigger board with ...
So spring in the Midwest is a little crazy for romance readers & writers, especially this year!
Last month was RT (the granddaddy of all romance readers’ conferences) which was in Las Vegas, though people attend from all over the globe. Then last weekend was the fun and wonderful Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation event in Milwaukee (though I couldn't make it this time). Next week is BEA, landing in Chicago this year, and the week after is one of ...
Last week, the finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards were announced, showing a serious vulnerability in the election process, one that allows for a unified block of fans to place a select group of works on the ballot. Much ink has been spilled over what the larger ramifications are for this, but it’s useful to note that this isn’t the first time that this has happened; it happened in 1987 with L. Ron Hubbard’s novel Black Genesis.
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard ...
Bookstore shelves are overflowing with lots of reading choices, but what is a curious reader to do? Here's a tip: use this handy guide to find your next speculative fiction read. This month's selection features a dystopian Egypt, cryogenically frozen humans, a woman who can assume anyone's physical appearance, a girl nobody remembers, and a pandemic of human spontaneous combustion.
Company Town by Madeline Ashby
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In a world where bioengineering runs rampant ...