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Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones (book reviews).

March 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dragonkyn by Nathan Smith Jones (book reviews).

A YA fantasy features an underprivileged teen who starts displaying fantastic powers. In this first instalment of a series, young Marc Mondragon of Rifle, Colorado, is dirt poor. He and his mother, Jenny, struggle in the absence of his fireman father, who died. Read the full review over at: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/nathan-smith-jones/dragonkyn/

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Strange the Dreamer (book reviews).

March 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Strange the Dreamer (book reviews).

YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

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The top 10 counter-factual novels?

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The top 10 counter-factual novels?

The Guardian newspaper just ran an article entitled The top 10 counter-factual novels – the “counter-factual” being a nice literary way of describing a parallel reality or alternative reality story without suggesting the story might be … gasp, science fiction or fantasy (which are dirty words among the gatekeepers of high culture … despite the fact that SF/F and horror accounts for about 35% combined of fiction sales). That aside, the list is quite good, although misses The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (now also a TV series via Amazon Prime), as well as other more outright sci-fi authors’ works such as Norman Spinrad’s The Iron Dream. […]

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Fantastic Beasts, a rare miss?

November 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fantastic Beasts, a rare miss?

There’s an interesting article over on the Guardian newspaper at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/25/jk-rowling-fantastic-beasts-screenplay which can basically be summed up as “JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sucks as a book because it’s really a screenplay.” Or slightly more eloquently, as the Guardian writes, “JK Rowling’s little dictionary of animals has spawned a huge film franchise, with all the attendant merchandise. But with the movie in cinemas worldwide, who wants to read a screenplay?” This was certainly the reaction among the members of the Hunt clan who read this, but I wondering if that’s being unfair, or perhaps just accurate – J.K. Rowling’s publisher trying to cash in on the movie without the work of […]

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Reading Round-up (17th June 2016).

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Reading Round-up (17th June 2016).

Here’s the round-up of the best articles on books and reading from around the web for this week. Here Comes Hilda. Great Job, Internet!: This magazine-length parody of The New Yorker deserves a Pulitzer. The Strange Power of a Medieval Poem About the Death of a Child. Book publishing goes wild for ‘Girls’. Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a civil war . Comics Panel: Buffy: The High School Years goes back to basics with the Slayer. The Faith Behind Aubrey Beardsley’s Sexually Charged Art. The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of June. Twelve Songs That Changed the World, or at Least 1971. Heroes and zeroes: Israel’s part in the hidden […]

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Publishing Round-up (11th June 2106).

June 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Publishing Round-up (11th June 2106).

Here’s the round-up of the best publishing stories from around the web this week. Goodreads Expands Giveaways to Include eBooks. Amazon to Open Pickup Location Near Texas Tech U.; B&N to Open New Store in Ashburn, VA. BookCon is now apart of the New York Comic Con. Industry Experts Accuse Kobo of Being Predatory Vultures. Aldi Rebrands a Budget Onyx eReader in Belgium – 79 Euros. New E-Paper Sunglasses Have Been Announced. Lynn Sheridan Wins Flash Fiction Challenge. Could the Period Come to a Full Stop?. Thrifty Thursday: Totally Sweet eBook Deals. Here are all of the deals for Audiobook Month 2016. Does the World Need a Paid Alternative to […]

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Reading Round-up (11th June 2016).

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Reading Round-up (11th June 2016).

Here’s the round-up of the best articles on books and reading from around the web for this week. What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?. Sallie Tisdale’s Quietly Groundbreaking Essays About Caring for Others. The Essential Middle Grade Summer Reading List. It’s Not You, It’s Me: Nine Things I’m So Over in Romance Novels. Science Says If You Read Books You’ll Earn More Money. James Patterson Would Like You to Read. 4 Mysteries to Read While You Wait for Tana French’s New Novel. 19 Books You Wish Had Sequels: Today in Critical Linking. Silly Little Show-Biz Book Club: Holly Madison’s fascinating memoir takes down Hef and […]

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Reading Round-up (21st May 2016).

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Reading Round-up (21st May 2016).

Here’s the round-up of the best articles on books and reading from around the web for this week. JK Rowling defends Donald Trump’s right to be ‘offensive and bigoted’. Man Booker International prize serves up victory to The Vegetarian. Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps. Lena Dunham’s surprise book sells out in 24 hours. Do teens really need a special YA version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code?. PJ Lynch is Ireland’s new children’s laureate. The Durrells get new biography that ‘they would enjoy’. Women SF Writers Sweep This Year’s Nebula Awards. “Writing Is an Act of Pride”: A Conversation with Elena Ferrante. The Da Vinci […]

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Reading Round-up: 2nd-8th May 2016.

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Reading Round-up: 2nd-8th May 2016.

Here’s the round-up of the best articles on books and reading from around the web for this week. The Branford Boase children’s book awards shortlist 2016 – in pictures. A review of Things Unsaid by Diana Y Paul. What Authors Helped You Understand Your Mother Better?. The Threat Came from Within. Maya Banks’ Dominated is an Urban Fairytale with a Suspenseful Twist. Can Anyone Stop J.K. Rowling From George Lucas-ing Harry Potter?. We’re Celebrating Short Story Month with 31 Days of Stories!. “This Door You Might Not Open” by Susan Scarf Merrell, recommended by Fifth Wednesday Journal. Love & Friendship: Jane Austen’s LADY SUSAN Adaptation. Why Read What We Can’t […]

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Fantasy author Neil Gaiman: on how stories last across the ages.

June 21, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fantasy author Neil Gaiman: on how stories last across the ages.

“Do stories grow? Pretty obviously – anybody who has ever heard a joke being passed on from one person to another knows that they can grow, they can change. Can stories reproduce? Well, yes. Not spontaneously, obviously – they tend to need people as vectors. We are the media in which they reproduce; we are their petri dishes… Stories grow, sometimes they shrink. And they reproduce – they inspire other stories. And, of course, if they do not change, stories die.” “Pictures, I think, may have been a way of transmitting stories. The drawings on cave walls that we assume are acts of worship or of sympathetic magic, intended to […]

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