Posts tagged with fantasy

Oct 29 2008

Another famous fantasy series I've never heard of is getting the LoTR treatment.

According to the Powell's Books blog, Deryni Rising, the first book in a "classic sci-fi series" written by Katherine Kurtz, is on its way to the big screen. I'd never heard of this author or this...

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Sep 28 2008

Flora's Dare, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

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Middle series installments frequently feel like stopgaps, but Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora’s Dare, the sequel to 2007’s Flora Segunda, is in all ways exceptional. As the story opens, fourteen-year-old Flora has discovered that her formerly crazy father was actually a lot easier to live with back when he was nuts...

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Sep 9 2008

David Anthony Durham

David Anthony Durham is a well-known historical novelist whose debut fantasy, 2007’s Acacia, is one of our Featured Book picks. Mr. Durham lives in California with his family, and teaches in the ...

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Sep 9 2008

Acacia, by David Anthony Durham

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As David Anthony Durham’s sprawling epic fantasy Acacia opens, Leodan Akaran, the ruler of Acacia, has begun to question the secret arrangement that ensures his empire’s prosperity: a horrify...

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Aug 20 2008

Lauren Mechling

Lauren Mechling is the New York-based co-author (with Laura Moser) of the "10th Grade Social Climber" series, and the (sole) author of Dream Girl, one of our Featured Book titles.

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Aug 20 2008

Dream Girl, by Lauren Mechling

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No sooner had we remarked on the originality of a young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl with magical dreams... than we received another young adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl...

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Aug 14 2008

Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann is the author of the highly enjoyable YA paranormal romance Wake, one of our Featured Book picks. While Wake is her debut novel, Ms. McMann has apparently published several short stor...

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Aug 14 2008

Wake, by Lisa McMann

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Lisa McMann’s debut novel Wake has a lot going for it: a great premise, an intriguingly dark atmosphere, and a plausibly screwed-up heroine. Unfortunately, it’s way too short, it’s currently...

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Aug 14 2008

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series to be made into a movie

I've never been able to finish one of these books, so someone else will have to be the judge--will this project be another Lord of the Rings, or another Eragon?

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Aug 9 2008

Dale E. Basye

Dale E. Basye has been a film critic and journalist, and published an Arts and Entertainment newsletter, and now lives in Oregon. Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go is his first novel.Note: Heck feature...

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Aug 9 2008

Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale E. Basye

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Dale E. Basye, author of Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, may not be the first person to write a book about an eleven-year-old boy with dark hair and glasses getting shipped off to a bizarre boarding ...

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Jul 31 2008

But wait, there's more

I just finished reading Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning—her first young adult novel, as well as the first book in a projected trilogy—and I thought it was awesome: totally fun, totally exciting, ...

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Jul 28 2008

Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim, by Tom Corwin

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Tom Corwin’s Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim doesn’t quite live up to its publishers’ “Like Harold and the Purple Crayon for adults!” hype, but this elegant, unusual graphic novel is undeniab...

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Jul 27 2008

Tom Corwin

Tom Corwin—along with illustrator Craig Fraizer—is the creator of Mr. Fooster Traveling on a Whim, one of our Wordcandy Featured Books. Mr. Corwin is also a musician, and the author of Mostly Bob...

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Jul 23 2008

Coming soon to a theater near you...

There appear to be two more YA fantasy novel film adaptations coming down the pike: producer Nina Jacobson is making a movie version of the popular Children of the Lamp series by P.B. Kerr, and Wa...

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Jul 21 2008

Karen Neches

Karen Neches (who also writes those Bottom Dollar books under the name "Karin Gillespie") is the author of the supernatural romance/mystery Earthly Pleasures, one of our Featured Books.

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Jul 18 2008

Moribito to appear on Adult Swim?

AnimeNewsNetwork has confirmed that the Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit anime series will premiere on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on August 24. Moribito is an adaptation if Nahoko Uehashi's fan...

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May 28 2008

Princess Ben, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s new novel Princess Ben is a major departure from her earlier works, Dairy Queen and The Off Season. While Dairy Queen and The Off Season focused on the trials of a dairy-farming teenager with dreams of playing high school football in small-town Wisconsin...

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May 27 2008

I think we're reading these titles a little differently.

Check out this blog post on Guardian.co.uk about the sexism faced by female fantasy authors. I have no doubt female writers encounter considerable sexism*, but I'm not sure I agree with such stat...

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Apr 29 2008

The Sisters Grimm: Tales from the Hood, by Michael Buckley

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Tales from the Hood, the sixth entry in Michael Buckley’s impishly funny Sisters Grimm series, is just as enjoyable as its predecessors—but the increasing darkness and complexity of the Sisters Grimm world has us wondering if Buckley is losing control of his own mythology...

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Apr 2 2008

Now with pictures

Publishers Weekly recently interviewed fantasy author Terry Brooks, asking him several questions about his latest release, Dark Wraith of Shannara. Dark Wraith is the first book in Brooks's Shanna...

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Feb 28 2008

Darkside, by Tom Becker

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Tom Becker’s debut novel Darkside opens with a kidnapping: thirteen-year-old Ricky Thomas is abducted from the middle of Trafalgar Square in broad daylight, and, strangely, none of the hundreds of...

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Feb 12 2008

Black Hole, by Charles Burns

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Charles Burns’s graphic novel Black Hole is lyrical, meticulously illustrated, and thought-provoking. It’s also creepy, stomach-churning, and unnecessarily grim. Delicate flowers might want to s...

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Jan 29 2008

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of the entertaining YA fantasy Runemarks, one of our Featured Book titles. While Runemarks was given one of those irritating staggered release dates (the British versi...

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Jan 29 2008

Runemarks, by Joanne Harris

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Joanne Harris’s novel Runemarks—her first book for children—features an intriguing female protagonist, a collection of secondary characters from Norse mythology, and an imaginative, fully-developed setting. There have been more impressive fantasy novels released in the past few years, but Runemarks is a solid entry into the growing field of entertaining novels for young readers written by “serious” authors...

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Jan 18 2008

Dogs and Goddesses, by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich

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Dogs and Goddesses, the latest collaborative novel from Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart, and Lani Diane Rich, has a lot of plot packed into its 388 pages. In addition to the three heroines’ romantic travails (one storyline per author), there’s also magical cookies, talking dogs, and an ancient, ruthless Mesopotamian goddess with plans of world domination...

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Jan 6 2008

Dragonhaven, by Robin McKinley

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Robin McKinley’s Dragonhaven, her first novel in four years, is a celebration of atmosphere and characterization. It’s an intensely absorbing story, but longtime fans take heed: this book has much more in common with her character-driven vampire novel Sunshine than her earlier, more conventional fantasy novels...

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Dec 3 2007

Blood Brothers, by Nora Roberts

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As someone who has never learned to appreciate delayed gratification, I was pretty excited about the one-book-release-per-month schedule Nora Roberts adhered to for her last trilogy, 2006’s...

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Oct 22 2007

Norbert!

Fantasy fans take note: there's a new book out from Robin McKinley entitled Dragonhaven. Here's the publisher's description:"Jake Mendoza lives at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Stu...

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Sep 16 2007

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of Wicked Lovely, a YA fantasy that’s one of our Featured Book Picks. While Wicked Lovely has a lot in common with Holly Black’s urban fairy tales, Marr’s world is slig...

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