Posts tagged with fantasy

Sep 16 2007

Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr

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Wicked Lovely, Melissa Marr’s debut novel, is a YA gothic fantasy that falls somewhere between Holly Black’s gritty, atmospheric fairy tales and Stephenie Meyer’s angst-filled Twilight series. Marr’s book has its weak spots, but this modern Tam Lin adaptation is more than entertaining enough to overcome them...

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Aug 23 2007

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead has currently written three books: Succubus Blues, Succubus on Top, (both of which look pretty funny, although you’d need a fair amount of self-confidence to buy ‘em in public), and ...

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Aug 23 2007

Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead

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Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead’s first book aimed at young adults, is 100% pure slinky fun. This stylish goth-lite novel isn’t breaking any new ground, but Mead's fiercely devoted heroines make her book a welcome entry into the overstuffed teen vampire genre...

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Aug 5 2007

Poltergeist, by Kat Richardson

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Kat Richardson’s Poltergeist (sequel to 2006’s Greywalker) is a sharp, sinister urban fantasy that blends storytelling with Seattle history. Painstakingly researched and intelligent, this series is perfect for fantasy/horror fans looking for something more than a spine-tingling cheap thrill...

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Jul 9 2007

Avalon High Coronation: The Merlin Prophecy, by Meg Cabot

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Meg Cabot’s books are pure escapist fun. Shojo manga—well, some of it—is also pure escapist fun. So combining the two should create some kind of super pure escapist fun, right? TOKYOPOP ho...

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Jun 24 2007

Austin Grossman

According to his publicist, Austin Grossman is a "freelance game-design consultant and a doctoral candidate in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, where he specializes in...

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Jun 24 2007

Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman

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At first glance, Austin Grossman’s debut novel Soon I Will Be Invincible has a lot in common with Ben Edlund’s The Tick. Both are witty stories about superheroes and their villainous counterparts attempting to make a name for themselves in cities that are overrun with muscle-bound do-gooders...

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May 30 2007

No Humans Involved, by Kelley Armstrong

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Kelley Armstong’s most recent book, No Humans Involved, is the first installment of her Women of the Otherworld series to feature a character without name-taking and ass-kicking magical powers. In fact, necromancer Jaime Vegas has decidedly mixed feelings about her “gift”—on one hand, it allows her to work as a successful celebrity medium; on the other, ghosts are constantly hanging around...

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May 17 2007

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Long Way Home, by Joss Whedon

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When we first heard that Joss Whedon was going to write a comic book series that would serve as the eighth season of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, we weren’t sold on the idea. The first f...

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May 16 2007

Joss Whedon

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past decade, you've at least heard of Joss Whedon, creator of television's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and the much-loved, short-lived Firefly. ...

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May 13 2007

Gregor and the Code of Claw, by Suzanne Collins

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Gregor and the Code of Claw, the final installment in Suzanne Collins’s Underland Chronicles, is the most unsatisfying book I have read this year. It’s not a bad book—Collins’s characters...

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Mar 21 2007

The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones

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There’s nobody quite like English fantasy writer Diana Wynne Jones. Her novels feature bizarre subject matter, but she writes with such relaxed assurance that her worlds instantly feel familiar...

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Feb 27 2007

Ilium, by Dan Simmons

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Plenty of science fiction writers get so dazzled by their own ideas that they sometimes forget about developing a decent plot. This is not the case with Dan Simmon’s novel Ilium. It has plot coming out of its ears—in fact, most of the story is based on tried and true literary classics. While his overarching storyline is based on Homer’s Iliad...

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Feb 25 2007

Dan Simmons

While Dan Simmons is probably best known for his Hugo-Award-winning sci-fi novel Hyperion, we here at Wordcandy prefer his sprawling, Greek-mythology-influenced novel Illium, the subject of one of...

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Feb 21 2007

Un Lun Dun, by China Miéville

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I confess: I didn’t expect to like China Miéville’s Un Lun Dun. Preconceived dislike is a terrible thing for a book reviewer to admit, but there’s no denying it. I opened Miéville's book hoping to give it a fair shake, but A) I’m still recovering from reading certain scenes in Perdito Street Station...

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Feb 15 2007

Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith

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I have loads of horror/fantasy novels on my shelves—everything from Carmilla to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell—but Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Tantalize is unique: it stands alone as the only book that has ever inspired me to genuinely freak out. I’m a pretty unflappable person, but when I saw the words “chilled baby squirrels, simmered in orange brandy, bathed in honey cream sauce” on the restaurant dessert menu featured on page 174, I needed to lie down...

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Feb 12 2007

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of the YA dark fantasy novel Tantalize, the subject of one of our Book of the Week reviews, is an Austin, Texas-based author noted for her stories’ cultural diversity...

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Jan 30 2007

Vivian Vande Velde

Vivian Vande Velde has written dozens of excellent fantasy novels and short stories for children and teenagers, including Heir Apparent (one of our Book of the Week picks) and Companions of the Ni...

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Jan 30 2007

Heir Apparent, by Vivian Vande Velde

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While many fantasy fans will enjoy Vivian Vande Velde’s YA novel Heir Apparent, it will resonate most with readers that are familiar with fantasy-based computer games. If you’ve ever happily played a Sierra game into the wee hours of the night...

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Jan 11 2007

Kat Richardson

Kat Richardson is the Seattle-based author of the Greywalker books. This urban fantasy series features an enjoyable blend of horror and action, and has been the subject of two of our Featured Boo...

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Jan 7 2007

Ysabeau S. Wilce

Ysabeau S. Wilce is a Chicago-based YA fantasy author (although she calls herself a “fabulist and scribbler”, which... okay). Her first book, succinctly titled Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal A...

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Jan 7 2007

Flora Segunda, by Ysabeau S. Wilce

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Ysabeau S. Wilce’s Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Adventures of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), A House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog is...

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Dec 12 2006

Mistral's Kiss, by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Laurell K. Hamilton’s most recent book, Mistral’s Kiss, the fifth title in the Meredith Gentry series, is better than I expected. It’s not as good as the first two installments in the series, but Mistral’s Kiss has some decent action scenes, ends on a tantalizing cliffhanger, and...

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Nov 13 2006

Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner is an acclaimed fantasy novelist, the host of the NPR program Sound and Spirit, and a popular public speaker and teacher. According to her website, she’s also hard at work on a musi...

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Nov 13 2006

Patricia A. McKillip

World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia McKillip is married to the poet David Lunde, lives in Oregon, and has written many books featuring covers painted by Kinuko Y. Craft. Ms. McKillip’s be...

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Nov 13 2006

Aaron Renier

Not much information is available on Mr. Renier, as his website is still under construction. All I know is that A) he has a dog named “Beluga”, and B) that he’s the author of the awesome graphic...

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Nov 13 2006

Kenneth Grahame

Best known as the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame actually spent most of his career working in a bank. He started out as a lowly minion at the Bank of England in 1879, he retir...

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Nov 13 2006

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, by Bill Willingham

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I always encourage comic book-wary female readers to try Bill Willingham’s Fables. Not only is it unquestionably a story for grown-ups, it’s one of the few American comics I've encountered that boasts a truly involving romantic storyline. I love almost everything about this series—except for the internal artwork, which has consistently been competent but pedestrian...

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Nov 6 2006

The Mislaid Magician, or, Ten Years After, by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede

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Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede’s 1988 novel Sorcery and Cecelia was a delightful curiosity—a cult favorite that appealed equally to devotees of Diana Wynne Jones and Georgette Heyer. The book's two sequels, 2004’s The Grand Tour and the just-released The Mislaid Magician, don’t totally recapture the magic of the first story, but they still make for very entertaining reading...

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Sep 7 2006

Morrigan's Cross, by Nora Roberts

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As anyone who’s had the misfortune of hearing me speak recently knows, I’ve been sick. Really sick. I sound like a seal with a lifelong pack-a-day habit. The only upside to the past week and a ...

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