Posts tagged with fantasy

Apr 25 2016

Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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Night Shift, the third book in Charlaine Harris's highly entertaining Midnight, Texas series, has the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessors. With each installment, I grow more invested in the personal lives of Harris's characters... and with each installment, I grow more pained by her idea of what serves as romantic chemistry...

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Apr 25 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Night Shift, by Charlaine Harris

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This week's Book Giveaway is Charlaine Harris's Night Shift, the third book in her excellent Midnight, Texas series. (Our reviews of the first two are available here and here.) While I would never call Harris "the Mark Twain of things that live under your bed"...

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Apr 6 2016

With bells on

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Thanks to io9, I am now aware of the existence of The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, a totally ridiculous-looking fantasy movie that makes the upcoming The Huntsman: Winter’s War film look like Spirited Away...

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Mar 28 2016

Arena, by Holly Jennings

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Holly Jennings's novel Arena looks and sounds like a sci-fi novel, but it's really more of a near-future sports story. I'd like to think that the idea of virtual gaming tournaments watched by millions of rabid fans is pure fantasy, but apparently the future is now...

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Mar 28 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Arena, by Holly Jennings

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This week's Book Giveaway is Arena, by Holly Jennings. I'd like to think that an "exciting coming-age-story [set] against the backdrop of a world where virtual competitive gaming has become the most popular form of entertainment" would qualify as pure science fiction, but I live with people who listen to livestreams of South Korean League of Legends matches. Willingly...

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Mar 21 2016

The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman

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Reading Alison Goodman's new YA novel The Dark Days Club is a bit like eating a ten course meal: the individual elements were delicious, but eventually I found myself too full to properly appreciate them...

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Mar 21 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman

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This week's Book Giveaway is Alison Goodman's new YA novel The Dark Days Club. Goodman is the author of the brilliant Eon and Eona, so my hopes for this book are sky-high. Admittedly, the story loses a few points for the blurb on the back that proclaims it "Not your mother's Regency romance!" (a phrase that always strikes me as ageist and sexist; my mother is a badass and so is her taste in Regency romances), but...

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Mar 7 2016

Island in the Sea of Time, by S. M. Stirling

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This is super, super nerdy, but I mean it in the most complimentary of ways: S.M. Stirling's novel Island in the Sea of Time is like a mash-up of Sid Meier's Civilization and Harriet M. Welsh's “Town” game...

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Mar 7 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Island in the Sea of Time, by S. M. Stirling

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Today's Book Giveaway is S.M. Stirling's 1998 novel Island in the Sea of Time, the first book in his "Nantucket" trilogy. Clearly, the late 90s were not a great time for cover art, but thus far the story is Dan Simmons-level ambitious. A full review will follow later today...

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Mar 1 2016

In a nod to Blackadder, this is King's magnificent octopus.

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Entertainment Weekly informs me that production has finally gotten rolling on a movie adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. According to the article, Idris Elba has been confirmed as the gunslinger and Matthew McConaughey will play the man in black. The film will be directed by Nikolaj Arcel...

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Feb 22 2016

Raging Sea, by Michael Buckley

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The horror in Michael Buckley's Undertow trilogy is largely evoked via ghastly migrant camps, bigoted politicians, and intense racism. These books should have been deliciously pulpy YA sci-fi/fantasy, but considering the current political climate, large portions of them feel uncomfortably realistic...

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Feb 22 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Raging Sea, by Michael Buckley

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This week's Book Giveaway is Michael Buckley's Raging Sea, the second book in his Undertow trilogy. I gave the first book in the series a very positive review last year (good sign), but I find that I don't actually remember much of it (bad sign). I'm clearly going to need to refresh my memory, but my hopes for this middle installment are high...

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Feb 8 2016

Dreamer's Pool, by Juliet Marillier

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When it comes to fantasy novels, I usually judge books on three categories: world-building, characterization, and adventure. Juliet Marillier's Dreamer's Pool features complex, sympathetic characters and an intriguing plot, although the world she has built is an odd blend of brutality and utopia...

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Feb 8 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dreamer's Pool, by Juliet Marillier

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This week's Book Giveaway is Dreamer's Pool, the first installment in the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier. That's not the kind of cover that usually floats my boat (I avoid any book that looks like the author might describe someone's eyes as "cerulean orbs"), but I've been deeply impressed by Ms. Marillier's books in the past, so my hopes are high...

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Feb 1 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

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V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic is plastered with encomiums that make it sound like the second coming of Dune—it's described as “compulsively readable”, “ingeniously clever”, and “an exhilarating adventure”. This breathless enthusiasm struck me as distinctly overblown, but Schwab's story is undeniably thoughtful, imaginative, and action-packed...

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Feb 1 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

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This week's Book Giveaway is V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic. It's giving off a distinctly UnLunDun vibe, but I'm hoping I will like it better (or at least that it will be less pretentious). A full review will follow later today...

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Jan 11 2016

The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley

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For a book that pretty much goes like this: infodump, infodump, action sequence, rinse, repeat, Daniel O'Malley's debut novel The Rook is astonishingly entertaining. It strongly reminds me of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid books, although I'm happy to report that I like The Rook even better...

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Jan 11 2016

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Rook, by Daniel O'Malley

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This week's Book Giveaway is Daniel O'Malley's 2012 novel The Rook, which we recently learned is being developed as a TV series by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. Meyer clearly knows what she's doing, because it's evident from the first chapter that this book is going to make for some great TV...

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Jan 7 2016

Maybe by 2020?

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I don't actually care about this (not a Game of Thrones fan), but George R.R. Martin nerds everywhere were chagrined to learn that he has zero chance of finishing the next installment of his best-selling series on schedule...

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Jan 6 2016

Autumn's Kiss, by Bella Thorne (and Elise Allen)

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Once again, I am staggered to find myself endorsing a novel “written” by teen actress Bella Thorne (along with co-author Elise Allen, whose name only appears in teeny-tiny font on the title page). This is totally damning with faint praise, but Autumn's Kiss, the sequel to...

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Dec 30 2015

Store-brand fantasy

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Uh... it's news to me that anyone was working on a TV adaptation of Terry Brooks’ Shannara book series, much less that it will be MTV's first foray into live-action fantasy. Seriously, guys? If you wanted to horn in on a little Game of Thrones-lite action, couldn't you...

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Dec 21 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Winter, by Marissa Meyer

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This week's Book Giveaway is Marissa Meyer's Winter, the final installment in the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. I wasn't thrilled when Meyer delayed releasing the final novel in her series in favor of a quickie origin story for the antagonist (and charged eighteen bucks for it, too!), but it's probably time for me to get over it...

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Nov 17 2015

Heads up, E.L. James

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Deadline informs me that Lionsgate is developing a new, one-hour series with Twilight novelist Stephenie Meyer titled The Rook, based on the 2012 novel by Daniel O’Malley...

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Nov 2 2015

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, by Kim Newman

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Kim Newman's The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School is 300 pages of precisely detailed world-building, held together with 100 pages of adventure. It's a fun read, at least if you're part of the (presumably small) subset of people who like slowly-percolating stories...

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Nov 2 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, by Kim Newman

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This week's Book Giveaway is Kim Newman's The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School, which is not (contrary to appearances) a young-adult book. Personally, I'm hoping for a grown-up version of Catherine Jinks's...

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Oct 5 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, by Rick Riordan

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This week's Book Giveaway is the first book in Rick Riordan's new Norse mythology series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer. (Riordan is not afraid of a cumbersome title, you guys.) I'm so excited about this story—between my well-documented rage over both the Thor movies and the well-written but utterly dour...

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Sep 14 2015

Shades of Grey, by Jasper Fforde

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Like my beloved Ysabeau S. Wilce, Jasper Fforde has a gift: his endlessly inventive books feel coherent, even when his actual plots are totally nuts...

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Sep 14 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Shades of Grey, by Jasper FForde

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This week's Book Giveaway is Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey, which is not to be confused with any other shades-of-grey-related books. Instead, it's one of Fforde's trademark blends of fantasy, sci-fi, cultural commentary, and 100-proof weirdness, and I am quite looking forward to reading it. A full review will follow shortly...

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Sep 9 2015

Sex, aliens, and videotape

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And speaking of fantasy novels, io9 recently put together a great interview about the challenges (which range from "exciting" to, uh, "just plain challenging") facing the people attempting to adapt Octavia Butler’s novel Dawn into a TV show...

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Sep 8 2015

Silver Eve, by Sandra Waugh

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Last year's Lark Rising was a delight—a dreamy, thoughtful classic fantasy novel aimed at middle- and high-school readers, with a complex heroine and compelling larger world. The novel wasn't perfect (it was too short to do full justice to the material, leaving large sections underdeveloped), but...

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