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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Cheer You the Frak Up. I agree that Pratchett is the ultimate pick-me-up, and one of the factors that I credit for keeping my mother alive four years longer than the 6 months she was originally given after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Cheer You the Frak Up

(Somewhat ironically, her favorite character was Death.) As for other feel-good books when you run out of Pratchett— Daryl Gregory's Raising Stony Mayhall has got to be the sweetest, most loving, zombie apocalypse story ever released in print. Another good one is Tibor Fischer's The Collector Collector. Very Real Magical Realism by G. Willow Wilson / Books / Untitled Books. “Though E.M.

Very Real Magical Realism by G. Willow Wilson / Books / Untitled Books

Forster is best known for his English domestic dramas, he also furtively wrote what today we would call speculative fiction or modern fantasy. Everything he wrote is worth reading, but his speculative fiction in particular, compiled in The Celestial Omnibus, is worth a second look.” G. Willow Wilson's debut novel Alif the Unseen brings magical strands of fantasy into the modern era as a young Arab hacker unravels some of the mysteries of the ages.

Marjane Satrapi. By Chris Mautner| September 2, 2012 @ 9:00 AM |1 Comment| Persepolis Comics College is a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the comics medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work.

Marjane Satrapi

This month we’re looking at the output of a cartoonist that in the past decade has captivated an audience that has largely avoided comics, Marjane Satrapi. Why she’s important. 10 Feminist Manga Licensed In The United States. Power Grid by Kellie Foxx-Gonzalez | 12:30 pm, August 15th, 2012 <span id="am-ngg-js-warning" ><p>Enable JavaScript to check out our fancy slideshow.

10 Feminist Manga Licensed In The United States

</p></span><br class="clearfix" /><ol class="am-all-on-one-page"><li><span class="am-aoop-title"><span class="am-aoop-number">1. Lit, Illustrated: Five Fantastic Graphic Novels. Harriet Russell This year, some of the biggest names in cartooning offered major releases in genres ranging from alternative science fiction to historical fiction to memoir.

Lit, Illustrated: Five Fantastic Graphic Novels

Through a masterful blending of words and images, these five titles reveal the vast storytelling possibilities of the graphic-novel medium. Each book is created by a singular writer/artist, and offers a wholly unique point of view in both narrative and illustration. Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books. Chris Silas Neal More than 5,000 of you nominated.

Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. The winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey are an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles. Over on NPR's pop culture blog, Monkey See, you can find one fan's thoughts on how the list shaped up, get our experts' take, and have the chance to share your own. Recommeded Reading: Summer Fun! It's been way too long since my last list of recommended reads!

Recommeded Reading: Summer Fun!

For this batch of YA titles, I thought I'd focus on fun, easy reads and/or series perfect for taking on vacation or, if you grab the audio versions, for long car rides. These books are heavy on adventure and humor, and light on drama: kind of the equivalent of a popcorn movie. Recommended Reading: After The Hunger Games. Some of you no doubt remember that I am a HUGE YA Fiction fan.

Recommended Reading: After The Hunger Games

As in, it comprises 90% of my recreational reading. I get a lot of e-mails asking for more recommendations, but of course it always helps to compare notes so I know what you've already read and liked. So, for the purposes of this post, I'm going to assume you've read and liked The Hunger Games series. Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a lovely homage to early French film making and a most creative book.

Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids

Part novel and part picture book, the story lends to reading aloud while discovering together how Brian Selznick uses images to tell the story. Erik Wecks Here the characters are the stars. Reading a conservative mole, an adventurous water rat and a profligate toad is wonderful fun. Bas Bleu® Catalog. Staff Top 5s of 2011. Reading When I Don’t Have To: My Top Ten Books of 2011 « Lucy's Football.

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde I love this time of year.

Reading When I Don’t Have To: My Top Ten Books of 2011 « Lucy's Football

Do you know why? No, not because of Christmas. No, not because of New Year’s. WpdLE.jpg (2888×1748) In Bed" with Laurie R. King (Author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice) September, 2011 The stereotypical detective in historical fiction is most often masculine, with a pipe at hand or a gun in his holster. But in Laurie R. King's series of mysteries set during World War I and 1920s England, heroine Mary Russell fights crime with her impressive deductive reasoning and panache. Science Fiction And Fantasy Finalists.

Many of you told us you just can't wait until mid-August — when we unveil the results of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Vote — to start reading. So here's the complete list of finalists, nominated by you and the NPR Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel. Happy reading! Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books. More than 60,000 ballots were cast in our annual summer reader's survey — click here to see the full list of 100 books, complete with links and descriptions. Below is a printable list of the top 100 winners. And for even more great reads, check out the complete list of 237 finalists. 1. 7:30 Bookclub. Debbie’s been reading: Seligman, Martin (2011) Flourish. Random House. A new understanding of what it takes to reach life’s greatest goals.

League of Extraordinary Ladies. Essential Steampunk Reading List. Since I've had several of you ask for steampunk book recommendations, I thought I'd put together a little list. So, if you like Victorian alternative history adventures with dashes of the supernatural, airships, and plenty of gadgetry, read on! Note: I'll just be telling you whether I liked each title one or not, so hit the individual links for more info and plot summaries over on Amazon.

The Best YA Fantasy Books (Part 1) Introducing the July Shortlist - Jeff Howe - Entertainment. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy - Summer Books. Conquistadora By Esmeralda Santiago - Book Finder. Fanmail FAQ: Looking for Good Books…. Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads. Essential Steampunk Reading List. Book Club Girl - Book Group Recommendations, Reading Group Guides, Audio Book Club Podcasts.