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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. I suppose this qualifies more as magical realism than straight up fantasy, but it's still a heartwarming tale about a sentient pot who falls in love with an object reader, and psychically tells her stories about his previous owners. 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. Here are some of her influences. By now we all know that fantasy literature is not confined to elves and orcs battling in Middle Earth, hyper-intelligent horses patrolling the land of Valdemar, and dragons nuking Thread over the planet Pern.

G.Willow Wilson, Sept 2012. 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 In a word, Persepolis. Beyond that, Satrapi, at least as a cartoonist, can be a very direct and powerful storyteller. But Perspolis’ success — indeed, it’s continued success — in a large part is due to Satrapi’s simplistic, bare bones style and direct, unfussed storytelling. Where to start. 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

Lit, Illustrated: Five Fantastic Graphic Novels. Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books. 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. 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. (And I mean that in only the best possible way.) 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

Books Every Geek Should Read to Their Kids. 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? 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.

In Bed" with Laurie R. King (Author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice)

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. As a teen, Mary impressed semiretired Sherlock Holmes, who took her on as a protégé and later a partner. King is also the creator of the Kate Martinelli series, about a female San Francisco police inspector. Kate Shugak Series by Dana Stabenow (Goodreads Author)"Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series rocks. Science Fiction And Fantasy Finalists. Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books.

7:30 Bookclub. 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.

Essential Steampunk Reading 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. Soulless. 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…. So in the last week I’ve had three e-mails along these lines: Pat, School is over for the semester, and I have a long, glorious summer stretching out in front of me.

What’s more, I’ve got a summer job that involves very little actual work. (I’m a late-night gas station attendant.) This leaves me all the time I could possibly want for reading. Here’s my problem. Nancy Pearl Presents 10 Terrific Summer Reads. Chris Silas Neal My office (a spare bedroom in my house) is strewn with books that I've gotten for possible review. Essential Steampunk Reading List. Book Club Girl - Book Group Recommendations, Reading Group Guides, Audio Book Club Podcasts. Please welcome internationally bestselling author Paullina Simons to the Book Club Girl blog!

Her newest novel, Bellagrand, went on sale earlier this week. A saga of heartbreak and redemption, Bellagrand is the devastating love story that led to her bestselling novel, The Bronze Horseman. Paullina, born and raised in St.