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Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (Literature) - TV Tropes. 19 Science-Fiction And Fantasy Novels By Women Of Color You Must Read. 10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin. Science Fiction Books Go Mainstream — And Get More Conventional. 13 Fantasy Novels That Are Good Despite Their Covers. Sci Fi - Science Fiction - Free Ebook Downloads. The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 So Far. Best Graphic Novels. Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years.

Best Graphic Novels

There are many, many excellent examples out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the bases. While the distinction between graphic novels and comic books gets dicey (the term “graphic novel” was only introduced in the late 1970s), for the purposes of this list, they are lengthier, meatier book-like works — and they’re all brilliant for both their literary and visual merit. 2013 Best Books Lists. Welcome to the time of year when Best Books lists start popping up left and right.

2013 Best Books Lists

In order to have all the lists in one place, I will update this blog entry with Best Books lists from October 31 until late January 2014. We kick off the BEST OF season with The New Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2013. My Brother's Book by Maurice Sendak Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen. 14 Amazing YA Books With Inspirational Heroines.

Time may be running short to find the perfect gift for your daughter, niece, or younger sister before Christmas, but fear not: Bookstores will never let you down.

14 Amazing YA Books With Inspirational Heroines

And the tween or teen girl in your life needs all the inspiration great books can give as much as ever, despite the world of smartphones and online games we live in. Girls growing up today may be given more opportunities than in the past, but the pressure is still on to be feminine, attractive, and demure - not the qualities a glass-ceiling-shattering career woman will need to cultivate. And it’s not just Bratz dolls and pink onesies … it’s YA shelves packed with characters like Bella from Twilight, the ostensible heroine of her series, but in reality a passive, lovelorn damsel in distress who could have been plucked directly from the Dark Ages. I needed something more, and I began to find it - largely on the shelves of YA fantasy, but also in classic books for girls and novels about contemporary girls breaking the mold.

14 Amazing YA Books With Inspirational Heroines. Reviews of Fantasy and Science Fiction Books. 55 great books under 200 pages. Having no time doesn’t mean you have to stop reading.

55 great books under 200 pages

Just pick up the shorter book. Half Price Books, one of America’s favorite independent booksellers, asked their customers to recommend books under 200 pages that would be a perfect companion of a book lover. The image below displays top 55 recommendations. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is accompanied by Neil Gaiman’s new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, or The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret. Check out the original post at Half Price Books Blog for the entire list. 25 Adult Books For Fans Of YA. All-TIME 100 Novels. The Best Books: The Top 100 Novels of All Time -

A contemporary list, with an international flavour and a respect for the classics, The Best Books: Top 100 Novels of All Time list contains many of the great works of fiction you'd expect, but with a few surprises to add a little spice to the collection.

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Which books would you omit and which would you add to our list? Please let us know in the comments section below. 1. NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books. Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters. A look at the famous TED Bookstore at TED2013.

Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

Photo: Michael Brands Books can entertain, sucking you like a tornado into incredible new worlds. Books can teach, giving you a richer understanding of time periods, people and ideas you’ve never been exposed to. But books can do so much more. Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind In today’s talk, TED’s own Lisa Bu introduces us to the concept of “comparative reading,” the practice of reading books in pairs, to give deeper context and reveal new insights.

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Can be collected from a Beehive. Can be collected from the ground near fallen Beehives. May appear in apothecary satchels. Beehive Husk. 12 book series that are the sci-fi equivalent of A Game of Thrones. 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over - Half Price Books Blog - If your answer to every question is 42.

100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels to Geek Out Over - Half Price Books Blog -

If you can quote the three laws of Robotics. If you want to say “my precious” every time you see a gold band. Then this list is for you. We asked our 3,000 bibliomaniacs what their favorite SciFi/Fantasy novels were, and here are their top 100 answers. Now, Dune has been on my reading list for a while, but I am definitely going to have to read Ender's Game. Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists. 10 Great Fantasy Series to Read While You're Waiting for George R.R. Martin's Next Book. Marykate, Charlie, you've totally won my love and neverending devotion for including The Farseer in this list.

10 Great Fantasy Series to Read While You're Waiting for George R.R. Martin's Next Book

There's a part of me that wants to say it's one of the most under-appreciated fantasy series of all time. If I can throw out some of my recommendations: Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner trilogies (six thick books full of magic, intrigue, romance, and a preponderance of twins, which seems to be some weird fetish of Rawn's. 10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them) Medieval Studies » What Would a Rational Gryffindor Read? March 18, 2013 by Jesse Galef In the Harry Potter world, Ravenclaws are known for being the smart ones.

What Would a Rational Gryffindor Read?

That’s their thing. In fact, that was really all they were known for. In the books, each house could be boiled down to one or two words: Gryffindors are brave, Ravenclaws are smart, Slytherins are evil and/or racist, and Hufflepuffs are pathetic loyal. (Giving rise to this hilarious Second City mockery.) 10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End. A Brilliant List of Science Books for People Who Want Their Minds Blown. Sharon Gosling's top 10 children's steampunk books. "The definition of what actually qualifies as steampunk is a debate that continues to rumble on, as does the question of why it has become so widely popular in the past few years. For me, steampunk is the plucky adventurousness of Victorian sensibilities re-imagined with extra, fantastical machinery. It's an attempt to see what would have happened if that era could have been even more plucky and adventurous than it already was.

As for why it's become so popular, my feeling is that, at heart, we are all explorers. Yet there is little left of our own planet to explore now and no longer even the need to physically go out and find what is there in order to see it. 10 Novels That Are Scarier Than Most Horror Movies. Top Fantasy Books and Series : Sword Blog. You are here: Home / Fantasy / Top Fantasy Books and Series Top Fantasy Books and Series-List of best 10 fantasy book series. Fantasy sagas i love the most. Tolkien, Glen Cook, Steven Erikson, R.

E. Feist, R. Teen Book Lists - Greenfield Public Library. Fantasy - A Nerd’s Guide to Reading.

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The 10 Greatest Fantasy Series Of All Time. Fantasy as a genre is often unfairly maligned. While there are plenty of authors who seem to be paid by the word and are only concerned with churning out volume, there are many authors producing fantastic works that transcend genre and often are even worthy of the word literature. While there were many worthy contenders, here are what we consider to be the 10 greatest fantasy series of all time. 10. The Wheel Of Time by Robert Jordan I could probably write several pages on what's wrong with The Wheel of Time (Jordan never could write female characters, the quality fell off a cliff after book four, the series should have ended many, many books ago, etc., etc.), but the positives of the series greatly outweigh the negatives. 9. The Dark Tower actually shares some similarities with The Wheel of Time.

That being said, like The Wheel of Time, the pluses outweigh the minuses in the case of The Dark Tower series. 8. Zombies! 7. Classics - A Nerd’s Guide to Reading. Well, At Least There Was Good Stuff to Read: The Books of the Decade. Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century? When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright.

But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years. Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it.

Almost in spite of ourselves, we're still writing, translating, publishing and even occasionally buying good books in this country. Copy of Mensa Reading List. Don't read THIS. Setting book lists. Best Utopian and Dystopian Fiction.

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74 Books to Read if You Love the Hunger Games. If you haven't read the Hunger Games you really should! 101 Books To Read This Summer Instead of '50 Shades of Grey'. Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide. 10 Essential Books for Book Nerds.

What makes a book nerd? Top 10 Novels of the 2000s. Science Fiction - A Nerd’s Guide to Reading. The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit) Sci-Fi Lists - Top 100 Sci-Fi Books.

Books that will induce a mindfuck. Young adult continues to be the literary world's fastest-growing genre - Summify. 27 Amazing Graphic Novels For Readers New To The Genre. So, you want to try comics, but are turned off by the history? Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA « Genreville. Editor’s note: The text of this post was written by Rachel Manija Brown, author of All the Fishes Come Home to Roost, and Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel and a great many other novels for adults and young adults.

I am posting it in order to provide a pseudonymity-friendly space for comments from authors who have had similar experiences to the ones that Rachel and Sherwood describe. Epic Journeys: Fantasy Makes a Comeback, SF Searches for a Renaissance. 30 Very Funny Books. It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies. A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. The 15 Books You Must Read in 2010 - Education.

The best zombie books you've probably never heard of - Denver Zombie. More of the best zombie books you've never read - Denver Zombie.