Monsters of Verity

                 This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is a dark future dystopian urban fantasy described by the author as “Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.” Together they make up the Monsters of Verity duology. Kate Harker is the daughter of […]

A conversation with Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, and Fran Wilde.

Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, and Fran Wilde stopped by the Free Library of Philadelphia on July 14, 2017. You can watch the entire program here or listen to it here. In conversation with Dena Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne […]

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2: Terror of the Southlands (2014) by Caroline Carlson

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2: Terror of the Southlands

Hillary Westfield has achieved her dream of becoming a member of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, and even has a pirate nickname, The Terror of the Southlands. So she is shocked when she receives a notice from the League warning her that she has been displaying un-piratical behavior. Ordered to undertake a dangerous […]

Las Vegas in Speculative Fiction

Last Call (1992) Tim Powers

In just a few  days’ time thousands of librarians will descend on Las Vegas for the 2014 America Library Association (ALA) Conference.  The last time ALA was there was 1973 and Vegas was a much different place.  From a suite of rooms atop the Desert Inn, reclusive mogul Howard Hughes was attempting to take over […]

Self Published Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

I personally do not read many e-books, I still prefer print books, but I did start an e-book series by J. R. Rain- the Vampire for Hire series. This series is about a P.I. named Samantha Moon, that solves mysteries. She also happens to be a mother of two children and a vampire. I was […]

Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.  Like such other classic works as The Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia, the Prydain novels are often one of the first fantasy series that young readers approach.  Easily accessible to a younger audience and rooted in concepts […]

Women of SF/Fantasy

March is Women’s History Month and I’d like to highlight some of my favorite women sci-fi and fantasy authors: Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Mercedes Lackey. In 1934, Andre Norton had her first novel, The Prince Commands published by Appleton–Century. One of her more well-known series is her Witch World saga. One […]

The Crossover Conundrum in Teen/YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

More than ever before those of us who read science fiction and fantasy (and every other genre besides) are seeing the rise of teen books which strongly appeal to both teens and adults. Can anyone say Divergent? Are these ‘crossover’ titles the wave of the future, and should we expect or hope to see more […]

The Many Subgenres of Fantasy

Fantasy is comprised of a number of different subgenres, from paranormal to urban to steampunk to epic. Some subgenres are more popular than others and some subgenre categories are not well known, such as Wuxia. I will discuss some of my favorite subgenres of fantasy in this post. I will also try to define some […]

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