Reviews and Blog Posts: Fantasy

Look Below The Surface of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.

Beasts of the southern wild

DPL Rating:
5

This powerful movie tells a story from the perspective of six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her father “Wink” in their southern Louisiana Bayou community called “the Bathtub”. It follows Hushpuppy as life as she knows it in the Bayou starts to fall apart. The Bathtub is hit by a hurricane...

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Hild

The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.

While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.

2013 Nebula Nominees Announced

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Since 1965, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America vote on and present the The Nebula Awards to recognize the year's best works in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. The winners will be announced on May 17 in San Jose, California. Which of the nominees are you rooting for?

2014 Nominees for Best Novel

The Riverman

by Aaron Starmer

DPL Rating:
5
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Fiona Loomis, enchanting and aloof, asks Alistair Cleary to write her biography.  She begins her strange tale by describing a portal in her basement, which leads to the perfect world of Aquavania. 

Alistair, unfortunately, is a perfectly normal boy--albeit with an abnormally keen eye and an unusually quick wit.  And in...

Seraphina

by Rachel Hartman

DPL Rating:
5

I downloaded Seraphina onto my phone mainly as a backup in case I forgot to bring a book with me when I left the house. Instead, I ended up clearing everything off my schedule and staying up late into the night to finish the book. The kingdom of Gorred and...

Poison study

by Maria V Snyder

DPL Rating:
5

I downloaded Poison Study for two reasons: one, it was available on Overdrive when I was (gasp!) out of physical books to read, and two, I was working my way through the top 10 books on Goodread’s “Best "Strong Female" Fantasy Novels” list and this was #4. I was not...

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle : the Dark of Deep Below

by Patrick Rothfuss

DPL Rating:
4

When I saw that Patrick Rothfuss, best known for the much-loved and on-going Kingkiller Chronicles series, was publishing a picture book for adults, I have to admit I was intrigued. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath...

Graceling

by Kristin Cashore

DPL Rating:
5

Graceling was recommended to me by a librarian when I told her I was looking for something to read over the weekend. While I didn’t end up reading it until much later, I realize now that was a mistake. Graceling takes place in a realm where certain people are “gracelings”,...

Hansel & Gretel witch hunters

DPL Rating:
3

  Hansel and Gretel is a universal tale that has been retold in various versions. This movie uses the back story of the two unfortunate children as a springboard for their adventures in adulthood.  The brother and sister are now witch hunters traveling across Europe. They arrive at a small...

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