Reviews and Blog Posts: Fantasy

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

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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

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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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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

Reviewer 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...

The Secret of the Stone Frog : A Toon Graphic Novel

by David Nytra

Reviewer Rating:
1

The illustrations in The Secret of the Stone Frog are fantastic. Detailed, intriguing, and layered, they are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the story they help tell and the characters they visualize are in many ways so clichéd and lacking in depth as to make the entire endeavor feel...

The Lies of Locke Lamora.

by Scott Lynch

Reviewer Rating:
4
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The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first book in Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series. This fast-paced fantasy adventure follows thief Locke Lamora and his gang of Gentleman Bastards as they try to pull off the biggest con of their lives--and accidentally get swept up in a war over the...

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