Reviews and Blog Posts: Fantasy

Hansel & Gretel witch hunters

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  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

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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

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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...

Interview with the vampire : Claudia's story

by Ashley Marie Witter

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A richly-illustrated adaptation of Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. Though she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their...

The spindlers

by Lauren Oliver

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In this fantasy-adventure, Liza, travels into a strange underground land to retrieve her little brother's soul from the evil, spider-like Spindlers. If you like dark, slightly scary stories, this book is for you. I especially liked the ugly, wig-headed giant rat that accompany's Liza on her journey. Liza is a...

Madeleine L'Engle's A wrinkle in time : the graphic novel

by Hope Larson

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L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time has always been a fascinating book to me.  Full of adventure, spacetime physics, and allegory, the story is rich, but I especially love how the characters, specifically Meg, learn that their weakness can be their biggest strengths.  In her graphic adaption, Larson does a great job...

Life after life : a novel

by Kate Atkinson

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1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to...

The Scorpio Races

by Maggie Stiefvater

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Every November on the isolated island of Thisby is the same: the carnivorous water horses, or capaill uisce, emerge from the wintry waters off the coast and are captured by locals hoping to win the annual Scorpio Races. Seventeen-year-old Sean Kendrick has won the last four races, and this year...

Congratulations, Tamora Pierce!

tamora pierce wearing a crown. she probably doesn't always wear one, but should.

I just learned that the ALA awarded Tamora Pierce the Margaret A. Edwards award for her Song of the Lioness quartet (Alanna) and the Protector of the Small quartet (Keladry). It doesn’t say this on the website, but it’s probably for her being generally awesome as well.

The thing I love about all of her books is that her female characters are strong and proud of who they are regardless of other people’s judgments. It’s sometimes hard to do that, even as an adult. She was committed to making books about strong young women who exist in the world as humans well before many of her peers in the fantasy world.

Strong Women in Sci-Fi and Fantasy-- now with clothes!

adrienne sati from the thief's covenant. she's probably up to something.

I think it’s relatively easy to think of really amazing sci-fi and fantasy off the top of your head if you read it at all. However, finding sci-fi and fantasy with strong women in it gets a little more difficult, and finding female protagonists that interact with other women and exist as beings unto themselves gets harder.

When I set the challenge to find sci-fi and fantasy that featured women who weren’t fan service, sidekicks, or the only woman in the book, I thought it would be relatively easy and definitely fun to research. After all, sci-fi and fantasy are making a comeback and there are so many great new books published every year. What we found instead is that even now it’s hard to find books written about women who exist as actual people. It’s easier in Teen fiction, but I think there’s more of a push and purpose in that area to make sure that young women and girls have people to look up to.

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