Dust: Immaculate plotting

Dust by Hugh Howey

I know I’ve retired from reviewing, but since I reviewed the first two volumes in the WOOL trilogy (the WOOL and SHIFT books) and there isn’t a review for this third one, I thought I would do a little guest review here for my friends at FanLit because nothing sucks more than the first two books in a trilogy being great and then the third one going right off the rails and exploding in a burst of unresolved plot lines and out of character behavior.

Let me just say, that fate has been avoided here. Dust by Hugh Howey is a sizeable story, taking its time to bring together all the different plot lines and hints it’s spent the first two volumes laying out and weaving them together into a satisfying conclusion. All the little things that have been scratching at the back of your head since the first book — why are the levels so far apart? — get answered. I h... Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in June 2013

It's the first Thursday of the month, which means it's time to report!

What is the best book you read in June 2013 and why did you love it? It doesn't have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don't forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks. Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Identify last month’s covers

Today’s covers all come from books we reviewed in May 2013. Once you identify a book cover, in the comment section list:

1. The number of the cover (1-16)
2. The author
3. The book title



Please identify just one cover that has not yet been identified correctly so that others will have a chance to play. If they're not all identified by next Thursday, you can come back and identify more.

Each of your correct entries enters you into a drawing to win a book of your choice from our stacks. Winners are notified in the comments, so make sure to check the notification box or remember to check back in about 10 days.

Good Luck! Read More

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest: Gorgeous, buy it in hardback

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

Some books I enjoy from an intellectual perspective. I can see the skill involved in the storytelling, and appreciate it. Other books I just sink into, too caught up in the tale to deconstruct why it is so good. The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (an expansion of an earlier children’s book, A Circle of Cats, which I adored) is the second type of book. I devoured this in a single day, and will definitely be reading it again to figure out why it works so well from a technical perspective. Let me give you here my first impressions.

The first thing you will notice about this book is that it is gorgeous. A full color slip cover with Charles Vess’s inimitable illustrations can be removed to see that the hardcover itself is gorgeously illustrated. The endpapers are illustrated as well, and the entire book is graced with enchanting, full-color, beautiful pen and... Read More

WWW: May 22, 2013

The things you should read edition:

“‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle and Slaves’ Narrative” by Kameron Hurley

BOOKISH TURN-OFFS?

10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies

The Nina Allen 101 Women to Read Meme

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WWWebsday, May 15, 2013

For your daily dose of pretty: Many of you probably remember the series of painting of Disney princesses in historically accurate clothing. Well, the same talented artist, Claire Hummel has started doing the Disney villains, and look at her first offering. Maleficient. Gorgeous. Click through for a bigger image and to see the rest of the series.

Coulson lives. Coulson lives!! I'm pretty sure that this is the equivalent of the Marvel fandom pulling an "I believe in fairies!" moment. Also, here's the full trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Which authors write the best action sequences?

The nominees for this year's ... Read More

Brave New Worlds: Second edition of an excellent anthology of dystopian fiction

Brave New Worlds (second edition) edited by John Joseph Adams

This anthology of dystopian fiction, edited by John Joseph Adams, contains stories from some of the greatest names in fantasy and science fiction, including Ursula K. LeGuin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Cory Doctorow and Kim Stanley Robinson. The first edition was reviewed by Stefan Raets and earned a five-star rating. I picked up the second edition to see what the new volume added.

What I found was that the entire first edition was intact. Three stories were added, along with a study guide featuring questions for some of the stories if you wanted to use this in a book club (I w... Read More

WWWebsday: May 8, 2013

The very polarizing THOMAS COVENANT series by Stephen R. Donaldson is getting its final installment. Check out the recently released cover art (I think that's a John Jude Palencar cover, though it isn't credited) and read a chapter here.

If you haven't signed up for the Orbital Drop newsletter, you should. They send out an email once a month with their e-book of the month for sale. This month is Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path Read More

Thoughtful Thursday: Best book you read in April 2013

It's the first Thursday of the month, which means it's time to report!

What is the best book you read in April 2013 and why did you love it? It doesn't have to be a newly published book, or even SFF. We just want to share some great reading material. Feel free to post a full review of the book here, or a link to the review on your blog, or just write a few sentences about why you thought it was awesome.

(And don't forget that we always have plenty more reading recommendations on our Fanlit Faves page and our 5-Star SFF page.)

As always, one commenter will choose a book from our stacks. Read More

WWWebsday: April 24, 2013

Free YA audio books to listen to this summer including The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

A great video discussing the controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card and the reaction to him writing Superman comics. Basically, does it matter if the artist creating something you like is "a dick"?

Rachel Rostad's slam poem "To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang," disc... Read More

WWWebsday, April 17, 2013

The new teaser trailer for Catching Fire is out. I am loving that they don't show the arena at all. People who haven't read the books are going to be surprised!

Also, the final trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness is out. MMMmmmm, such a pretty movie.

Are you behind on your reading? Well, here's something else to make you fall even further behind: A serialized novel where each chapter is a different fairy tale! "Tickling Butterflies is an epic fantasy made out of 128 separate fairy tales that can be read independently (supposedly) but together weave one epic fairy tale about its main character, from his birth to his (perhaps) death," according to Guy Hasson. You can dive in here.

Tor.uk is offering up the first few chapters of Read More

WWWebsday, April 10, 2013

Smeagol sings Mad World.

Neil Gaiman is more influential than Kim Jong Un.

What happened to the third acorn? Warwick Davis on Willow.

A beautiful fantasy short illustrated film. Dragons and wizards and true love.

Portrait of the Book As Golem, a poem by Jane Yolen, in honor of National Poetry Month.

Science fiction and fantasy books kids should be reading in school, Read More

WWWebsday: April 3, 2013

Whaaaat? It's April already?

One more reason why libraries are awesome.

Rithmatist Sweepstakes. So looking forward to this book.

You can vote for the manliest of man covers over at Baen. Though one of the choices appears to be a feline. I think I'm opting for the Space BeeGee, myself.

An interview with Lady Trent, famed dragon naturalist.

Flying in Place is on sale as an e-book for $2.99. Our Terry says, "I have to give this one... Read More

WWWebsday: March 27, 2013

Would you like some beautiful art to start your week? Check out these blown glass spacecraft. Read More

WWWebsday: March 20, 2013

io9 is hosting a March Madness tournament to decide which TV science-fiction franchise is the  greatest.

Middle Earth is having their own March Madness. Will Frodo upset Sauron?

And if you have no idea what March Madness is all about, here's a video that explains it using Star Wars.

io9 also tells up about a project that generated reading lists based on your Hogwarts house, complete with photos of the bookshelves.

The women over at The Book Smugglers posted the results for their Read More

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