Geeking out over Fantasy.

Geeking out over Fantasy.

So, if you read our monthly newsletter you'll know that right now I'm reading the fantastic Spellwright. And I don't think I've been this geeked about a fantasy book since Lamentation.

The magic revolves around grammar and language, and there are multiple languages that wizards can master. The REAL kicker comes in the nature of the antagonist. Sure, any other author could be content with demons destroying the world with tooth and claw, but not Charlton. (continue reading) [...]

Read More...

Macmillan Library at PLA!

Macmillan Library at PLA!

Booth # 1058
Oregon Convention Center


 


Book Buzz with Nancy Pearl and her publishing pals including Talia!
Wednesday, March 24th, 10:30-11:30 am


 


In-booth author signing with Kelli Stanley (CITY OF DRAGONS / Minotaur)
Wednesday, March 24th, 4:00 pm


 


Author/ Librarian Breakfast w/ Kristin Hannah (WINTER GARDEN / SMP)
Thursday, March 25, 8 am – 9:30 am; book signing follows
(Sorry! All spots have been filled!)


 


Best in Mystery Authors Series w/ Dana Haynes (CRASHERS / Minotaur)
Friday, March 26, 10:30 am – 11:45 am; book signing follows                                   &nbs [...]

Read More...

A Plea to Authors of Urban Fantasy

A Plea to Authors of Urban Fantasy

So. I'm reading an urban fantasy novel. Big shift from my usual epic fantasy reading, right? And I've come up with a quibble that struck me once before. I'm not going to point fingers at any manuscripts, that's not the point. What's done is done. But we can be vigilant in the future.

Urban Fantasy tends to have immortal characters that have been around for a very long time. Usually vampires. But in the case of this book I'm reading, it's dragons and dwarves. And sometimes these characters speak with weird affectations and accents. Why? Because they're centuries old? Us mortals manage to adapt or drop accents in the short spans of our lives, why can't immortal (or just long-lived) characters? Especially when it seems pretty important for them to remain inconspicuous.

[...]

Read More...

A Thrilling Debut

A Thrilling Debut

Do you or your patrons like your thrillers with a European twist? Then give The Killer, written by British scriptwriter Tom Hinschelwood.

It just received a starred review in PW, which included this glowing praise, "Thriller fans will be eager to see more from this bright new talent."

[...]

Read More...

The Poacher’s Son

The Poacher’s Son

Not only is Paul Doiron's debut thriller The Poacher's Son receiving rave reviews, we got the pleasure of meeting the author at ALA Midwinter! He signed galleys for eager librarians, and was happy to answer all of their questions. Thanks Paul, and congrats on the following reviews!

PW starred review: "This evocative thriller is sure to put Doiron on many 2010 Must-Read lists!"

Booklist starred review: "One hopes this fine novel is the first in a series starring Warden
Bowditch."

Library Journal starred review: "Doiron’s well-written debut is also a taut thriller and a thoughtful examination of the complicated relationship between father and son."

Kirkus Reviews starred review: "Both tender and chilling.”

[...]

Read More...

A Debut with Starred Reviews!

A Debut with Starred Reviews!

And lots of 'em! The following are all starred reviews.

"First
novels rarely show such reach and depth.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Through his vivid use of language, Syjuco has
crafted a beautiful work of historical fiction that's part mystery and part
sociopolitical commentary. Readers who enjoyed Junot Díaz's The
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao will enjoy this literary
gem.” —Library
Journal

"This dizzying and ambitious novel marks an
auspicious start to Syjuco's career." —Publishers Weekly

[...]

Read More...

Agatha Nominations!

Agatha Nominations!

Congratulations to the attached titles, all of which were nominated for the coveted Agatha award for excellence in mystery writing!

[...]

Read More...

Ben’s Take on Warbreaker

Ben’s Take on Warbreaker

Warbreaker was a title from last year that I never got around to reading. But I took the advice of Jessica Moyer at Midwinter and pulled this one off my shelf. And man am I glad I did.

[...]

Read More...

css.php