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The Winners of the 2017 Hugo Award, Reviewed

The Winners of the 2017 Hugo Award, Reviewed

The 2017 Hugo Awards were announced this afternoon in Finland. As The Verge noted, women swept this year’s prizes. Here are the year’s best sci-fi novels, linked to their Booklist reviews when available. For a full list of nominees and winners, visit the Hugo Awards website.   BEST NOVEL The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. […]

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

The Oral History Podcast, Episode 22: Romance Tropes

In this episode of the Oral History Podcast, we revisit two of our favorite romance tropes and discuss some books that feature them in enjoyable ways. Tell us what you think: feedback AT theoralhistorypodcast DOT com       click to subscribe in iTunes or Stitcher   SHOW NOTES Our Current Reads Carrie Himself, by Jess Kidd Inside […]

Further Reading: The Fiction of North Korea

Further Reading: The Fiction of North Korea

Editor’s Note: We originally published this feature in February, but recent events have made it extremely timely.       The three-generation Kim Dynasty has made North Korea one of the most reviled—and ridiculed—nations in the world. Memes depicting Kim Jong-un laughing about the fact that he’s “no longer the craziest leader” keep popping up on […]

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Women’s crime writing organization Sisters in Crime announced Jessica Ellis Laine as the winner of their Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. This annual prize honors a “writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work” According to the press release: We received numerous exceptional submissions from […]

A Glen Campbell Reader

A Glen Campbell Reader

Glen Campbell died yesterday at the age of 81 from Alzheimer’s, leaving behind an enduring legacy of songs, films, and—you guessed it—books. Below, six titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, that shed light on the entertainer’s long and bumpy life.   The Cake and the Rain, by Jimmy Webb Campbell and Webb maintained a […]

V. C. Andrews Crosses the Pond

V. C. Andrews Crosses the Pond

Last week, while on vacation in England, I came across a curious sight while browsing the fiction aisles at a charity bookshop in the Cornish countryside: a shelf filled with books by one “Virginia Andrews.” We Americans will recognize the author as one V. C. Andrews, most famous for “Gothic incest classic” Flowers in the […]