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THE MAGICIANS S2 E9: Lesser Evils

THE MAGICIANS S2 E9: Lesser Evils

Ah, the classic option of choosing the lesser evil. Trying to be a do-gooder in the land of magic, however—there aren’t very many “lesser” options for the evil that’s out there. Tonight, our motley group of friends finds themselves embroiled in decisions both major and minor, and there is also a musical number from Les […]

Hostile Questions: S.J. Kincaid

Hostile Questions: S.J. Kincaid

S.J. Kincaid knows a lot about genetic engineering, evil corporations, and technology used for nefarious means. And yet, as far as we can tell, she doesn’t work in politics. Lest you think we are delivering you fake news, her newest work, The Diabolic, is most definitely a book—if you attended any book conferences last year, […]

Romance Writers of America Announces Contest Finalists

Romance Writers of America Announces Contest Finalists

If you love reading about love, you’re in luck. Yesterday, the Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the 2017 contest finalists for the RITA Award (the most prestigious award for published romance fiction) and the Golden Heart Award (an award honoring exceptional unpublished romance). From contemporary to paranormal (to even erotic!), there’s something for every […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

We’re in the midst of our Spotlight on Middle Grade fiction, and I can’t think of a better time to showcase a webcomic about a tween detective embarking on a spooky adventure. This week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Oddity Woods, opens on chase though an eerie forest, which, for all its pink and purple shadowing, still exudes a […]

Further Reading: Russia

Further Reading: Russia

Further Reading is a new feature on The Booklist Reader, designed to provide readers’ advisory for today’s headlines.   You can’t trip over a rock without hearing something about Russia these days. And what’s true for the news is also true for good, recent fiction for adults. The following recommended novels about Russia and Russians, linked […]

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

The Poetics of Everyday Life: Poetry Books for Fans of PATERSON

A subject that long ago captured my creative spirit has been making quiet waves in the cinematic world this year. Paterson, written and directed  by Jim Jarmusch and set in Paterson, New Jersey, concerns an enigmatic bus driver—also named Paterson, played by Adam Driver—as he observes his world and takes notes in poetry. The beautiful ritual […]