Tag: fantasy

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Save the Trees! Fairies, Fracking, and Environmental Fights

Lynn: The bare bones of Emma Carroll’s In Darkling Wood (2017) seem simple enough. Alice’s little brother Theo desperately needs a heart transplant, and the call from the hospital has finally come. Alice goes to stay with Nell, the spiky, strong-willed grandmother Alice doesn’t remember, in a cottage surrounded by ancient forest. Nell hates the […]

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Underground, Unmasked: Frances Hardinge’s A FACE LIKE GLASS

Lynn: Frances Hardinge is a spinner of words and worlds who makes magic with language. I am always so blown away by her writing that my copies of her books grow soggy with highlighted phrases. A Face Like Glass (2017) is Hardinge’s latest book to arrive in the U.S., although it was first published in England […]

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Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Bookends Fan Club: Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co.

Lynn: Being a reviewer and blogger is the best job ever, but there are a few drawbacks. We get so many books (I know, tough problem, right?), and keeping up can be challenging. What often happens is that sometimes later books in series get postponed till. . . well, later, and sometimes never. So it says […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

THE MAGICIANS S2 E11: The Rattening

Finally, the action in Fillory starts to feel like more than filler! This was one of those episodes where everything that happened seemed vitally important to every plot point that’s come before, so let’s unpack some things and dive in. Coconut Oil and Trufies  After King Idri shows up for the royal wedding to Eliot […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

THE MAGICIANS S2 E10: The Girl Who Told Time

While we don’t get to see Jane Chatwin again in this episode, she’s left quite the indelible mark on these magicians. This episode calls back to the idea that everyone has been living out 39 different instances of the story line (courtesy of Jane), and in this specific instance, they have limitations that are preventing […]

Book Trailer Thursday: THE BONE WITCH

This week’s book trailer is a perfect visual representation of the novel it’s promoting. The trailer for The Bone Witch (Sourcebooks/Fire) by Rin Chupeco begins with intense music that continues throughout. Dark, swirling colors flash between images of a girl, skulls, and a map, as a voiceover from protagonist Tea intones phrases such as “the DEAD HIDE truths” […]

Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.
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Twelve Circus Novels for the End of Ringling Bros.

After 146 years of wowing audiences with rare animals and aerial stunts, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will hold its final performances this May. Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey retired their elephants in May 2016 after an intense legal battle with activists, which led to a decrease in ticket sales. As they dazzle crowds in Rhode […]

THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

THICK AS THIEVES: A New Queen’s Thief Tale

Lynn: Faithful readers know that Megan Whalen Turner’s new book, Thick as Thieves (May 2017), was the advanced readers copy we were most excited to bring home from ALA Midwinter. Well, I greedily inhaled it immediately, and now I will have to wait another excruciatingly long time till the next one. I don’t mean to […]

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THE MAGICIANS S2 E7: Plan B

THE MAGICIANS S2 E7: Plan B

This was a most excellent episode! It brought all the main characters together in one coherent storyline with a singular goal: Rob a bank. Magic can’t solve every problem—like paying a million dollars in gold to magical exorcists that work out of a butcher shop (Julia has to do more than merely abort Reynard’s baby now that he’s […]

THE MAGICIANS S2 E6: The Cock Barrens

THE MAGICIANS S2 E6: The Cock Barrens

Due to an unforeseen cable / internet outage, last week’s episode has been lost to the mists of time. MOVING ON, let’s catch up! There are three main stories happening this week in which everyone is trying to right a wrong. Quentin is attempting to resurrect Alice, while Julia and Kady are plotting to get rid of […]