Tag: fantasy

THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

THE MAGICIANS S2 E4: The Flying Forest

And so it goes. Everyone is devastated over Alice’s death, none more so than Quentin. And the whole episode feels both full of anticipation and a little deflated, due to the Beast’s death and the disappearance of Reynaud. Now the real adulting begins. Fillory might be a fantasy world, but it’s not always fantastic. The bad […]

The Magicians S2 E3: Divine Elimination

The Magicians S2 E3: Divine Elimination

Well, that ended badly. The show has cast off predictability to throw a major wrench in the beginning of season two, leaving fans stunned and confused. Let’s see what happened—but first, a warning of spoilers ahead: When Quentin, Alice, Penny, and Margo return from Brakebills to Fillory, they find Eliot acting very strangely. In turn, […]

The Magicians Season 2, Episode 2: Hotel Spa Potions

The Magicians Season 2, Episode 2: Hotel Spa Potions

Meanwhile, back in Fillory. . . I love starting with Eliot because he’s really coming into his own as High King. I predict great things from Hale Appleman in season two! Currently, my status is: not disappointed. Apparently, magic is being sucked out of Fillory, with Fillorian crops as collateral damage. The peasants are used […]

The Magicians S2 E1: Knight of Crowns

The Magicians S2 E1: Knight of Crowns

Oh, hey fellow Brakebills students. . . Where did we leave off? Eliot and Margo are now the High King and High Queen of Fillory. Alice and Quentin are King and Queen as well. (Four rulers seems like a mess to me, but, you know, it’s drawing off the Narnia mythology here.) Oh, and Eliot […]

The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books

The Year’s Midnight, and the Day’s: Winter Solstice Books

The Winter Solstice. In the northern hemisphere it marks the shortest day, and thus the longest night, of the year. The solstice has long been seen as a time of change and uncertainty—the perfect atmosphere for modern writers to set stories that reflect the chill of the haunting dark with murder and mayhem as well […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss: A Match Made in Nerd Heaven

Praise Tehlu! Earlier this week, creative powerhouses Lin-Manuel Miranda and Patrick Rothfuss announced that they are teaming up to adapt Rothfuss’s The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy (The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear, and the forthcoming The Doors of Stone) into film and television. (And “other media.” Is it too much to hope for […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

Webcomics Wednesday: Marina Julia’s THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF

In this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, we’re taking to the sea! Marina Julia’s supernatural tale, The House on the Cliff, takes place in a picturesque oceanside town, sharply divided by the actions of one woman. Long ago, a witch emerged from the waves, bringing along her ample powers, as well as a team of […]

Countdown to Destruction: Contemporary Adult Dystopia and Apocalypse Stories

Countdown to Destruction: Contemporary Adult Dystopia and Apocalypse Stories

Whatever side of the political aisle you might presently occupy, you are likely convinced that if the wrong candidate wins, the world will spiral into dystopia (if it hasn’t already), or bring about the apocalypse outright. Stock your fallout shelters with these dystopic and apocalyptic novels and story collections, linked to their Booklist reviews. (You might notice I didn’t […]

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Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Gone Girl: Catherine Egan’s “Julia Vanishes”

Lynn: It’s not so much that 16-year-old Julia vanishes, but that she can somehow make herself “be unseen”—an uncommon and dangerous trait in a world that drowns suspected witches, but one that’s extremely useful for a spy. As Catherine Egan’s Julia Vanishes opens,  Julia is posing as a maid while trying to figure out who or what is […]

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Reviews of the Week: Erika Johansen, B. T. Gottfred, Dava Sobel, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Erika Johansen, B. T. Gottfred, Dava Sobel, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from September 12 through September 16 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, September 12  Order to Kill, by Kyle Mills Mills has firmly established himself as […]

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