Tag: science fiction

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Trainers Need a Book Break

Pokémon Go has taken the nation by storm—you can’t help but run into swarms of people on the streets looking for adorable pocket monsters to collect, power up, and play—even at the library. A not-so-recent phenomenon: books about games that bleed into the real world, which authors have been dreaming up for a very long […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Battlefield Earth

This summer, Galaxy Press is re-releasing a special, twenty-first century edition of L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth in both print and audio. In the trailer, a riveting score ramps up the battle’s import while video game-like spaceships bomb a city. The result is very cinematic, which is especially fitting for an audiobook that includes sound effects, musical scores, and 67 actors playing 198 […]

What Sphere Would You Choose? Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

What Sphere Would You Choose? Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Lynn: My dad used to say that there’s no such thing as free lunch. But it sure seems like free lunches are the rule in Will McIntosh’s addictive page-turner Burning Midnight (2016), set in a world where brightly colored spheres imbue people with powers; the rarer the sphere, the more expensive it is, and the more […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Mr. Fahrenheit

Last week, New Leaf Literary & Media sent us some interesting items: iPhone-sized videos embedded in flyers promoting their authors’ latest releases. (Should we call these “book trailer pamphlets”? Definitely an interesting combination of old and new media.) All of them were for youth titles, which seems like a logical demographic targeting. One featured the Mr. Fahrenheit video above—recorded with my […]

2016 Hugo Award Finalists

2016 Hugo Award Finalists

Here come the 2016 Hugos! See the finalists for Best Novel below, linked to Booklist reviews when available. You can see the rest of the nominees here. Best Novel   Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie   The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, by Jim Butcher   The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin   Seveneves: […]

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Black Ops and UFOs: These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Boarding Schools

Black Ops and UFOs: These Aren’t Your Grandfather’s Boarding Schools

Cindy: Boarding schools always make great settings for teen novels, and we’ve found two new ones that are very good. The cover art on the ARC of Sonja Stone’s Desert Dark (April 2016) caught my eye in the Holiday House booth at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, but it was the jacket blurb that convinced me to read this […]

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Series Read-alikes for Fans of Red Rising

Series Read-alikes for Fans of Red Rising

Morning Star, the third book in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising series, burst out of the publishing gates last month, reaching number one on the New York Times best-seller list. Imaginative readers are still clamoring for fast-paced, “what-did-we-get-ourselves-into?” dystopian adventures. Fortunately, there are plenty of other series for fans who enjoy seeing a flicker of hope in dark science-fiction landscapes. […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Blue Delliquanti’s O Human Star

Webcomics Wednesday: Blue Delliquanti’s O Human Star

Get your thinking caps on, Webcomics Wednesday fans, because this week’s selection will set your neurons firing. Blue Delliquanti’s O Human Star opens with a mysterious, wordless sequence: A burly man stumbles down an industrial street, and when he arrives home, it’s clear there’s been some kind of trouble. A table has been knocked over. Papers are strewn all […]

Three Books to Read if You Like Your Science Fiction Funny

Three Books to Read if You Like Your Science Fiction Funny

Lynn: I love science fiction of all kinds, from tales of first contact to space opera, from time travel to steampunk, even hard and apocalyptic sf. But I especially love humorous sf! In fact, my introduction to the whole genre came in the form of a very funny book my father handed me when I was 10: Eric […]

Move over, Katniss, There’s a New Heroine in Town

Move over, Katniss, There’s a New Heroine in Town

Lynn: The Hunger Games is still hot in our libraries, and teens are continually asking for books with characters just like its heroine, Katniss. This year has seen some great books with awesome twists on the fierce, talented, butt-kickin’ girl subgenre. I love that genre myself, so I’m going to be reviewing several of them in […]

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