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Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Three

Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Three

Welcome to Part Three of my interview with Claudia Rebaza from the Organization for Transformative Works, which operates Archive of Our Own, quite possibly the internet’s largest noncommercial repository for fan-related fiction, art, videos, etc. We’ve talked about what it is and how it’s organized, and now we’re going to talk about why people enjoy […]

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Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Two

Talking with Claudia Rebaza: Part Two

We’re back with Part Two of my conversation with Claudia Rebaza from the Organization for Transformative Works. Ready for some tagging talk? Though there are several points of access in AO3 (by fandom, by user’s collection, via good old-fashioned search), the use of tags is the most unique. Claudia pointed to an article in Wired […]

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Talking with Claudia Rebaza of AO3: Part One

Talking with Claudia Rebaza of AO3: Part One

Like many of you dear Reader readers, I enjoy wiling away many a nerdy hour thinking about why people like to read what they like to read. What do readers get out of the experience? How can understanding that help us librarians better help those readers? Which leads me to fan fiction. The excellent Maggie […]

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August Online Exclusives: 11 Bonus SF/Fantasy & Horror Reviews

August Online Exclusives: 11 Bonus SF/Fantasy & Horror Reviews

So many good books, not enough pages. This is the Burden of the Booklist Editor, alas, and it is a Weary Burden that Doth Make My Shoulders Stoop. ANYWAY. Here’s a bunch of real good science fiction, fantasy, and horror that didn’t make it into the August spotlight issue due to space being finite and […]

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The Best Novels of 2018: Escapist Smut Edition

The Best Novels of 2018: Escapist Smut Edition

I struggled with the subtitle for this article. Last year’s described the contents as books “that won’t make you think too hard,” which is true (also hard, heh), but implies that these books are somehow less than, or won’t linger in the readers’ mind the way a traditional Best Of book might. This is the […]

More Weird Books!

More Weird Books!

Did you know that, unlike space, the pages of a magazine are finite, and there were a bunch of science fiction, fantasy, and horror reviews that we just couldn’t TARDIS into the August spotlight? (Because the TARDIS is bigger on the inside than the outside…and is also now a verb.) Anyhoo! As August comes to […]

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

A Womb of One’s Own: Contemporary Feminist Dystopia

Feminist dystopias are having a moment. I can’t think of any reasons why. Many of them have to do with fertility and reproduction. Again, not sure why that would be a thing people would have nervous feelings about that they want to express through speculative fiction. These books often intersect issues of fertility with apocalyptic […]

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Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2018

Annual Conference Read ‘n’ Rave Report 2018

Booklist convened the fourth installment of Read ‘n’ Rave at this year’s ALA Annual Conference. Modeled after the popular Shout ‘n’ Share panels that take place at the end of Book Expo every year, the program brings together a panel of collection development librarians who roam the exhibit aisles in search of galleys that should be […]

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I Like Them Even When They’re Bad: Talking Suspense with Lisa Jewell

I Like Them Even When They’re Bad: Talking Suspense with Lisa Jewell

Lisa Jewell’s bestselling books combine page-turning, what-happens-next excitement with nuanced characters—especially female characters—who are mostly likable. Her narrative voice has a keen sense of humor that might fool some readers into thinking the story is fluffy, or that the suspense isn’t real, neither of which is in any way true. In fact, Jewell’s latest novel, […]

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May the Fourth Be with You

May the Fourth Be with You

The only thing better than books is puns, and the only thing better than puns is puns about books. Since it’s #MysteryMonth AND May the 4th, it’s a great time to check out the following science fiction books, linked to their Booklist reviews, that double as great mysteries.     After Atlas, by Emma Newman This […]

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