Tag: alternate histories

A Dino Delight for Readers: DACTYL HILL SQUAD

A Dino Delight for Readers: DACTYL HILL SQUAD

Lynn: Kids love dinosaurs and they love books about dinosaurs. So all I really have to say is that we have a fun and very different book for your dinosaur-loving readers This inventive adventure story is set in an alternate America. It is 1863, and in this world, while the Civil War rages, dinosaurs not […]

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

YORK: A Treasure Hunt in an Alternate NYC

Lynn: Just when I started to feel a little jaded—March does that to me—I read Laura Ruby’s wonderful new book, York: The Shadow Cipher (May 2017). This new series-opener is the perfect antidote to my grumpy case of the blahs that accompany the mud, temperature swings, and general brownness of my least-favorite month. The story […]

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By April 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Smoke

In Smoke (Doubleday), Dan Vyleta explores how people in England circa 1900 would’ve behaved if their bodies exuded Smoke whenever they submitted to their immoral thoughts or instincts. In the trailer, an epic score captures the novel’s adventurous spirit: a gray mist unfurls over images of Big Ben and a chandelier, obscuring them the same way Smoke clouds […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Two New Book-to-TV Adaptations

As has been previously cited, we have an officially unofficial rule here at the Booklist Reader that any book trailer featuring James Franco earns a Book Trailer Thursday spot; our judges have confirmed that this one qualifies, though technically it’s a trailer for a TV show. The adaptation of Stephen King’s alternate-history 11/22/63 (Scribner, 2011), […]

Publishing U: Historical Research and Making Stuff Up
By January 26, 2016 1 Comments Read More →

Publishing U: Historical Research and Making Stuff Up

Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. This latest addition to the Publishing U series comes from Michael Grant, whose latest novel, Front Lines, goes on sale today and earned a rave review from Booklist‘s Sarah Hunter. We’re delighted to share […]

Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions
By December 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Get Lost in the Heart of the Sea: 8 Wildly Different Nautical Fictions

For weeks, it’s been hard to turn on the TV without seeing a trailer for Ron Howard’s new movie, In the Heart of the Sea, which opens tomorrow. But what is it really about? Based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s nonfiction In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (2000), the film tells the tale of […]

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle
By December 7, 2015 7 Comments Read More →

Alternate-History Books for Fans of The Man in the High Castle

The alternate-history TV series The Man in the High Castle, loosely based on the 1962 Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, has become Amazon’s most-watched original series. The premise here is that the Axis powers won WWII and the U.S. has been split into the Greater Nazi Reich and the Pacific States. People live in […]

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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 […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years
By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

James Dean: Still Mumbling after All These Years

It was 60 years ago today, September 30, 1955, when James Dean drove his Porsche 550 Spyder into the driver’s side of another car (a Ford Tudor). Dean was killed instantly while the other driver walked away with a few bruises. That this very young actor, 24 when he died, remains a film icon on […]

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Here There Be Carbon-Emission-Eating Dragons: A YA Fantasy, High-School Reality, Urban-Fantasy Mashup

Lynn: Can there be anything more attractive to young readers than dragons? High fantasy, fairy tales, humorous fantasy, legends and folklore, mythology, classical literature and even some science fiction are replete with dragons in infinite variety, and our fascination with the idea never wanes. In case you’ve missed it, there’s a new dragon book on […]

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