Tag: science fiction

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Lynn: As Cindy knows, to her sorrow, I am far from being technologically adept. I admit this to encourage any of you who might feel a bit reluctant to jump into a book about a high-stakes technology competition among teen computer geniuses. I was certianly unsure about starting Genius: The Game (2016) by Leopoldo Gout, especially since it’s packed […]

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2016 Hugo Award Winners

2016 Hugo Award Winners

On Saturday, the Hugo Awards announced their 2016 winners. As i09 notes, women—particularly women of color—were the night’s big winners, taking home seven awards. This feat was made all the more notable due to a vocal bloc of sci-fi fans and authors actively dedicated to limiting diversity among nominees. For the backstory on the fracas, check out this […]

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The Latest Booklist: Spotlight on SF/Fantasy and Horror

The August issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 348 new reviews and 15 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care […]

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. […]