Tag: sf/fantasy

If I Could Turn Back Time: 15 Novels to Read in Standard Time

If I Could Turn Back Time: 15 Novels to Read in Standard Time

This weekend saw the passing of daylight saving time back into standard time, giving many of us a coveted extra hour of sleep. And sure, in Chicago at least, that means we may also never see the sun again. But if we think about the changing of the clocks as time travel, it all becomes […]

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It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Let’s face it: the world’s a mess. Who doesn’t need a good laugh in the face of the apocalypse? (You know, laugh to keep from crying and all that jazz.) And Good Omens, a product of the combined genius of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has had us giggling over the threat of doomsday since […]

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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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Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Title Trend: Noun of Noun and Noun

Here’s one I know you know: the “Noun of Noun and Noun” title has been a popular trend—especially in YA fantasy—recently. The construction is so prevalent, in fact, that Twitter seems to regularly invite me to find my own title Mad Libs-style: “Your YA fantasy title is “The [last place you went] of [weather outside] […]

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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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Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

I love it when I’m surprised by plot twists, and this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick does just that. Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania opens on a young girl in a verdant forest at daybreak, rendered in soft earth tones and glowing sunrise pinks and oranges. Warm, dappled light filters through the leaves of the trees, and the girl looses […]

Reviews of the Week: Traci Chee, James Gleick, Anna Banks, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Traci Chee, James Gleick, Anna Banks, 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 August 8 through August 12 below so that you can revisit the week’s best books. Monday, August 8  Time Travel, by James Gleick Against Kingsley Amis’ skeptical […]

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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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Stories across Time: Iain Pears’ Arcadia
By February 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Stories across Time: Iain Pears’ Arcadia

A genre-blending, time-collapsing tour de force in which the power of narrative builds worlds and destroys them. Pears seems to love three-part harmony, though time, not music, is his medium of choice. In Stone’s Fall (2009) and The Dream of Scipio (2002), he weaved remarkably complex stories set in three different time periods that echoed one another, fugue-like, with […]

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