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Non-Fiction

Author Spotlight: Rachel Swirsky

If what I imagined wasn’t your Diana, then I hope she was interesting to ponder. The only thing I’m sure of is she wasn’t the real Diana.

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Films of High Adventure: Willow

So, what works about this Tolkien wannabe that substitutes a Magic Baby for a One Ring and an Ice Man for a Cool Viggo?

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The Extra and Copping Squid by Michael Shea

Whether exploring the horrors of the Lovecraftian universe or of the future, Shea doesn’t fail to deliver a sense of wonder along with a delightful shudder that fans of horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction will be sure to appreciate

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Author Spotlight: Eilis O’Neal

I had this image of a girl who had the coloration of a calico cat, and I had a vague idea that her mother might or might not have actually been a cat, but I didn’t know anything else.

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Feed: Book One of the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant

The “twin”-protagonists are entertaining company, their thoroughly extrapolated post-apocalyptic world is a terrific setting, the SF zombies are skillfully rationalized, the body count is high, and the plot delivers some unexpected twists. So, while Feed has arrived in time to ride the pop-culture zombie juggernaut, and offers plenty of undead mayhem for zombie fans, it will also please readers who don’t give a crap about zombies.

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I Think of Stories as Mosaics: Gary Kloster

Normally, it’s not easy for me to remember all the sources of a story. But because of the circumstances surrounding this one, I can remember a lot of the things that inspired it. A paperweight, a tattoo artist, and some googling.

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The Bird of the River by Kage Baker

Kage Baker’s The Bird of the River is an elegant novel from the late Kage Baker that manages to simultaneously focus on the most intimate details of character while taking advantage of all the metaphysical freedom that the rules of fantasy allow. There’s swashbuckling, there’s monsters, there’s hints and allegations of a power beyond understanding, but at the heart of it all is heart, a very human growth and understanding that simultaneously makes the book accessible and marvelous.

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Author Spotlight: Deb Taber

I’m a big fan of stories that don’t have “happily ever afters,” but instead force the characters to come to terms with a new level of reality. Jacinta is doing that.

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Attention Citizens: Dystopia is Good!

Dystopia is the next hot trend, my droogies. Just look at reviews of movies like Salt , or books like The Hunger Games, a novel that is leading the next wave in young adult fiction the way Harry Potter and Twilight did before it. Dystopia generally means a repressive society, often run by a totalitarian leadership, with extreme social controls and some form of martial law. But are dystopias really so bad? Here’s my take on a few dystopias from recent popular books and films.

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Swapna Kishore: Simple People Leading Difficult Lives

I see Younger Sister seething with raw energy that has not yet translated into destructive action. Despite her poor opinion of her sister, she does not want to do anything she considers wrong.