Merciless Magic: Dark Fantasy Fiction

by Emily Z. I appreciate it when fantasy novels embrace the idea that magic is not inherently friendly. Consider the titular Ring from The Fellowship of the Ring books; no matter how pure and noble the ring’s bearer was, over time it was going to bend them to its will and leave them a damaged […]

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Gruesome Graphic Novels

by Emily Z. March has put me in the mood for something sinister. Think about it: The theaters have at least one horror film in rotation each week because this is their time to shine before the summer blockbusters come. The sky is being very uncooperative and gray. Oh and the Crypticon horror convention is […]

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Fantastic Beasts, but where to find them?

By Kaley In the newly released film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we get a glimpse of the magical creatures from one of Harry Potter’s school books.  If you have been a fan of JK Rowling’s franchise like me (since the age of eleven!) you were likely waiting on the edge of your seat since this film was announced in 2014. I’m really […]

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Awards Round-up: December 2016

by Jocelyn Welcome to the December Awards Round-up! We are covering two different awards this month. The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize The “First Novel Prize is awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1st and December 31st of the award year. The author of the winning book is awarded $10,000 and […]

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Creepy Reads for Summer

by Jocelyn Ah, summer…A time for grilling, hiking, and enjoying the sun. And for reading creepy stories. Ever since I first read the story about the girl with a green ribbon around her neck, I’ve been hooked. I adore the tingle of fear, the chills that run down my spine, and the way the hairs […]

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Awards Round-up: May 2016

by Marina Welcome to a new feature here on The Biblio Files! The Awards Round-up! In this, and each of the following posts we’ll gather together the book, movie, television and music winners for that month. We’ll also take this chance to highlight a few lesser known items. Be ready to know more about awards than you ever thought […]

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16 in ’16: Read an Award Winner Feedback

by Jocelyn We are officially halfway through our current challenge, Read an Award Winner! What titles have you read? And what did you think of them? Here’s what a few of our readers have already shared with us. Marina M.:  I read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. She is such a great story-teller! The most horrific things […]

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16 in ’16: Read an Award Winner

by Jocelyn It’s time to Read an Award Winner (or an Honor or shortlisted title)…the next 16 in ’16 Reading Challenge. The book you choose can be fiction or nonfiction, literary or genre, or even an audiobook. If you’re looking for national award winners, take a look at the Man Booker Prize, National Book Award, […]

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The Reading List Selections 2016

by Marina The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), established the Reading List in 2007 to bring attention to some of the outstanding genre fiction. The Reading List Council, a group of twelve librarians, all experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, collaborate to select one book from each […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Mark Souza

by Mark Souza Author Mark Souza spilled from the womb in Fall River, Massachusetts. He learned most of life’s lessons from the business end of a wooden spoon, and the rest from public schools spanning the breadth of North America, all of which were overjoyed to be rid of him. Mark was the proud recipient of […]

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