Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, the Final Chapter

by Kimberly P.  Happy Halloween! It’s my favorite day of the year and (sadly) the last official day of our Beyond Bestsellers: Horror theme. What horror subgenre were you surprised you liked? What book did you read that really got under your skin? I Put A Spell On You . . . I’m a sucker […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Sinister Speculations of Science Fiction

by Emily Z. I happen to think science fiction (and his close friend, speculative fiction) is the future of horror. No, not exclusively and certainly not just recently, but increasingly. Science fiction is about uncomfortable questions. What if the robots we create become so sophisticated they overthrow us? What if virtual reality becomes so commonplace […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror, Part Two

by Kimberly P.  Welcome back, my creatures of the night. It’s mid-October and only sixteen days separate us from Halloween. How goes your Beyond Bestsellers: Horror reading challenge? Did you discover a book that wiggled beneath your skin? My fascination with the darker half of life started at a young age. In a Dark, Dark […]

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‘Cause these are thrillers!

By Kaley C. I’ve always had trouble with thrillers, a genre marked by feelings of suspense, surprise, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Unfortunately, I have a tendency to piece the plots together well before it’s over. This makes me a joy​ to watch movies with. Since it ’tis the season to consume creepy stuff, I’ve started to incorporate paranormal elements to the thriller I read. Are the characters possessed? Are they hunting the […]

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LibraryReads List October 2017

by Lindsey A. October – one of the best months ever – is upon us and with it comes all the cozy trappings of autumn. It’s one of my favorite times to read. I like to curl up on my love seat with a flannel blanket and a candle burning, and completely lose myself in […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Horror

by Kimberly P.   A chill of the grave taints the air. Trees rattle, shuddering off dry leaves that crunch underfoot. An ever-present gloom settles over the horizon, concealing a menace that waits. And hungers. You’ve guessed it, participants, it’s October and we’ve reached our fourth Beyond Bestsellers theme: Horror! Horror fiction explores mankind’s darkest […]

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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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