Author Archives: Emily Z

Picture Book Writers: Children’s Author Biographies

by Emily Z. In the other half of my library life I plan library storytimes for children. Before I ran away and joined the library, I ran the children’s department at a bookstore. At this point I’m no longer certain which came first, a love of children’s literature or a livelihood that demanded it. Either […]

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LibraryReads List February 2018

by Emily Z. Can you even believe it is already February? Whether or not you’re thrilled with the pace of this year’s progress, February’s LibraryReads List has a little bit of everything to distract you from tax season. There’s family drama (real and fictional), chilling thrillers, continuing dystopian travails, historical fiction, and Sophie Kinsella, bringing the love just […]

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Self Help(less)

By Emily Z. Are you ready to revolutionize your new year’s resolution? Deep-dive into a personal epoch of self-help, self-control, and self-confidence? Me neither. It’s dark outside, it’s cold, and maybe, like me, you’re having regrets about downing so many deviled eggs like they were Jello shots (or vice versa) over the holiday(s). It’s time […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels and the Value of Visuals

by Emily Z. I will happily read all manner of graphic novels, from memoirs to tales of the fantastic, as long as I also like the illustrations. When a book is full of pictures, the pictures matter. If the images weren’t important to the graphic novel format, graphic novels could just be regular books—really short, […]

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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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What are You Listening to?

by Emily Z. Yes, you. What audiobook are you listening to that is really doing it for you? We genuinely want to know. Is it something you’ve read before? A new author? How did you come across it? What piqued your interest? Is the narrator absolutely bringing it? Quite a few of us at Sno-Isle […]

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Mind Your Language: Mischievous Linguistic Histories

by Emily Z. Today I want to talk about some troublesome terms, namely slang words and swear words. There are a goodly number of books examining the shifting, spreading nature of the English language as a whole. The books featured here though are about English’s naughty words (figuratively and literally) and those who try to […]

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Narrator Spotlight: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

by Emily Z The right narrator can make or break an audiobook experience. To complicate matters, if a book or series has a wide cast of characters, the narrator might find themselves overwhelmed. What if there’s a bubbly teen girl character, stuffy older male characters, a smooth young Londoner, a Sikh Scotsman, and a whole […]

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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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Morbid Curiosities: True Tales of Medical Misadventure

by Emily Z Lindsey’s fabulous post about plague fiction reinforces my belief that the history of medical care is a morbidly mesmerizing topic with unusually broad appeal. I gravitate more towards apocalyptic science fiction and its nightmarish, speculative medical issues, but I was also once a history major and know historical fact can sometimes be even stranger […]

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