Under the Radar: Fiction You May Have Missed in 2019

by Lisa C. 2019 is winding down and that means the season of the “Best-Of” lists is upon us. Of course, we’ll see the usual suspects – The Testaments, The Water Dancer, The Dutch House, Lost Children Archive, Trust Exercise, and other blockbusters and big literary award winners.

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Queer Fantasy Romance

By Jennifer Keirans I’ve discovered a su-sub-subgenre that I love: queer fantasy, preferably with a little romance. (How’s that for a niche?) I’ve always liked fantasy novels, and romance novels, and queer stories. Right now there seem to be lots of great books that combine all three. Here are a few I’ve read recently:

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Television Up North

By Isaac H. A number of people often express frustration that “there is nothing good on anymore.” Scripted, live-action American television has seen something of a decline. Replaced by reality shows, game shows and animated sitcoms. Not  to say there is anything inherently wrong with any of those genres. The lack of live action scripted […]

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If You liked Hocus Pocus…

By Kristi S.  We are deep in spooky season and I just have one question: how many times have you watched Hocus Pocus? I have a fraught relationship with this movie. As a kid, everyone in school was talking about the Sanderson Sisters and I so badly wanted to get in on the conversation. Unfortunately, […]

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Great Worldbuilding

By Jennifer K. One of the things I love about science fiction and fantasy is the worldbuilding. It’s hard to explain what good worldbuilding is, but you know bad worldbuilding when you read it. What if the world is exactly like our world, except everyone has magic powers? Then it wouldn’t be exactly like our world […]

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Summer Thrills, Chills and Escapes

by Denise D.  It’s August. The dog days of summer. The good-luck-finding-a-fan-nevermind-an-air-conditioner-in-the-store days of the year. Some people live for these days of relentless sun and heat. It makes them yearn to get outside: hike, swim, picnic, get sand between their toes. As much as I enjoy the long days and air of laziness the […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humor, That’s All Folks!

By Kristi S. We’ve reached the end of Beyond Bestsellers: Humor, but that doesn’t mean that the laughs have to stop! If you have not had your fill of humorous books this month, keep browsing lists and our many blog posts for suggestions. If you want to see all of your options, you can search […]

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A Game of Thrones

By Kristi S. Are you one of the 17.4 million viewers who tuned in to the start of the final season of Game of Thrones on April 14? Are you also one of the 17.4 million viewers who will be devastated and drifting aimlessly when the final episode airs on May 19? I am with […]

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On Inspiration and Margaret Atwood

By Kristi S. Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors. I have a vivid memory of finishing the last page of The Handmaid’s Tale and taking that deep breath that comes when you set down a book and you know it will stay with you forever. The next morning, I showed up at the […]

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Prose Bowl 2019: Round 3

by Lois H. Welcome back to Prose Bowl 2019! At the beginning of March, we started with 60 of the best books from the past year. After two weeks of voting, we narrowed our competitors down to the top title of each genre. Now it’s time for a genre showdown! For some, this may be […]

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