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Love, Devotion and a Ghost

Gone to Amerikay

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Derek McCulloch (Stagger Lee, 2006) and Colleen Doran (Manga Man, 2011) bring some subtle and essential skills to this project: each knows how to work with a creative teammate; their points of departure are the male and female; and literary and visual tropes are available to them as [...]

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

After the Fall

After the fall of humanity, a teenager, Pete, leads the survivors back into the past to steal healthy children in order to preserve the human race. That is only one part of Nancy Kress’s new novel, described by the publisher as an eco-thriller/adventure/time-travel mystery. As long as we’re talking science fiction, let’s celebrate Saturday’s announcement of [...]

Blue Asylum

Blue Asylum

Kathy Hepinstall’s latest is an unusual Civil War-era novel that combines the appeal of historical fiction, romance, and suspense. Iris is a happy young woman who comes of age knowing the luxury of marrying a man who truly interests her. Unfortunately, life with her new husband brings Iris face to face with the ugliness of slavery. [...]

The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

I have to admit that I spent much of the first half of Amber Dermont’s debut novel wondering if I was really going to review it for this blog. Was it wishful thinking? Did I just WANT it to have teen appeal? I knew it appealed to me right away. At first, that was because [...]

The Snow Child

The Snow Child

Eowyn Ivey’s novel plays out a traditional Russian tale (the Snow Maiden, or Snegurochka) in the harsh yet beautiful world of 1920s Alaska. In his review for the Washington Post, Ron Charles posits that Faina, the Snow Girl of the title, is “another in the growing crowd of fiercely independent girls we’ve seen in recent fiction [...]

Edge of Dark Water

Edge of Dark Water

The publisher blurb for Joe R. Lansdale’s new novel begins, “Mark Twain meets classic Stephen King.” What a beginning! Mulholland provides a ton of extras on their website, including Youtube videos of the author talking about the setting of his novel, and an article by Dan Simmons comparing Edge of Dark Water and The Adventures of [...]

The Land of Decoration

The Land of Decoration

Grace McCleen’s debut novel arrives with a glowing endorsement from Emma Donoghue, author of Room, splashed across its cover. The Land of Decoration shares a crucial element with Room: a young person’s narration – in this case, 10-year-old Judith. As the New York Times review points out, there is some question here about whether Judith is [...]