When Talia told me that the brilliant minds at EarlyWord approached her about setting up a blog for Readers' Advisory librarians to learn more about the Science Fiction and Fantasy books coming out of Macmillan I whispered, "mine."
Finally! A place to highlight some of our fantastic fiction for the curious minded!
Each season I'll pick a few titles that I love and tell you a little bit about why I think they're so special. Uncharted Pages will cover a wide range of genres under the speculative fiction umbrella written for teens, adults, and immortals.
Ready to take a peek? Hop on your unicorn/magic carpet/transport zombie and head over to Uncharted Pages!
To celebrate we're giving away one slick, single-shouldered A MEMORY OF LIGHT backpack that we crammed full of finished books!
This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner: Brianna Glenn, Library Director at De Soto Public Library!
Head over to Uncharted Pages, click the pale blue envelope icon under my picture, and send me an e-mail introducing yourself. Tell me one thing that you or your patrons love about speculative fiction and I'll enter you in the drawing!
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below.
So I've been in a bit of a reading frenzy lately. I mean, I'm always reading a lot, but it's been more than usual.
One of the latest books I've read wasn't a Tor book. It wasn't even a Macmillan book. Nope, it was an Orbit book. Oops. But yeah, still fantasy. The book? The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
"In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)Read more
So I just finished book two of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, The Great Hunt. It was a fantastic read, and reinforced my huge, enormous, colossal love for fantasy. Jordan really stepped up the intrigue in the second installment. While I loved the first book, I was a bit worried that the series might devolve into a reductive battle of good and evil. But in The Great Hunt, he shows that there are many more factions than we had believed, and even within those factions there is infighting as goals clash.Read more
Beth Bernobich's Passion Play is the coming of age tale of Ilse Zahlina, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. When he reveals his plans to marry Ilse off to a another merchant, she feels like just another item in his ledger. Matters are made worse when she finds that his last fiancée disappeared mysteriously, an occurrence most seem content to dismiss. Resolute not to end up a man's puppet like her mother, Ilse flees in the night, takes a new name, and seeks a life where she can forge her own identity.
Ilse's world seems to be pseudo-feudal, set in a sort of pre-fundamentalist Islamic Middle east.Read more
The magic revolves around grammar and language, and there are multiple languages that wizards can master. The REAL kicker comes in the nature of the antagonist. Sure, any other author could be content with demons destroying the world with tooth and claw, but not Charlton. (continue reading)Read more
So. I'm reading an urban fantasy novel. Big shift from my usual epic fantasy reading, right? And I've come up with a quibble that struck me once before. I'm not going to point fingers at any manuscripts, that's not the point. What's done is done. But we can be vigilant in the future.
Urban Fantasy tends to have immortal characters that have been around for a very long time. Usually vampires. But in the case of this book I'm reading, it's dragons and dwarves. And sometimes these characters speak with weird affectations and accents. Why? Because they're centuries old? Us mortals manage to adapt or drop accents in the short spans of our lives, why can't immortal (or just long-lived) characters? Especially when it seems pretty important for them to remain inconspicuous.Read more