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Ilana Teitelbaum's writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Salon, among other publications. Her debut novel, the first of an epic fantasy trilogy, will be published by Tor/Macmillan in 2015.

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Books That Grow With You: The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:45 PM

There are special fears associated with rereading the books from one's childhood. Foremost among them, for me, is that at my advanced age and admittedly jaded outlook--these days, it takes a lot for me to give my heart to a book--I will realize that my treasured memories are built on...

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Moebius: Empire Rising a Great Start to Jane Jensen's New Series

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 1:28 PM

For decades, computer adventure games have been a dead art, but thanks in part to Kickstarter, we may be witnessing a revival. In 2012, renowned adventure game designer Jane Jensen caused a stir in the gaming community when she established her own studio, Pinkerton Road, with the help of Kickstarter...

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Infinite Reflections: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:53 PM

Myths and fairy tales are alternately valued for their symbolism, their potential for contemporary retellings, or for anthropological insights; but rarely as a language in themselves. Helen Oyeyemi is one of the few storytellers who seems on intimate terms with the language of myth, swims in it with apparent ease,...

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Mythic Darkness: Elementari Rising by Nancy Hightower

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 6:07 PM

A mythic world of terror and beauty, conjured in poetic prose, is the heart of Elementari Rising, a debut epic fantasy by Nancy Hightower. Recounted in an elevated style reminiscent of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the darkness of the tale makes George R. R. Martin's saga seem almost gentle...

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Lessons From a Harem: An American Bride in Kabul by Phyllis Chesler

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:56 PM

"I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan" is the gripping opening sentence of An American Bride in Kabul, in which feminist academic and native New Yorker Phyllis Chesler recounts her experience of 50 years ago as an imprisoned Afghan wife. Memoir is only a thread in this expansive work:...

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Love Conquers War: I Kiss Your Hands Many Times by Marianne Szegedy-Maszák

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 1:07 PM

Some revelations have the power to change a life. In Marianne Szegedy-Maszák's touching memoir of her parents, I Kiss Your Hands Many Times, the secrets the author unlocks when she translates her deceased parents' love letters from Hungarian to English recast her family in a new light. While her parents'...

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Tai Chi and Aliens: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 10:32 AM

Few books begin more engagingly than The Lives of Tao, a science fiction romp which wears its principal strength -- the wit and humor of the narrative voice -- on its sleeve. The book opens with this exchange:

The five most egotistical personalities in history. Go.


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For Afghanistan With Love: An Interview With Khaled Hosseini

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California. In March 2001, while practicing medicine, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. His debut went on to...

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Deathly Innocence: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:38 PM

Since childhood, Vic McQueen has had an uncanny talent for finding lost things. Fueled by desperation to salve the rupture in her parents' marriage, Vic discovers the Shorter Way Bridge, a dangerous supernatural pathway that takes her to wherever a lost object can be found. Yet even while she becomes...

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Written in Blood: The Son by Philipp Meyer

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:23 AM

In mid-nineteenth century Texas when Eli McCullough is twelve, Comanches take him captive after killing his family. A generation later, Eli's son Peter rebels against his father after the latter orders the mass slaying of a family of Mexicans on the land adjacent to theirs. And one hundred years in...

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Sublime Heartbreak: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:08 PM

There's a reason that each new fantasy novel by Guy Gavriel Kay is met with so much excitement by a core of devoted readers. These are books in which everything happens--epic battles, forbidden love, violent deaths--yet the threads of story inexorably tangle us in something that goes much deeper. Each...

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A Dance of Love: Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:20 PM

A writer's colony in 1957 sets the scene for the fateful meeting of two young writers. Frances Reardon is a devoutly religious Catholic and hard at work on her first novel. Harvard graduate Bernard Eliot is also Catholic, but has a pronounced Dionysian, pleasure-seeking streak, and writes poetry reminiscent of...

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Return of the Queen: Legendary Game Designer Is Back Thanks to Kickstarter

(6) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:01 AM

A beautiful girl is mysteriously murdered amid the winding canals of Venice. A handsome, arrogant anti-hero with unique powers of deduction is hired by a billionaire to investigate -- and in a journey that takes him from Cairo to Paris and beyond, discovers a pattern with global and potentially devastating...

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Giving Up the Ghost: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 3:44 PM

"Kill all parents, so you can keep living," sing Annie and Buster Fang to a shocked audience, as child props for their famous artist parents, Caleb and Camille Fang. The imperative for children to individuate, to dig themselves out from the seductive security of the family structure -- to "kill...

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Tiny Beautiful Things: The Year I Was Shaken and Stirred With "Dear Sugar"

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:22 PM

I should explain: it is very rarely that I am a ridiculous fangirl about anything. The process of being a ridiculous fangirl is so emotionally taxing, so inherently indignified, that I try not to fall into the trap more often than necessary. Everyone is human, right? Even the artists whose...

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Brienne Is My Hero: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

(18) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Who else really wants a pet dragon now? They are so adorable, and can burn enemies to a crisp! I don't have a dog or a cat because I don't see the point -- but the utility of a pet dragon is obvious. Of course there's the minor problem that...

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Apocalypse and Adolescence: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:55 PM

In The Age of Miracles, the world is ending just as the life of a young girl is beginning. This tragic coming-of-age story chronicles the parallel disintegrations of the world and the life and family of Julia, a sensitive 12-year-old girl living in a sleepy suburb of California. As apocalypse...

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Why George R. R. Martin Should Write All TV Shows: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

(29) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 5:46 PM

I've decided: I want every show I watch to be written by George R. R. Martin. (Except Mad Men. Mad Men is perfect already.) I suspect this might cut into his schedule, but hey, that isn't my problem, is it? (When I told a friend of mine about this new...

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The One Where Robb Gets Some: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 2:20 PM

If this were an episode of Friends, its title would be "The One Where Robb Gets Some." While a few other things did happen -- Cersei threatens Tyrion (with the wrong whore, no less), Catelyn catches hell for letting Jaime Lannister go -- it wasn't exactly the most action-packed of...

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Dear HBO, That Was Awesome: A Geek Girl Watches Game of Thrones

(50) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 6:08 PM

"A Man Without Honor" made me so many kinds of happy that, in the depths of my geeky heart, there was a 15-year-old girl dancing some kind of faux medieval jig. If Game of Thrones continues in this vein, the show may actually overcome its reputation as a gratuitous-gore-and-sex fest...

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