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Badass Women Sci-Fi Writers Are The Real Heroines We Need

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 05.20.2016 | Arts

Earlier this week, a rousing headline shot at warp-speed across browsers and Twitter feeds: Women Swept The 2015 Nebula Awards, taking home the presti...

10 Other Magical Books 'Harry Potter' Fans Should Read

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.26.2016 | Arts

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s occasional plot twists -- revealed on social media long after the series has satisfyingly concluded -- you’ve decided t...

Why Is George R. R. Martin Writing His Books So Slowly -- and Why are they Getting So Long?

The National Book Review | Posted 01.18.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

There is something going on with George R.R. Martin, the author whose work forms the basis for the HBO series Game of Thrones. Or two things, really. His books are getting longer, and they are coming out even more slowly.

Review: The Shepherd's Crown

David Kudler | Posted 09.17.2016 | Books
David Kudler

It is difficult to know whether the elegiac mood I felt while reading The Shepherd's Crown was due to the book itself or to the fact that the fifth Tiffany Aching novel (and forty-first Discworld novel) was in fact the late Sir Terry Pratchett's final work.

Interview With YA Author Melissa Grey on 'The Girl at Midnight'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

After reading The Girl at Midnight (out April 28), I knew I couldn't keep my love of this novel to myself. This story is infused with humor, originality and mystery, and I can't recommend it enough.

The Great Pen Name Debate: Women Authors in Fantasy

Sally Slater | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Sally Slater

Women authors -- particularly those in fantasy -- are limited by the misperception that our novels boil down to stories about romance. It's an old-fashioned line of thinking, but what other agency could our female protagonist have beyond finding her prince and living happily ever after?

The Storytelling Power of Sofia Samatar

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Every work of fiction is an attempt at inventing something better, something more textured and accommodating of the multiple possibilities of human experience than our present conditions allow. Sofia Samatar has upped the stakes of what is possible.

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

Lisa Parkin | Posted 02.17.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

Q&A With Sara Raasch, Author of Debut YA Series Snow Like Ashes

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.30.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

Snow Likes Ashes is the best book I've read so far in 2014. It's got it all -- epic travel, forbidden romance and wild, untamed magic. In fact, I loved the book so much, I chose it as the October selection for Uppercase, a YA book subscription box.

7 Reasons Fantasy Is Better When Funny

Piers Anthony | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Piers Anthony

I got into fantasy for a funny reason: the editor I wanted to write for was specializing in fantasy. Then I discovered that I just couldn't take fanta...

Q&A With Leigh Bardugo, Author of Ruin and Rising

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

This is a series to read immediately -- especially because Ruin and Rising will be available June 17. I recently chatted with the author, Leigh Bardugo, about the final Grisha trilogy novel, George R.R. Martin and what she's up to next.

Which Fantasy City Do You Belong In?

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.28.2014 | Technology

There are plenty of enchanting cities in the real world -- but many of our favorites exist only in the realm of imagination. Which fantasy city has yo...

12 YA Fantasy Book Finales You Need to Read This Year

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The young adult genre has a chronic problem: creating sequels. Keeping track of all the sequels and when they will be published feels like a full-time job. So, I did some of the tough work for you and sorted through my most-anticipated YA fantasy end-of-series releases for the year.

In Defense of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Stephen D. Winick

Even Tolkien realized The Hobbit would, and should, be seen as a prelude to his larger work. The world of Lord of the Rings took precedence, and The Hobbit was adjusted to fit that world.

Jim Butcher's Cold Days Holds 'Em

David Kudler | Posted 02.03.2013 | Books
David Kudler

I've been reading fantasy adventure novels for a long, long time. When you read a series of books by the same author, it's hard not to expect the stakes to get raised with each title: new thrills, new surprises, new tie-ins with earlier story threads and character.

Religion Lifts Young Adult Books from 'Darkness'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 01.19.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The Crown of Embers is not only a stand out for its strong writing and world-building but for its very positive portrayal of God and faith. I asked Carson a few questions about faith, her books and young adults.

That Magic Something

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.08.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

There are times that I read a story and think to myself: "Wow, what wouldn't I give to be able to write like that?"

Why Do Some People Hate Fantasy?

Quora | Posted 08.14.2012 | Books

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Cristina Hartmann, lawyer by day, writer by night I don't hate fantasy, but I don't love it either. I...

Spooky or Jokey? 10 Favorite YA Fantasies

David Kudler | Posted 07.15.2012 | Books
David Kudler

My teen daughters and I are all voracious readers of fantasy, and we found ourselves discussing our favorite titles in terms of which camp they'd fall into. Here's the list we made.

Top 10 Young Adult Fantasy Books You Should Read

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Hunger Games movie coming out in March, the frenzy for young adult fiction has reached an all-time high. For those of you who still haven't read young adult books, here are a few suggestions.

Top 10 Fantasy Love Stories

Theodora Goss | Posted 04.15.2012 | Books
Theodora Goss

Here are my choices for the top ten fantasy love stories, both ancient and modern. Fair warning: none of them involves sparkly vampires!

Beautiful Nightmare: The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

It should have been a relief to awaken from The Pattern Scars, after all its horrors. Yet the richness of the world, the complexity of the main character, and the intensity of her tragedy evoke memories that linger for a long time.

George RR Martin's Fantasy Is Not Far From Reality | Damien Walter | Posted 09.25.2011 | Books

A wealthy dynasty brought to its knees by popular revolt, the highest in the land caught in a web of corruption, and at the heart of it all a powerful...

'A Dance With Dragons' Released: What's Your Favorite Fantasy Book?

Posted 09.11.2011 | Books

Finally, after 6 years, George R..R. Martin's "A Dance with Dragons" has arrived. Book 5 has already received many glowing reviews. In honor of the...

Tolkien And Dickens Together At Last: Match Made In Childen's Fantasy Heaven? | Alison Flood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It is a match made in publicists' heaven: the grandson of JRR Tolkien and the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens have collaborated for the first ...