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

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.27.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 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 ...

No Jewish 'Lord Of The Rings' Ever?

Jewish Review of Books | Michael Weingrad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Although it might seem unlikely that anyone would wonder whether the author of The Lord of the Rings was Jewish, the Nazis took no chances. When the p...

J.R.R. Tolkien's Grandson: In My Grandfather's Footsteps

Simon Tolkien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Simon Tolkien

I grew up knowing that my grandfather was a creative genius, the founder of modern fantasy, who spoke innumerable languages and knew the answers to all important questions. Who was I to try to step out of his shadow?

The New Vampires: 9 Possible Future Crazes In Teen Lit (PHOTOS, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Vampires are having a great run in books, especially teen literature, and publishers are looking not only for the next Stephenie Meyer and "Twilight,"...

Nebula Award Winners: Science Fiction And Fantasy Writing Recognized | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1965, the Nebula Awards are given each year by the Science Fiction Writers of America for outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, or rela...