I know there are people who don’t believe in coincidences. I wouldn’t say that I’m one of them, but it was with no small measure of suspicion that I regarded the confluence of events this past October 6th. At a glance, it was just the first Tuesday in October, nothing special. Except two books were publishing […]
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Every weekday we feature a different review on Booklist Online. These reviews are notable for different reasons—they may be starred, or high-demand, or especially relevant to the current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from October 5–9 below, so you can revisit the best of the week. Monday, October 5 The Sword of Summer, by […]
The September 15 issue of Booklist magazine is now live. Visit Booklist Online, where you’ll find 298 new reviews and 12 new feature articles and lists. The articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t […]
When our best writers imagine a new society, it’s rarely filled with happy people, flying cars and Jetsons-style yummy food packs. No, these near futures or imagined places often emerge as the result of some catastrophic event of our own making. From classics like 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 to popular teen titles The Giver, […]
The best audiobooks & narrators of the year, awarded by the Audio Publishers Association during the annual Gala event billed as the Oscars of audio. The celebration, emceed by longtime friend and supporter of the audiobook industry writer Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket), took place at the New York Historical Society on May […]
Today is Douglas Adams’ birthday (thanks for the reminder, Google Doodle.) Though Adams’ side-splitting sci-fi is in a league by itself, there are a handful of authors who share his interest in interstellar absurdity. Fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series might also enjoy the following. (Oh, and if you or an interested patron have never listened […]
The fourth annual 31 Horror Films 31 Days Challenge is accomplished. And for the third year straight (let us never speak of 2009!) I claim victory. I prepared a full statement last night. And I quote: Bwa-ahaha-aha-hhah-ahahahaaha-a-ha-a-hahaha-hahh-ah-ahahahaah-ahah-haa-hah-ahahah-hahah-hahhha-a-ah-aaa-ha-ha-ah-aa-ha-haha-ha-ha-haha-a-aha-ha-ah-a-ha-hah-ah-a-aa-hahahaha-aha-ahah-h-ah-a-ha-haa-ah-a-ha-h–ha-hahhahahah-ah-ah-h-a-a-a-ha–a-h-ah-a-h-ah-a-a-h-ahhahahaha-ha-a-ha-h-ahaahhaa-h-a-ha-ha!!!!!!! End quote. This “victory” I speak of was not a comfortable one. I clawed through my 31st film […]