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Archive for the 'Fantasy' Category

Mon, March 4th, 2013
Hostile Questions: Christopher Paolini
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Christopher Paolini may think he’s king of his kingdom, what with the millions of copies of Inheritance Cycle books sold and being a global publishing phenomenon and whatnot, but I am not the meager serf that I seem. Yea, I hast memorized every one of the gazillion words Sir Paolini has written, all in preparation […]


Mon, August 27th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Erin Morgenstern
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Night Circus. If you’re a publisher, you’ve probably spent long weekends clutching your head, weeping, wondering how it wasn’t you who published this internationally beloved debut. If you’re a reviewer, you’ve likely lingered over your typewriter, swishing your tumbler, wondering if transcendent mellifluousness was really the phrase you wanted to use. If you’re a […]


Sun, December 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Christmas Carol
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally watched 2009′s A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Jim Carrey as a motion-captured Scrooge. I was seriously impressed. Despite what some critics have said, I think the film’s visual style perfectly suits the material. Charles Dickens’ 1843 story is a fantasy about ghosts, time travel, and Christmas. It can […]


Wed, December 21st, 2011
Reading the Screen: The Exorcist
Posted by: David Pitt

Blame my dentist for this one. I was strapped into the chair. While he rooted around in my gaping maw, we were jawing about movies, and he mentioned he’d recently let his 12-year-old son watch The Exorcist (1973). The boy found the movie, and I’m quoting here, “lame.” The Exorcist is, of course, based on William […]


Mon, November 7th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Screen to Book)
Posted by: David Pitt

After there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — well, not after: at roughly the same time — there was Cowboys & Aliens the novel, published by Tor and written by Joan D. Vinge. Novelizations, books written from screenplays, can be pretty awful (I have a few things to say about them over here), but this […]


Wed, October 19th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Stephen King’s Thinner
Posted by: David Pitt

Thinner, Stephen King’s 1984 novel published under the short-lived Richard Bachman pseudonym, is a clever tale of a man, a Gypsy curse, and the world’s most unpleasant weight-loss plan. The plot is simple.  Billy Halleck, a vastly overweight lawyer, is being, um, entertained by his wife while he’s driving their car. Because he’s not paying […]


Thu, September 22nd, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: The Apothecary
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Shadowbox-style animation, lively/spooky music, and limited text over Ouija-esque backdrops do justice to Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, a YA novel of “magic elixirs, transformational disguises, and everyday cunning.”


Thu, September 8th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: The Name of the Star
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Show me a Likely Stories reader who doesn’t have 30 seconds to spare for a bit of Thursday morning spookiness, and I’ll show you a liar. Dan Kraus calls The Name of the Star, the first in the new Shades of London series, “a cut above most paranormal titles.” Until the end of the month, you’ll […]


Thu, September 1st, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Halo
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In the September, 2011 issue of Book Links, middle school English teacher and “Dean’s List” columnist Dean Schneider rounds up his students’ (some more reluctant readers than others), favorites from 2010. A frontrunner? Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto, who could count her age on fingers and toes (with a few left over!) at the time of […]


Tue, June 28th, 2011
2011 Locus Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The 2011 Locus award winners have been announced: Science Fiction Novel Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis Fantasy Novel Kraken, by China Miéville First Novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin Young Adult Novel Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang Anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin […]





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