Redwood comes from a long line of female conjurors. When her mother is lynched by a mob, Aidan, a half-Seminole, half-Irish man, finds the body and treats it with reverence. Aidan and Redwood form a lifelong bond that eventually leads to them fleeing Georgia for Chicago after Redwood kills a man who sexually assaults her. Aidan and Redwood explore vaudeville and the burgeoning film industry as they travel. The culture-changing and healing power of music and theater become equally important themes as race and gender politics in Andrea Hairston’s turn of the century, James Tiptree, Jr.-awarding winning fantasy, Redwood and Wildfire.
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In The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Tolkien wrote, “The invention of languages is the foundation. The stories were made rather to provide a world for the languages than the reverse. To me a name comes first and the story follows.”
If you’re thinking of creating a Lord of the Rings Halloween costume and want to make it as authentic as possible, or if you love invented languages, check out Tolkien speaking in Elvish and then peruse the languages he created.
Looking for an audiobook with laugh-out-loud humor, steamy romance, quirky suspense, and memorable supporting characters? If so, take a chance on Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. Since she was a little girl, Charley Davidson has been talking to dead people. Now there are three murdered lawyers who won’t cross over, and it’s her responsibility to help them. She also has a very sexy someone visiting her lifelike dreams each night. What’s a woman to do? Lorelei King, the award-winning voice of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, plays to her strengths in narrating with the right blend of sarcasm, vulnerability, and fun.
Readers have long found themselves pulled into books, but what if you could pull things out of them? That’s the idea behind Libriomancer, a book you should definitely not judge by its unfortunate cover. Isaac Vainio has the ability to literally reach into a book and draw out an object described in its pages. This gift comes in especially handy when three vampires attack him in the library. With the aid of his fire-spider Smudge, Isaac cleverly defeats them and then discovers his battles are far from over. Author Jim C. Hines, who just won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writing, successfully translates his geekery and tongue-in-cheek humor into a fantastically fun read, sure to appeal to modern booklovers with overactive imaginations and a taste for high adventure.
Click here to see what books Alice might enjoy when resting from all that growing and shrinking.
The first weekend of September more than 5,000 people swarmed Chicago for the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, otherwise known as WorldCon. Beyond hosting authors, artists, and fans from more than 30 countries, WorldCon announced the winners of the 2012 Hugo Awards.
For a complete listing of winners, click here. For highlights, see below.
Best Novel: Among Others by Jo Walton
Best Novella: “The Man who Bridged the Mist” by Kij Johnson
Best Novelette: “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders
Best Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu
Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form): Game of Thrones (Season 1)
Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): “The Doctor’s Wife” (Doctor Who)
Best Fan Writer: Jim C. Hines
Be still our hearts! The Romance Writers of America have named the most outstanding published romance novels of the year and honored them with the 2012 RITA Awards. No matter if your preferred hero wears a kilt, holds a Regency title, has ties to the supernatural, or appreciates homebaked goods, you’ll find a winner to enhance your dreams.
Best Historical Romance: The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne
Best Regency Historical Romance: A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements: How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Best First Book: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Best Paranormal Romance: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Best Romantic Suspense: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Best Young Adult Romance: Enclave by Ann Aguirre
The people have spoken! The 2012 Locus Awards, honoring winners of Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field’s annual readers’ poll, have been announced. Why not choose your summer reading from books selected by fans themselves? Click to see a complete list of winners and other finalists.
Fantasy Novel: A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Science Fiction Novel: Embassytown by China Miéville
First Novel: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
Novella: “Silently and Very Fast” by Catherynne M. Valente
Novelette: “White Lines on a Green Field” by Catherynne M. Valente
Short Story: “The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman
Anthology: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
You don’t have to be a fan of urban fantasy to appreciate the richly detailed setting of Orleans, both Old and New, in Suzanne Johnson’s debut Royal Street. After the barriers between New Orleans and the Great Beyond are compromised by Hurricane Katrina, the Guardians of the city must work overtime to protect what’s left. Someone is murdering the soldiers assisting with the recovery, and Drusilla Jaco’s wizard mentor is missing. To complicate matters, DJ has to put up with a new special-forces-type partner and the return of legendary pirate Jean Lafitte. Action, humor, magic, and a love for New Orleans are all on display, and Louis Armstrong himself enters the picture in an inspired plot twist.
Just in time to highlight great listens for summer reading, the winners of the 2012 Audie Awards have been announced! Honoring the year’s best recordings in a rich mix of categories, these awards are a perfect source of listening suggestions while traveling on vacation, basking in the sun, or making everyday routines more exciting. Try one of the most recent winners below or sample past Audiobooks of the Year. Need more incentive? Don’t forget that listening to an audiobook counts as reading in our Summer Reading Program!
Audiobook of the Year: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Biography/Memoir: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Fantasy: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Humor: Shatner Rules by William Shatner with Chris Regan
Literary Fiction: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Multi-Voiced Performance: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Mystery: Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
Narration by the Author: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Personal Development: Prime Time by Jane Fonda
Romance: New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Thriller/Suspense: The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner