We'll Miss The Excellent Young-Adult Imprint, Strange Chemistry

Angry Robot Books, which is owned by Osprey Publishing Group, has just announced that their YA imprint, Strange Chemistry is closing. Here's why that's terrible news. » 6/21/14 8:20am 6/21/14 8:20am

The Worldbuilding in Lockstep Is So Good It Will Make You Giddy

Every now and then I encounter a book that utterly thrills me, and Karl Schroeder's new novel Lockstep is one of them. It's about a young loner, battling an oppressive corporate regime that controls space by controlling how people experience time. And the lockstep is the key to it all. » 6/10/14 4:48pm 6/10/14 4:48pm

Goblin Emperor Has One Of The Most Lovable Characters We've Met In Ages

The Goblin Emperor is a fantasy novel worth reading, though it's hard to describe. It's a story of court intrigue, in a steampunk world inhabited solely by elves and goblins. But they're not Tolkien's elves or goblins, they're not Martin's courts, and the steampunk does not involve a single pair of goggles. » 5/23/14 1:20pm 5/23/14 1:20pm

Meet the One Guy You Want to Be Stuck on Mars With

Very soon, in the never ending debate about whether or not info dumps can be compelling, someone will point out that Andy Weir made some 300 or more pages of info dumps nail-bitingly thrilling in The Martian. To which someone else will reply, 'Well yeah, but that's only because Mark Watney's life hung in the balance… » 2/28/14 7:00am 2/28/14 7:00am

These YA Book Sequels Get Better by Going Darker

Three young-adult novels that made a splash in 2012 are back for another helping. But now that so many YA books are spawning trilogies, septologies and sequels, how do these second installments keep your interest? By throwing their protagonists for loops, and revealing some dark truths about their respective worlds. » 12/27/13 9:52am 12/27/13 9:52am

If only every fantasy novel was as smart as Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I am not a vampire person. It’s not that I don’t get the allure of the vampire story — I’ve just always found the metaphors for sexuality, power and old money's exploitation of youth too obvious and overblown. So I was pleasantly shocked that I pretty much loved Holly Black’s newest YA novel, The Coldest Girl in… » 11/04/13 1:30pm 11/04/13 1:30pm

That One Time Frankenstein's Monster's Kid Road-Tripped Across America

Jon Skovron’s newest YA novel, Man Made Boy, follows his protagonist on a journey of self-discovery across America. He has some adventures, falls in love, gets a job and learns a thing or two about family and responsibility—but it's complicated by the fact that he’s also the son of Frankenstein’s Monster and his Bride. » 10/30/13 11:50am 10/30/13 11:50am

Charles Stross' Neptune's Brood is the perfect book for our times

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker." If that line makes you giggle, feel free to rush out and purchase Charles Stross’s newest novel Neptune’s Brood, a comedy of banking and manners with some chase scenes and explosions thrown in… » 8/28/13 2:29pm 8/28/13 2:29pm

Does the summer's biggest young adult novel live up to the hype?

The 5th Wave may be the summer’s most buzzed about YA book — but it really does deserve a lot of praise. Rick Yancey’s alien invasion novel plays around with more than a few tropes of the genre, elevating them with dashes of lyrical prose and a plot that just doesn’t stop. Spoilers ahead... » 5/30/13 4:42pm 5/30/13 4:42pm

Jinx brings moral ambiguity to the worlds of Middle Grade fantasy

The Urwald could be the dark forest of any fairytale — provided that dark forest is filled with ogres, murderous trees, trolls, witches who travel by butter churn, firebirds, dragons, and weres (wolves, bears and chipmunks). In Sage Blackwood's thrilling new middle grade novel Jinx, nothing is ever quite as simple as… » 5/06/13 5:33pm 5/06/13 5:33pm

Introducing Kids to Miyazaki, Or How Not to Ruin a Subtitled Movie

When my husband and I heard the Brooklyn Academy of Music was having a Miyazaki retrospective, we rushed to get our tickets, picking something that didn’t conflict with my babysitting schedule and that had subtitles. We both prefer the original voice work in anime and we kind of figured it would reduce the number… » 4/18/13 10:29am 4/18/13 10:29am

The Summer Prince takes us to a future Brazil with human sacrifice

Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince takes place in Palmeres Tres, a far-future Brazilian city ruled by women, where every five years a Summer King is elected to help rule for a year. Feted like a rock star, at the end of the year the Summer King selects a new Queen and is killed to guarantee his selection is… » 4/15/13 1:22pm 4/15/13 1:22pm