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ERIN’S OCTOBER READING LOUNGE

Vampire Empire 2: The Riftwalker by Susan and Clay Griffith I loved the first book, and the world building details I was hoping for are in the second. Not only are we moving into other areas of the Equatorian Empire, but deeper into Africa. Adele is learning more about the … Continue reading

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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: FANTASY EDITION, PART 2

Our first Affordable and Fun E-reads post was Fantasy books, and today we have more for you! Boneshaker by Cherie Priest $2.99 In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors … Continue reading

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ERIN’S SEPTEMBER READING LOUNGE

Vampire Empire 1: The Greyfriar by Susan and Clay Griffith 1/2 An alternate history/steampunk book that is set in 2020 (according to the back) but looks like the late 1800s.. All of Northern Europe has been over run with vampires, after a mass vampire attack 200 years ago drove out … Continue reading

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HOME IMPROVEMENT – UNDEAD EDITION EDITIED BY CHARLAINE HARRIS & TONI L.P. KELNER

The awesome team of Harris and Kelner are back again with a creative compilation of stories from some of our favorite authors. Home Improvement is the fourth collaboration of this sort from this literary “dynamic duo.” The basic idea is this. Harris and Kelner contact a bunch of writers and … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 25TH: ANNE RICE & WEREWOLVES, KIM HARRISON, ‘LEGEND’, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, AND CHOOSING YA

SDCC 2011: Anne Rice Talks About Her New Book, ‘The Wolf Gift’ via MTV Geek MTV Geek had the pleasure of chatting with acclaimed author Anne Rice recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. She’s…excited about a werewolf-themed new book she’s working on, “The Wolf Gift” — Get More: Geek: Event … Continue reading

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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: UK FANTASY EDITION

Last week we had Sci Fi e-books for our UK readers, and this week we have fantasy! Enjoy! Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith £0.99 While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead … Continue reading

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AFFORDABLE AND FUN E-READS: FANTASY EDITION

OBS has a new weekly feature! Every Monday we will post a list of great e-books that are $2.99 or under! Even if you don’t have an e-reader (I don’t), you can get discount e-books on a smartphone or your computer. That way you can get great deals without shelling … Continue reading

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OBS PRESENTS: FOOD IN FICTION- HARRY POTTER, MUGGLE FOOD

One of the things that can endear a book to me is descriptions of food. It provides a way to bond with the characters and their world; especially in fantasy books. Even if most of us will never do magic or save the world, we can still eat like our … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MARCH 3: BEAUTIFUL CHAOS COVER REVEAL, WIN THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, THE TIGER’S WIFE, AND ELVISH VS IRISH

Get An EXCLUSIVE First Look At The ‘Beautiful Chaos’ Cover (And Mark The Release Date)! via MTV News What do you think of the cover? have you read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness? What do you hope happens in this one? Win It! Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Box Set via Word … Continue reading

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BOOK HOT LINKS FOR MARCH 2ND: WIN ‘IRON WITCH’, FREE HP LOVECRAFT, IRON FEY SERIES, AMERICAN GODS, PHILIP K. DICK, AND MUCH MORE

WIN! Copy of The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney via Sugar Scape They’re giving away 20 copies, so your chances are pretty good 🙂 H.P. Lovecraft’s 10 Favorite Words and a Free Lovecraft eBook via Tor “Last December, I became frustrated when attempting to find an Nook-compatible eBook, free or … Continue reading

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BOOK HOT LINKS FOR JAN. 31ST: CHERIE PRIEST GIVEAWAY, IRISH FANTASY, VAMPIRE EARTH, MARGARET ATWOOD, AND MUCH MORE

Interview & Giveaway: Cherie Priest- Bloodshot via Del Ray “…Steampunk is not her only interest…so it’s not [surprising] that her new book, Bloodshot, takes her into new and fun urban fantasy areas.” Like vampires. Blend of Celtic Myth and Irish History Makes Stina Leicht’s Dark Fantasy Debut Simply Extraordinary via … Continue reading

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OBS EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: JOANNE VALIUKAS, AUTHOR OF DANANN FROST FALLS FROM GRACE

OBS Staffer Erin had the opportunity to interview author Joanne Valiukas. The review of Danann Frost Falls from Grace can be found here What would you most like the readers to know about the Danann Frost Series? I want people to understand the true depth there is to the story … Continue reading

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BOOK HOT LINKS FOR JAN. 6TH: PASSION COVER, URSULA K. LE GUIN INTERVIEW, NOVELS INSPIRED BY CTHULHA, AND MORE

“Passion” Cover Revealed via Barnes and Noble I prefer the cover for Fallen, but I love the dress. Are you excited for the third book? Audio interview of Ursula K. Le Guin via sfwa What did you think of the interview? Are you a fan of Ursula K. Le Guin? … Continue reading

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BOOK HOT LINKS FOR JAN. 3: RICHELLE MEAD’S GRAPHIC NOVEL COVERS, NAOMI NOVIK, HUGO AWARDS, AND MORE

Richelle Mead’s ‘Storm Born’ Graphic Novel Covers Author’s site Those are really cool! What do you think? Are you excited about the graphic novels? Video: Naomi Novik Reading Unicorns via Del Ray Wow, the anthology really is Zombies vs Unicorns. Are there really enough people who wondered which was better? … Continue reading

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OBS BOOK REVIEW: THE INFERNAL DEVICES #1: CLOCKWORK ANGEL BY CASSANDRA CLARE

Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare brought to you by OBS Staffer Hutchxx When sixteen-year-old Tessa Grey arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR DECEMBER 9TH: YA TRENDS, VAMPIRE ACADEMY VS TWILIGHT, CONTEST, SCIENCE IN SCI FI, AND MUCH MORE

Scholastic Experts Issue List of ‘Ten Trends in Children’s Books from 2010’ via PR News Wire Scholastic, the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today released a list of 10 Trends in Children’s Books from 2010. The list was compiled by editors from Scholastic, including children’s literature experts from … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR DECEMBER 4TH, PART 1: ANNE RICE, GOOGLE BOOKS, SCI FI & WESTERNS, AND ‘THE BROKEN KINGDOMS’

The Vulture Transcript: Anne Rice on Twilight, Her Casting Dreams for a New Lestat, and Her Ever-Evolving Religious Beliefs By: Gwynne Watkins at New York Magazine Thirty-five years ago, Anne Rice single-handedly launched a permanent pop-culture vampire fixation with Interview With the Vampire, the first installment of her best-selling ten-book … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 12TH: THE LOOKING GLASS CLUB, STEAMPUNK, ANTI-HEROES, RAPE IN FANTASY FICTION

“The Looking Glass Club” — An Addictive New Thriller Now Available via PR Web A new Sci-Fi thriller entitled “The Looking Glass Club” has just hit the North American market, and is currently available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com, where both hardcopy and electronic copies are offered. The book, … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR NOVEMBER 1ST: WORLD FANTASY WINNERS, A HALF MADE WORLD, NATIVE STAR, RIYRIA REVELATIONS, LITERARY SFF, AND MUCH MORE

Announcing the 2010 World Fantasy Award Winners! via Tor The World Fantasy Awards have been given annually since 1975, to fantasy authors the world over, and are announced every year, appropriately, at the World Fantasy Awards Convention, which is being held in Columbus, Ohio this year. NOVEL WINNER: The City & … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR OCTOBER 29TH, PART 2: ROBERT V.S. REDICK, 13 SCARIEST BOOKS, FUTURE FANTASY, JUDGING A BOOK BY IT’S COVER

Robert V.S. Redick on the Sorrows and Joys of Writing–and the New Books! By tpasternak at Del Ray Writing is hard. Let me rephrase that. Writing is a blood-sucking, mind-flaying, eyestalk-wiggling, barbed-mandibled monster of a job. It eats you. It eats your friends. It eats your family and your health … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR OCTOBER 24TH: WHAT SETS SCI FI APART FROM FANTASY, AND WOMEN & STIGMA IN SCI FI

“Rationality” sets science fiction apart from fantasy By Peggy – Biology in Science Fiction for io9 In an article published in the journal CLCWeb:Comparative Literature and Culture, Simone Caroti argues that “cognition” is what sets science fiction apart from fantasy, using Greg Bear’s Blood Music as an example. The act … Continue reading

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BOOKS NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 26TH: “WOMEN OF” BOOK CLUBS, VAMPIRES, AND STEAMPUNK

2011: The “Women of Fantasy” & “Women of Science Fiction” Book Clubs! via Peta at Bookling I’ve (already!) signed up for participation in two book clubs next year that I would like to mention here in case anyone else want to join in the fun too. Firstly, Erika from Jawas … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 5TH: THE FALL, HUGO AWARD WINNERS, AND YA VS CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Book Review: The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan By Lisa Damian at Seattle Pi The Fall is the second installment in the vampire trilogy by Academy Award winning director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling thriller novelist Chuck Hogan. The two authors had readers on the edge of … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR AUGUST 24TH, PART 2: WORLD FANTASY AWARDS, EOIN COLFER, SCI FI, AND MORE

2010 World Fantasy Award Finalists Announced by Jeff VanderMeer at Omnivoracious As reported by Locus Online, the 2010 World Fantasy Award finalists have been announced, including the five finalists for best novel, first published in 2009. The winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus OH, in … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR AUGUST 7TH: FANTASY’S COMEBACK, AND THE LONGEVITY OF PRINTED BOOKS

Garth Nix kicks off this year’s Book Festival via The List Garth Nix, the bestselling Australian author of young people’s fantasy fiction, is both honoured and alarmed that he’ll be kicking off this year’s Book Festival with its very first session. ‘I have a new one I’ve been working on.’ … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 22ND: FUTURE OF PUBLISHING, I AM LEGEND, THE CHRONICLES OF AMBER

Why Robin Sloan is the future of publishing (and science fiction) By Eric Rosenfield at io9 Science fiction writer Robin Sloan tried to raise $3,500 from people wanting to read his novelette, but instead he wound up raising $13,500. It’s just one of the ways he’s successfully breaking all the … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 15TH: LEV GROSSMAN ON FANTASY, JUSTIN CRONIN ON VAMPIRES, TERRY PRATCHETT AND STEPHEN BAXTER, AND MORE

Through the Lands of Fantasy: A Conversation with Lev Grossman, Author of The Magicians By Christy Corp-Minaniji at Seattle Pi When not in the hallowed space at the front of the store, The Magicians leads a dual life from one bookstore to the next – sometimes residing with fantasy, sometimes … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 27TH: TEENAGE AUTHOR, LITERARY SCI FI, SCI FI FOR EVERY FAN, AND SCI FI VS. ROMANCE

Straight from the heart via The Sydney Morning Herald Every week, hundreds of would-be authors try their luck. Of the thousands who send inquiries each year, perhaps one or two are asked to send in their completed work. It is rarer still for an unsolicited manuscript to be published. Until … Continue reading

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OBS TOP 5/10: SURVIVAL EDITION

Today we bring you our top books about survival and dystopian societies. Enjoy! Top 5 favorite books about survival – Chris & Dawn 1. The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan– In Mary’s world, there are simple truths. Now she must choose between her village and her future, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW- ANNIE FRAME: THE QUIET ROAD

brought to you by OBS staffer Karolina Annie Frame The Quiet Road Summary Frankford Lucas is the chief superintendent in the police force. He is well respected and well thought of… however, he has a secret. Ever since childhood he has visited The Quiet Road in his dreams. He thought … Continue reading

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