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BOOK HOTLINKS FOR FEB 14TH: FOREVER EXCERPT, E-BOOKS, VAMPIRE FICTION GAME, TOLKIEN, AND MORE

Maggie Stiefvater reads from FOREVER via Maggie Stiefvater Forever is the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (after Shiver and Linger) and will be out July 12th. I cannot recommend Shiver enough. The Pitfalls of E-Book Buying: What to Look Out for Before You Purchase via PC … Continue reading

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BOOK HOTLINKS FOR FEB. 8TH: LOVE TRIANGLES, CYBERPUNK, STEAMPUNK, RACHEL COHN, AND PROPHETIC SCI FI

10 Bizarre Love Triangles in Science Fiction and Fantasy via io9 “[S]cience fiction and fantasy have given us plenty [of] freaky love triangles — here are 10…contenders.” Here Comes Trouble: Tor Books Unearths Lambda Literary Award Winning Cyberpunk Masterwork via Barnes and Noble I’m not as familiar with Cyberpunk as … 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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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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‘I AM NUMBER FOUR’ TRAILER

via Danny Bowes at Tor Based on the popular young-adult novel (one of whose co-writers, I was highly amused to learn, is James Frey) comes the no-expenses-spared cinematic adaptation I Am Number Four. Overseen by the inimitable Michael Bay—famous for his quiet, sensitive, meticulously observed meditations on the human condition—and … 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 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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BOOK NEWS FOR OCTOBER 8: ‘MYSTEERIE MANOR’, ‘I SHALL WEAR MIDNIGHT’, SCIENCE FICTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES, AND BECCA FITZPATRICK

New Murder Mystery Introduces a Paranormal Mansion, Psychic and Detectives Via PR.com Mysteerie Manor, a new murder mystery by Sharon Hays, is the first in a series that tells the story of a historical mansion and its connection to paranormal and criminal activity. Mysteerie Manor follows Maryanne O’Donnell, a young … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 29TH: SUCKY RE-READING, ROMANCE HEROINES, SEX IN SCI FI, IAIN M. BANKS, AND SCI FI VS REALISM

The Suck Fairy Jo Walton at Tor The Suck Fairy is an artefact of re-reading. If you read a book for the first time and it sucks, it’s nothing to do with her. It just sucks. Some books do. The Suck Fairy comes in when you come back to a … 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 SEPTEMBER 1ST, PART 2: NEAL STEPHENSON & GREG BEAR, SCI FI, STAR WARS, AND MORE

Best-Selling Authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, With Subutai Corporation, Announce The Mongoliad on World’s First Social Book Platform via PR Newswire Bestselling authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear, along with Subutai Corporation, announced today the launch of The Mongoliad, the first digital novel on a social book platform. A … 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 16TH: EXOTIC SCI FI, MOCKINGJAY, A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, AND MUCH MORE

New Exotic sci-fi: The Windup Girl and River of Gods by Noah at Cinefugue Science fiction stories are generally extrapolations of current trends. With the relative decline of the West and Japan, writers have begun to think about the possibility that the future might belong to Somewhere Else. The most … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 23RD: SCIENTISTS & SCI FI, AUTHOR ADVICE, HUNGER GAMES TOUR, AND MORE

Why Scientists Should Read Science Fiction by Hannah Waters at geekosystem I write this post going into science fiction as a fan, but also unaware of how most scientists think about it.  I can imagine two central viewpoints: (1) scientists who enjoy it (like myself), simultaneously as entertainment and a … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 19TH, PART 1: DYSTOPIA, FREE E-BOOKS, AND MORE

Which Dystopian Future Is Right For You? by Chelsea Bauch at Flavorwire Call it society’s weirdest guilty pleasure, but lately it seems like there are more apocalyptic fantasies than those of the fairytale variety. From zombies to pandemics, tyrannical dictatorships to machine takeovers — and plenty of foreboding real world … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 12TH: NEIL GAIMAN, FREE DANANN FROST PREVIEW, BIRTH OF SCI FI, H.P. LOVECRAFT, AND MORE

Stories: All-New Tales Review by Roz Kaveney at Financial Times Anthologies are almost as hard to review as they are to edit. This is especially true when, as here, the emphasis of the editors is on something intangible rather than on some very obvious organising principle. We can judge collections … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JULY 8TH: THE SUCCESS OF PARANORMALS, AND WRITING & PUBLISHING SCIENCE FICTION

The Success of Paranormals: Why is the Genre Taking a Big Bite of Publishing Sales? by Caridad Piñeiro at Tor When you think about the current state of the economy, it’s no wonder that certain book sales are not only holding steady, but on the rise. Why is that? For … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 29TH, PART 1: SCIENCE FICTION & PHILOSOPHY, SUMMER READING, AND CHRISTIAN SCI FI

Interview: Science Fiction and Philosophy – From Time Travel to Superintelligence By Liam Cooper at The Philosopher’s Eye Susan Schneider is an assistant professor of philosophy (University of Pennsylvania), and the author of Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence. As well having an avid interest in science … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 23RD: KRAKEN, RICHELLE MEAD, NEW IAIN M. BANKS, AND MUCH MORE

A giant squid, Nazis, a Trek-obsessed magician. We’re so there. By Nick Mamatas at Sci Fi Wire Kraken is fantasist China Mieville’s most realistic novel to date. Sure, one can trip over a bar set that low, but Mieville’s examination of the microcults and the infighting of marginal religions in … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 9TH, PART 2: VAMPIRES, FREE iBOOKS, ANDROID KARENINA, AND THE HUNGER GAMES

Marmee Noir returns in Blake vampire series By J. Stephen Bolhafner at St. Louis Today Anita Blake’s guns blaze and her love life becomes ever more complicated in “Bullet,” the 19th book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. Those who think the erotic interludes in Laurell K. Hamilton’s novels … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR JUNE 2ND: LIGHTSPEED MAGAZINE, NEW VAMPIRES, BONESHAKER, AND MORE

It’s launch day for new science fiction magazine Lightspeed By Annalee Newitz at io9 Indie SF publisher Prime Books is publishing a new online magazine of science fiction and essays called Lightspeed. Edited by John Joseph Adams, formerly of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed aims to “push the envelope.” Now … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 30TH: SCIENCE IN SCI FI, VAMPIRE DIARIES, AND REAL BOOK LOVERS READ SCI FI

Can I get some Science with my Fiction? By Matthew S. Dent I’ve been thinking about what precisely science-fiction is. It covers a great deal of subgenres, some of which I’ve written in. But the fundamental idea behind it is in the name, I think. Science-fiction. Equal measures of each. … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 28TH: HARRY POTTER, NECROMANCER AND MORE, ALTERNATE HISTORY

Why Our Children Must Quid-ditch Harry Potter for the Magic of Science By Sir James Dyson via The Sun To get Britain out of this current Muggle we need to turn fantasy into reality. Engineers and scientists turn fantasy into reality – they redefine what is possible and achieve the … 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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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 17TH: TWITTER BOOK CLUB, PRIZES FOR READING, AND JANE SLAYRE

One Book, One Twitter: the world’s largest book club? By Marjorie Kehe at The Christian Science Monitor Don’t believe what you read, says author and editor Jeff Howe. “The Internet is not destroying literature.” If anything, he argues, “the new medium could breathe new life into a few old ones.” … Continue reading

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BOOK NEWS FOR MAY 13TH: VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY, PARANORMAL ROMANCE, TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE, AND LIVING IN A SCI FI NOVEL

Author stakes claim in new vampire anthology By Trevor Suffield at Winnipeg Free Press Move over Edward and Bella, and put a stake in it Lestat — Charleswood resident Ron Hore is the newest fang in vampire fiction. The father of five and grandfather of six recently had one of … 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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BOOK REVIEW GRAHAM PARKE- NO HOPE FOR GOMEZ!

Brought to you by OBS staffer Karolina_Avalon Summary The Blurb: It’s the age-old tale: Boy meets girl. Boy stalks girl. Girl already has a stalker. Boy becomes her stalker-stalker. We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly. When Gomez Porter becomes a test … Continue reading

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