LitStack Review: The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson

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The Laughing Monsters Denis Johnson Farrar, Straus and Giroux Release Date:  November 4, 2014 978-0-374-28059-8 If you feel a bit over-saturated with holiday cheer, and need something to counterbalance the saccharine sweetness of the last few days, have I got just the book for you!  It’s not a horrid book, not in the least, nor [….]

LitStack Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

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Hero (The Woodcutter Sisters) Alethea Kontis Harcourt Children’s Books Release Date:  October 1, 2013 ISBN 0-5440-5677-9 Finally!  A book with a girl – well, young woman, she’s at least 16 –  who is the hero, who isn’t confused about the fact that she’s the hero.  Who doesn’t normally wear skirts and doesn’t particularly like dresses [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Nameless Teacher I Never Forgot

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This week, our editor Tee assigned a Staff Pick for us to write about our favorite teacher, or the one who taught us our most valuable lesson, in honor of National Teacher’s Appreciation Week.  I wrote about Mr. Gieselman, my 6th grade teacher, who read The Hobbit out loud to a rambunctious class, and awakened [….]

Blog Tour: London Falling by Paul Cornell

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London Falling Paul Cornell Tor Books First Edition:  April 13, 2013 ISBN:  978-0765330277 Two undercover officers, one a veteran, the other a rookie, at odds, suspicious of the other as far as techniques, motivations, loyalties.  Add to that their abrasive, hard-nosed commander, who will battle for every inch even as he feels the war slipping [….]

Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh

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Twisted Fairy Tales Maura McHugh Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. First Edition: February 1, 2013 ISBN-13: 978-0764165887 —♦— If you like your fairy tales to be more aligned with the Brothers Grimm than Disney, then do I have a gorgeous, entertaining book for you.  Maura McHugh has taken twenty traditional fairy tales, some familiar and some less [….]

Author Interview with Hugo Winner Jo Walton

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Jo Walton is a Welsh-Canadian fantasy and science fiction writer and poet. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002 and the World Fantasy award for her novel Tooth and Claw in 2004. Her novel Ha’penny was a co-winner of the 2008 Prometheus Award. Her novel Lifelode won the 2010 [….]

Among Others by Jo Walton

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Among Others Jo Walton Tor Books First Edition: January 2011 ISBN 978-0-7653-3172-4 Winner of the 2011 Nebula Award for Best Novel Winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel — ♦ — It has been a long term tenet of mine that within every one of us lies a story.  Or, as author Neil Gaiman states [….]