<i>Pocket Apocalypse</i>, by Seanan McGuire

In my review of Seanan McGuire's first three 'InCryptid' novels, I gave the author a very specific request for book four: I wanted her protagonist to end the story naked, unconscious, and in need of rescue. I don't want to spoil anything, but McGuire achieves a solid two out of three, and I'm sincerely impressed by her wish-fulfillment skills. Pocket Apocalypse is the second book to feature cryptozoologist Alexander Price ....more

The unwelcome return of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

And in other movie news, the trailer for the movie adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns recently hit the interwebs. Frankly, I'm even less excited about this than I am about the Little Women movie—I give Mr. Green full props for his super-useful Crash Course videos, but why are all of his attempts at fiction so.. ....more

<i>Little Women</i> Strike Back

According to THR, Sony is planning another film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, with Sara Polley as the probable writer/director. I'm not much of a Little Women fan, but it is an important piece of American literature, so I guess I'm in favor of another movie version. I mean, if there's room for a million Transformers movies, I sincerely hope there's room for another Little Women ....more

<i>Midnight Crossroad</i>, by Charlaine Harris

I've always classified Charlaine Harris as an “airport writer”. Her novels are reasonably entertaining, and you can find them in even the saddest, most under-stocked airport book display, but if I'm in an actual bookstore I'm probably going to choose something else. That's why I'm so impressed by Midnight Crossroad, the first book in her latest series—it does a great job of playing to Harris's strengths, but it also proves that she's still growing and improving as an author ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Midnight Crossroad</i>, by Charlaine Harris

This week's Book Giveaway title is Charlaine Harris's Midnight Crossroad, the first installment in a trilogy set in a fictional Texas town called Midnight. The novel plays to Harris's strengths; there's no one better at creating a plausible blend of fantasy and pink-collar Southern life. (Of course, that's not exactly a crowded literary field, but that doesn't take away from Harris's gifts.) A full review will follow later today ....more

So many Cinderellas

NPR recently featured a great article about the enduring popularity and staggering variety of Cinderella adaptations, from print to stage to screen. The article name-drops an 1893 book that had managed to collect 345 versions of the story—pre-Google! I skimmed over the sections about Ever After and A Cinderella Story, but I am 100% in favor of knowing more about the "Zucchettina" and "Little Saddleslut" variations ....more

<i>Bride of the Water God</i> on TV?

Manga/manhwa fans take note: according to Dramabeans, Mi-Kyung Yun's popular Korean series Bride of the Water God is going to be adapted into a TV drama. The show is being developed by drama writer Jung Yoon-jung, who previously adapted a classic Korean folktale into 2012's alternately sweet and strange Arang and the Magistrate, so she's got plenty of experience with making historical fantasy work in a 16- to 20-episode long format ....more

<i>Bad Magic</i>, by Pseudonymous Bosch

As I read Pseudonymous Bosch's Bad Magic, I had a bizarre feeling I was reading a junior-division version of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation. Bad Magic is a lot less creepifying (thankfully), but it covers similar ground—a mysterious, isolated place, a half-explained plot, and a weird blend of fantasy and reality. When an angry phrase from Clay's journal turns up spray-painted on a school wall, Clay's parents ship him off to the Earth Ranch, a summer camp for troubled kids located on a remote volcanic island ....more

Weekly Book Giveaway: <i>Bad Magic</i>, by Pseudonymous Bosch

This week's Book Giveaway is Pseudonymous Bosch's middle-grade novel Bad Magic, which seems to be a spin-off of his The Name of This Book is Secret series. I haven't read Bosch's earlier novels, but many a sixth-grader has enthusiastically recommended them to me, and I approve of the fact that, as pen names go, "Pseudonymous Bosch" is much cooler than "Lemony Snicket" or "Pittacus Lore". (Plus—unlike Lore—Bosch hasn't written a falsified "memoir" ....more

I WANT THIS

Okay, I'm in love: I like all the alphabet posters created by FiftyFiveHi's (particularly the ones inspired by the collection at the American Museum of Natural History), but I absolutely need to own this Mythical Creatures Alphabet Poster. I'm a little surprised they went with Medusa rather than Mermaids, and sad about the lack of banshees, but this still needs to be gracing my office, STAT ....more