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Title: Scythe Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: November 22, 2016 Hardcover: 448 Pages In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and […]
Another spectacular, gut-wrenching beauty of a book. Title: Gemina Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 2016 Hardcover: 608 Pages The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” Moving to a […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we get to the last book and we say goodbye to the series and the re-read. For now. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the […]
Title: The Star-Touched Queen Author: Roshani Chokshi Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: April 26 2016 Hardcover: 342 Pages Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of […]
All the llamas. Title: The Geek Feminist Revolution Author: Kameron Hurley Genre: Nonfiction, Essays, Reviews, Literary Criticism, Popgeekery Publisher: Tor Publication Date: June 2016 Hardcover: 272 Pages A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre. The Geek Feminist Revolution is […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews an extraordinary novel: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan A sneak peek of the review: A painfully beautiful story of the apocalypse, it would be easy to dismiss The Sunlight Pilgrims as a novel where “nothing happens” given its episodic nature. That’s only true […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we dive into the drama of book 5. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling […]
Apocalypse NOW, get thee to a shelter (or a generation ship, if you can): the sophomore novel by Corinne Duyvis is as bit as good as I was expecting. Title: On the Edge of Gone Written by Corinne Duyvis Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Amulet Books Publication Date: March 8 2016 Hardcover: […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take a look at book 3, our favorite in the series. WILL IT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews the deluxe collectible edition of Wayward (Book 1) by Jim Zub with art from Steven Cummings. The deluxe edition collects the first 10 issues of Wayward, plus includes some awesome essays and extras from the author–and it’s every […]
A spectacular, gut-wrenching beauty of a book. Title: Illuminae Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 2015 Hardcover: 599 Pages This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet […]
In a word: HARROWING. Title: The Traitor Baru Cormorant Author: Seth Dickinson Genre: Fantasy, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: September 2015 Hardcover: 400 pages THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it. Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant […]
Prunella Gentleman is my patronus and Zen Cho a new favourite author. Title: Sorcerer to the Crown Author: Zen Cho Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ace / Macmillan Publication Date: September 2015 Paperback: 416 pages In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite… The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most […]
I don’t know that I ever read anything quite like A History of Glitter and Blood, a novel so edgy and dramatic and dark and uneasy and different and so, so weird, it almost exists on a realm of its own. It is SO bloody good it makes me want to fall on my knees […]
In which we discuss the brilliant, beauteous, dark, and enchanting new fairy tale from Naomi Novik. Title: Uprooted Author: Naomi Novik Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Del Rey / Macmillan Publication Date: May 18 / May 21 Hardcover: 437 Pages Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the […]
Old School Wednesdays presents Thea’s epic reread of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. May we be well-met, fellow traveler. THIS MONTH ON THE DARK TOWER: The Waste Lands has long been Thea’s favorite book in the Dark Tower cycle… and so far, it still holds that coveted spot. Old School Wednesdays is a […]
Bone Gap is a book about perspective. About the difference between looking and seeing. About fairytales, self-image, the heavy burden that beauty can be and the pernicious ways we look at and treat women. It’s awfully tense and there is this feeling of anxious momentum that runs through this novel. It’s also very romantic where […]
It’s Friday, which means we Book Smugglers are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana, having started the frantic reading for awards season, is talking about a novella by Genevieve Valentine (author of one of Ana’s top of 2014: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. Dream Houses is amazing. Go HERE to see why.
The Feats of Strength are an integral part of our annual Smugglivus Tradition. In previous years, the Feats of Strength were a challenge in which we dared each other to read a book that we knew was so far beyond the other’s comfort zone as to put it in another galaxy altogether. This year, we […]
Title: The Three-Body Problem Author: Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu) Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: November 11 2014 Hardcover: 400 Pages With the scope of Dune and the commercial action of Independence Day, Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science […]
Hello! It’s Friday, which means we’re over at Kirkus. Today, Ana reviews Scale-Bright, the novella by Benjanun Sriduangkaew! And it’s fucking awesome, pardon my French. Go here to get the full story!
Title: Through the Woods Author: Emily Carroll Genre: Horror, Graphic Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: July 2014 Hardcover: 208 Pages A fantastically dark and timeless graphic debut, for fans of Grimm Tales, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and the works of Neil Gaiman ‘It came from the woods. Most […]
Title: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club Author: Genevieve Valentine Genre: Historical Fiction, Fairytale Retelling Publisher: Atria Books Publication Date: June 2014 Hardcover: 277 Pages From award-winning author Genevieve Valentine, a “gorgeous and bewitching” (Scott Westerfeld) reimagining of the fairytale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses as flappers during the Roaring Twenties in Manhattan. Jo, the […]
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation […]
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1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction and popgeekery for all ages since 2008.
2 : a digital-first publisher of speculative fiction and nonfiction since 2014.
3 : 2014 Hugo Nominee for Best Fanzine
4 : a duo of awesomely badass book nerds