“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their…well, Inspirations and Influences. The cool thing is that the writers are given free reign so they can go wild and write about anything they want. It can be about their new book, series or about […]
For this episode’s unearthings: the wonderful works of Christopher Pike! Any other Christopher Pike fans in the house? Anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s is familiar with a few key authors that wrote young adult series’. There’s “Francine Pascal” of Sweet Valley Twins fame. There’s R.L. Stine (and I’m talking BEFORE the […]
For this episode’s unearthings: The Fighting Fantasy book series, from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingston First, a bit of background… The Fighting Fantasy books are a gamebook series–and yes, by ‘gamebook’ I mean the reader actively gets to participate in the story and make decisions as to where the plot goes next. As a younger […]
This Episode’s Unearthings: Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness Since the recent Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness got me in the mood…. Any horror fan worth their salt has seen The Evil Dead movies. These films, directed by Sam Raimi (of recent Spider-man fame–and The Grudge 2, Boogeyman infamy), are genre […]
This Episode’s unearthing: a 2001 Bollywood movie, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham or It’s All About Loving Your Parents I love Bollywood movies. I am not, by any means, a great connoisseur, but I have watched a few and I loved most of them. My favorite so far is Kabhi Khushi Kabhi […]
This Episode’s Unearthings: Let’s go mythical. John C. Wright’s Chronicles of Chaos trilogy and an all time fave movie, Jason and the Argonauts. John C. Wright’s Chronicles of Chaos: Orphans of Chaos, Fugitives of Chaos, Titans of Chaos I feel almost completely inadequate when it comes to reviewing these books. Editorial reviews call this a […]
This Episode’s Unearthings: two favorites of mine, a book and a movie with paranormal elements. The movie, Always: This is a beautiful love tale of love lost and found again directed by no other than the Great Steven Spielberg. It is one of his earlier, less talked about movies, a remake of a 40’s movies […]
This Episode’s Unearthings: Two of my favorite Daughters–Daughter of the Forest and Mara: Daughter of the Nile Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier This is the first book in the Sevenwaters Trilogy. While I have to admit I haven’t yet read the subsequent books, I believe that you can read each independently. Daughter of […]
This episode’s unearthings: About a Boy, the book and the movie. About a Boy by Nick Hornby Nick Hornby is a great novelist who excels at writing about our moderns days; About the struggles to find oneself in this age and what means to be an adult. This is the basic plot of most of […]
This episode’s unearthings: Kushiel’s Dart and Howl’s Moving Castle Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey This book is the first of the Kushiel’s Legacy series (currently 5 books with the sixth coming soon). These books are pure magic. It has a little something for everyone. For the fan of intrigue and plot, there is enough political […]
Ana and I have decided that while we continue to branch out and review new works/movies/shows, there are a lot of older materials that we love and want to discuss and recommend. With that in mind, we have decided to give a bimonthly unearthing of our old loves and share them with you. May we […]
The Book Smugglers
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 : 2017 Hugo Nominee for Best Semiprozine
4 : a duo of awesomely badass book nerds