Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!

of metal~posted by Hayden

Young adult science fiction is like, so hot right now. If you are a fan of violent future worlds in which teens struggle against corrupt regimes (but still manage to fall in love), there are plenty of titles to choose from. Perhaps you’ve heard of a little book called The Hunger Games? Or Divergent?

But there are also lots of other, lesser known dystopian titles to explore. For something a little quieter and more thoughtful, although every bit as dark, try Of Metal and Wishes. Set in what seems to be a far future China, the action takes place almost entirely within a bleak factory where robotic spiders and evil men prey on the powerless. Continue reading “Science Fiction Checklist Challenge: YA!”

Nightstand Reads: Christopher Barzak, author of “Before and Afterlives,” shares what he’s reading

Christopher Barzak will be reading from his recent collection of short stories, Before and Afterlives, on Wednesday, June 25th at the Central Library on Level 4, Room 2 at 7:00 p.m. His novel One for Sorrow was recently made into the film Jamie Marks is Dead, starring Liv Tyler and Judy Greer. Christopher was kind enough to share what he’s been reading in advance of his visit.

Image of Christopher BarzakMost recently, I’ve been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction, both because I love the teen perspective in fiction in general (it’s so up close and personal, very intensely emotional, and in the best cases, hard edged) and because I am a jury member for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy for a third year in a row. But despite reading a lot of YA in recent years, I’ve also been reading a lot of classic genre fiction, like The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Invisible Man, as part of an ongoing writing project of mine (writing short form retellings of classic genre fiction). So the three books I’m going to recommend are all connected to those two spheres I’ve been reading within recently. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Christopher Barzak, author of “Before and Afterlives,” shares what he’s reading”

Genre books for teens starring strong females

“Seeking recommendations of YA fiction, preferably genre. I’m a fan of Tamora Pierce and Jane Yolen. This totally includes science fiction. 🙂 If you have some non YA recommendations I’m open,” began a Facebook post of a friend looking for book suggestions. When asked what it is she likes about those authors, she said, “What I generally like about them is that they write strong willed girl characters who often question societal norms while having adventures and creating relationships. Often they make mistakes, but get the upper hand in the end.” Continue reading “Genre books for teens starring strong females”

Who Says the Dead Can’t Dance?

Ok, I’m not usually a big fan of gore and ghosts, but when they come with excellent characters and a great deal of witty dialogue, what’s not to love? I can’t guarantee that everyone will find these books funny, but that was definitely an aspect that kept me turning the pages. After all, I had to find something to read while I wait (and wait) for the next Lish McBride book.

Image of The Name of the Star, click here to find it in the Seattle Public Library CatalogThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Rory, recently of small town Louisiana, has decided to try a boarding school in London. She would pick a school right in the middle of a sudden resurgence in Ripper murders, of course. And then develop an ability to see and interact with ghosts, because that’s just how her life goes. Smart, snarky, and all around engaging despite the gore flowing on all sides, the first book in the Shades of London series is quite excellent, and I’m looking forward to The Madness Underneath. Continue reading “Who Says the Dead Can’t Dance?”

Nightstand Reads: Author Cory Doctorow tells us what he’s reading

Homeland by Cory Doctorow, at SPLCory Doctorow kicks off his book tour for Homeland with a reading at the Central Library on Tuesday, February 5 (at 7 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m.). We asked him what he was reading, and he kindly took the time to tell us about five books that are coming out this spring.

I happen to have a bunch of book-reviews queued up for future Boing Boing posts, timed to coincide with their publication. I can think of nothing better than to give you a look in to five books that people can (and should!) pre-order:

Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less by Asha Dornfest (of Parenthacks) and Christine Koh (publication date: March 19)
A simple, short, entirely sensible guide to escaping social expectations and personal childrearing anxiety. It’s a book about figuring out the parenting choices that’ll make you and your family the happiest, and to clearing your life of all the stuff that’s been foisted on you as a must-do for modern parenting. Continue reading “Nightstand Reads: Author Cory Doctorow tells us what he’s reading”