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6 Fantasy Books in Which Real Cities Are Imbued with New Magic

Every book's got a setting, and every book’s got a cast of characters. Some books, though—some books have a setting that is a character: a living, breathing part of the story that makes you care and invest deeply in it. In the case of fantasy, often this means creating a location—a world—from the → Read More

5 Gonzo Apocalypses to Make You Feel Better About Your Week

It is the year 2085 in the corporate and environmental wasteland that was once the United States of America. All 50 states have seceded from the Union. Lawlessness is the law of he land, and the fate of what’s left of humanity rests on the shoulders of a young factory worker named Truckee Wallace an → Read More

7 Fascinating Stories of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Twins

There is a lot going on in Seanan McGuire’s latest genre-blending, mind-bending novel Middlegame, most of it centered on two special, if not entirely unique, twins: Roger and Dodger. Roger and Dodger (whose names rhyme for a reason, I swear) are initially the unwitting pawns in a century-spanning → Read More

7 Darkly Funny Fantasy Novels

If you’ve yet to meet Sal the Cacophony, you’re in for a treat. The anti-hero star of Seven Blades in Black, the doorstopping start to Sam Sykes’s The → Read More

How to Survive a Trip into the Woods: Key Lessons From Fantasy Books

Perhaps you like to camp, or long hikes, or to retreat into the wilderness to find peace and serenity. I’m told it is not uncommon—though, I, being a lifelong reader, would never dare. Why, you ask? Because dreadful things happen when you go into the woods—or so my steady diet of fantasy fiction has → Read More

5 Fascinating Uses of Footnotes in Fantasy

The first befootnoted page of The Ruin of Kings, by Jenn Lyons Footnotes in fiction are a tricky business. Handled poorly, they can be the bane of a reader’s → Read More

7 YA Books to Read After Your The Haunting of Hill House Binge

Hello and welcome back to the light, friends. Across just ten episodes, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House—part adaptation of and part homage to the Shirley Jackson novel—proves itself to be creepy, compelling horror that is endlessly watchable, even if you’re watching through your fingers. If you → Read More

5 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Spoofs That Stand on Their Own

Reverence is 99 percent understanding and one percent irreverence. I might have just made up that axiom, but I stand by the math nonetheless. Regardless, few → Read More

8 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books the Biggest Forking Fans of The Good Place Will Love

Holy shirt, do we miss The Good Place. As we wait for the third season of this sitcom of screwball antics in the afterlife, we’re itching to find sci-fi and fantasy readalikes offering the same blend of goofy and earnestness that makes Michael’s neighborhood the only spot to spend eternity. While → Read More

Josiah Bancroft on His Towering Year, and What to Expect from the Rest of the Books of Babel

Without a doubt, 2018 is the year of Josiah Bancroft's twisting, spiraling, ever-climbing Books of Babel series. Originally a self-published work, Senlin Ascends → Read More

6 Robots Too Smart for Their Own Good

Robots, man. You can’t live without them (unless you vacuum the old-fashioned way), and quite often, you can’t live with them—at least, not without massive, → Read More

The Book Nerd's Guide to Hating a Character

Welcome to the Book Nerd's Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose noses are always wedged in books. For past guides, click here. How many listicles and think pieces have been devoted to the intense revulsion a → Read More

5 Novels Written as Genre Parodies That Stand on Their Own

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say, even in the book world. There are plenty of great parody novels out there (Sherlock Holmes pastiches alone could fill up their own bookstore section), but some novels that begin life as commentary or satire on a genre later prove to be lasting e → Read More

The Book Nerd's Guide to Uncomfortable Fictional Crushes

Welcome to the Book Nerd's Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose noses are always wedged in books. For past guides, click here. At what point in a relationship is it appropriate to divulge your strangest fict → Read More

Joseph Fink Talks New Welcome to Night Vale Books, His Favorite Characters, and When the Podcast Will End

Befitting its status as an anonymous city in the American Southwest, Night Vale can be hard to pin down. Sure, there are the Patsy Cline seances at the local record store and the romantic evenings in the Arby’s parking lot that you would expect of any small desert town. But what of Night Vale’s more → Read More

Love Daenerys? Here are 5 Books About Actual Badass Women Who Ruled the World — Barnes & Noble Reads

For a show that spent much of its first few seasons focused on a bevy of male kings (and wannabe kings), Game of Thrones has taken a turn toward its women. → Read More

The Mirror Thief Presents a Mystery Within a Book Within a Book — Barnes & Noble Reads

It’s hard enough to write one book, but in his doorstopper debut, Martin Seay has written three. The Mirror Thief contains three distinct narratives, set in three cities and three eras, which coalesce in a single twisting, turning, metaphysical journey that’s sure to please fans of David Mitchell an → Read More

The Book Nerd’s Guide to Starting a Book Club — Barnes & Noble Reads

Welcome to the Book Nerd's Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose noses are always wedged in books. See earlier posts here. Now that the dust has settled after the holidays, it's time for the Great Plunge: → Read More

A Year’s Worth of Perfect Picks for Your Book Club — Barnes & Noble Reads

Happy 2016, book nerds! Now that you’ve had some time to recover from all those champagne wishes and caviar dreams, it’s time to get down to business: planning your book club’s 2016 picks. Selecting each month’s book requires walking a fine line between art and science, pre-planning and sheer luck. → Read More

The Book Nerd’s Guide to Cleaning Out Your Bookshelves — Barnes & Noble Reads

Welcome to the Book Nerd’s Guide to Life! Every other week, we convene in this safe place to discuss the unique challenges of life for people whose noses are always wedged in books. For past guides, click here. It has been said, in that I am saying it right now, that few things are more sacrilegi → Read More