If you think that choosing 100 books from such a wide, rich, and imaginative literary field as science fiction and fantasy is an easy task, well, think again.
As we pored over a very long list of books that we loved for a multitude of reasons, we considered criteria such as vision, character creation, world building, and storytelling style. Some books made it to the final 100 because they planted the deep roots of the genre. Some books have transformed entire generations into readers.
For the most part, westerns and western novels are a uniquely American phenomenon. Wild, wide-open spaces are our heritage--as are the intrepid souls who wander into those spaces and try to make a go of it. When we think of westerns we inevitably think of cowboys and the olden days (Lonesome Dove comes to mind). But there are still wide-open spaces in this country. And there are still stories being told about a particular kind of American who inhabits those places.
Here are some conte
This month we selected Jim Butcher’s newest fantasy release, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, as a Best Book in Science Fiction and Fantasy. When Butcher was in town, he told us about his childhood as a reader and the excitement of LARPing, and why he likes to alternate between his high fantasy books and his Harry Dresden urban fantasy series.
Amazon: When you were a kid, did you like to read?
Jim Butcher: Oh, voraciously. Before I went to school, there were kids in the
One of the catchiest tunes to hit the airwaves in recent years, Pharrell Williams' song Happy first debuted in the movie Despicable Me 2 and went on to become the best-selling song of 2014. My eight-year-old loves it, belting it out in the car or whenever she watches the video on YouTube and I still find myself tapping my toes when I hear it.
Now Happy has become a picture book. I admit to some initial skepticism over the concept, but I think the pages filled with photos of smil
Gothic Fiction by Julie Oreskovich of AbeBooks.com
Gothic fiction is a literary genre that has appealed to readers since the release of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole in 1764 - considered by many to be the book that launched the genre. Gothic fiction is also known as gothic horror and even gothic romance as passion, love and lust are usually an integral part of the story.
For those who are unfamiliar with gothic fiction, the formula is simple. Dark decrepit
Sloane Crosley is one of a kind: what some reviewers have called her "slightly cracked" sense of humor and her wry, self-deprecating world view will never be mistaken for anybody else's. The beloved author of the essay collection I Was Told There Would Be Cake has just published a novel, The Clasp, and even if you were blindfolded – which, of course, would make it hard to read – you'd recognize its Crosleyness. We asked the author to tell us a little bit about how she researched her
Andy Weir, bestselling author of breakout science fiction thriller The Martian, has spent a lot of time thinking about how people can survive on Mars. Below, he shares his thoughts on the future of humanity and the Red Planet:
Robotics and computer technology give us the ability to explore Mars better than any astronaut. Yes, an astronaut could get things done faster, but that’s only for the time being. Soon, our rovers will be as effective at terrain navigation and fin
Nothing wrong with a good celebrity memoir – say, Chrissie Hynde, Elvis Costello, or Drew Barrymore. But sometimes it's the so-called ordinary people who have the most interesting stories. This month there are two novelish memoirs – or maybe they’re memoirish novels – that will introduce you to women you might once have known, and lives you might have thought you wanted to lead. Or not.
Eve's Hollywood was originally published in 1974, and a better accounting of swinging Hollywood
Over here at Books of the Month land, we are happiest when we make discoveries – when we find books that are a little off the radar. We also, of course, like to get our hands on the things people have been waiting for and talking about for months. In October we got a little bit of both. Here's Part One of Best of the Month for October, 2015:
Shop on Amazon Print Book | Kindle Book Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt A where-did-
Debbie Macomber has a heart of gold, and every year she pens a Christmas-themed romance in addition to the stories her fans can't get enough of. Here, the bestselling author talks about why Christmas is one of her favorite holidays and how she chases away “bah humbug” holiday fatigue.
From the desk of Debbie Macomber:
It’s no secret that I love Christmas. I decorate six Christmas trees and ensure there is a nativity scene in every room of the house. Baby Jesus
This morning, the National Book Foundation announced the 10th edition of its "5 Under 35 Honorees," all selected by writers previously recognized by the program.
5 Under 35 Honorees are writers under the age of 35 who have published one book of fiction within the last five years. In their press release, National Book Foundation Executive Director Harold Augenbraum says, “Over the past ten years, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program has established itself as a ha