This week's round-up of fantasy and science fiction from around the blogs (8/9/15)

Here's this week's round-up, brought to you on a  beautiful day here in southern New England (although we need rain....).  Let me know if I missed your post!

The Reviews

100 Cupboards, by N.D Wilson, at Dead Houseplants

Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in My…, by Adam Mansbach & Alan Zweibel, at Mom Read It

The Book of Storms, by Ruth Hatfield, at The Book Monsters

Circus Mirandus, by Cassie Beasley, at The Book Wars

A Curious Tale of the In-Between, by Lauren DeStefano, at Jen Robinson's Book Page

The Disapperance of Emily H., by Barrie Summy, at Read Love

Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke, at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Dragons of the Dark Rift, by Kevin Gerard, at Mother Daughter and Son Book Reviews

Goddess Girls books 9-11, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, at Small Review

The Hostage Prince, by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple, at Read Till Dawn

The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold, at Pages Unbound

Lilliput, by Sam Gayton, at Charlotte's Library

Mark of the Thief, by Jennifer Nielsen, at Nerdy Book Club

My Diary from the Edge of the World, by Jodi Lynn Anderson, at SLJ

The Princess Curse, by Merrie Haskell, at Nooks and Crannies

Princess Juniper of the Hourglass, by Ammi-Joan Paquette, at Word Spelunking

Ranger in Time series, by Kate Messner, at Redeemed Reader

Renegade Magic, by Stephanie Burgis, at Leaf's Reviews

The School for Good and Evil series, by Soman Chainani, at A Backward's Story

School for Sidekicks, by Kelly McCullough, at Ms. Yingling Reads

Smek for President, by Adam Rex, at Read Till Dawn

The Time of the Ghost, by Diana Wynne Jones, at The Book Smugglers

Trollhunters, by Guillermo Del & Daniel Kraus, at SLJ

Valiant, by Sarah McGuire, at Bookyurt

Winter Turning, by Tui T. Sutherland, at Hidden in Pages

Authors and Interviews

S.E. Grove (The Golden Specific) at The Book Smugglers

Cornelia Funke (Dragon Rider, Inkheart), at The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Liz Kessler talks about The Wishing Chair at The Guardian

Emma Carroll (In Darkling Wood) at Fluttering Butterflies

Janet Fox (The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle) at Elizabeth O. Delumba

Other Good Stuff

"Magical Realism or Fantasy?" at Project Mayhem

A Tuesday Ten of middle grade sci fi at Views from the Tesseract

The program for Kidlitcon 2015 will be released early next week; stay tuned!
And all stay tuned for the call for Cybils panelists, coming in the middle of the month.  All of you whose blogs show up in these round-ups on a regular basis would make great panelists in Middle Grade Speculative Fiction....


  1. I reviewed the first five books in the Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence: http://emeraldcitybookreview.com/2015/08/the-wolves-chronicles-part-one.html. Sort of fantastical history rather than classic fantasy.

  2. I've thought about Wolves before, and I just don't think this one is fantasy. The alternate history bit doesn't happen yet, and though the wolves behave oddly it isn't magical. Later books in the series, things happen that really aren't part of the normal world, but here not so much....

    1. I guess it depends on how you define fantasy! There are certainly things and events that defy reason and the laws of nature, but not magic per se. (from "Black Hearts in Battersea" onward -- "Wolves" is more of a straight adventure story.)


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