Recently, I’ve been reading Literary Wonderlands: A Journey through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created by Laura Miller. It outlines literary works with the best world-building across history, from early myths to modern sci-fi/fantasy franchises. Inspired by this, I’d like to share with you some of the books with the most immersive settings I’ve ever read, books that had me walking their worlds long after I closed the pages. (I skipped the obvious ones like Harry Potter, which were of course featured in Literary Wonderlands.) Continue reading Best Worlds and Settings in Modern Sci-fi/Fantasy
Before attending the Brooklyn Book Festival this summer, I had never attended a true book festival. The closest thing I could compare this to would be BEA/BookCon—the publishing industry event that I and several other Geekettes have been attending together for the past two years. Of course, there are differences between BookCon and BKBF. Most obviously (and sadly), while the books at BookCon are free, most of the books on display at BKBF must be purchased if you want to get them signed and take them home with you—although I did manage to score a free ARC of a book called Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler. Perhaps a more important difference, though, was in the content of the panels and choice of panelists.
Congratulations to Clarisa (who has been contacted by email) for winning our Lair of Dreams giveaway! She has won a signed advance reader’s copy of this second installment of Libba Bray’s Diviners series. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did, Clarisa!
For the rest of you, never fear! The release date for Lair of Dreams is only a few days away on August 25th. You can buy it on Amazon or your local bookstore, or pre-order it from one of the independent bookstores listed on Libba Bray’s blog for special swag.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated. Stay tuned for more raffles (we have a bunch coming up these next few months), and keep reading!
Last summer, some of our book babes could not shut up about the exciting audiobook they had listened to. The Diviners by Libba Bray was set in 1920s New York City and featured old-fashioned slang, speakeasies, magic, and mysterious murders. This year, we had the opportunity to get signed advance copies of the second book in the series, Lair of Dreams at BEA. And we got an extra copy just for you! Read to the end for instructions for our giveaway. At first we didn’t want to read the book until the audiobook came out, since the audial experience of the first one was just that great, but diving back into that world as soon as possible was just too tempting. As you can tell from my review below, the book lived up to our expectations and more. This series just keeps getting diviner and diviner! Continue reading Diviner and Diviner: Geekettes Giveaway and Review of Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams
With 2014 coming to a close, there are a lot of things I’m going to remember fondly, however I’m very excited for 2015 to start and the main reason is books! 2014 had some great ones, but I’m ready to start reading some items that I’ve been anticipating for a very long time. I also feel that 2015 is going to bring a lot of conclusions to some wonderful series.
The Diviners is a Young Adult novel set in the 1920’s. It tells the story of several gifted young adults with incredibly different backgrounds and experiences who come together to defeat a supernatural serial killer.
I loved reading this novel, and even more, I loved listening to the audiobook. That’s not something I say often. I listen to audiobooks when I drive, and can’t physically read a book, not because I choose audio over actual reading. THIS audiobook, is worth the time. January LaVoy exceptionally helps flesh out the different characters with her inflections and accents. It’s not difficult to know which character is speaking at any moment. Because this novel features such diverse characters, there really are a plethora of accents, the 1920’s inflections were different from ours as well, and LaVoy nails everything. Continue reading The Diviners by Libba Bray: A Review