Review: Geektastic

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd is one of those books I think everyone has read but me, albeit not in the massive numbers as, say, the Millenium trilogy. One of my cousins picked it up from my favorite independent bookstore the last time he visited my stomping grounds, a woman in my writing group read it ages ago, and other book bloggers have picked through it. The arresting cover—I’ve always loved pixel art—is eye-catching and the subject matter definitely appeals to someone who thoroughly identifies as a geek.

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Review: A Great and Terrible Beauty

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

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The Gemma Doyle Trilogy popped up onto my radar when the last installment in the trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing, was released in late 2007. Demand for it was ridiculously high in bookstores and libraries, and I kept seeing the various novels, their covers depicting the torsos and lower faces of corset-bound girls, on display. Curious, I put A Great and Terrible Beauty on the list, and have only now gotten around to reading it. Surprisingly, demand at libraries has not slowed for this series.

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The Sunday Salon: Urban Fantasy

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My deep love for fantasy stems from playing too much The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time during my formative years. Ah, good times. I find high fantasy–swords, sorcery, and a doomed princess on top if I’m lucky–exhilarating. It’s complete escapism with high stakes. There is, more often than not, a sense of nobility about the whole affair, which, to the best of my knowledge, comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive influence on fantasy with the publication of The Lord of the Rings.

That sense of nobility, or lack thereof, is exactly why I’m not too fond of urban fantasy, where fantastical elements are mixed with the normal, contemporary world we live in.

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