Here we go again. It’s been almost 3 years since I complied the 1st list of book recommendations; and, we’re still waiting for The Winds of Winter, the next book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. Many of us continue to wait, patiently, for this book by reading similar books by authors who write fantasy stories. There… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Books While Waiting for “The Winds of Winter”: Part II
On Saturday, April 24th, it was Indie Bookstore Day (and my younger brother's birthday)! The purpose of Indie Bookstore Day is to support your local and/or your favorite indie bookstore by purchasing merchandise and/or books from them. One of my favorite indie bookstores is Strand Bookstore in Manhattan, New York! Besides being a bookstore with… Continue reading Book Haul: Indie Bookstore Day Edition
What. A. Year. It was a great year for stories—not necessarily publication—but a terrible year for everything else. While the pandemic brought about more time for some readers, I did NOT fall into that category. If anything, then the pandemic had me being more occupied, which brought about less time for reading. Don’t get me… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction Books of 2020
Video games, graphic novels and comic books and manga, and fantasy literature continue to share the same criticism from those who are neither fans nor creators: they are for children and/or they have no place in a classroom or in an academic setting. The fact that such notions continue to be made is a disconcerting… Continue reading Adult Fantasy: Is There Such a Thing?
Well, we made it to the halfway point of the year 2020, which will go down as one of the most pivotal (and the wackiest) years in living memory. Just like everyone else, I’ve been affected by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the murders which led to the international Black Lives Matter movement, as well… Continue reading The Midpoint of 2020: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far
The Nine Realms #4: The Cerulean Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: April 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy I am Cerúlia, the daughter of the late, brave Queen Cressa the Enchanter and the heroic Lord Ambrice. I. Am. Your. Queen, (Chapter Five). When the end of a story draws near, there lies a range of emotion from sadness to anxiousness.… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Cerulean Queen”
The Nine Realms #3: A Broken Queen By: Sarah Kozloff Published: March 24, 2020 Genre: Fantasy NOTE: There are minor spoilers for the previous books in the series. You have been warned. …sure that she was dying with her task unfulfilled, her people condemned to suffering, and the line of Nargis Queens judging her harshly, (Chapter Nine, “Aboard Island… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: "A Broken Queen"
The Nine Realms #2: The Queen of Raiders By: Sarah Kozloff Published: February 18, 2020 Genre: Fantasy I could lend my Talent to (the) Raiders. I could attack the Oros in their lair, (Chapter Thirteen, Slagos to Alpetar). The wait between books in a series are often long. There are times when the book comes out the next… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Queen of Raiders”
The Nine Realms #1: A Queen in Hiding By: Sarah Kozloff Published: January 21, 2020 Genre: Fantasy/Coming-of-Age/Military Fantasy Though dusty sits the Nargis Throne While tyrants befoul and bluster; Though citizens do their yoke bemoan, And the Fountain’s lost its luster: Someday the drought shall be broken, And the wondrous Waters course clean, One dawn the words… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “A Queen in Hiding”
2020 is coming and so are the books. Many of them are to be expected because they are follow-ups or sequels to previous books in a series. Others are either new or standalones books that have piqued our interests. Here is a short list of the books I’m excited to read in the new year… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2020