Ready Player One

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Has anyone else read this yet? By Ernest Cline, Ready Player One  is set in the near  future (2044) when the world has gone mostly to shit and people spend as much time as they can in The Oasis, an enormous  virtual reality universe. The enormously wealthy creator of Oasis–the most valuable property on the […]

Borrow this.

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Lucy Hull, protagonist of Rebecca Makkai‘s adult novel The Borrower (Viking, June), is a sardonic twenty-something children’s librarian. Her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian, runs away to escape his parents and the anti-gay youth group they’ve stuck him in. Like Claudia Kincaid before him, Ian realizes that he needs somewhere to run away to, and the […]

>Question re The Help,

>which I have just finished and found interesting in ways intended and otherwise. But I am unsure about a major plot point and will to try to phrase my question so as not to spoil it for anyone planning to read it or see the movie: Did Minny actually do what she said she did […]

Of interest to adults

The Wilder Life

For adults passionate about children’s books, these new biographical works will, through very different approaches, foster appreciation of two prominent figures in children’s literature. After rereading the Little House books she loved as a kid, Wendy McClure renews her obsession with all things Laura Ingalls Wilder and chronicles it in The Wilder Life: My Adventures […]

>Summer reading

>We’ve posted our suggestions for summer reading–strictly recreational–so dig in. For the grownups, I’m recommending Michael Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White, an orgy of Victoriana with a bracing touch of postmodernism and what I think (I’m only a few hours into the forty-something houred audio edition) is going to be a lot of […]

>Mata Haris

>Valerie Plame’s announcement that she is embarking on a series starring a female spy reminded me of one of my favorites, Evelyn Anthony’s books from the 1980s about Davina Graham, starting with The Defector. Subsequent titles include The Avenue of the Dead, Albatross, and The Company of Saints, and while they were reissued with new […]

They don’t call ‘em “graphic novels” for nothing.

Publisher BOOM! Studios usually sends review copies of their entire frontlist — kids’ and grown-ups’ comics alike — which means we get everything from Wall-E and Cars to Pale Horse and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Cindy snatched up The Muppet Show, a series she remembers fondly from childhood, but as a zombie fan […]

Bummer.

Yesterday’s mail brought a letter promoting Henry P. Gravelle’s The Fort Providence Watch. Being a big fan of all things morbid, I’m intrigued by the synopsis: London surgeon Dr. Paul Barnet’s career is shattered by a botched surgery and brazen attack that nearly takes his life. Because of his downfall from society, loss of skills […]

Ruminations on Room

A while back Little, Brown sent us a copy of Emma Donoghue‘s grown-up novel Room, with a note saying they’re hoping to increase the novel’s readership. An international bestseller since its publication in August, Room‘s readers are already millions strong — what LB is looking for with a Horn Book review is not a larger […]

>You probably think this book is about you.

>Scholastic editor and YA novelist David Levithan (whose latest collaboration with Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, will be reviewed in our January issue) has a new novel out for adults. PW and Booklist both like it but can’t quite agree on what or who it is about. Of The Lover’s Dictionary (FSG), […]