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), […]

Snowbound with Lady Dedlock

By Mary Downing Hahn Snow…days and days of snow falling thick and heavy, blotting out the neighbors’ houses, blurring the horizon so I can’t tell where the earth ends and the sky begins. Snow so deep I can’t go to the mailbox, drifts of snow piling up against the fence, blocking roads, closing schools and […]

>We have liftoff

> and I’ll be signing at BEA if you’re in the neighborhood.

>Two questions about mystery writing

>I’m reading (listening to) Lisa Scottoline’s latest Bennie Rosato mystery, Think Twice. It’s too preposterous for its own good (Bennie’s evil identical twin Alice buries alive and then impersonates our heroine), but like many a mediocre book it makes me think about how good books get written. My first question is about suspense, and I’m […]

>Presents

>We’re working on a feature for the May issue, “What Makes a Good Graduation Gift Book?” and it’s causing me to think about how complicated gift-giving can be. As Betty Carter says in the article, any gift of a book comes with an agenda: here’s what I like or think is important and/or here’s what […]

>Infer this.

>Magazine reviewer Jonathan Hunt offers his picks for the five best YA works of fiction this year over at NPR. I will nitpick that one of the choices is not fiction and another not YA but all five are good books. Three of them appear on our Fanfare list, which will be whizzing its way […]

>We skipped the maple candy, too

> Back from Vermont–we did get to visit the Patersons (that Katherine bakes a mean scone and gave us plenty to take back to our Killington chalet, no snow but there was a hot tub) but not JRL as poor Buster was by then too exhausted and disoriented to either move or leave behind. (He […]