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Of Fantasy and Daughters

I read my daughter’s first fantasy book to her when she was one week old. Every evening I swaddled her up and rocked her to sleep while reading aloud another chapter of Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. What else was I supposed to do with a tiny speechless creature with big eyes who only wanted […]

British (and Aussie and Kiwi!) invasion

Our fandom knows no borders! Some of our best-loved fantasy authors come to us from across the pond (or, in Garth Nix’s and Margaret Mahy’s cases, across the equator). We’ve highlighted a few essential articles by/about each author, as well some adoring blog posts; click on an author’s name to see all Horn Book content […]

If you only had a brain

Farah Mendlesohn called my attention to this bit of fuckwittery from The Guardian, in which their art critic Jonathan Jones opines that the late Terry Pratchett wrote “trash” while the equally late Günter Grass was a “true titan of the novel,” so why is everyone more sad about the passing of Sir Terry? The dumbness of this point–let’s […]

Remembering Terry Pratchett

Just two weeks ago, the nerd world lost the beloved Leonard Nimoy. Today, we’ve been served another crushing blow: Sir Terry Pratchett has died at 66 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The fact that my Twitter feed is full of Pratchett love and lore is enough to choke me up, but that last […]

Terry Pratchett’s 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction Award Speech for Nation

by Terry Pratchett I am sure that there are writers out there who are capable of telling the world, clearly and succinctly, why and how they wrote the books on which their names and likenesses now twinkle. These would be real writers, who keep things in filing cabinets rather than in piles. They will have […]

Review of Dodger

Dodger by Terry Pratchett Middle School    Harper/HarperCollins    360 pp. 10/12    978-0-06-200949-4    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-06-200950-0    $18.89 e-book ed.  978-0-06-219015-4    $9.99 Who would have the skill, the sensibility, and the sass to put Charles Dickens into a novel and then proceed to write that novel in full-octane Dickensian style? Terry Pratchett, of course. Like his namesake […]