fantasy and science fiction book reviewsSmeagol sings Mad World.

Neil Gaiman is more influential than Kim Jong Un.

What happened to the third acorn? Warwick Davis on Willow.

A beautiful fantasy short illustrated film. Dragons and wizards and true love.

Portrait of the Book As Golem, a poem by Jane Yolen, in honor of National Poetry Month.

Science fiction and fantasy books kids should be reading in school, parts one and two. I know a lot of these are assigned in school, but I think some suggestions, like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale would get some school boards up in arms.

BBC America is set to co-produce a seven hour mini-series adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

Moving beyond Tolkien in your fantasy mythology, Juliette Wade recommends nine authors who mine different cultural backgrounds.

Which books you need to read to prepare for their upcoming screen adaptations. I’m surprised it doesn’t mention Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, which just had it’s second trailer released last week.

Apple banned the sci-fi comic Saga from being sold in its iTunes store over a gay sex scene. Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples has earned lots of positive reviews, including from our own Brad. ETA the resolution, in which apparently the internet causes communication problems.

And don’t forget to vote in The Book Smuggler’s Old School Wednesday Readalong” for what to read in May.


  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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