NYCC Reads

Well, it’s New York Comic Con time of year again. While most people are probably excited for the big Hollywood panels, the crazy cosplay and, of course, the comics, I’m always super excited for the new SciFi and Fantasy reads from the publishers. This year will be a bit different with many events split into BookCon…

Maskmaker Mara Makes Masks

Sorry, I couldn’t resist a little alliteration. I was introduced to E.C. Blake’sMasks through a short sampler of SciFi stories. The first chapter looked promising – our protagonist, teenager Mara Holdfast, lives in Aygrima, where all adults must wear masks based on the type of magic and jobs they have. Mara is the head Maskmaker’s…

Charmed by Charming

The protagonist is Spike meets Tyrion meets Disney Prince Earlier this year month I attended a panel where the head editors of the top SciFi/Fantasy imprints discussed “What’s Next” – what are the next great books in the genre. The one recommendation that really stuck out to me was a book called Charming by Elliott…

Books I Judged By the Cover

I completely and totally judge books by their covers and if you say you don’t, stop lying to yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hot guy, a job applicant or an interesting book cover; it only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression. That’s why Barnes and Nobles’ front-of-store table displays are brilliant.…