Hot Reads in the Good Old Summertime: 20 Genre Fiction Pleasures

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What better way to enjoy a summer day than by diving into the pleasures of genre fiction? Here to help you find your next genre read are members of the American Library Association’s Reading List Council, who annually present their picks for the best in genre fiction. They found a crop of dark and chilling tales to contrast with the sunny weather outside as well as some fun beach reads. The eight genres the council currently considers include adrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, sf, and women’s fiction. The list below pairs each 2013 release with an older read-alike. Whether you choose one of the new books or one of the backlist read-alikes, you’re sure to find a perfect summer title.

Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 10, 2013

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A horror ebook from Neocon, erotic romance during Mardi Gras, a chef with more on his mind than cooking, historical spies find love, and looking for a Plus One

Video Reviews | April 1, 2013

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Reviews of Universal Classic Monsters, Sholem Aleichem, and Give Me the Banjo, plus a full list of video reviews from the Apr. 1 issue.

Barbara’s Picks, Oct. 2013, Pt. 1: David Finkel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Adam Mansbach, Donna Tartt, Scott Turow, Simon Winchester

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Finkel, David. Thank You for Your Service. Sarah Crichton Bks: Farrar. Oct. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780374180669. $27. POLITICAL SCIENCE/INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Head of the Washington Post’s national reporting team and both a Pulitzer Prize winner and a MacArthur Fellow, Finkel did an extraordinary job of explaining the Iraq War to us in The Good Soldiers, a […]

Science Fiction/ Fantasy Reviews | February 15, 2013

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Reviews of Julie E. Czerneda’s A Turn of Light, Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, and Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due’s Domino Falls, plus a full list of SF/F reviews in the Feb. 15 issue.

Audio Reviews | February 1, 2013

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Reviews of James M. Cain’s The Cocktail Waitress, Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue, and Fangoria’s Dreadtime Stories, plus a full list of audiobook reviews in the Feb. 1 issue.

Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, February 1, 2013

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A serial ebook to “Tempt” readers, a horror tale to satisfy one’s “Hunger,” and a twisty mystery to engage readers

Science Fiction/Fantasy Reviews | December 2012

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Reviews of Thomas Boyczuk’s The Book of Thomas Vol 1: Heaven, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, and Helen Marshall’s Hair Side, Flesh Side, plus a full list of sf/f reviews in the Dec. issue.

Xpress Reviews: Fiction | First Look at New Books, November 30, 2012

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Greatshell’s latest lassos the horror in the supernatural as mystical cults battle it out on a Catalina Island. Hanne Wilhelmsen hunts for a serial killer, while battling her inner demons. James delivers another masterpiece involving Austen and a “missing text.” Full disclosure in Ochse’s new military adventure, where secret commandos clash with supernatural threats, reflecting the all too real-life of SEAL Team Six.

Audio Reviews | November 15, 2012

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Reviews of Fangoria’s Dreadtime Stories, John le Carre’s A Murder of Quality, and Bob Spitz’s Dearie, plus a full list of audio reviews from the Nov. 15 issue.

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