Beauty and the Beast Redux | RA Crossroads

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The story of Beauty and the Beast, first published by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, is a fraught one, oft used as an example of repulsive messaging toward women and argued over by scholars.

Bingeing, Rewriting, Feuding, Playing, Crying | What We’re Reading & Watching

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The LJ/School Library Journal members of the “What We’re Reading” team are still adjusting to playing for a new team, that upstart “What We’re Watching” franchise. Some are playing both sides. We have a Better Call Saul fan reading Japanese mystery, a Downton Abbey latecomer learning to ride a bicycle, and a horror film geek […]

Lincoln in the Bardo (What To Read, Listen to Next) | RA Crossroads

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In his first novel, Saunders creates a kind of polyphonic spree, with more than 100 different voices telling a tale of pain, loss, and anger but also love and communion.

Neil Gaiman | LibraryReads Spotlight, February 15, 2017

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In the introduction to Norse Mythology, his resonant re-creation before our very eyes of the enduring legends starring one-eyed god Odin, dangerously mischievous Loki, and more, multi-award-winning fantasy author Neil Gaiman says of the world’s many traditions, “If I had to declare a favorite, it would probably be for the Norse myths.”

Norse Mythology | Arts & Humanities, February 15, 2017

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A spectacularly entertaining and elucidating collection of stories with wide crossover appeal; a succinct survey of Norse gods, heroes, and their myths

Graphic Novels from Gaiman & Oakley and Spencer & Co. | Xpress Reviews

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Gaiman fans will find all the hallmarks of the gifted fantasist brought to life; Spencer is recommended for anyone who enjoys a solid mystery that mixes science with some mysticism

February 2017 LibraryReads

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With the new year in full swing, there is no question that this issue of LibraryReads will bring you new and exciting adventures. This month’s list includes master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s retelling of Norse myths; Clare Mackintosh introduces us to her new thriller I See You; while Alex George pulls at our heartstrings with a story of friendship, pain, and hope.

Legends That Live On: Begin with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology | RA Crossroads

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Welcome to Readers’ Advisory (RA) Crossroads, where books, movies, music, and other media converge and whole-collection RA service goes where it may. In this column, the Norse gods lead me down a winding path.

Leckie, Novik, Liu Win 2016 Locus Awards

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The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle. Nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ann Leckie’s conclusion to her “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, was named Best Science Fiction Novel. Naomi Novik’s fairy-tale fantasy, Uprooted, which last month garnered […]

Bleeding Hearts, Group Minds, Artistic Pairings, O.J. Running | What We’re Reading

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As spring creeps ever closer, the members of the “What We’re Reading” team cover a lot of bookish ground.