Fonda Lee’s Epic Picks | BackTalk

Here are 12 fantasy novels and series inspired by cultures and eras that will take readers far from the Middle Ages.

Strange Boys, Vanishing New York, Brollies, and IT | What We’re Reading & Watching  

A jewel in the slush pile, a killer clown, New York’s soul, umbrellas, and some lit for bored and brilliant kids.

Graphic Novels from Fisher & Co., King & Others, and the EC Archives | Xpress Reviews

The diversity of Fisher’s characters and the intermingling of absorbed personalities are well done; this top-notch movie adaptation is a gory nightmare fun house worth exploring again and again; the high artistic standard and compellingly literate noir tales by the industry’s finest

Summer Listening | Wyatt’s World

June is audiobook month, which nicely coincides with the start of summer reading. Here are five must-listens, perfect for hot commutes or epic road trips.

Miniseries, Movie Stars, Short Stories, Coulrophobia, & Mama Cass | What We’re Reading/Watching

The “What We’re Reading (& Watching) gang get comfy with aging movie stars, scary clowns, 1960s rock and rollers, a 1950s wild child, rag-ripping minidramas, and prize-winning story collections.

Busting & Building Bubbles | What We’re Reading

The “What We’re Reading” crew on books that extend outside their comfort zone, aka bubble-busting books. A few bubble-building books creep into the narrative too…

CRUSH edited by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton | LJ Review

This solid, legitimate anthology that reflects on a compelling and universal phenomenon will put readers back in touch with their younger selves

Ch-ch-changes & Other Oddities | What We’re Reading

“What We’re Reading” mourns David Bowie and talks about our best reads of last year.

Family Matters | French on Fridays

I’ve got real, surreal, and unreal families crowding into my brain this week.

Mr. Mercedes Snags Best Novel | Edgar Awards 2015

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King’s foray into hard-boiled crime fiction, was named the Best Novel at the Mystery Writers of America’s 69th Annual Edgar Awards banquet.