LJ Media | Review Alert, February 15, 2018

Irish reader Gerard Doyle narrates with gravitas and grit Bester’s truly original and bizarre future; libraries should be prepared to offer Zevin’s skillfully crafted novel in all formats; a remarkable portrait of the possibilities and power of unconditional love; an uncomfortable (and rightly so) call to action—a must!

Editors’ Spring Picks: 34* Titles To Wave a Flag About

From bone-chilling true crime to poignant family dramas to delightful romantic romps, these 34 picks are top-of-list reads.

Kabuki Theater, Gotham by Gaslight, Louis Malle’s Paris, Night of the Living Dead, Tom Jones, Family Drama | Trailers: What’s Coming on DVD/Blu-ray |

From Batman: Gotham by Gaslight to Night of the Living Dead to classic Tom Jones

Glory, Kedi, The Madness of King George, Rebecca, Ronin | Fast Scans: Top Foreign & Indie Picks

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov adroitly skewer a corrupt bureaucracy; Ceyda Torun’s purr-fect meditation on the nature of felines and the people who love them; Oscar-winning art direction reigns in this HD debut; John Frankenheimer reestablishes his chops as an action-thriller director with Ronin

LJ Media | Review Alert, February 1, 2018

A terrific trio of narrators brings gentle nuance and empathic energy to Allende’s latest best seller; Hoffman’s latest is going to be in high demand; a genuine appreciation of the legacy of Hans and Margret Rey, the creators of ­Curious George; a rousing film, Rumble is well worth the watch

Best Media 2017: Audiobooks

The best audiobooks of 2017 include short story collections, debut novels, memoirs, true crime, astrophysics, and poetry.

Best Media 2017: Games

LJ’s new gaming columnists have chosen their favorite games of the year. The titles include board games, video games, and a mobile title that will appeal to a wide range of patrons with differing interests and experience.

Best Media 2017: Music

This year, our ears were graced by many great albums—even a few brilliant ones. But two stood out from the crowd: Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds—my pick for album of the year—and ­Thundercat’s Drunk.

Best Media 2017: DVDs

LJ video reviewer/Fast Scans columnist Jeff T. Dick sticks to feature films for this annual best-of, listing more independent and international titles with greater diversity in genre and format

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.