Right Now in Speculative Fiction

The NOOKcolor is here, which means you can now hand over a $200+ gadget to your toddler and test whether he can enjoy digital picture books without breaking the thing. The gadget includes a “Read To Me” function, which is perfect for when you’re sick of reading the same story aloud 500 hundred time in a row (can you tell I have a toddler?). You might also check out my online diary about my own experiences with the first generation NOOK here.

Tiger’s Curse, a fantasy romance by Colleen Houck about a cursed Indian prince, will be the first novel from Splinter, a new teen fiction imprint from Sterling Children’s Books. So if you’re sick of pining for vampires and werewolves, there’s whole new creature with fangs to fall in love with.

Speaking of love stories with bite, Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade is a new release about a werewolf girl who falls for a human boy. You can read about the cover art at Melissa Walker’s blog, but don’t say I didn’t warn you that there would be talk of blood-sprinkled flowers.

The New York Times looks back at the life of Eva Ibbotson, who wrote many fantasy novels for children although she didn’t publish her first until she was 50 years old. Books lovers are mourning her recent death of a heart attack at the age of 85. Her titles include The Secret of Platform 13 and Which Witch?

Please stop buying pet owls for your young Harry Potter fans! I found this article via BoingBoing in which the Indian Environment Minister blames Potter wannabees for the decline of wild owls in India. So if you’ve been trapping owls and trying messages to their legs, consider going back to regular old snail mail instead.

Our own giveaway is still going! Enter to win a copy of The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams here. Rhonda Hayter’s journey to publish this book was quite interesting–read about that at the same link. We have a lot more interviews and giveaways coming up this month, so keep checking back for more.

Parker Peevyhouse

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4 responses to “Right Now in Speculative Fiction

  1. What I found interesting in the news this week was the app that will allow authors to digitally “autograph” an ebook. There’s an app for that!

  2. I was torn between the Kindle and the Nook, but because I’m a big fan of the library and The Kindle doesn’t do “library”, I was leaning toward the Nook. Off I went to B&N the other day and I saw the ad for Nook Color. One of the staffers there was super helpful and now I’m all excited. It’s like a mini iPad, only using Android. Sweet! I’m going to order one.

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