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Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) by Lois Lowry


Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is a very good example of a young adult dystopian work. Even though it is considered to be part of Lowry’s The Giver quartet, this novel can stand alone. Many who are fascinated with the dystopian genre, like myself, will find this book to be a fascinating introduction, but an introduction nevertheless. As a young ... Read More »

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova


The name “Dracula” brings to mind darkness and evil to this day. He ignited the literary obsession with vampires and still inspires our imagination and remains to a fascinating subject in literature. Elizabeth Kostova’s novel The Historian is an extremely rich piece of historical fiction that traces the adventure of Paul, Elizabeth’s father, as he seeks to find both his missing ... Read More »

Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) by Diana Wynne Jones


Right in the middle of a Miyazaki movie binge, one of my friends announced an exciting factoid: the movie we had just finished watching was originally a book. Surprised by this revelation, I asked where I could find it, to which she said, “Right here.” Like magic, she produced a tattered book with the words “Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne ... Read More »

Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson


Possibly the most-hyped release of 2014, and certainly The Ranting Dragon’s most anticipated novel for the year, is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. And it sure lives up to the hype! This huge sequel to The Way of Kings and the second novel in The Stormlight Archive (of a planned ten) is the epitome of epic fantasy. Words of Radiance is ... Read More »

The Curse of Chalion (Chalion #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold


From the science-fiction genius that is Lois McMaster Bujold comes her first foray into a high fantasy series: The Curse of Chalion. Like many excellent fantasies, this story weaves a narrative of great creativity that is sure to please any genre buff. Set in a world completely of her own making, this story was written in 2001 and was successful ... Read More »

Free Giveaway: Signed InCryptid Novels by Seanan McGuire

The InCryptid novels by Seanan McGuire have quickly become one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and for me that’s saying something. For those who are unfamiliar with the series, the books feature protagonists from the Price family, a family of cryptozoologists dating back generations. They have one charge:  to protect the cryptids (monsters) of the world from extinction at ... Read More »