Visual novels on SteamFebruary 11, 2019 – 08:45 am

Visual novels on Steam

Don’t be fooled by the bright colors and seemingly innocent atmosphere of this one. HuniePop on Steam is but an all-ages version of a very adult game available on Mangagamer (site NSFW). Complete with an immersive dating sim, match-3 puzzle system, and a visual novel presentation HuniePop is definitely a unique game. It’s also a successfully funded KickStarter drive from November 2013. It promised originally to deliver by the end of 2014, but a month’s…

YA novels minority protagonistJanuary 7, 2019 – 07:26 pm

YA novels minority protagonist

In order to compile this list, I asked two YA writer friends of mine, Molly Backes and James Klise (; also a school librarian) to help me with some suggestions. The following list will get anybody—boy, girl, youngster, adult—itching to read. I know, I know, a lot of good ones were left off this list, but consider this a jumping off point, and offer your own reading suggestions in the comments! , by James Klise This book, by my friend James Klise…

Visual novels AmericaSeptember 29, 2018 – 12:06 pm

Visual novels America

Former NIS America staff Kickstarting visual novel dungeon RPG Undead Darlings A visual novel dungeon RPG about curing the zombie plague., Mr. Tired Media, a company established by former NIS America marketing manager Ryan Phillips and NIS America localization editor Nick Doerr, has announced Undead Darlings: No Cure for Love , a post-apocalyptic dungeon RPG / visual novel / “horror comedy” game planned in May 2016. A Kickstarter launched today is…

New novels fictionJuly 11, 2018 – 12:05 pm

New novels fiction

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Waters, James Ellroy, Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Hilary Mantel and Howard Jacobson. Photographs: Murdo MacLeod/Richard Saker/Sarah Lee/Marco Garcia Murdo Macleod/Richard Saker/Sarah Lee/Marco Garcia AUGUST PR Throughout his career, Amis has had a fascination with the Holocaust and the problem of how to engage imaginatively with a historical horror beyond imagination. He set his 1991 novel, Time s Arrow, in a world…

YA novels to moviesApril 2, 2018 – 11:46 am

YA novels to movies

YA novels that will be/were/currently have plans to be made into films. Some have already been made, some are being made, and some are in the cross-your-fingers-that-they-get-made-and-don t-suck stage. 1. Nemirtinguju kronikos: nuostabus sutverimai (2013) Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town. (124 mins.)…

Literature genres for Common CoreSeptember 1, 2017 – 11:42 am

Literature genres for Common Core

The Common Core Standards are easier to navigate once you realize they are organized into four main sections: Standards 1 through 3 deal with text types (genres) and purposes for writing. These standards also address numerous skills important to each of the three umbrella genres the standards cover: narrative, persuasive (argument), and expository/informational (these two are not identical, but are definitely related). More on genre in just a moment…

Latest novels releasedAugust 22, 2017 – 11:42 am

Latest novels released

“In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.” That could have been ripped from the headlines of a horrifying news event. As it happens, that’s the premise…