Best novels for kidsJanuary 9, 2015 – 09:32 am

Best novels for kids

As a convener of the Graphic Novels Member Interest Group, I got to be involved in much of the graphic novel programming at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco (of which there was a lot). The session that is quickly becoming my favorite is our Best/Worst panel, now in its second year. Last year our theme was Best and Worst Manga, which included titles for children, teens, and adults. This year we went with Best and…

YA novels About footballNovember 22, 2014 – 12:45 pm

YA novels About football

Now that school’s back in session and the fall will roll in soon, let’s talk about football in YA fiction. There are tons and tons of books that could be pulled into a list for YA readers, that tackle the sport and its influence on high school life and culture. The best, though, are the ones that don’t just offer up great sports writing — which is not easy to do — but that delve deep into the characters who play the sport, rendering them not as stereotypical…

Visual novels ReviewsMarch 25, 2015 – 03:39 pm

Visual novels Reviews

Why don t you come to the Planetarium? The beautiful twinkling of eternity that will never fade, no matter when. All the stars in the sky are waiting for you. even as you watch through this review. Welcome to Rockmandash Reviews, and today I m reviewing one of the most charming stories I ve ever had the chance to experience, Planetarian ~The Reverie of a Little Planet~. Planetarian is a story so charming, and so amazing that I can t help but be impressed…

YA novels into movies 2014 - 2015February 17, 2015 – 01:35 pm

YA novels into movies 2014 - 2015

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,starring Jennifer Lawrence, won t come out until next year, but fans can find out what happens if they read the book. Reuters You’ve heard it from every “Game of Thrones, ” “Harry Potter” and Nicholas Sparks fan: “The book was better.” Screen adaptations are awesome, but reading the book first puts you a step ahead. Not only do you know what will happen, you ll also see what the screenwriters cut from the original…

KGI novels Maya BanksNovember 16, 2014 – 04:13 pm

KGI novels Maya Banks

Maya Banks s KGI series introduces us to the Kelly family. The five Kelly brothers, who have each received different military training, have all come together to create KGI, Kelly Group International. KGI specializes in covert operations, protection and black op rescue. They have infiltrated drug cartels, hunted down sex slavers, and combed the deepest jungles for hostages. KGI has recruited some of the best sharpshooters and intelligence men and…

Popular novels for AdultsMarch 13, 2015 – 02:14 pm

Popular novels for Adults

Pseudonymous winner – Julia Golding (aka Joss Stirling) whose novel Struck has won this year’s romantic novel of the year award. Photograph: Frank May For the past three years I’ve helped judge the romantic novel of the year award, selecting books such as Veronica Henry’s elegant Night on the Orient Express or Jenny Colgan’s delicious Welcome to Rosie Hopkin’s Sweetshop of Dreams – books that could not only be gobbled down in a matter of hours, but…

Novel - the of BedlamOctober 23, 2014 – 11:27 am

Novel - the of Bedlam

In 2003 Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom published The Simulation Argument . This states that at least one of the following propositions is true : The chances that a species at our current level of development can avoid going extinct before becoming technologically mature is negligibly small. Almost no technologically mature civilisations are interested in running computer simulations of minds like ours. You are almost certainly…