Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

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January 16, 2013

I was actually a little scared to start this book. The whole world seemed to have gone to crap in Ghost Story with all my favorite characters suffering, and Harry as an indentured servant for a mad faerie queen. First of all, I was worried it was going to be hideously depressing. How was he going to be able to deal with all the people who thought he was dead? How would they react when they found out what he’d become?

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YA REWIND: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander

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December 19, 2012

Today on YA Rewind, after an unexpected hiatus, I’ve gone back to the works of Lloyd Alexander for what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. I talk about how magic helps the moral go down, discuss the changes planned for this podcast in the new year, and finish with Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: Tales of Magic by Edward Eager

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October 17, 2012

Today on YA Rewind, I’m talking about not one, but four books: the Tales of Magic series by Edward Eager. I’ll talk about sequels that span a generation gap, and the benefits or lack thereof in marketing books as a series, before finishing with that old favorite, Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

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September 20, 2012

Today on YA Rewind I revisit T.A. Barron’s YA fantasy The Lost Years of Merlin, which has been repackaged as ‘The Lost Years: Merlin, Book 1,’ and is scheduled to hit movie theatres in 2013 – though there’s no word on whether or not there’s even a finished script. I toss out a few casting suggestions for the Casting Couch, and of course, no episode would be complete without Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

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August 29, 2012

Today on YA Rewind I talk about Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s The Egypt Game and the ways fiction can inspire a love of other cultures, when they’re wrapped around interesting characters. Then I’ll talk a little about YA and Feminism with a recap of the panel I attended at Geek Girl Con in Seattle. Later, I’ll share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfeld

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August 8, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind I’m joined by three friends for a chat about their childhood favorites, then I talk about using fiction to teach kids about history, as with Henry Winterfeld’s Detectives in Togas, and the surprise discovery that the original 1956 text was written in German. Later I bring back my friends to share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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YA REWIND: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

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July 25, 2012

In this episode of YA Rewind I talk about middle grade fiction and books for young readers including a favorite from when I was a kid: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Then I explore the differences between the rules of magic for kids and the rules of magic for adults, and later I share a performance from Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

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The Power of Nostalgia: Interview With the Author of Geekomancy

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June 25, 2012

In Geekomancy, forthcoming from Pocket Books, author Michael Underwood introduces us to Rhiannon “Ree” Reyes, a barista-slash-screenwriter-slash-geek who discovers the ability to turn science fiction and fantasy props into actual power and pick up super skills from watching TV. With barely a glance over her shoulder, Ree jumps into a world where Magic cards are actually magic, strangers from Faerie hang out in bars, and Aberrant Muses encourage suicides so the Duke of Pwn can get their souls.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman

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April 2, 2012

Like a lot of kids, I used to wish the fantasy worlds I read about really existed. It was a not-so-secret hope that I’d have a magic adventure like the siblings in the Chronicles of Narnia or Edward Eager books, even though I knew from a very young age it was never actually going to happen (I don’t have brothers or sisters.) But there was always that little voice in my head that reminded me no one ever expected to be carried off to another world, and, in fact, that was sort of the point.

So I could easily relate to Quentin Coldwater, the main character in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. At least at first.

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