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Amal El-Mohtar

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The Waters Of 'Lagoon' Are Choppy But Enthralling

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Nnedi Okorafor's new book imagines an alien landing in the waters just off Lagos, Nigeria. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it chaotic and beautiful, though occasionally dizzyingly difficult to read.


'Cold Iron' Asks: What If Tolkien Had Been American?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Stina Leicht's novel melds Tolkienesque fantasy with muskets and gunpowder in a tale of elves at war with humans. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "an impressively character-driven doorstop."


'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.


'Philosopher Kings' Leaves Plato's Republic Far Behind

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The second volume of Jo Walton's trilogy about the creation of a real-world Republic picks up 30 years after events of the first book. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's an expectation-shattering read.


The Craft Sequence: Please Do Judge These Books By Their Covers

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine rewinds Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence. Critic Amal El-Mohtar was drawn in by great cover art and discovered a sharp, smart, unusual urban fantasy series.


Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Naomi Novik's latest is a re-worked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heart-breaking, and thoroughly satisfying."


The Science Of 'Collected Fiction' Is Pure Magic

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Finnish sci-fi author Hannu Rajaniemi's new collection spans everything from haunted spacesuits to the HMV logo. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says her only criticism is that not every story is perfect.


Flexible, Fluid 'Revision' Bounces From Rom-Com To Sci-Fi

Thursday, May 07, 2015

What if you could rewrite reality? Andrea Phillips' debut novel follows an unambitious barista whose life is turned upside down when she discovers a website that lets her change lives with a click.


Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

Thursday, April 30, 2015

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."


Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Ken Liu's debut is an epic saga of gods, kings and rebels, set in an invented world with echoes of pan-Asian myth. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "beautiful, nuanced, fierce, original and diverse."


'Persona' Is A Dangerous Dance Of Diplomacy And Celebrity

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Genevieve Valentine's new novel is set in a world where diplomats are the equivalent of Hollywood stars, glamorous Faces manipulated by behind-the-scenes handlers and stalked by eager paparazzi.


In 'Shadow,' Change And Growth As A Story Sheds Its Scales

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Rachel Hartman continues her tale of half-dragon musician and unwilling diplomat Seraphina in Shadow Scale. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says the new book doesn't just live up to the old, it outgrows it.


Creepy, Brilliant 'Touch' Will Possess You

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Claire North's new novel imagines a world where "ghosts" can leave their own bodies at death and jump to whoever's close enough to touch. Scary, but "reader, I loved it," says reviewer Amal El-Mohtar.


The Consolations (And Controversies) Of Philosophy In 'The Just City'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Jo Walton's new novel, the goddess Athene assembles a history-spanning group of thinkers and sets them to creating Plato's famed Just City — but then she makes the mistake of inviting Socrates.


'The Galaxy Game' Is Rich And Strong As A Shot Of Rum

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Karen Lord's new The Galaxy Game picks up where her previous novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, left off — in a complicated galactic civilization trying to come to terms with a genocide.


Walking Through Light-Filled Rooms In 'Woman Without A Country'

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Irish poet Eavan Boland's latest volume meditates on the gulf between ideas of nation and individual lives of women; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it a "beautiful kind of conversation."


'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.


'Accidental Highwayman' Stands And Delivers

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ben Tripp's young adult debut is a charming romp through a thoroughly theatrical 18th-century England populated by swashbuckling highwaymen, fairies and circus performers.


The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."


Brilliant, Unsparing 'Prelude' Will Leave A Bruise

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Saeed Jones' visceral, affecting new poetry collection, Prelude to Bruise, centers on the experience of Boy, an African-American child negotiating gender, sexuality and family in the South.