Amal El-Mohtar

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Sooty 'Lungdon' Is A Breathlessly Exciting Finale

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Edward Carey wraps up his Iremonger trilogy with a bang, as the mysterious family of the title marches on its alternative version of London; it's that rare third book that sticks the landing.


All Hail The Glow Cloud: 'Night Vale' Welcomes Readers

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The creators of the popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale are now telling their tales of a strange desert town in novel form, in a new book reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls "splendid, weird, moving."


Fan Fiction Comes To Life In 'Carry On'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

"Meta" isn't quite sufficient to describe Rainbow Rowell's latest, which brings a fictional Harry Potteresque series described in her previous novel Fangirl to warm, messy, beautiful life.


'Baru Cormorant' Will Catch You Unawares

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Seth Dickinson's fantasy debut lays out pages of loans, taxes and commodity trading for his imagined empires — which turns out to be a riveting backdrop for a brutal tale of loyalty and rebellion.


'Step Aside, Pops' Lampoons History With Humor And Wit

Friday, September 18, 2015

From Kate Beaton (the creator of Hark! A Vagrant) comes a new collection of comics that combines deadpan humor with minimalist style, drawing inspiration from often surprising historical figures.


Cities Of Bone And Flights Of Fancy In 'Updraft'

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Fran Wilde's world life happens above the clouds, towers are built from song and humans fly. Critic Amal El-Mohtar says Wilde's new novel is a powerfully innovative work of fantasy.


'Sorcerer' Is A Delightful Romp With Deep, Solid Roots

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Zen Cho's new novel is a charming, character-driven romance, set in a magic-ridden Regency England — but there are serious questions of race and class underpinning the lighthearted action.


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.