jill rothstein

idescendintomadness  asked:

What do you recommend for someone interested in trying some fantasy?

Valiant by Holly Black!

For a modern take: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

- Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library 

Urban fantasy with a tough guy wizard?  Try Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.

Fun and funny satirical fantasy with amazingly profound and poignant moments?  Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library

Caitlin R. Kiernan for someone interested in urban fantasy.

For someone looking for fantasy with a more traditional sci-fi bent, I’d suggest C.J. Cherryh.

- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market Library

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anonymous asked:

I'd love to read something spooky for October to get in the mood for Halloween. What do you recommend?

Nonfiction:  Talking To The Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg. Follows the story of the Fox sisters, whose reports about strange noises in their mid-nineteenth-century home and claims that they could talk with ghosts gave rise to contemporary sâeance practices and modern beliefs about spiritualism.

Fiction: Ordinary Horror by David Searcy.  This is not your run-of-the-mill horror story.  There is a brooding sense of unease and disquiet that permeate the story.  More literary than most horror stories - somewhat akin to Henry James’ Turn of the Screw crossed with Stephen King’s The Plant.

- Wayne Roylance, Selection Team

I love Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Flesichman for teens and adults. There is a lot about Houdini’s death on Halloween plus his wife’s attempts, after his death, to contact him during seances….despite Houdini’s deep seated disbelief and full on antagonism towards seances during his lifetime, not to mention his well publicized campaigns to defrock psychics and mediums. 

For full on creepy, few things - for me - surpass Clive Barker’s Abarat series, Hiromi Goto’s Half World, or Mo Hayder’s Devil of Nanking

- Amie Wright, Mgr. MyLibraryNYC

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