| Jan 23, 2014
Imagine a world in which children brutally slay demons in order to survive, knowing that when they grow up, they'll […]...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 1:13 PM
When it comes to "Fifty Shades of Grey," people in publishing tend to be of two minds: On the one hand, E.J. James' book is horribly written; on the other, it sold like crack-laced hotcakes. So it would make sense if there were some ambivalence this...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Iconic science-fiction author Ray Bradbury lived in Los Angeles for almost 80 years, but his books are heading back to his birthplace, Waukegan, Ill. His personal book collection will go the Waukegan Public Library.
Bradbury lived in Waukegan until he...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 9:07 AM
In "The Shining Girls," the South African writer Lauren Beukes' chilling new novel set in Chicago, Harper Curtis is not your run-of-the-mill serial killer. In some respects, his modus operandi is strictly garden variety. He stalks his victims —...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 9:10 PM
In one of writer Richard Matheson's last novels, when a radio psychologist complains that the woman his wife had just turned away from their door was "terribly disturbed," his wife retorts, "Aren't we all?"
That question was central in Matheson's...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The stock price in dystopian literature has had a banner last few weeks. As the daily revelations on the magnitude of government-sponsored surveillance in the United States have come to light — along with wall-to-wall media saturation of...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 11:08 AM
Ten Years Ago
Destructive winds battered La Cañada for a 36-hour period in early January 2003, uprooting trees and downing power lines. Two homes, one on Lombardy Drive and the other on Angeles Crest Highway, sustained heavy damages when large trees...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
It is a pleasurable thing to have drinks with Randy Albers and we have done so over the years at such saloons as, of course, the Billy Goat, as well as Stefani's 437, the Underground Wonder Bar and some joint in the South Loop whose name escapes me at the...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 12:45 PM
It may not rank with literature's greatest opening lines — “Call me Ishmael”; “It was a pleasure to burn”; or “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 1:25 PM
We talk about books every week in this space, but most of time it's about the words inside them. This week, we have to discuss them as objects, more precisely as objects that should be stored in specific — very specific — ways.