Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

If you think about it, vampires and rock and roll offer up similar experiences – both can be sublimely seductive, extraordinarily carnal, extremely volatile, and, above all else, addictive. So when it comes to vampires in paranormal fantasy, it’s no surprise that I love novels that feature bloodsuckers that are also musicians in rock bands. It’s just a perfect combination of complementary darknesses: sex, blood, and heavy metal. Below is a list of my favorite four vampires who know how to rock...

Read more...
2593 views

For those of you who don’t know, this Saturday (February 16, 2013) AMC will be having a Planet of the Apes movie marathon all day long. Starting at nine o’clock in the morning, fanatics (like me) can watch Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and Battle for the Planet of the Apes, with limited commercial interruptions...

Read more...
2267 views

Anyone who knows me knows that I take my job as a book reviewer very seriously – sometimes a little too seriously. I don’t just read a book – I do a literary autopsy on it, looking for subtle symbolism, hints of foreshadowing, allegory, etc. I even run characters’ names through anagram generators to see if the author is hiding some kind of profound revelation there. Yeah, I know. I have issues...

Read more...
1062 views

I frequently run across blogs and reviews from highly respected review sites that describe characters like Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackouse, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson, and Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan as butt-kicking, decidedly badass heroines. Please, people. Seriously? If you’re looking for the baddest of the badass female leads in paranormal fantasy, look no further. I have compiled a list of some of the most butt-kicking and downright intimidating heroines you will ever run across in the pages of a paranormal...

Read more...
6432 views

It’s nine long, agonizing months until the Catching Fire movie – the second installment of Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally popular Hunger Games trilogy – is released in theatres worldwide on November 22. So what do you do if you’re going through a severe case of Hunger Games withdrawal? Well, I’m not a doctor but I have five exceptional titles – and five kick butt heroines à la Katniss Everdeen – that I believe will cure what ails you...

Read more...
3741 views

The gauntlet has been officially laid down. It seems my little literary quizzes are just too easy for some of you hardcore genre fiction aficionados! So with that in mind, I pushed the boundaries on the Vampire Fiction IQ Test just a little to keep it challenging – this quiz includes releases that are science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and conventional horror. Some are recent releases while others have been around for decades. If any of you get all of these correct, please let me know so I can hang my head in shame...

Read more...
1587 views

Zombie-powered storylines are in virtually every literary category – horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, children’s books, poetry, even erotica! To test your zombie fiction IQ, I compiled reviews that I’ve written for almost 100 various zombie novels and anthologies. Out of those, I randomly picked 13 reviews and wrote questions concerning those releases. Think you know your literary undead? Let’s see how many of these you can correctly identify!

Read more...
1829 views

Ever After, the eleventh installment of Kim Harrison’s Hollows saga – it’s projected to be a 13-book series – gives readers a clear indication of where this storyline featuring endearing heroine Rachel Morgan and friends is headed and how it will ultimately conclude. Or does it? Like the previous few novels in the series (A Perfect Blood, Pale Demon, and Black Magic Sanction), the undertone of Ever After is much more somber...

Read more...
1564 views

Let me start off by saying this: I have nothing against graphic novels, or bestselling science fiction and fantasy novels being reimagined as graphic novels. In fact, over the last few years I’ve read some pretty amazing graphic novels based on iconic fantasy and urban fantasy sagas – George R. R. Martin’s A Game of ThronesBlood Work by Kim Harrison, Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) and Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, to name just a few...

Read more...
1056 views

It should come as no surprise that many bestselling and classic apocalyptic novels have absolutely unforgettable concluding lines. Some of the last lines in my Apocalyptic Fiction IQ Test below are so well known that most of you will instantly recognize them – others are a little more difficult.The list below includes apocalyptic novels that explore many different end-of-the-world scenarios: nuclear war, vampires, zombies, economic collapse, a comet impacting Earth, etc...

Read more...
1344 views

Advertisement