Crime fiction's most lovable crook returns April 12th in Timothy Hallinan's KING MAYBE.
Unshelved comic strip for 2/11/2016

Author Interviews


Over the years we've done a number of author interviews, but they're hard to find, scattered throughout over a decade of blog posts. So we have begun reissuing them as podcasts, starting with John Scalzi (Old Man's War) and Lev Grossman (The Magicians). And yesterday I had a fascinating conversation with Steve Toutonghi (Join), so you can listen to that one too. Over the next few weeks we'll add many more from our archives.

See a complete list of podcasts, and find out how to subscribe on iTunes and/or your favorite device, on our podcast page.

King Maybe by Timothy Hallinan


If gushing about the book our advertiser is promoting is wrong, I don't want to be right.

Actually, technically, to be completely honest, I haven't read it yet (it's sitting in my satchel). But I have read the four previous Junior Bender books, so I feel that at this point I am willing to go out on a limb and predict that King Maybe will be another winner. Don't take my word for it in this blog post. Take my word for it in my book talk of Crashed, and my reviews of Little Elvises and The Fame Thief, wherein I enumerate some of the many reasons why I love Junior Bender and the fantastic writing of his creator, Timothy Hallinan.

I wouldn't steer you wrong.

Guest Artist

Over the next few weeks we'll be treated to the artistic stylings of our talented friend Chris Hallbeck. Gene and I wrote them as normal, with the usual amount of yelling and personal invective, but Chris did the hard part of turning them into colored pixels. Welcome back, Chris!

Book Reviews


This weeks Unshelved Book Club features books about con artists, Mexican wrestlers, murder and mayhem in Milwaukee, a pyromaniac in love, the history of Broadway, African American explorer Matthew Henson, a bear who lives alone in the woods, and a steampunk town being attacked by monstrous bugs.

And the winner is YOU!


We are excited to welcome back Listening Library as this week’s sponsor. I have spent my evening listening to clips from some of their ALA Award Winners and they are amazing! I was particularly captivated by The War That Saved My Life, and apparently I’m not the only one. It came away from ALA Midwinter an Odyssey Winner, Newbery Honor Book, and Schneider Family Book Award Winner. Now, five lucky readers can be winners too! Listening Library is giving away audiobook collections containing The War That Saved My Life, plus Most Dangerous, which received the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, and Schneider Family Book Award Winners Fish in a Tree and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. Please click through to listen to clips from these award-winning titles and to enter for your chance to win a collection for your library or classroom!

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