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The Weirdness

The Devil and His Pets

In many stories about the Devil, a pet helps him with his mischief, like a witch's familiar.  After all, being the ultimate evil in the world must be tiring, lonely work. Or perhaps the Devil is just a misunderstood character. Whichever the case may be, sometimes he needs the comfort and help that only a pet can bring. I originally wanted this list to be all about the Devil's cat, but I could only find a couple of examples, so I expanded the parameters to include other pets. 

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Reign Like Victoria

In the new historical drama series "Victoria" on PBS, Queen Victoria is eighteen years old when she comes to the throne. What if a story like hers took place in a fantasy kingdom or an alternate historical timeline? Here are a selection of young adult novels featuring a young princess facing challenges and dangers as well as adjusting to the responsibilities of being a reigning Queen. Copies are available to check out and download from the library.

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Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #3: Read a book about books

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook.

The Eye of the World

Westeros Withdrawal

Fantasy Series to Read While You Wait for the Next 'Game of Thrones' Novel

Listen, not all authors can be Stephen King or James Patterson, churning out one, sometimes two, books a year. Some writers just need more time to get their stories down in print.

Dragonflight

A Love for Dragon Lore

There are few supernatural characters that I cannot resist when I peruse new fantasy titles. One is vampires, and the other is dragons! I love stories with dragons and wish dragons were real, so it is incredibly hard to pick favorite stories. However, here are some particular favorites, some classic, some new, and one with tacos (because everyone loves tacos)!

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Get Your Gears Turning with these Steampunk Books

Where Fantasy and History Meet - and Twist

Are you a fantasy reader who has never found a historical novel you liked? Or the opposite – a historical fiction lover left cold by most fantasy novels? Steampunk might be just the genre for you! Steampunk is blatant historical anachronism, blending and bending history and fantasy to great effect. Try one of these books for a trip back in time - with a twist.  

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Picture this!

Historical Young Adult Literature

Usually when one thinks of young adult literature, the first associations that may come to mind are magic or fantasy. It’s safe to say that realistic fiction comes in close second – slice of life drama or texts that illustrate compelling characters. But readers looking for something different should try adding a little history to their YA selections – these novels might just broaden your perception of the quality literature that this genre has to offer.

The Worm Ouroboros by Eric Rücker Eddison

One and Done Fantasy Novels

Fantasy novels generally come as part of a larger series.

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YA Books about Fandom

You don’t have to have a Tumblr dedicated to Hamilton or Beyoncé to appreciate these reads, but they may make you want to revisit some old mugglenet fic. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Mermaid Reads

Splash into underwater fantasy

Summertime always gets me dreaming about mermaids. They’ve swum through my imagination since I was a kid, coming to the surface (pun slightly intended) every time I stand on the beach, watching waves crash and hoping to spot a long, finned tail. Or even when I’m at the pool, and the trick of the light glinting off the too-blue waters maybe tricks me into seeing something I wish was there.

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