Author Archives: laura

Book Review: ‘Mentats of Dune’

One of my favorite parts of this job is reviewing books. Every time we get a new shipment of review copies in, it feels like Christmas. And when I get a package from Tor, my usual response is an embarrassingly … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Terry Pratchett!

Beloved Discworld author, Terry Pratchett (Sir Terence John David Pratchett, OBE) was born on this date in 1948, in Buckinghamshire, England. As a young man, Pratchett wrote on his website, he wanted to be an astronomer, but, “I never succeeded in my ambition, … Continue reading

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YA Authors Roth and Bardugo Light Up LATFOB

The Divergent discussion at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this past weekend was quite an experience! The event was billed as Leigh Bardugo (author of the Grisha YA fantasy trilogy) interviewing Veronica Roth about her young adult (YA) novel Divergent, which was recently made into a … Continue reading

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Snappy Dialog With John Scalzi at LATFOB: ‘Redshirts’

At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (LATFOB) this past weekend, I got a chance to sit in on a panel moderated by Pamela Ribon, with John Scalzi and Jon Shestack  discussing the progression of Redshirts from John Scalzi’s brain to … Continue reading

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L.A. Times Festival of Books, Day One

It was a gorgeous day at USC yesterday, as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (LATFOB) kicked off! The Trojan marching band got everything off to a lively start, and the truly amazing variety of books and book related … Continue reading

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Los Angeles County Air Show 2014 (click image to see full frame)

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L.A. Times Festival of Books Is Almost Here!

It’s April once again, and book fans from all over are getting ready for their weekend of glory: the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (LATFOB), the nation’s largest consumer book festival. LATFOB is held on the beautiful campus of USC, … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Red Devil 4′

Eric Leuthardt’s debut novel, Red Devil 4, explores the benefits and potential pitfalls of combining humans with networked neural implants. Overall, it’s a fascinating (and disturbing) near-future science fiction tale. The story glides along the surface of reality, so close it … Continue reading

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Mystery Air Objects Seen in Sky Over L.A.

So read the Los Angeles Times headline on the morning of February 25, 1942, the day of the Battle of Los Angeles, also known as the Los Angeles Air Raid. It’s an intriguing story, and witnesses, scholars, the U.S. military, UFOlogists, conspiracy … Continue reading

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Reece Puddington: The Boy with Superhero Courage

Reece Puddington lives in Whitstable, Kent, England with his parents and three siblings. He loves to play Call of Duty, Assasins’ Creed, Uncharted, and Lego games. He’s a fan of Marvel and DC comics, and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Reece has just celebrated his 11th birthday, … Continue reading

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