Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Is the Zombie Fad Over? Live Video Chat with Scott Sigler

Scott Sigler wrote his first monster story in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. A creator of novels, short stories and screenplays, Scott’s work revolves around modern science’s dichotomy of simultaneously producing good and evil.

Check out our chat with bestselling author Scott Sigler and editor Matt Staggs. Both have been zombie fans since they were 10 years old.

They talked about why zombies are so popular and what’s next in the world of paranormal fiction. Check it out!

Your Reading Life Good for Book Clubs

The Art of Living Superstitiously (Happy Friday the 13th!)

It’s not just Friday the 13th. Any day can bring back luck, unless you avoid the obvious traps.

“Where I come from, the worst luck comes when you return for something you have forgotten,” says Julia Serebrinsky. “Doing so means that your travel guardian angels have taken leave and you are on your own. The only way around the looming catastrophe is a ritual of counter-measure, which admittedly looks a little goofy to observers—it involves looking in the mirror, spitting at yourself three times, and then making a funny face, which makes even the most attractive people look a little like apes.”

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Scott Sigler on 5 SciFi Movies that Influenced His Writing

My main writing influence wasn’t books and authors, it was movies and directors. I learned to tell better stories by watching masters make you writhe in your seat for 90 minutes.

“Those early years of junior high and high school were extremely influential on my work, as they are, I think, for almost every writer you know and love,” says Scott Sigler.

“Here is a partial list of movies that I saw over and over again in the theater. If you’ve read my work, odds are you can see the direct influence of these classic flicks.”

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RIFers Choose the Best Books of 2013

We asked RIFers to share your favorite books of 2013 – wow, what voracious readers you are!

You shared dozens and dozens of great reads – books that we read and loved, too, or that we’re now adding to our TBR pile based on your recommendation.

A few books that topped many of your lists are new books by book club favorites: This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

It’s a terrific list! Take a look and get your first look at your new favorite book.

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The Highlight Function on Your eReader: Love It or Hate It?

It’s a little ironic: technology meant for convenience in our ever-faster paced world actually invites me to take my time.

“At first,” explains Nicole Sprinkle, “the highlighting function on my eReader broke my reading stride. Furthermore, why did I care about what, say, 150 other strangers deemed worthy of highlighting? Did it matter whether or not I, too, found or didn’t find the same text to be notable? What was the point in this collective sharing? Apparently, I wasn’t alone in my annoyance.”

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Enter for a Chance to Win the Best RIF Books of 2013

We’re celebrating another terrific year of great reads by giving away our 12 favorite books of 2013. Among these RIFer favorites are books that got rave reviews and hit the bestseller and ‘Best of 2013’ lists. You read them here first!

From Anthony Marra’s astounding debut novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to the bestselling expose Five Days at Memorial to thrillers like The Andalucian Friend – our Box o’ Books has something for everyone.

Just in time for the holidays, so you can pass them on to family and friends (after you read them yourself, of course!).

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Visual Inspirations Behind The Moon Sisters

We love learning about what inspires authors when they write. We often hear about books that inspire or even music, but images? This is a cool twist.

Novelist Therese Walsh has gathered images on Pinterest – “visual inspirations” of her new novel The Moon Sisters.

The images are haunting, gorgeous, disturbing, inspiring, sad, puzzling. They inspire curiosity. They capture the near-magical realism of this stunning coming-of-age novel, the story of two sisters who take steps to move on with their lives after their mother’s probable suicide.

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Hilarious Photos from Awkward Family Holiday Photos

From the authors of the New York Times bestsellers Awkward Family Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos comes a celebration of those special times throughout the year when our families embarrass us the most . . . the holidays.

From Mom’s homemade Halloween costumes to re-creating a Nativity scene for the Christmas card to that overly patriotic uncle who literally wears the flag on the Fourth, holidays make for humiliating memories that we carry in our hearts for years to come.