Chapters and excerpts from novels and graphic novels from various publishers

September 22 2014

Horrorstör (Excerpt)

Grady Hendrix
September 15 2014

In Real Life (Comic Excerpt)

Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
April 14 2014

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (Comic Excerpt)

Ben Hatke
Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures.
April 11 2014

Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (Comic Excerpt)

Box Brown
Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin, Brown has created Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.
February 25 2014

The Undertaking of Lily Chen (Comic Excerpt)

Danica Novgorodoff
Deshi, a hapless young man living in northern China, is suddenly expelled from ordinary life when his brother dies in an accident. Holding Deshi responsible for his brother’s death, his parents send him on a mission to acquire a corpse bride to accompany his brother into the afterlife, in accordance with an ancient Chinese tradition that has many modern adherents.
February 18 2014

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza (Excerpt)

James Kochalka
The Glorkian Warrior isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, so it’s good he’s got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza’s got clams and peanut butter on it, so it’s not clear who’s going to want it, but deliver it they will.
January 27 2014

Seven Wild Sisters (Excerpt)

Charles de Lint and Charles Vess
When it comes to fairies, Sarah Jane Dillard must be careful what she wishes for. She may have thought she wanted to meet the fairies of the Tanglewood Forest, but that was before she knew the truth about them. When Sarah Jane discovers a tiny man wounded by a cluster of miniature poison arrows, she brings him to the reclusive Aunt Lillian for help. But the two quickly find themselves ensnared in a longtime war between rival fairy clans, and Sarah Jane's six sisters have been kidnapped to use as ransom. Her only choice is to go after them, and with the help of several mythical friends—from the Apple Tree Man to a cat called Li'l Pater—she'll have to find a way to untangle herself from the fairy feud before she and her sisters are trapped in their world forever.
October 21 2013

Have We Ever Trusted Our Children?

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
October 16 2013

The Shadow Hero (Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
In the U.S. comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comic book characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.
October 15 2013

Tune: Still Life (Excerpt)

Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine
Our hapless hero Andy Go is settling into life in an alien zoo...as one of the exhibits. It’s not so bad: the food is good, and his environment is a perfect copy of his house back on Earth. But everything falls to pieces when Andy realizes he’s been tricked: there will be no weekend visits back to Earth, as he was promised, and his contract doesn’t last one year...it lasts a lifetime.
October 9 2013

If You Think Dungeons & Dragons Leads to Suicide, You Don’t Understand Gaming

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
October 4 2013

Chess Was Once Considered Bad For You

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
October 3 2013

An Apocalypse Makes Way for Magic. Hinterkind #1 (Comic Excerpt)

Ian Edginton and Francesco Trifogli
Decades after “The Blight” has all but wiped out the human race, Mother Nature is taking back what’s hers, and she’s not alone…The Hinterkind have returned. From the last, lost corners of the world they come, a myriad menagerie of myth and magic...but these aren’t childhood fairytale creatures. They are flesh, blood and passion, and they have a long-simmering hatred for those who drove them into the shadows: The human race!
September 27 2013

Is There a Correlation Between Banning Books and Bad Science?

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
September 23 2013

If Plato Were Alive Today, Would He Try to Ban Harry Potter?

Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham
In Bad For You, Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.
August 19 2013

Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Excerpt)

Jeffrey Brown
Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy—a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now...
August 16 2013

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Comic Excerpt)

Tony Cliff
Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.
August 13 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith.
August 12 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith.
August 8 2013

Paul Pope’s Battling Boy (Comics Excerpt)

Paul Pope
Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them - the genius vigilante Haggard West. Unfortunately, Haggard West is dead. The world needs a new hero. A young man from a mystical place descends to Earth, accompanied by his father...
August 5 2013

Dial H #15 (Comics Excerpt)

In the small run-down town of Littleville, CO, a troubled young man stumbles upon the lost H-Dial and all of the secrets and power it possesses. It has been many years since the H-Dial has been seen, though legions of villains have been scouring the globe looking for it and its ability to transform users into a variety of superheros and take on their powers and psyches. Will our hero be able to harness the power of the H-Dial and protect it from falling into the hands of evil? Will this new-found power plunge our hero to madness? And will we ever discover where the H-Dial came from and its true meaning?
July 25 2013

The Lost Boy (Comic Excerpt)

Nate’s not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, he’s thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.
May 8 2013

Primates (Excerpt)

Jim Ottaviani
Tackling Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.
April 19 2013

Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry (Excerpt)

Dave Roman
It's spring semester at Astronaut Academy, and Hakata Soy has lost his heart. Literally. And he's not the only one . . . something is stalking the halls of Astronaut Academy, impersonating the crush-objects of students and making off with their extra hearts!
March 27 2013

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (Comic Excerpt)

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong is a high stakes, action-packed story of the cutthroat world of high school politics. When the principal decides to allocate money to the science team or the cheerleaders based on a student council vote, things rapidly go off the rails at Hollow Ridge High School. How will the cheerleaders get new uniforms if they don’t get the money from the student council? And how will the science team “be part of the robot revolution” at the National Robotics Competition if they don’t get the money? Clearly it is time for sabotage. And possibly extremely embarrassing childhood photographs.
February 15 2013

Constantine #1

Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes and Renato Guedes
Here are the first five pages of DC Comics' new 52 title Constantine by Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes, with art by Renato Guedes.
February 12 2013

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (Excerpt)

Charles de Lint and Charles Vess
In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.
February 11 2013

Boxers and Saints (Comic Excerpt)

Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang's two-volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints explores the stories of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion in China who struggle with issues of identity during a time in Chinese history when many were asked to choose between their country and their faith. While Boxers tells the story of a peasant who joins the Rebellion, Saints follows the spiritual journey of a Chinese woman who converts to Catholicism.