For immediate release | December 6, 2010

New readers’ advisory sinks its fangs into paranormal lit

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the publication of “Fang-tastic Fiction: Twenty-First Century Paranormal Reads,” by Patricia O'Brien Mathews. Designed to keep librarians and readers up-to-date with the hottest contemporary supernatural beings in adult literature, Mathews’ book helps answer frequently asked questions such as, “What’s good besides ‘Twilight?’” Readers can search "read-alike" lists for series featuring their favorite "creatures" with up-to-date, chronological lists of series titles and summaries, including a multitude of adventures starring angst-ridden heartthrobs, superheroes and champions. Focused exclusively on the best of the best, this lively readers’ advisory

  • Rates each series on a scale of 1 - 5 for levels of violence, sensuality and humor
  • Contains more than 200 annotated entries
  • Enables book selection by type, character, series and author
  • Lists all the volumes in a favorite series together and offers numerous read-alikes
The book is also available as part of a print/e-book bundle.
Mathews has had a long career in public education, working as a teacher, program coordinator and curriculum and assessment designer. She is currently a reference librarian at the North Ridgeville Branch Library in Ohio. She blogs at Fang-tastic Fiction.
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Jill Davis