The weekly web ramble (12/2)

Links from the web jungle


– A cavalcade of franchise talent talk all things Harry Potter

The New York Times has picked their 25 notable children’s books of 2011

School Library Journal has picked their best books of 2011

– Michael Whelan, the artist behind Anne McCaffrey‘s covers, shares how Anne McCaffrey inspired him 


Tamora Pierce remembers Anne McCaffrey

– And over at Random Buzzers, Tamora Pierce answers a passel of fan questions

Devon Monk gives thanks

– Elizabeth C. Bunce talks Liar’s Moon

Michael J. Sullivan on how his fantasy series came about

– Tracy Barrett discusses the history behind her latest YA, Dark of the Moon

Sarah Rees Brennan weighs in on a defense of Twilight


Patricia Briggs shares a new snippet from her upcoming Alpha & Omega novel, Fair Game

– Check out the first chapter of Maria V. Snyder‘s Touch of Power

– Read the first chapter of The Gathering Storm, the first installment in The Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges

– Check out the first four chapters of Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly