January 6, 2013 After more than 20 years, The Wheel of Time series is ending with the release of the 14th volume, A Memory of Light. NPR's Petra Mayer has read all of the books — plus the prequel — and she says that while the writing is workmanlike, the vast world that author Robert Jordan created will suck you in.
October 4, 2012 Author Jasper Fforde is well known for his Thursday Next series of literary fantasies. Reviewer Petra Mayer says his first book for young adults may feel familiar to Thursday fans, but it's still an enjoyable mixture of magic, emotion, everyday absurdity, and the occasional illusory moose.
August 17, 2012 A roundup of the best of this week's NPR Books coverage, from graphic novels to searing memoir.
July 2, 2012 The Black Jewels trilogy flips everything you thought you knew about fantasy on its head. But NPR editor Petra Mayer says it's still a wild ride of mystery, erotica, violence and even true love. What is your favorite book that defies the conventions of its genre? Tell us in the comments below.
June 6, 2012 Need a ticket to otherworldly adventure? Look no further. Even if you're stuck at home this summer, these captivating fantasy novels offer great escapes — to the lands of dragons, cyborgs, lizard men and elven princesses.
August 11, 2011 Author William Sleator died on Aug. 3. Sleator was prolific in the young adult world; his science fiction inspired and terrified many a young reader. NPR's Petra Mayer reflects on his memory and on her childhood memories of his scary, but satisfying tales.
September 17, 2006 Forty years ago, four wacky moptops called The Monkees bounced onto the nation's TV screens and into the hearts of generations of teenage girls. The band made a brief comeback in the late 80s when reruns of their TV show popped up on MTV. That's when producer Petra Mayer became a lifelong Monkee-maniac.