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Librarians’ Index to the Internet – IPL — Arts and Humanities — Literature
Useful source for linking to web sites about fiction genres and authors who specialize in those genres. Includes such categories as: Cartoons and Comics, Historical Fiction, Fantasy Fiction and Horror Fiction.

Mostly Fiction
Book-related links and recommended reading lists in many different genres, including: Favorite Sleuths, The Wild West, Contemporary, Laugh Out Loud, Science Fiction and others.

Overbooked – Book Links
Overbooked: timely information about fiction (all genres) and readable nonfiction for ravenous and omnivorous readers. Packed with links on genre literature, including: Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers/Crime, Romance, Speculative Fiction, Westerns and Christian/Inspirational. Overbooked was started by Ann Chambers Theis in 1994 for the Henrico (VA) County Public Library, and continues to be a volunteer project.

Readers Advisory Resources
A good list from the Wisconsin Library Association.

Yahoo! Genres
Search this directory of genre web sites by category: Drama, Historical Fiction, Horror, Maritime Literature, Literary Fiction, Romance, etc.


The History Shelf
A Visual Timeline of Historical Fiction, Books and Movies for all ages

Uchronia: The Alternate History List
Highlights novels that start with a known point of history and explore other paths history might have taken. What if Napoleon had escaped and gone to America? What if the British had won the American Revolutionary War?

Yahoo! Historical Fiction
A directory of resources on historical fiction, including a master list of writers and links to reading lists, reviews and other information on historical novels.

A Guide for Lovers of Historical Fiction
A good list of resources from the Providence (RI) Public Library.

New Books in Historical Fiction
Discussions with authors of historical fiction about their new books. This site is part of the New Books Network which has similar pages across a large number of categories.


about.com Mysteries & Suspense
All-encompassing directory for mystery-related web sites. Includes sites on book awards, forensics, interactive mysteries, how to host a “murder,” true crime, authors, and more.

The Bloodstained Bookshelf
a (more-or-less) monthly list of recent and forthcoming traditional-print mysteries published in the US.

Killer Books
Best mystery books of the month with reviews, selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association (IMBA).

Mystery Readers International
MRI is the largest mystery fan/reader organization in the world, is open to all readers, fans, critics, editors, publishers, and writers.

Read mysteries (including some that are interactive) online, learn about “Mystery Greats,” join a book club or shop in the MysteryNet store for books and movies.

Yahoo! Mystery
A directory of links to web sites on mystery awards, characters, organizations, pulp fiction, publishing events and more.


about.com Romance Fiction
Comprehensive directory of romance fiction-related sites. From here you can visit author sites, locate author tour schedules, find out about publishers, awards and associations — and even learn how to write and self-publish a romance novel.

All About Romance
Lots of goodies here for the romance-lover: reviews (including the best “Desert Island” picks), discussion groups, parodies, contests and more. Cast your vote for the best and worst book covers!

Bookbug on the Web
Dated, but still useful, romance fans will find plenty of information here: author and book news, reviews and a list of “Readers’ Top 100 Romances” (you can suggest your favorites, too). Theme lists include Ghost Romances, Romantic Comedy and Animal Characters.

Romance Reader at Heart
A good rich source for all things romance novel that features authors and book lists along with some of our favorite romantic reads, all broken down for you by subgenre.

Yahoo! Romance
Links to web sites on authors, booksellers, Web-published romances and more. Users can also search by category.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Locus Online
The online version of the monthly magazine that gives “news, reviews, resources and perspectives” on the world of science fiction. Packed with material for the SF reader including interviews and short reviews of hundreds of books from years past.

Science Fiction and Fantasy World
This highly interactive site invites users to submit reviews, articles and stories. It also offers reviews of books, stories, TV shows and movies, book excerpts and links to author sites.

Science Fiction Resource Guide
Go here for links to other SF sites: for reviews, art, authors and e-zines. Find links to information on costuming and role-playing games.

The SF Site
Basically an online magazine, this site includes lots of resources for the SF fan: reviews, author information, e-zines, reviews and editorials.

Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide
Huge collection of SF-related sites and access to thousands of author sites and book links. Also includes lists of books in narrowly defined sub-genres of science fiction.

Yahoo! Science Fiction and Fantasy
Like the other Yahoo genre sites, this provides links to information on authors, awards, e-zines, conventions and directories. Don’t miss the special sections for Star Trek and Star Wars and recommended readings lists and links to feminist science fiction.


Part of the “Webs of the West Webring” this site offers book reviews, author information (a new author featured each month), short fiction, poetry and other information about literature of the American West.

Western Fiction
Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that contains a good overview of the western genre as well as author lists and links.

Western Writers of America
The official web site of the Western Writers of America. Read Roundup magazine, find author contacts and information about the Spur Award and lists of winning works.

Western Genres
Just one section of this great Reader’s Advice site with lots of other genre and sub-genre options.

The Wild West
Keep up with the latest publications in westerns. There are plot synopsis, chapter excerpts, reviews and author information.