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November 14

Book: Limetown

From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.
posted by Etrigan at 2:56 PM - 1 comment

November 11

Book: The Hundred Days

In the nineteenth book of the twenty book series, the disgusting British Empire flexes its cannon, Carbonari, and Cainites to thwart the Hashashin machinations of Napoléon, who is, if anything, abler aft far Elba. Lionesses are ended; cousins(?) clasp hands; drawers hit the deck; long-legged Naseby consumes Dupuytren's contraction; Montpellier snakes make poor pets; Killick snaps a tusk on a third class boy; Poll Skeeping makes loblolly girl; Pippin gets pipped; and all the livelong Deys don't amount to many as the mission goes from the Rock to Kasbah to the battle royale on Fortnight Island. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 11:21 PM - 1 comment

November 3

Book: The Monster Baru Cormorant

The traitor Baru Cormorant is now the cryptarch Agonist―a secret lord of Falcrest, the authoritarian Empire of Masks she's vowed to destroy. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 3:34 PM - 13 comments

November 1

Book: The Labyrinth Index

Since she was promoted to the head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs, every workday for Mhari Murphy has been a nightmare. It doesn’t help that her boss, the new Prime Minister of Britain, is a... [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 9:37 PM - 8 comments

Book: Beastie Boys Book

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself—by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.   Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 6:38 AM - 1 comment

October 25

Book: Circe, by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child--not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power--the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:53 AM - 1 comment

October 20

Book: Educated

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. [Trigger Warning: Descriptions of physical and emotional abuse in the book and in links below the fold] [more inside]
posted by jcreigh at 12:19 PM - 2 comments

September 27

Book: The Yellow Admiral

This is the eighteenth book in the Aubrey-Maturin series. Jack Aubrey still has the seventy-four Bellona, but no cruise, merely a station blockading Brest; Jack's got a jobbing captain Jenkins, is opening his mouth in Parliament, and is resisting enclosure – that universal good! – to make an enemy of his superior, Admiral Lord Stanraer; Jack's Preventative prize money is entangled, and heartbroken Mrs. Williams has destroyed his marriage with proof of Jack's Haligonian dalliance from book six. Peace looms for the disgusting British Empire, and Jack faces a career endgame of empty rank without command or respect: neither fish, flesh, fowl, nor good red herring: an admiral of an imaginary yellow squadron, the kind of person Lord and Lady Keith would not acknowledge on the street. Meanwhile, Stephen fires the elegant fowling piece of the world; Bonden's ten-year tail is caught in the mill; quicksilver, hog's lard, and mutton suet make blue ointment; Mrs. Williams is buying chintz and swearing affidavits; the Chileans want to give it a go; Killick is called honest; Sir Joseph Blaine is a coca-gnawer too; a bear makes an arrest; and Diana conspires to get Sophie's groove back for the first time. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 11:58 PM - 15 comments

September 13

Book: Fear

Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 6:30 AM - 15 comments

September 12

Book: The Name of the Rose

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon—all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”
posted by perplexion at 10:08 AM - 11 comments

September 11

Book: Vorkosigan Saga: Shards of Honor

When Cordelia Naismith and her Beta Colony survey crew are attacked on a newly-discovered world by a renegade patrol from the militaristic world of Barrayar, she is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, commander of the Barrayan ship and victim of a mutiny himself. Together, Aral and Cordelia must work to survive an alien ecology, deadly feudal intrigue and an uneasy mutual admiration. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 11:24 AM - 18 comments

September 2

Book: The Commodore

In the seventeenth book of the series, Jack wrangles the Ringle, and the Surprise comes home at last to England, to emptied Shelmerston, to gardens become children to alien spades, to Mrs. Williams recovered as a bookie with an entourage and perhaps using snuff, to doubts about Diana's conduct, to measles-ridden swollen-faced hoydens, to a scarlet trull with a loaded horse-pistol, and to Stephen's fairy daughter Brigid who only needs a good shaking, the black hole, bread and water, and the whip. Pullings is ecstatic because Aubrey is made Commodore and given a squadron to West Africa, for the slave trade is to be ended, if not by will by force, despite Lord Nelson's love of the disgusting British Empire's system of colonies. Jack nearly unbosoms himself; Bonden recalls a bodice; Freetown and the Bight of Benin await, full of pottos, sodomy, and the CFR 80% yellow jack. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 6:00 AM - 9 comments

August 31

Book: Stray City

Twenty-three-year-old artist Andrea Morales escaped her Midwestern Catholic childhood—and the closet—to create a home and life for herself within the thriving but insular lesbian underground of Portland, Oregon. But one drunken night, reeling from a bad breakup and a friend’s betrayal, she recklessly crosses enemy lines and hooks up with a man. To her utter shock, Andrea soon discovers she’s pregnant—and despite the concerns of her astonished circle of gay friends, she decides to have the baby. A decade later, when her precocious daughter Lucia starts asking questions about the father she’s never known, Andrea is forced to reconcile the past she hoped to leave behind with the life she’s worked so hard to build. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 12:00 PM - 1 comment

August 8

Book: The Wine-Dark Sea

This is the sixteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series. His Majesty's hired vessel Surprise is full of Shelmerstonian Sethians, sure, but also Traskites, Brownists, Arminians, Muggletonians, and Knipperdollings, some of whom might be sympathetic to the fully-manual subsistence-level presumably-heteronormative Pacific-island proto-Communism NOW dreams of the Franklin's Monsieur Turd Dutourd who is "neither flesh nor fowl nor good red herring but partook of each; the Sphinx," according to Jno. Aubrey, and by Dr. Maturin's lights, a good man led astray by the mumping villain Rousseau. The Surprise's five-book ongoing mission for the disgusting British Empire to stab her ally Spain in the back promote abolition and independence culminates in boat-, body-, and barky-wrecking trials of water, fire, air, ice, lightning, poison, earth – all the JRPG elements – plus the deadly accurate spit of anti-colonialist llamas, but you will never mind a face full of llama spit, my dear. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 10:58 AM - 16 comments

July 31

Book: Clarissa Oakes (aka The Truelove)

In the fifteenth book of the Aubrey-Maturin series, the Surprise ships no wives, except for when she does, and Mrs. Clarissa Oakes (née Harlow Harvill) has all the Surprises' flesh a-creep, and they're horny on mains'l. The Surprise, leaving far astern the disgusting British Empire's continent-defiling penal colony (the southern one) is obliged to extend the Empire's tendrils just a little bit more into Polynesia, where awaits her most shocking humiliation yet. Beetles will be boxed, wads will be cheese, peasecods will be gathered, and as the Surprises have reaped, so shall they sow. [more inside]
posted by fleacircus at 11:09 PM - 15 comments

July 27

Book: Lady Knight

"Keladry of Mindelan has finally achieved her lifelong dream of becoming a knight—but it’s not quite what she imagined. In the midst of a brutal war, Kel has been assigned to oversee a refugee camp. She’s sure it’s because Lord Wyldon still doesn’t see her as equal to the men. Nevertheless, she’s learning the importance of caring for people who have been robbed of their homes, wealth, and self-respect. Perhaps this battle is as important as the war with Scanra? When Kel has a vision of the man behind the horrific killing devices that her friends are fighting without her, will she honor her sworn duty . . . or embark on a quest that could turn the tide of the war?"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:20 PM - 2 comments

July 26

Book: Record of a Spaceborn Few

Return to the sprawling universe of the Galactic Commons, as humans, artificial intelligence, aliens, and some beings yet undiscovered explore what it means to be a community in this exciting third adventure in the acclaimed and multi-award-nominated science fiction Wayfarers series, brimming with heartwarming characters and dazzling space adventure. Hundreds of years ago, the last humans on Earth boarded the Exodus Fleet in search of a new home among the stars. After centuries spent wandering... [more inside]
posted by jeather at 2:57 PM - 4 comments

July 21

Book: Squire

"Keladry of Mindelan dreams of becoming squire to the famous female knight Alanna the Lioness, but she worries that she will not be selected by her hero—perhaps not by any knight master. When Kel is picked instead by the legendary Lord Raoul, the unexpected honor shocks her enemies across the realm. Kel must quickly prove herself up to the task, mastering her fighting and leadership skills while discovering what it takes to be part of the royal guard. A new romance is blossoming as well, bringing with it the rush of first love and the unexpected challenges of balancing knight work and a relationship. All the while, Kel prepares for her biggest fear: the infamous “Ordeal,” the last challenge that stands between her and knighthood."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 6:45 AM - 6 comments

July 19

Book: Spinning Silver

Miryem, the daughter of a softhearted moneylender in a small village in Lithvus, takes over her father's business to keep her family from starving. As she steps into this role effectively, she attracts the notice of an Old One, a powerful Staryk lord from a kingdom of winter and magic, who presses her to spin silver into gold for him. The ensuing action draws in two other young women pushing at the limits of the roles they were born in--Wanda, a farmgirl from Miryem's village, and Irina, a duke's daughter with her own connection to magical beings--along with a prosperous Jewish family in the large city Vyšnia, the tsar himself, and a wide range of characters with a keen interest in how long winter will last, from squirrels to powerful beings of magic. [more inside]
posted by miles per flower at 12:29 PM - 8 comments

Book: Page

"When they think you will fail . . . fail to listen. As the only female page in history to pass the first year of training to become a knight, Keladry of Mindelan is a force to be reckoned with. But even with her loyal circle of friends at her side, Kel’s battle to prove herself isn’t over yet. She is still trying to master her paralyzing fear of heights and keep up with Lord Wyldon’s grueling training schedule. When a group of pages is trapped by bandits, the boys depend on Kel to lead them to safety. The kingdom’s nobles are beginning to wonder if she can succeed far beyond what they imagined. And those who hate the idea of a female knight are getting desperate—they will do anything to thwart her progress."
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:52 AM - 4 comments

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