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May 22

Book: Some Desperate Glory

By Emily Tesh. World Fantasy Award winner Tesh (the Greenhollow duology of novellas) jumps from quiet fantasy to ambitious sci-fi in her raw and action-packed full-length debut..... [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 9:07 AM - 2 comments

May 19

Book: Horrorscope by Nicholas Adams

A 1992 young adult horror novel about a serial killer targeting high school students. He chooses his targets based on their zodiac sign and that day's horoscope. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 7:12 PM - 4 comments

May 10

Book: My Boyfriend Is a Bear

The story of Nora who, after a succession of terrible boyfriends, finds a much happier relationship with a 500-pound American black bear. A 2018 graphic novel by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero at 2:03 PM - 1 comment

May 2

Book: This American Ex-Wife: How I Ended My Marriage and Started My Life

"Studies show that nearly 70 percent of divorces are initiated by women--women who are tired, fed up, exhausted, and unhappy. We've all seen how the media portrays divorcées: sad, lonely, drowning their sorrows in a bottle of wine. Lyz Lenz is one such woman whose life fell apart after she reached a breaking point in her twelve-year marriage. But she refused to take part in that tired narrative and decided to flip the script on divorce." (From [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:59 PM - 5 comments

April 23

Book: Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde

It's the UK, but not as we know it: civilisation has rebuilt after an unspoken 'Something that Happened' five hundred years before. Society is now colour-based, the strict levels of hierarchy dictated by the colours you can see, and the economy, health service and citizen's aspirations all dominated by visual colour, run by the shadowy National Colour in far-off Emerald City. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 5:56 AM - 9 comments

April 11

Book: The Angel of Indian Lake by Stephen Graham Jones

The final installment in the most lauded trilogy in the history of horror novels picks up four years after Don’t Fear the Reaper as Jade returns to Proofrock, Idaho, to build a life after the years of sacrifice—only to find the Lake Witch is waiting for her in New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones’s finale. -- Simon & Schuster [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 5:21 PM - 5 comments

April 10

Book: First Lie Wins

Evie Porter has everything a nice, Southern girl could want: a perfect, doting boyfriend, a house with a white picket fence and a garden, a fancy group of friends. The only catch: Evie Porter doesn’t exist. [more inside]
posted by Frayed Knot at 11:46 AM - 0 comments

Book: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

Cory Doctorow's gonzo science-fiction story of a post-scarcity future where "ad-hoc" worker collectives have taken over various parts of Disney World and compete for whuffie, the reputation-based currency.
posted by adamrice at 11:09 AM - 1 comment

March 12

Book: Birnam Wood

A guerilla gardening collective in New Zealand forges an uneasy alliance with a mysterious American billionaire. [more inside]
posted by saladin at 7:05 AM - 5 comments

March 9

Book: By Sound Alone

In a slightly skewed-off timeline of mid-20th-century Earth, the surface of the ocean has become a contested place. International shipping is forced undersea, carried out by subs fitted for transporting cargo. Captain Sylvia Percy and her small crew run one such boat, the "Prospect". They fight a daily battle to keep their rusting submarine from dropping into the depths. It's just another grimy job until they find themselves pursued by a military sub driven by some inexplicable violent purpose. To survive, the crew of the Prospect push the machine that is their home to the very edge of its capabilities, while still trying to make their delivery on time. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 9:57 AM - 6 comments

March 7

Book: Prairie Fires

Rendering this biography as effective at racking nerves as it is at provoking thought, the story of Wilder’s emergence as a major sculptor of American identity pushes far past the usual boundaries of probability and plausibility. For anyone who has drifted into thinking of Wilder’s “Little House” books as relics of a distant and irrelevant past, reading “Prairie Fires” will provide a lasting cure. Just as effectively, for readers with a pre-existing condition of enthusiasm for western American history and literature, this book will refresh and revitalize interpretations that may be ready for some rattling. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 12:31 PM - 6 comments

March 6

Book: Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Reduced to near penury by the iniquitous demands of the Inland Revenue, young barrister Julia Larwood spends the last of her savings on an Art Lovers holiday to Venice. She can't pay her taxes if she takes a vacation, but then again she can't pay her taxes if she doesn't take a vacation. Likewise, her friends worry about her ability to go it alone in a strange city, but that's also true in London. So why not? Her penchant for disaster outdoes itself, though, when a fellow Art Lover is found murdered, himself an employee of the Inland Revenue, with Julia's inscribed copy of the Finance Act beside his corpse.
posted by fleacircus at 2:51 PM - 5 comments

Book: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

A thoughtful and provocative exploration of the big ideas of the modern era: Information, communication, and information theory. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 12:56 PM - 2 comments

February 25

Book: House of Flame and Shadow

Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she's going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that's no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust. Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he's in the Asteri's dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce's fate. He's desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri's leash, his hands are quite literally tied. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 6:37 PM - 0 comments

Book: Raising Steam

All Aboard! The steam engine has come to Discworld, and with it the prototype locomotive known as Iron Girder. It's new! It's flashy! It's noisy! It's smoky! It can get seafood from Quirm to Ankh-Morpork while it's still worth eating! It can easily kill you if things go wrong! It can let you work in Ankh-Morpork while living elsewhere! And it signals undeniable, major social changes for anywhere the tracks can get to. Moist von Lipwig has handled a lot of dangerous enterprises in his life, but he's never had to take on Dwarven terrorists before now... (Industrial Revolution #7, Discworld #40) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 1:41 PM - 12 comments

February 22

Book: I Shall Wear Midnight

Well, it's the Chalk's annual Summer festival, and Tiffany Aching has no one to kiss, as her erstwhile beau Roland is now engaged to Leticia Keepsake, daughter of the Duchess. Not that it really matters, as Tiffany is busy enough with making the rounds, burying bodies, stopping lynch mobs, tending to the dying Baron, being accused of the Baron's murder, flying back and forth to Ankh-Morpork to find the heir, escaping from the castle dungeons, guiding two very different young untrained witches, and battling a foul-smelling demonic ghost that is turning the whole disc suddenly and viciously against her... (Tiffany Aching #4, Discworld #38) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 7:48 PM - 3 comments

February 21

Book: Unseen Academicals

Lord Vetinari, the tyrant Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, hates Football. Everyone knows this. It doesn't stop the mob-rules sides from battling it out in the back streets of the city, but the chaos and violence that inevitably results is at odds with his ability to impose order. When the Wizards at Unseen University discover that their beloved food budget is dependent on them fielding a team at least once every twenty years, though, it seems like it's time for the disc to finally organize the beautiful game. And four lowly employees at UU get swept along in all the furor, catching a whiff of dreams they never would have previously thought possible... (Industrial Revolution #6, Discworld #37) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 7:59 PM - 9 comments

February 20

Book: Wintersmith

Oh, to be on the cusp of thirteen, with all the attendant emotions swirling around that you can't quite comprehend yet, going to a dance for the first time and locking eyes with some handsome young beau... Of course, there's always the chance that the young man in question will develop an unhealthy fixation on you afterwards. And if you're a young witch-in-training, like for instance Tiffany Aching, that young man might also be the personification of Winter, and have a little trouble understanding rejection... (Tiffany Aching #3, Discworld #35) By Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 11:23 AM - 5 comments

Book: Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore

Whale researcher Nathan Quinn has a problem. It’s not a new problem; in fact, it’s been around for nearly 20 million years. And Nate’s spent most of his adult life working to solve it. You see, although everybody (well, almost everybody) knows that humpback whales sing (outside of human composition, the most complex songs on the planet) no one knows why. Nate, a Ph.D. in behavior biology, intends to discover the answer to this burning question―and soon. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 4:19 AM - 3 comments

February 19

Book: Cahokia Jazz

A 1920s-noir crime thriller set in an alternate US where the ancient indigenous city of Cahokia is still a thriving metropolis. From Francis Spufford, the author of Red Plenty, and Golden Hill. Equal parts world-building and detective fiction. [more inside]
posted by rishabguha at 6:20 PM - 6 comments

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