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December 25, 2022

Book: The Hands of the Emperor

Cliopher Mdang is the personal secretary of the Last Emperor of Astandalas, the Lord of Rising Stars, the Lord Magus of Zunidh, the Sun-on-Earth, the god. He has spent more time with the Emperor of Astandalas than any other person. He has never once touched his lord. He has never called him by name. He has never initiated a conversation. One day Cliopher invites the Sun-on-Earth home to the proverbially remote Vangavaye-ve for a holiday.
posted by Literaryhero at 3:11 AM - 8 comments

December 20, 2022

Book: Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes

After a lifetime of bounties and bloodshed, Viv is hanging up her sword for the last time. The battle-weary orc aims to start fresh, opening the first ever coffee shop in the city of Thune. But old and new rivals stand in the way of success — not to mention the fact that no one has the faintest idea what coffee actually is.
posted by Literaryhero at 9:58 PM - 22 comments

December 16, 2022

Book: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a cafe that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee -- the chance to travel back in time. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 7:17 PM - 4 comments

December 12, 2022

Book: Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir

When Tom Hart and Leela Corman's young daughter Rosalie dies suddenly, Hart writes a graphic memoir to articulate his and his wife's on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of her death. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack at 2:00 PM - 2 comments

Book: A Heart That Works

Rob Delaney's third son, Henry, was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of one. He lived to the age of two. A Heart That Works takes us through the unthinkable pain of a parent's worst nightmare. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 12:48 PM - 2 comments

December 8, 2022

Book: The Soul of a New Machine

The experiences of a computer engineering team racing to design a next-generation computer at a blistering pace under tremendous pressure. [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 4:31 PM - 12 comments

December 4, 2022

Book: The Spare Man

Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She's traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling—and keep the real killer from striking again. [more inside]
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:01 PM - 3 comments

Book: Station Eternity

Amateur detective Mallory Viridian’s talent for solving murders ruined her life on Earth and drove her to live on an alien space station, but her problems still follow her ... [more inside]
posted by jazon at 12:29 PM - 4 comments

December 3, 2022

Book: Boy Wonder

Thanks to an answer from Wobbuffet 2 years ago I was finally able to track down a digital copy of this book I vaguely remembered from the late 1980s, and just read it. It is wild and hilarious, an over-the-top satire of Hollywood, full of in-jokes and raunch and gore and drugs. Lots of fun!
posted by chavenet at 7:55 AM - 2 comments

November 19, 2022

Book: Mount Chicago

A new book by Adam Levin. An author and stealth standup comic contends with personal loss. An ambitious young man and fan of his seeks his involvement in a fundraiser. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 8:29 PM - 1 comment

November 16, 2022

Book: Pulling the Wings Off Angels

Long ago, a wealthy man stole an angel and hid her in a chapel, where she remains imprisoned to this day. That's the legend, anyway. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 3:21 PM - 3 comments

Book: The Wisdom of Your Body

Clinical therapist and award-winning researcher Dr. Hillary McBride offers a pathway from disconnection to embodied living by making peace with the living, breathing story of who you are. Packed with illuminating research and stories from her work and her deeply personal journey of healing from a life-threatening eating disorder, a car wreck EMTs thought she wouldn’t walk away from and chronic pain, McBride offers meaningful insights about why our relationship with our bodies matters for the quality of our whole lives. A specialist in embodiment practices, McBride shares truths and tools to help you embrace the whole of yourself and, in turn, experience your life to the fullest.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:49 AM - 0 comments

Book: Soft Lad

In Soft Lad, for the first time, Grimmy will share his outlooks, surprising obsessions and personal experiences with the world, in book form. From his move from Oldham to the bright lights of London, to his 14-year career climbing to the helm of the Radio 1 breakfast show, he'll discuss everything from his love of music through to self-care and partying, Red Nose Day, coming out, dogs, family, ADHD, Catholicism, and all that he's seen in between.
posted by ellieBOA at 5:45 AM - 0 comments

November 10, 2022

Book: The Founders Trilogy

From the author of the Divine Cities Trilogy comes a magic-punk world of daring heists, huge action setpieces, scheming guilds, ancient gods, and societal upheaval. Sancia, a thief escaped from a plantation, enters a city full of physical magic programs that can rewrite the world, finds allies and love, and risks everything to replace the systems around her with new ones that work for everyone. [more inside]
posted by one for the books at 5:00 PM - 2 comments

November 7, 2022

Book: No Plan B (Jack Reacher 27), Lee Child and Andrew Child

In Gerrardsville, Colorado, a woman dies under the wheels of a moving bus. The death is ruled a suicide. But Jack Reacher saw what really happened: A man in a gray hoodie and jeans, moving stealthily, pushed the victim to her demise—before swiftly grabbing the dead woman’s purse and strolling away. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 4:00 PM - 3 comments

November 6, 2022

Book: Lucifer's Hammer

A Niven+Pournelle effort, with all the plusses and minuses that brings. Amazon description: A massive comet breaks apart and bombards the Earth, with catastrophic results: worldwide earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, thousand-foot tidal waves and seemingly endless rain… With civilization in ruins, individuals band together to survive and to build a new society. [more inside]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 12:13 PM - 13 comments

Book: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:01 AM - 8 comments

October 27, 2022

Book: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins. [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk at 7:10 AM - 3 comments

October 26, 2022

Book: Anne of Ingleside

The adventures of Anne Blythe and her children. Never a dull moment, the Blythe children get taken in by liars, deal with the loss of a beloved pet, and start their own school adventures. Anne accidentally offends Aunt Mary Maria Blythe, attempts matchmaking, and becomes jealous over Gilbert's old flame.
posted by toastyk at 9:18 PM - 6 comments

October 23, 2022

Book: Manhunt

Y: The Last Man meets The Girl With All the Gifts in Gretchen Felker-Martin's Manhunt, an explosive post-apocalyptic novel that follows trans women and men on a grotesque journey of survival. [more inside]
posted by zeptoweasel at 3:42 PM - 3 comments

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