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August 10

Book: Evvie Drake Starts Over

From MeFi’s own Linda_Holmes comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.
posted by Etrigan at 3:53 PM - 4 comments

Book: The Departure

Text: A badly-done-to super-genius gets his revenge on, and freedom from, the totalitarian world government by escaping IIIIIN SPAAAAACE. Subtext: Neal Asher grabbing you by the shirt collar and screaming THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU VOTE LABOUR! [more inside]
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:23 AM - 2 comments

August 9

Book: The Planetary Omnibus

Planetary has been hailed as a timeless story that turned modern superhero conventions on their heads. Written by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan) and with stunning art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), this critically acclaimed, landmark series took a look at the inter-dimensional peace-keeping force known as Planetary. The trio on the ground includes Elijah Snow, a hundred-year-old man, Jakita Wagner, an extremely powerful woman, and The Drummer, a man with the ability to communicate with machines. Tasked with tracking down evidence of super-human activity, these mystery archaeologists uncover unknown paranormal secrets and histories, such as a World War II supercomputer that can access other universes, a ghostly spirit of vengeance, and a lost island of dying monsters.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:55 PM - 7 comments

August 5

Book: Superman: Action Comics Vol. 1 Path of Doom

He was the world’s greatest hero. Then the world he knew was wiped from existence. Escaping with his wife and son, Superman fled to a strange new version of Earth. There he worked in the shadows and watched as a different Superman—younger, less experienced, but every bit as heroic—defended his planet. That young hero died, and now the original Man of Steel is ready to step forward and replace him. But he’s not ready for what comes next. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:17 PM - 1 comment

Book: Superman Vol. 1 The Unity Saga: Phantom Earth

It's Superman's job to keep the Earth safe, no matter what, but when the entire planet is mysteriously transplanted into the Phantom Zone, the prison dimension built to hold Krypton's most dangerous criminals, it may be more than Superman and even the Justice League can handle. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:40 PM - 2 comments

August 3

Book: The Man of Steel

Only Superman and Supergirl stand between Rogol Zaar and the utter annihilation of the Kryptonian race. Meanwhile, Kal-El faces a completely different challenge in his adopted home city of Metropolis, where Clark Kent still lives and works--but without his wife and son. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 8:59 PM - 3 comments

August 2

Book: Paper Girls (Entire Series)

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this critically acclaimed story about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. Covering issues 1 - 30. Words by Brian K Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colors by Matt Wilson. [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 1:24 PM - 3 comments

August 1

Book: The Girl with the Silver Eyes

Katie Welker is used to being alone. She would rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don’t have silver eyes. Other people can’t make things happen just by thinking about them! [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 6:35 PM - 10 comments

July 31

Book: So You Want to Talk About Race

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans--have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How... [more inside]
posted by aniola at 7:13 PM - 3 comments

July 30

Book: A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarer's Guide #2)

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. As Lovelace learns to negotiate the universe and discover who she is, she makes friends with Pepper, an excitable engineer, who's determined to help her learn and grow.
posted by dinty_moore at 10:26 AM - 13 comments

July 29

Book: The Lesson

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last. A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find... [more inside]
posted by COD at 5:21 PM - 5 comments

July 26

Book: Rising

I'm half-way through Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush. It's an essential but harrowing book mainly centred on managed (and unmanaged) retreat from the shore. As Rush is a coastal person this is a deeply personal venture. If planet breakdown is stressing you at this moment this is not a book to read. [more inside]
posted by unearthed at 2:25 AM - 0 comments

Book: Too Like the Lightning

From the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Ada Palmer's 2017 Compton Crook Award-winning political science fiction. Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer--a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.
posted by Cozybee at 12:38 AM - 13 comments

July 25

Book: House of X #1 of 6

In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more. [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:00 AM - 5 comments

July 24

Book: This Is How You Lose the Time War

Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
posted by Etrigan at 7:43 PM - 13 comments

July 23

Book: Empress of Forever

A feminist Guardians of the Galaxy—a smart, swashbuckling, wildly imaginative adventure of a rag-tag team of brilliant misfits, dangerous renegades, and enhanced outlaws in a war-torn future. [more inside]
posted by overglow at 11:27 PM - 5 comments

Book: The Plant Messiah

Carlos Magdalena is a man on a mission: to save the world’s most endangered plants. In The Plant Messiah, Magdalena takes readers from the forests of Peru to deep within the Australian outback in search of the rare and the vulnerable. Back in the lab—at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, home of the largest botanical collection in the world—we watch as he develops groundbreaking, left-field techniques for rescuing species from extinction, encouraging them to propagate and thrive once again. Passionate and absorbing, The Plant Messiah is a tribute to the diversity of life on our planet, and to the importance of preserving it.
posted by Homo neanderthalensis at 9:19 AM - 1 comment

July 22

Book: Shades of Grey

From the author of the Thursday Next series and Early Riser: Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.
posted by soelo at 9:51 AM - 11 comments

July 21

Book: The Happiness Project, Tenth Anniversary Edition

#1 New York Times Bestseller Gretchen Rubin’s year-long experiment to discover how to create true happiness. Drawing on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world examples, Rubin delivers an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.
posted by Cozybee at 8:54 PM - 3 comments

July 18

Book: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it. [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura at 10:33 AM - 8 comments

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