Science Fiction and Fantasy from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

John Scalzi writes incredibly fun and propulsive science fiction and Head On, the sequel to 2014’s Lock In, is another fast, exciting read. This novel again follows FBI detective Chris Shane as he investigates the death of a Haden’s Syndrome– afflicted athlete, and more murders and corporate intrigue—as well as plenty of humor—follow. If you’re looking for a fun science fiction police procedural, Head On is a great choice. - Stuart

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Head on: A Novel of the Near Future Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780765388919
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Published: Tor Books - April 17th, 2018

A secondhand book dealer finds a small volume of poetry in a bargain bin with a love letter between two British soldiers in World War II enclosed within it. So begins a search for the past and a story of love and war. Moments in time are but stanzas, breaths of connection and emotion and memory in a longer epic whose whole we can’t see all at once. All a glimpse of a beautiful mystery I hope Ian McDonald will soon explore further. - Jocelyn

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Time Was Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765391469
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Published: Tor.com - April 24th, 2018

The charming love story within an epic fantasy world intrigued and beguiled me. Two star-crossed lovers are tasked with affecting the fate of the world, while magic and forbidden knowledge dog their every step. I appreciated especially that the prejudice Jasminda suffers is not only because of her inherent power as a magic user but also related to the color of her skin. Lovely romance with some sharp edges, this is a great. transporting summer read. - Jax

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Song of Blood & Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250148070
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 1st, 2018

I am always on the lookout for fantasy novels that aren’t based in medieval Europe, so when I discovered this story with its Chinese influence, I was immediately intrigued. It is a vividly told narrative about a young girl who, despite being an orphan without connections, lands a place in a military academy and vows to make a name for herself. In the process of going through the difficulties that follow, she learns more about herself and the country she calls home. - Karena

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The Poppy War: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662569
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Published: Harper Voyager - May 1st, 2018

There are two sides to every story, and this unique take on Cinderella offers an empathetic version of Agnes, the evil stepmother who looms so large in the fairy tale. Agnes recounts her own life of hardship and misfortune long before meeting Ella, and shows how their destructive relationship is rooted in more than just spite. Lushly written and so much more than a simple retelling, this will surely delight fans of Wicked and Uprooted. - Kelly

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062798206
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Published: William Morrow - May 22nd, 2018

Margriet literally goes to hell and back for her daughter. When the world is beset with chimeras and revenants, dead soldiers returned to wreak havoc on their bereaved loved ones, the only thing that makes sense to Margriet is regaining that which her dead husband stole from her. Set in 14th-century Bruges, this book, steeped as it is in excellent world building and with lots of historical references, is unlike anything I’ve read. I couldn’t put it down. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781771484527
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Published: Chizine Publications - May 17th, 2018

Escape into the Unseen World of real magic. We enter the Unseen World in New York City at the time of the Turning, a magical competition that determines which House will lead the magical world. But we quickly see that the Unseen World has its fair share of problems: magic is being depleted and a serial killer is on the loose. Our badass female protagonist has seen the darkest parts of this world and is determined to reform it for the betterment of all magicians. Kat Howard weaves a fun and magical page-turner about strong women saving the world. - Nicole

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ISBN: 9781481451208
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Published: Saga Press - June 5th, 2018

We know more about the depths of space than we do the oceans, yet we tease the waves with a worrisome carelessness and make fairy tales of the predators within the waters. Victoria Stewart knows all too well what the ocean is capable of, having devoted her research to finding out what exactly it was there that took her sister 7 years ago. But when faced with a chance at answers, she finds she may have gotten in over her head. I adore it when horror plays with my heartstrings and Into The Drowning Deep toys with and satisfies me in all the best ways a book can. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780316379373
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Published: Orbit - May 29th, 2018

 

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