Science Fiction & Fantasy
Magic of Recluce
By L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
Lerris, a young man bored with his life and trade is given two options: permanent exile from Recluce or the dangergeld. He chooses dangergeld and is sent untrained by Recluce’s Order Masters into the world to learn how it works and where he might fit into it. Falling in with a Gray Mage named Justen, he discovers his own talent for magic and must learn to use it quickly if he is to say alive and not fall prey to the Chaos Wizard Antonin. #1 in the series, Saga of Recluce. (Format: Print)
By John Corey Whaley
(Teen Science Fiction)
A hilarious, thought-provoking look at how quickly life can change! Five years previous, Travis was dying of leukemia when his head is cryogenically frozen. Now, thanks to medical science his head has been attached to a new body. He hasn’t aged, but everyone around him has – and dealing with all the changes in his life, as well as everyone else’s proves to be awkward, difficult, and laugh-out-loud funny. (Format: Print)
By Robert Holdstock
At the end of World War II, Stephen Huxley returns home to visit his brother at their family‘s estate bordering Ryhope Wood, England’s last primeval forest. The forest was the obsession of their late father, who was convinced the Wood was creating incarnations of humanity’s myths. Little does Stephen realize that his return marks the beginning of a new myth involving him and his brother – one that is still being written. Book 1, Mythago Cycle. (Format: Print)
By Mike Mullin
(Teen Science Fiction)
When the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys everything he knows, Alex attempts the journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his family. In the overcrowded genres of disaster and dystopia, this well-researched novel stands out thanks to the terrifying possibility that this could actually happen. (Format: Print)
Swords & Dark Magic
edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders
This work features 17 new tales of fantastic adventure. In the pages are roguish heroes, thieves, mercenaries and other assorted adventurers looking out for themselves while in search of treasure or glory. The standout tale is “In the Stacks” featuring four young wizards who must pit their skill against a great library for wizards as they try to return a book to the shelves.
by Melissa Marr
Rebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene herself is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But she soon discovers that Maylene was murdered. And that Bek is expected to take her place as the Graveminder. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected.
by Mat Johnson
An unlikely band of African-Americans are on their way to the South Pole, each searching for something different. For Chris Jaynes, it could bring the reality of Edgar Allan Poe's only novel. Recently fired as a professor of American literature, Jaynes comes across a crude manuscript that seems to confirm The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym as truth, and not fiction. Jaynes convinces an all-black crew of six to follow Pym's trail to Antarctica. What they find in this ultimate land of whiteness will astonish them.
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer
by Lucy Weston
The truth has been revealed! Elizabeth, despised by her father Henry VIII and left motherless when Henry had Anne Boleyn beheaded, was so much more than just the ruler of a nation. In this literate and enthralling tale, Elizabeth Tudor is ready to ascend to the throne of England when her true calling is revealed. The novel is clever, blending the paranormal and the historical together in a satisfying package. A highly recommended and highly entertaining novel.
by Felix Gilman
Young Arjun embarks on a quest for his people’s lost god, The Voice. He arrives in the city of Ararat just as a magnificent winged God swoops overhead. A scientist/theologian named Holbach traps the Bird’s power of flight within the hull of a warship called Thunderer. Allegedly created in the interests of all Ararat Thunderer is destined to serve the selfish intentions of the Countess Ilona to control the city. However, a boy named Jack has also captured the power of The Bird. He uses the gift of flight to escape from the cruel workhouse where he is imprisoned. He learns to share his gift, and harbors a more egalitarian vision for Ararat. Arjun becomes entangled in this tumultuous world. Then he unwittingly unleashes a dark power, a wounded God, shifting the balance of power, but threatening to destroy the city.
The Secret History of Moscow
by Ekaterina Sedia
Moscow in the 1990s is a lawless place, but thugs and gangsters aren’t the only problem. Galina’s sister Maria has turned into a jackdaw. Galina joins Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances, and Fyodor, a street artist who has seen gateways opening, reflections of doors in puddles where birds emerge and disappear, and together they find an underground realm. Here they encounter the secret history of Moscow where for centuries pagan deities, fairy tale creatures, and oppressed people have fled the succession of cruel and brutal regimes, but now a dark power is flowing back into Moscow.
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