Solemn Graves by James Benn. In this latest installment Billy Boyle is a special investigator for Eisenhower during World War 2. This episode occurs after the Normandy invasion. A murder takes place in a farm house doubling as a command center. In a zone in which so much violent death is happening and every one is armed to the teeth; it is quite a mess to sort out. Feelings are also running high with the locals deciding who is or is not a collaborator. Motives abound. It is a grim but well written mystery, with as many layer as a fancy French pastry
I have been a long time fan of Shirley Jacksons horror books and since House on Haunting Hill is receiving so much attention right now I figured it was a good time to let other readers in on her not as well known, but fantastic writings. This book is a humorous memoir about raising kids that had me laughing out loud. The way she describes her kids antics is horrifyingly perfect.
by Hendrix, Grady/ Reid, Andie (CON)/ Rogalski, Michael (ILT)
Retail really can be hell.
This book really surprised me. The concept-- a haunting at a big-box Ikea knock-off-- might lead one to expect a jokey, horror-lite read, but the story has unexpected weight. The characters, though quickly sketched, are sympathetic and relatable, and you truly care about their fates. When the supernatural begins to manifest, the story becomes first chilling, then increasingly grisly, and finally unbearably tense as you follow the characters' desperate efforts to survive the night. Throw in a clever and trenchant commentary on labor, consumerism, and social control, and you have a book as thoughtful as it is horrifying.
A dark epic fantasy of earth-shaking sorcerers in pain.
Every book of the Broken Earth trilogy won a Hugo award. It started here, with startling worldbuilding, the fall of an empire, and characters struggling to survive in a world which expects perfection in exchange for letting them live. The book is dark. Tragedies crowd out successes and people are grossly abused in a way fiction often shies away from. If the weight of it doesn't turn you off, you'll be rewarded with a story of unusual and lingering power. Nothing comes easy to the characters here, and it makes their moments of triumph worth savoring. The evils they confront are more often the fault of other people than they are demonic warlords, and the mysteries you'll entangle have more to do with how people work than the (clever and intriguing) system of magic. This is still epic fantasy; cities rise and fall, individuals seize unimaginable strength, and you'll forget the pain for a moment when you dream of what it would be like to control the movement of the earth, or draw the heat out of the air, or preserve your culture in a world where the earth wants to tear everything down and apart. It's just an epic fantasy whose highest quest is trying to save a lost child from a small farming town and saving the kingdom isn't a priority. It's worth your time.
If you're a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, podcasts, family fun, or all three, you'll be in for a wild ride with Here There Be Gerblins. The McElroy brothers and their father began a podcast that blew up the D&D genre and this graphic novel is the fantastic adaptation to it. Full of humor, quirky turns that only nerd minds could muster, and lots of magic (that may or may not be in the Player's Handbook...) This graphic novel is full of nat 20's.
As a fan of Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Robbins I had been recommended Christopher Moore numerous times but never took the plunge. I am now sad that I waited as long as I did. This particular title does have a bit of the macabre and occult prevalent throughout but is not dragged down in any way by being overtly dark, violent, or scary. There are elements of all three ideas present but they are simply used to set a tone over which slightly whimsical comedy is deployed. The main character, Charlie Asher, is a second-hand store owner who thinks things are going much better in his life than they should. He is about to have a child with a wife he loves, business is ok, and things have not looked better for him. This all changes, however, when mysterious circumstances lead him to the conclusion that he is now an anthropomorphological personification of Death. He must begin collecting souls of the deceased and keep them out of the hands of a growing unknown evil presence he feels emanating from the sewers below San Francisco. A funny twisty tale of the nature of humanity.
Pick up a Witch City Mystery today for a fantastic start to October! This one starts off with a class of investigative reporters preparing a Dia De Los Muertos celebration while also trying to uncover secrets to a death of a classmate's sister. Follow the star, Lee Barrett as she uncovers the truth. Oh, did I mention she sometimes sees things in reflective surfaces that no one else can? Go grab one of these cozies today!
A push down a slide. Cutting in line. A little girl sees bullying and injustice around her school. She finally says, "Enough is enough!" She may be small, but she knows that her voice can make a difference. (I may or not cry every time I read this to my kids.)
In this riveting suspense novel by Liz Nugent, readers are plunged into the dark and detached world of successful children's author Oliver Ryan. Beginning with a seemingly uncharacteristic and vicious assault on his loving wife, the question is never of Oliver's guilt - rather what could inspire him to commit such a violent act. Told through the perspectives of past acquaintances, lovers, and Oliver himself, each chapter peels back another layer of his troubling psyche. Envy, shame, and neglect have eaten away at Oliver for decades, and what is left behind is very dark indeed. I highly recommend this book to fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn!
When Patricia and Laurence met as children, they could have never predicted that their destinies would at once diverge and converge on one another. Patricia, stewardess of an ancient magic, and Laurence a "wunderkind" must choose whether their friendship, or their alliance to their ideals matter more-- and their choice could literally make or break the universe. No pressure. This book has everything you want in a good modern sci-fi novel: love, adventure, mind-bending magic, and of course wormhole portals.
VICIOUS is the story of two college students aiming to prove humans with supernatural abilities exist, and in doing so, gain Extraordinary powers themselves. Following a series of unfortunate events, the pair transition from close roommates to lifelong, bitter archnemeses. Schwab's haunting portrayal of Eli and Victor's vile, obsessive relationship leaves one gutted with every turn of a page - and, eventually, the reader comes to realise, this isn't a conflict between Good and Bad, but one between Bad and Worse.
Good Omens is a hilarious tale about the end of the world. Full of charm and wit, I was laughing the whole way through. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett's Discworld series or Neil Gaiman's lighter stories, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It won't disappoint.
When the Thor we all know, Odinson, is suddenly unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Dr. Jane Foster takes his place as the Goddess of Thunder! I absolutely love the new Thor! She's just as fun and dynamic as Odinson but with her own problems and enemies. Her inner strength is only matched by her new powers as she fights cancer and the Dark Elves at the same time!
This is the first of a two-part story that will change everything. Ted Dekker returns to the world he created with the circle series, and all is not as you would suspect. Ted Dekker does it again, in this page-turner that will leave you thirsty for more. This is a story that needs to be told.
I've been trying to read this book as slowly as I possibly can, because every time I read it it's a new little tidbit of greatness. Jen Sincero is extremely real about human habits. Faces them head on and deals with it, and she gives some great advice on the topic. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. So many topics are covered in this book. Again, I'm trying to read it as slow as I possibly can. If you like self help books, read this. If you need a little pick me up every now and then, read this. Read this. It WILL make you happy. It will punch you in the face in the best. Way. Possible. 10/10!
The first book of Mieville's Bas Lag series drips so vigorously with description it's easy to get lost in the details of his unforgettable city, New Crobuzon, that sits in the shadows of a long-dead beast's enormous ribcage. While there, you'll meet a dizzying variety of beings and beasts that personify the madness of Mieville's incomprehensible imagination.
by Oima, Yoshitoki/ LeCroy, Steven (TRN)/ Applegate, Ben (EDT)
This series is one of the most beautifully written and beautifully illustrated manga I have ever read. The movie doesn't live up to it. The characters are ridiculously endearing and instantly worm their way into your heart and even the pacing in the story is amazing. It's because of this book that I've signed up for ASL Classes this year and can't wait to start learning. This series really moves you and makes you want to engage with people and I'm hoping that you'll pick it up and read it too.
After finding out that Ship of the Dead was the last Magnus Chase book I was heartbroken, but NOW I'm over the moon again. I was so excited about the book when I found out about it that I came in on my off day just to confirm it was here! 9 Worlds is a collection of stories from Magnus' Friends and family and was a great trip back into the series. (My favorites were, of course, Hearthstone and Alex of course). Give it read!
It begins as a crime story: our narrator tells us that he killed a man and stole his money, but his partner in crime Divney won't tell where the money is kept. Our unnamed narrator is so suspicious of Divney that he never lets Divney out of his sight, even sharing a bed with him at night. The story only gets sillier, stranger, and darker from there; the Narrator talks to a ghost who can only answer questions No, meets a policeman who believes everyone is transforming into bicycles and even hears the voice of his own soul (which, for the sake of convenience, he decides to name Joe). And on top of all this, our narrator shares the bizarre theories of de Selby, an eccentric scientist who believes that the earth is sausage-shaped and that night-time is merely pollution of black air. Like a paranoid's visit to Wonderland, the story is full of mad and loopy fun with a steady unsettling undercurrent. It's a wonderfully strange trip as only Ireland can supply.
I'm not usually a reader of teen fiction or fantasy, but Tomi Adeyemi's debut novel Children of Blood and Bone thrilled and excited me. Built in a fantasy world where magic and mages have been exterminated by a brutal totalitarian king, one young woman named Zelie must go on a journey to find herself and restore magic to everyone. Accompanied by her brother Tzain and the princess Amari, Zelie faces numerous obstacles and challenges on her quest. These obstacles challenge her preconceptions as she forces others in the world to examine themselves. Adeyemi skillfully weaves a tale and world that are wholly engrossing. From the very first chapter, Adeyemi creates a world that is lived in. There is some extraordinary world building on display, and while there may be similarities to Avatar: The Last Airbender, Adeyemi makes something truly new by wrapping in heavy doses of modern symbolism. The undercurrents of racism, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement are unmistakable, and placing these ideas inside a fantasy world gives them a new, fresh dynamic. The novel burns through a lot more plot than I expected, but I can't wait to see what Adeyemi does next.