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Giovanni is a fan of the literary classics, but also a constant reader of darker, more sinister fiction. As long as it has a good story and compelling characters, he's in!
Giovanni's Staff Picks:
Brilliant. Witty. Engaging. This is a beautiful story of two, well, not people exactly. Milo is the oldest soul in the afterlife, having lived eight thousand years and nearly ten thousand lives, and has yet to reach Perfection. Suzie is Death. Milo and Suzie are in love, and have been for eight millenia, but this love affair is preventing Milo from reaching Perfection and throwing the Universe off balance, at their immortal peril. When you've loved someone for eight thousand years, it's hard to give that person, or anthropomorphised idea, up. This is a beautiful story about love, life(s) and human and not-quite-human failures.
Title: Sea of Rust
Comments: When one thinks of Artificial Intelligence, one thinks of monotoned, emotionless machines with stiff movements and strict programmed responses. This isn't the case for the cast of characters of this book. Humans have been exterminated, extinct for three decades, but war still rages, battles are still fought, independence is still the ultimate dream. These robots are more human than we can imagine. They feel affection, remorse, regret, fear death and their own mortality and fight for their right to exist freely. This is not what one would expect of a science fiction novel based around robots, it is so much better!
Title: The Half-Drowned King
Fans of Viking Sagas rejoice! This debut novel is fast-paced action, political intrigue and thrilling adventure all in one. Follow young Ragnvald as he grows from a young raider to advisor to kings and great warrior. His young sister Svanhild is equally fierce, often over-stepping the traditional women's role and facing down fearsome warriors, waging a war of her own in the home and the heart rather than upon ships or battlefields. These headstrong siblings descend from kings and appears that kings will once again live through their line. Reader beware: This is the first installment of what promises to be a MIGHTY trilogy. The ending wil only make you crave more!
Title: The Fireman
Joe Hill's Fireman is another prime exploration of what happens when people are faced with deadly challenges, how they fight, overcome or embrace what nature has thrown at them. As civilization as we know it slowly crumbles away to ash, we follow one young woman through, almost literally, Hell itself. She meets angels and demons of all sorts, but all ultimately human. We follow our heroine as she grows from a timid nurse and housewife to a fierce protector, learning to live with and harness her new affliction that has wiped out much of humanity. This is not for the faint of heart, but is richly rewarding when racing through the final climactic pages.
Title: Norse Mythology
Any fan of Neil Gaiman or Norse Myth and culture will love this book! First collected and transcribed by Icelandic poet and historian, Snori Sturlson, in the early 13th century, Gaiman has retold these classic tales with his own wit and magical imagination. Here is how the world was created, how the gods were born, their trials and tribulations, great adventures, and finally, their downfall and demise. RAGNAROK! These stories are beautiful, imaginative and highly entertaining.
Title: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
Stephen King has proven time and again to truly be the master of horror. His novels have kept readers up at nights for decades. He is also a master of the short story. In his newest collection, there are far fewer monsters in the shadows, but instead lurk behind human eyes. Not all of these stories are frightening, either. Here, he delves deep into the human psyche, exploring human nature and our reactions and responses to terrible situations. This is classic King, giving the reader background to each little gem, inviting you in with his personal address of Constant Reader, and locking the door behind you. Each story, and even a couple of poems, will pluck at your various emotions to play a beautiful heart-breaking melody. Enjoy!
Title: From the Dust Returned
Ray Bradbury has been one of my favorite authors since I first read The Martian Chronicles in high school. With his disarmingly simple, yet elegant prose, he evokes nostalgia in every story. With From the Dust Returned, we are transported to a small town in Illinois to join a family that celebrates Halloween like Christmas, with a menagerie of goblins and ghouls, mostly harmless, but wickedly delightful. This collection of stories revolving around this unique family will be your next fall favorite read, perfect with a crackling fire and a howling wind!