Giovanni

Giovanni is a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, as well as the more sinister stories of the Horror genre. He enjoys nerding out about sci-fi, but also fears the upcoming Robot Apocalypse. 

 

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Witch King By Martha Wells Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250826794
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Published: Tordotcom - May 30th, 2023

Kaiisterron is the Fourth Prince of the Underearth, known as The Witch King and a demon of the Saredi Grasslands. After waking up disembodied with his corpse in a tomb at the bottom of the ocean, Kai has to piece together what happened, how he ended up dead, and where his friends and allies are. Witch King is a compelling story of a demon, a witch, and a conspiracy to overthrow the current ruling government. But who is behind this conspiracy? And where are his allies? Who killed Kaiisteron the Witch King and entombed him at the bottom of the ocean?


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Antimatter Blues: A Mickey7 Novel By Edward Ashton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250275059
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 14th, 2023

Mickey Barnes has had an easy two years since he walked out of the Creepers' labyrinth bluffing his way out of being an expendable and making a deal with the indigenous locals. Now winter approaches and the colony needs the antimatter stored in the bomb Mickey buried in a hole and left beneath a pile of rocks... Not his best plan, but what could go wrong? Turns out someone found the bomb and now Mickey has to actually negotiate and ensure the survival of not only the colony, but the creepers as well. He may not be the best man for the job, but he's all they've got. What could possibly go wrong?


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The Cradle of Ice (Moonfall #2) By James Rollins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250766748
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Published: Tor Books - February 7th, 2023

With stunning illustrations in the vein of Brandon Sanderson and massive world-building, The Cradle of Ice is a must have for epic fantasy lovers. In the follow-up to The Starless Crown, Nyx and her companions must venture into the frozen wastes of Urth, seeking a beacon that could help prevent Moonfall and set the planet to its rotation. Meanwhile, Prince Kanthe journeys into the heart of the Klashean Empire in order to bring peace between the two kingdoms. Each will encounter new lands, form new alliances, and work to prevent the coming apocalypse. Yet neither will finish this journey unscarred, or even whole. 


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All Hallows: A Novel By Christopher Golden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250280299
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2023

It's Halloween night, 1984, and Parmenter Road is gearing up for an unforgettable night. While the neighborhood kids get ready for Trick-or-Treat and the adults get ready for their own fun, four strange children in old costumes seem to be in trouble from who they call the Cunning Man. But who is this Cunning Man? Who are these kids that don't belong? Secrets are revealed, relationships are torn apart and new ones are formed, family bonds are put to the test. At times nostalgic and haunting, All Hallows is a true Halloween Treat. 


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How to Sell a Haunted House By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593201268
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Published: Berkley - January 17th, 2023

Everyone is haunted in some way or another. Every family has its secrets and its trauma. Some things are better left buried. And some things refuse to be forgotten, taking on a life of their own. After Louise's parents are killed in a car crash, she must return home and take care of affairs, all the while clashing with her younger brother, whom she has viewed as a constant dependent and drain on her parents. But her brother is the least she has to worry about when something in the house decides it does not want to be cast aside like all the other discarded memories of her family's past. 


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White Horse: A Novel By Erika T. Wurth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250847652
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Published: Flatiron Books - November 1st, 2022

Kari James grew up hating her mother, who disappeared two days after Kari was born. Her father is little more than a toddler after suffering brain damage during a drunk driving accident. She has been on her own most of her life and lost the only person she ever really loved to a drug overdose. Now her mother's bracelet resurfaces and sends Kari on a haunting journey to discover what happened to her mother. Did she really abandon her family? Or did something more sinister take place? Full of monsters, ghosts, booze and bad decisions, White Horse is a thrilling journey into one woman's search for her mother's secrets.


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Sign Here By Claudia Lux Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593545768
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Published: Berkley - October 25th, 2022

Peyote Trip works in Hell. Literally. He works in the Deals Department on the fifth floor, about to bag is last soul for a complete family set through generations. The Harrisons seem like the perfect family: white, wealthy, a perfect ancestral lake house in the white mountains of New Hampshire. But behind the seemingly perfect façade lies rot and old family secrets; a dead girl, a brother convicted, the truth buried. Should be easy for Peyote to make a deal, right? Except this is Hell and nothing goes the way you want it to in Hell.


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The Atlas Paradox (Atlas Series #2) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250855091
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Published: Tor Books - October 25th, 2022

In Blake's sequel to the Atlas Six, the remaining five members of initiates struggle to find an equilibrium in the absence of Libby Rhodes. Without a proper sacrifice, the house is draining all the medeians, Atlas included. As the strain of their second year takes its toll, strange new alliances form while others are broken beyond repair. Meanwhile, Libby is trapped, struggling to find some way to escape wherever, or whenever, Ezra dumped her. Each player will stretch the limits of their abilities to new and unforeseen levels. 


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The Hollow Kind: A Novel By Andy Davidson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374538569
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Published: MCD - October 11th, 2022

This Southern Gothic tale has everything you want in a horror novel. A haunted house atmosphere, rough family dynamics, a strong female lead, a chance to start over gone horribly wrong and a mysterious entity that demands blood sacrifice for fortune. The moment Nellie Gardner learns she has inherited a massive estate from her estranged grandfather, she packs her bags and her son, Max, and leaves her abusive husband in the rearview without looking back. But the house is old, dilapidated and something sinister lurks in these old Georgia woods. 


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The River of Silver: Tales from the Daevabad Trilogy By S. A. Chakraborty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063093737
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Published: Harper Voyager - October 11th, 2022

WARNING: Not to be read without the Daevabad Trilogy. These beautiful, short little vignettes are a perfect companion to the larger world Chakraborty has inhabited with characters like Nahri, Dara and Ali. From the secret child of one of the last Nahids to a heartwarming birthday surprise for Ali, these tales are small glimpses in between the larger events having taken place within the trilogy. If you have missed the adventures within the walls of Daevabad, then this is a perfect little aperitif to satiate your needs. 


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Lute By Jennifer Thorne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250826084
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 4th, 2022

This was a powerful, gut-wrenching novel about sacrifice, belief and family. Nina, an American ex-pat, lives an idyllic life as Lady Treadway of Lute, wife of Lord Treadway, and mother to two children. She doesn't believe in The Day, the one day every seven years, seven people die between sunrise and sunset. No more, no less. But the Island gets a little funny on the Day. Stranded with no hope of escaping the island's needs, Nina soon realizes that The Day is very real, and Lute does not discriminate between local or visitor, young or old, innocent or guilty. Lute will have its blood, one way or another.


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Leech By Hiron Ennes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250811189
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Published: Tordotcom - September 27th, 2022

Leech was a little slow to start, with a very dry, clinical nameless narrator simply known as The Doctor (no, not that Doctor). The Doctor is one of many host bodies of a hive mind parasite that has replaced the world's physicians. When it loses track of one of its host bodies, it comes to the Chateaux de Verdira to investigate why this particular host was cut off and why it died. This is not a book for the faint of heart. The final chapters are set at a  truly break-neck pace and well worth the investment of the slow beginning with a very tender ending. 


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The Butcher and the Wren By Alaina Urquhart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781638930143
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Published: Zando - September 13th, 2022

Alaina Urquhart is a true Weirdo, in the best way possible. As an Autopsy Technician and co-host of a widely successful podcast, Morbid, she uses her extensive knowledge and experience to bring us up close and dirty behind the scenes of the role of a Medical Examiner and into the mind of a deranged serial killer. Dr. Wren Muller may not be able to speak to the dead, but that doesn't mean they don't have stories to tell. And with a dangerous killer dumping his victims throughout New Orleans, it is only a matter of time before she strays into his crosshairs trying to unfold the who, and the why, of this monster. 


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Upgrade: A Novel By Blake Crouch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593157534
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Published: Ballantine Books - July 12th, 2022

For fans of hard Sci-Fi and techno-thrillers, Blake Crouch delivers on both with Upgrade. In a not-too-distant future, humanity is on its last legs, but no one knows just how close to the end they really are. World renown geneticist Miriam Ramsay sought to be the savior of humanity. Incidentally, she caused the deaths of over two hundred million people. Twenty years later, Logan Ramsay works for the Gene Protection Agency, outlawing genetic science and bringing in rogue geneticists. But when a raid goes south, Logan finds out his mother had one more trick up her sleeve. 


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A Prayer for the Crown-Shy: A Monk and Robot Book (Monk & Robot #2) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250236234
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Published: Tordotcom - July 12th, 2022

The Monk and Robot series is like a meditation. Quick, easy reads that can be done in a couple hours without being too stressful, too exciting, but also not boring. A Prayer for the Crown Shy is more about self-reflection. Sibling Dex and Mosscap journey back into civilization and visit the various towns on their way to The City. This includes a stop at Dex's family farm. Along the way, they reflect on what other people need, but also what they, themselves, need. And sometimes it is to just get away and reflect.


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Locklands: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #3) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820679
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Published: Del Rey - June 28th, 2022

The third and final installation of the Foundryside Trilogy finds us eight years after the events of Shorefall Night. The world is much changed. Sancia and Berenice have perfected their Twinning method and have created a unique society where anyone who is twinned can tap into the thoughts and emotions of everyone else twinned. But the technology came at a cost, merging Gregor Dandolo and Valeria into a new entity, Tevanne, which uses this same method to enslave the world. With unlikely alliances, heart-stopping adventure and secrets finally revealed, Bennett finishes off this trilogy with a powerful emotional conclusion.


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The Final Strife: A Novel (The Ending Fire Trilogy #1) By Saara El-Arifi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593356944
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Published: Del Rey - June 21st, 2022

This book has so much to offer, from a class society based on the color of one's blood, to a tournament to determine the next wardens to lead the empire within a decade, to secrets and lies that founded the empire and have been buried for centuries. We meet three young women: Sylah, a red blooded Ember who grew up with a rebel faction, known as the Sandstorm. Anoor, a blue blooded Duster left in place of a stolen Ember Child. And Hassa, a clear blooded Ghosting orphan who is more than meets the eye. Full of political intrigue, world building, and secrets, this new African based fantasy series promises to be a new staple in the genre.


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Hide By Kiersten White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593359235
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Published: Del Rey - May 24th, 2022

Every seven years, seven men and seven women are chosen to compete in a "game" of Hide and Seek in the abandoned Amazement Park for a cash prize of $50,000. All the "contestants" are young millennials desperate for cash, and this seems like a cake walk. Mack has been preparing for this her whole life, after her father murdered her entire family while she hid in a cupboard as a small child. The stakes aren't just for money, however. There's a catch none of the contestants are aware of. They aren't the only occupants of the park...


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Hidden Pictures: A Novel By Jason Rekulak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250819345
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 10th, 2022

I ripped through this in a single day. It has a slow beginning, but once it gets going, it's a wild ride. Mallory Quinn is starting her new life 18 months clean as a live-in nanny for a couple and their young son, Teddy. Teddy loves to draw, but he has a disturbing imaginary friend Anya, depicted as a skeletal woman with long raggedy hair. Illustrations throughout chronicle Anya's tragic story, first through typical stick figure drawings from a child, then becoming increasingly detailed and intricate, far beyond the skill of a five-year-old. What starts out as an urban legend and creepy pictures quickly devolves into a darker mystery with a twist no one saw coming. 


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The Resting Place By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250249272
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Published: Minotaur Books - March 29th, 2022

I blew through this in a day. Fast paced, thrilling, and keeping you guessing until the very end. I thought I had this novel figured out early on. I was VERY wrong... Set in the Swedish countryside, it's a story of a woman and her oppressive grandmother, the history of an old manor house, and murder. After inheriting the estate from her grandmother after her gruesome murder, Eleanor, her boyfriend, her aunt and a lawyer visit the home. But someone is missing, and someone who shouldn't be there is lurking in the shadows.


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Destiny of the Dead (The Shroud of Prophecy #2) By Kel Kade Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250293824
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Published: Tor Books - March 22nd, 2022

Aaslo and his ragtag group are back, trying to save the world from the very gods themselves. Without the magi of Aldrea, and foreign magi and monsters from another country invading, the outcome does not look good. Meanwhile, a new paladin of a fire serpent god rises and only adds to Aaslo's troubles. Having a difficult horse and an army of corpses following him wherever he goes isn't making him any friends, either. But he may have unlikely allies within the pantheon and the aid of a reaper. The world may be doomed, but Aaslo isn't going down without a fight.


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The Atlas Six (Atlas Series #1) By Olivie Blake Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250854544
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Published: Tor Books - September 6th, 2022

Olivie Blake brings us a unique take on the contemporary Fantasy where magic is almost equivalent to science in its scope and study. Six of the world's most powerful and skilled magicians, or medeians, are selected once a decade for an opportunity to join the powerful and ancient Alexandrian Society. Members go on to found extraordinary companies, make incredible magical breakthroughs and ultimately influence the world's economy and technology. The catch? Only five slots are available. So what happens to the unlucky sixth? They don't call it elimination for nothing...


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The Paradox Hotel: A Novel By Rob Hart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820648
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 22nd, 2022

January Cole is the head of security at the Paradox Hotel, where the ultra-rich are able to vacation in any point in the past. But after years of exposure to time travel, January has become Unstuck. She flashes back in her own past and occasionally sees things that haven't yet come to pass. Now there are four trillionaires bidding to buy the hotel, someone trying to kill them and a dead body only she can see. Also three dinosaurs running around. It's going to be a day... A fun and philosophical romp around a hotel with a sassy Security Lead and chaos abounding.


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A River Enchanted: A Novel (Elements of Cadence #1) By Rebecca Ross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063055988
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 15th, 2022

A River Enchanted is a beautiful, lyrical fantasy set in a land similar to old world Scotland, where clan ties are thicker than blood, plaid is as distinct as armor, and the Fair Folk may bestow blessings, or mischief, among the inhabitants. When the fatherless Jack Temerlaine returns to Cadence, at the summons of his Laird, he returns to a home plagued by troubles and secrets. Yet he remains the sole hope of solving the troubles through his music and connection to the Folk.


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Mickey7: A Novel By Edward Ashton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250275035
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Published: St. Martin's Press - February 15th, 2022

Mickey has died a total of six times. As an Expendable, that's literally his  job. Every time he dies, his personality, memories and brain patterns are uploaded into a freshly printed copy of himself. It's unpleasant, both the dying and waking up covered in goo and feeling like he just came back from a six day bender. When he doesn't die on his last mission, but is presumed dead and abandoned to the harsh elements, the colony prints a new Mickey, Mickey 8. So when he walks back to the colony to find 8 already in bed, fresh from the tank, things get complicated... and a little weird.


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Dead Silence By S.A. Barnes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250819994
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Published: Tor Nightfire - February 8th, 2022

Dead Silence reads like a sci-fi horror movie. With alternating chapters covering THEN and NOW, we see the story of a small crew on the edges of known space find the ultimate scavenger's prize: The Aurora, a luxury cruise ship equivalent to the Titanic, out for a tour of the Solar System, which disappeared twenty years previous. What they find on board is beyond nightmarish. With life support functions off, engines off, gravity off, The Aurora is a scene of frozen horror and death. Whatever happened on the Aurora is happening to the small crew of the LINA. And Claire Kovalik is determined to put it all to an end.


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Road of Bones: A Novel By Christopher Golden Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250274304
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 25th, 2022

The Kolyma Highway in Siberia is real. The story of soviet prisoners buried beneath the permafrost during its construction is real. It is estimated over half a million people died and were plowed under during Stalin's USSR. Christopher Golden blends the terrible history and deadly environment with Siberian folklore to bring about a horrifying journey through the world's coldest and deadliest human settlements. One of the most terrifying aspect of horror fiction is the concept of isolation. And on the Road of Bones, it isn't just the remoteness and the elements you need to be worry about.  


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The Starless Crown (Moonfall #1) By James Rollins Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250816771
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Published: Tor Books - January 4th, 2022

Giant man-eating bats, a living god, and a prophecy of the end of the world? SIGN ME UP! James Rollins is not a name one would associate with Fantasy, but he does not disappoint. Intertwining the story of a young foundling girl, nearly blind, but excelling in her education despite her impairment, and a thief who absconds with a living bronze statue, an artifact of supposedly immense power, these stories combine to tell a tale of a dark prophecy; A young woman destined to destroy the world, and the very Moon itself plummeting to Urth. 


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Noor By Nnedi Okorafor Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756418304
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Published: DAW - July 26th, 2022

AO has several necessary bionic augmentations due to birth defects and an accident that crippled her further as a teenager. Because of these augmentations, she is often viewed as less than human. DNA is a Fulani herdsman, determined to live a simple and traditional life among his people and his cattle. After an incident in a market leaves several people and dozens of cattle dead, DNA is seen as a terrorist and ostracized from his community. Blending themes of identity and culture, Noor is a beautiful novella about finding love and acceptance in a world that has rejected you. 


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Far from the Light of Heaven By Tade Thompson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780759557918
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Published: Orbit - October 26th, 2021

A Locked-Room Mystery set in space! Honestly, I almost put this down after a few pages to move on to something else. But I kept going. And I finished the book within a day's time. Once it gets going, it really gets going. Michelle "Shell" Campion finds herself on her first space flight, a twenty year round trip to the colony planet, Bloodroot, with a passenger cargo of 1000 people and an advanced AI pilot. Shell's job is basically to sleep there and back, but be backup in the impossible scenario something goes wrong with the AI. When she wakes up orbiting Bloodroot and finds 31 passenger pods empty, the real mystery begins.


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Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250879516
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Published: Tor Nightfire - August 30th, 2022

This was a very quick, yet very dark, read. A group of "friends" (there are weird ties between each character bringing them together) gather in an old Japanese mansion abandoned for decades. Reportedly, a bride to be was buried alive under the foundation awaiting her groom, who died on the way to the wedding. Now the house demands a sacrifice, and what better sacrifice than a bride to be, coming to the haunted mansion for her own wedding? Quick, dark and utterly terrifying, this was a great read


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Hyde: A Novel By Craig Russell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385544443
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Published: Doubleday - September 28th, 2021

Craig Russell tackles an old and familiar study in human psychology in a new and exciting way: that of human duality. Captain Edward Henry Hyde is a gentle and intellectual soul, belied by his imposing stature and stony features. Yet he suffers from a condition that brings terrifying lucid dreams and he finds himself often in new or familiar locations upon awakening. One such occasion is when he finds himself first on the scene of a grisly ritualistic murder. With no recollection of the events leading him to the remote village, he must hunt down every lead, even if it ends at his own doorstep. 


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Slewfoot: A Tale of Bewitchery By Brom Cover Image
By Brom
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ISBN: 9781250622006
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 14th, 2021

Brom mixes beautiful imagery with magical twists on folklore and storytelling. Abitha, a headstrong and independent young woman, struggles to fit in in Puritan Sutton, CT. Recently widowed, she risks losing her farm and her freedom to her deceased husband's tyrannical brother. In an unlikely alliance with a pagan spirit known as Father, Abitha will do everything in her power and in Nature to keep her freedom. Brom brings myth and folklore to life accompanied by breathtaking gothic original paintings. 


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No Gods, No Monsters (Convergence Saga #1) By Cadwell Turnbull Cover Image
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ISBN: 9798200834419
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - September 6th, 2022

Monsters are real and they walk among us. They have always lived among us, though always in secret or whispered in folktales and children's stories. But when a controversial video of a police shooting is leaked to all major public news and social media sites, monsters can no longer remain hidden. Turnbull has crafted a beautiful and interconnected narrative with a diverse cast of characters: Some who wish to reveal themselves in Monster Solidarity, some who wish to remain in the shadows and manipulate the narrative, and some who are only trying to understand the new reality they are living in, where their friends and neighbors may not be all they appear to be.


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The Past Is Red By Catherynne M. Valente Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250301130
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Published: Tordotcom - July 20th, 2021

Tetley is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown. Or so she says to herself. Frustratingly optimistic in ways, she chooses to see the world around her through rose colored glasses, accepting the trash heap she and her neighbors live in. She refuses to despair, even though she is the only one who knows the truth of their world. At once a lyrical story about a young woman and the hope she strives for in life, and a call to action about dangerous climate change and our reckless consumption and disposal of goods. 


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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

This was a break from my usual reading. No one died or got murdered. The robot did not have a vendetta against humanity. It's more character driven, following a non-binary monk who feels unsatisfied in life, so decided to try being a Tea Monk. They fail miserably at first, but then develop a reputation as the best tea monk in the country. But even this tires them. They seek more out of life, and decide to embark on a pilgrimage to an old temple. This, too, does not go smoothly. Even when they meet a robot, one that hasn't been seen in years. Its mission is to find out what humans need. A seemingly impossible task. Sometimes the answer is as simple as a quiet moment with a cup of tea.