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!
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The third and final installment of SA Charkaborty's enthralling Deavabad trilogy comes to a head where loyalties are tested and tried, prejudices are challenged and truths revealed
Never underestimate modern housewives, mothers or social book clubs. This was the mistake of newcomer, James Harris. Tall, handsome and charming, he ingratiates himself into the neighborhood through manipulation and promises of financial wealth. For years, he embeds himself like a tick in the community, charming first the wives, then the husbands, controlling the neighborhood and planting trust and doubt in equal measure. But he doesn't anticipate the strength of loyalty and trust grown between the women's not-book-club he first used to introduce himself to the community as a whole. But, like Ted Bundy and the various serial killers the group reads about, his charm and good looks hide a very sinister and dangerous nature.
Many of us, at some point, have felt small, unseen, unheard. We go quiet in a room full of people we don't know, in front of gathered adults, strangers, authority figures. This beautifully illustrated book captures those moments, those feelings, within its simple poetry and gothic design. Reading can be an escape, a doorway to other worlds, marvelous adventures and may help us find our inner strength, our hidden voice. I highly recommend this book for anyone, child, adult, everyone in between, who has ever gone quiet.
Three years after the events in Foundryside, Sancia and crew have established their own consulting firm along with dozens of other scivers each opening their own foundries. Tevanne is changing, slowly releasing the grip of the merchant houses and gaining independence. Until someone decides to resurrect an ancient being with powers equivalent to a god... Then things go very, very badly, very, very quickly. Fast paced and full of action, intrigue and heart, Shorefall is a stunning sequel in this original trilogy about industrialized magic.
I love Murderbot! For an artificial construct that tries to deny its own humanity, it is very human. In the most uncomfortable ways. As the first full length novel, Wells is able to delve more deeply into Murderbot and its thoughts and feelings about the people it protects. In this newest adventure, Murderbot is kidnapped by an old friend. Between trying to protect the humans that got caught along with it, and trying to puzzle out the mystery of what is going on, Murderbot finds itself in a tangled web between two different corporate entities, colonists on an abandoned planet, and a hostile alien infection. What could possibly go wrong?
I read this book in just over a day. Fast paced, thrilling and plenty gory, this is a story of humanity vs. nature. Told in first-hand journal entries, it chronicles the story of a hyper-green, hyper-technological community nestled in the wilderness of upstate Washington. "Isolated while still completely connected" is the idea of Greenloop. Complete trust in the technology and security of modern society turns out to be Greenloop's downfall as no one expects or prepares for worst case scenarios when it comes to natural disasters. After Mt. Rainier erupts, cutting the community completely off from the modern world, the residents must face the reality and harshness of nature and all she hides within.
This is a fascinating story about the use and abuse of potential technology and how it can literally change the way we see the world and those around us. Brilliant scientist, young mother and black woman, Gabby White, accidentally invents a technology allowing one to transfer consciousness into another person's body. While the technology has near limitless potential, she is determined to keep it secret, keep it hidden, and keep it to herself, lest it fall into the hands of the wrong people and be corrupted and abused by the ultra-powerful. Told in alternating chapters from the present to the future, we see the way the tech is used and how it first came to light and who, ultimately, controls the world.
As his first collection of short stories since 20th Century Ghosts over a decade ago, Joe Hill establishes himself as a worthy successor to his father as a master of horror fiction. While he has a unique style all his own, the influences of King really shine through, and not just in the collaborative stories such as Throttle and In the Tall Grass. Thirteen tales in various styles, including present tense and a whole story written out as tweets from a teenager on a family road trip from (or to) Hell. Heartwarming, as well as heartbreaking stories make up this phenomenal collection. Story telling really does run in the family.
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Thirteen dark tales for a new generation. Coupled with haunting illustrations, this collection is sure to bring chills to readers, young and old. From ghosts to monsters and haunted woods, each terrifying tale is as captivating as it is disturbing. A must read for budding young fans of the horror genre and a delight for all ages.
Prophecies are dark, terrible things, full of doom and gloom, death and the occasional plague or two. But there is the silver lining in almost all of them. A hero, savior, Chosen One, rises up to the challenge and leads the forces of light against the forces of evil, ultimately to triumph and save the world. Unless the Chosen One gets killed on their way out of the front door. Welcome to Fate of the Fallen, where our glorious hero dies before his adventure even begins and everyone panics, ready to lie down and die or flee from the world altogether. So what happens when all hope seems lost and the only future is death? Sometimes heroes appear from unusual sources.
Despite being a fan of science fiction, space opera was one of those sub-genres that never really drew me in. I was more about the technology and how it influences the human psychology. But this series was something multiple people had recommended I read, and I'm glad they did. Even if you're not a big sci-fi fan or into interplanetary or space-opera fiction, this series is still compelling. A diverse cast of characters, fast paced action and an alien molecule that turns people into soup. I mean, what more could you ask for? With eight books so far, and each spaced within two years, you'll be able to get your fix without worrying the author will die of old age before they finish the series (looking at you, Martin!)
Like the old saying goes, you are what you eat. Or in this case, you are what you READ! Full of whimsy, visually stimulating for children and adults, and very PUNNY! A great gift for all ages to share, you'll find something new on each and every page, every time you read it. Beautiful!
Part Coming-of-Age tale, part love story, part Lovecraftian Eldritch horror, this book has it all! The Turner family has been haunted by a mysterious wolf-like creature in a flowing red cape throughout the generations. Narrated by the youngest member, Noah, we see the lives of his family as they grow throughout the years, from the courtship of his parents, his sisters' childhoods, his conception, and everyone's lives as they live and grow. All throughout, his family encounters this creature, but Noah is the only one to acknowledge it, even befriend it. Exploring themes of mental illness, isolation and identity, this novel is full of monsters, both metaphorical and literal.
This book broke my brain. It starts out with a mystery theme, a woman on a rooftop claiming to remember a different life. We also meet Helena, a woman researching degenerative brain diseases and a way to capture precious memories and allow people with Alzheimer's or dementia to regain lost memories. With funding from one of the richest men in the world, Helen is able to make leaps and bounds in her research and development. But what she inadvertently creates is a time-machine. Instead of recapturing memories and experiencing them in the present, her creation sends one's consciousness back into a memory. With full knowledge of your life and experiences, one can change the course of one's history, or future, and rewrite reality. Of course, like any great creation with unimaginable power, things don't always work out for the better. What would you do if you could rewrite a moment of your past? How far would you go?
Title: The Golden Wolf
The final installment of Hartsuyker's Golden Wolf trilogy doesn't disappoint. Just as good, if not better, than the previous two novels, we see Ragnvald and Svanhild, Harald and Solvi, in their late-middle years. Family ties threaten to tighten around our heroes' necks as the young sons of Harald and Ragnvald create increasing trouble for the old warriors. Svanhild's own daughter, Freydis, is kidnapped and brought to Iceland by Ragnvald's half-brother Hallbjorn, who is seeking his own glory and renown. Rebellion stirs not only in the outlying lands, but closer to home, as well. Tense, heartbreaking and full of adventure, the conclusion of Hartsuyker's trilogy is as much about family as it is about history, the unification of Norway under a single king. Steeped in as much myth and legend as documented facts, Scandinavia's history is brought to life beautifully.
"They came to watch the children burn." The first line hooked me right away. Why would anyone wish to watch the burning of children? But in the Burnt Empire, ascension to the throne is literally a trial by fire. To fail is to die. To pass is to inherit a great empire and a great responsibility. Full of gods and demons, Upon a Burning Throne chronicles the lives of Adri and Shvate, crown princes of the empire and blind and albino respectively. Though princes they may be, their lives are far from easy. Shunned by their mothers since birth and doubted of their abilities to lead due to their afflictions, they have only each other. The book follows the two brothers, but also introduces us to a whole cast of characters, giving us a complete view of the empire, the royal family and the events taking place. Part of a series, it ends on a painful cliffhanger, but it only makes me want to continue reading even more.
Title: The Devil Aspect
*Insert explative here* Yeah, it's that good. There's too much to say for just a little card, so ask me about it. Seriously. Broad Strokes: Set in 1930's Czechoslavakia in a medieval castle turned insane asylum, we meet a young psychiatrist trained by Jung, himself. The residents of the castle are Europe's most dangerous murderers, the Devil's Six. Meanwhile, in Prague, a serial killer known as Leather Apron is murdering women and wreaking havoc and panic throughout the city. Within the shadow of Nazi occupation and a greater madness that will consume all of Europe, the young doctor comes face to face with the devil himself. Not for the faint of heart, but absolutely recommended for fans of dark psychological thrillers and historical fiction. Not my usual go to, but I was glad I picked this up.