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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The Last One at the Wedding: A Novel By Jason Rekulak Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250895783
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2024

Frank Szatowski hasn't heard from his daughter in three years, so when she calls out of the blue, he's shocked and delighted. And she's getting married in a few months. Which is a bigger shock. The biggest shock of all? She's marrying the son of a major tech mogul, marrying into a family worth billions. But something is off, and Frank doesn't know why, but this whirlwind romance just doesn't make sense. This is a story of a father's relationship with his daughter, but also how love can blind us to painful truths unless we're stubborn enough to dig deeper.


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The Paranormal Ranger: A Navajo Investigator's Search for the Unexplained By Stanley Milford, Jr. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063371057
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Published: William Morrow - October 22nd, 2024

Ranger Milford grew up in two worlds: That of the western Anglo influence in Oklahoma with his Cherokee/Irish mother, and that of the traditional Navajo in the Navajo Nation with his father. He learned the history and beliefs of his father's people while still maintaining an analytical attitude when it came to things like Bigfoot, UFOs and witchcraft. But throughout his years as a ranger, he would learn to look at the world with different eyes. He has encountered Bigfoot, witnessed UFOs and even had a run-in with a skinwalker. His memoir of his experiences will combine the supernatural and paranormal with life on the Navajo reservation and beyond. 


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The Butcher Game: A Dr. Wren Muller Novel By Alaina Urquhart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781638931249
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Published: Zando - September 17th, 2024

The Bayou Butcher, Jeremy Rose, is alive and ready to continue his games. This time he brings his frenzy north, to the picturesque Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. This sequel is longer and so much darker. Alaina Urquhart has made me squirm in terror, pain and emotional distress. She deftly turns local landmarks and tourist attractions into horror scenes with Jeremy's relentless pursuit of Dr. Wren Muller, the only victim of the Butcher to survive and escape, on top of nearly catching him in New Orleans. Hold on to your butts, because this is one hell of a ride.


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The Dead Cat Tail Assassins By P. Djèlí Clark Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250767042
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Published: Tordotcom - August 6th, 2024

The Dead Cat Tail Assassins have three rules: A contract must be just. Only the Contracted can be killed. Once a contract is accepted, it must be carried out. Eveen learns there should be a fourth rule: Never commit to a contract without knowing your target. Without this fourth rule, Eveen finds herself in an impossible situation. She's been contracted to kill a target, but without knowing who the target is or who contracted her. As the night progresses, she faces her own fellow assassins and even her god. A fast-paced thrilling fantasy that will leave you wanting more.


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A Mask of Flies By Matthew Lyons Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250889812
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Published: Tor Nightfire - August 6th, 2024

Anne Heller is a career criminal, but after a bank heist goes terribly wrong, her life is turned inside out. Hunted not only by police, but also a monster from her past, Anne must find a way to survive the horrors unleashed when she was just a child. This book goes full throttle from page one and doesn't slow down until the very end. Anne goes from one disaster to the next, leaving a trail of corpses in her wake. Some she made herself, others left by the vicious being hunting her down, eating its way through anyone in its path. Buckle up, this is a wild ride.


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Blood Like Mine By Stuart Neville Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781641295413
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Published: Hell's Hundred - August 6th, 2024

Blood Like Mine is a twisty thriller with themes such as the power of a mother's love, the obsession of an FBI agent, and one little girl trying to cope with what was done to her and how she has been irrevocably changed. Rebecca Carter was 16 when she got pregnant, 17 when she gave birth to her daughter, Moonflower, and 29 when Moonflower was attacked, changed forever. Now they're always moving, attracting as little attention as possible, all while Special Agent Marc Donner pursues a serial killer with an unusual victim profile. This is not the book you are expecting, but it is a thrill ride nonetheless.


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The Dissonance: A Novel By Shaun Hamill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593317259
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Published: Pantheon - July 23rd, 2024

Dissonance is a form of magic fueled by negative emotion. So it's no surprise when four friends find themselves able to perform this Dissonance. Hal, with his mother bouncing from job to job, Erin living in a trailer park with parents who fight every night, Athena, one of the few black people in a small Texan town, and Peter, orphaned and living with his eccentric and distant grandfather. Bouncing between past and present narratives, the story unfolds of four friends, a power they barely understand, and consequences from twenty years past they are still reconciling with. 


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You Like It Darker: Stories By Stephen King Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668037713
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Published: Scribner - May 21st, 2024

King delivers once again with a collection of captivating and terrifying stories. Some are short and to the point, making you shudder at the last sentence, as with Willie the Weirdo and Red Screen. Others are longer, with a deeper story to tell, like Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream, and Rattlesnakes. Laurie is just a sweet story about a grumpy old man and a dog he doesn't even want, finding  a way to love one another. COVID finds its way in, as it has in all our lives. The Answer Man spans decades. All of these stories are told with King's unsurpassed talent of creating a story that hooks you from the very beginning.


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The Silverblood Promise: The Last Legacy, Book 1 By James Logan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250345806
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Published: Tor Books - May 7th, 2024

All Lukan Gardova wants these days is to drink wine and play cards. The same thing he's been doing for years. Until his father's steward tracks him down and reveals his father has been murdered and left a cryptic message written in blood for his wayward son. Before he knows it, Lukan is in the sprawling city of Saphrona and finds himself tangled up in a conspiracy that could bring war and chaos to the city, an international conflict that would devastate both sides and bring decades of peace to a ruinous end. Life was so much simpler when he could just drink and play cards...


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Necrobane: Book Two of The Warden Series By Daniel M. Ford Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250815682
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Published: Tor Books - April 23rd, 2024

Necrobane brings us back to the village of Lone Pine and Warden Aelis. After accidentally opening a crypt in the wilderness, Aelis unknowingly unleashed dozens, perhaps hundreds, of animated skeletons and other necromantic creations upon the land. Now, in a race to prevent the village from being overrun by reanimated skeletons and defeat the dark wizard, Dalius, Aelis and her companions must venture into the wilderness, encountering creations of bone and teeth, a mysterious hermit, and put their lives at risk, all to save Lone Pine from annihilation.


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Ocean's Godori By Elaine U. Cho Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781638930594
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Published: Zando - Hillman Grad Books - April 23rd, 2024

Calling all Brown Coats and fans of rag-tag space crews that find themselves in unlikely and wacky conflicts! This is a high-flying, fast paced space adventure full of political intrigue and tense social dynamics between crew members. Ocean Yoon is standoffish, can appear cold and indifferent, but nothing comes between herself and her best friend, Teo, second son of a tech empire. Not even the murder of Teo's entire family, for which he is blamed. With her eclectic crew and an unlikely alliance with the most famous raider in the system, Yoon will fight to uncover the truth and clear her friend's name. 


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Indian Burial Ground By Nick Medina Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593546888
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Published: Berkley - April 16th, 2024

This was a beautiful, heartbreaking novel that not only exposed life on a reservation, but also seamlessly blended mythology and folklore of the Takoda Peoples, known as the Sioux Nation. Set in the muggy south of Louisiana, it tells the story of a family haunted by a spirit, from two alternative viewpoints. The first from Noemi, who has just lost her long term boyfriend to a car accident. But was it an accident? Meanwhile, her uncle Louie, who has returned after nine years away, tells the story of one fateful and tragic summer, where many on the reservation suffered great tragedy. 
 


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Ghost Station By S.A. Barnes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250884923
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Published: Tor Nightfire - April 9th, 2024

For fans of the Expanse series, but on a much smaller scale. Dr. Ophelia Bray has dedicated her career to helping those suffering Eckhart-Reiser Syndrome, or ERS, a form of madness with violent, often deadly,  hallucinations. While traveling with an exploration crew for on-site therapy, she encounters a terrifying kind of sickness that no one has any experience with, or that has lived to report back. While its symptoms are similar, this seems to spread among the crew at an alarming rate. Isolated on a frozen planet, Ophelia and the crew of the Aeschylus must find a way to work together, or never see their loved ones again.


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Mal Goes to War By Edward Ashton Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250286314
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 9th, 2024

Mal (short for Malware and definitely not a robot), has an unusual fascination with the monkeys and their conflicts. Currently, the puritanical Humanists are trying to overthrow the government and destroy all modded and augmented humans, whether they are combatants or civilians. Full of wit and humor, Mal's adventures planet-side introduce him to all types of players from both sides. Mal will encounter both Humanists, Federals and even other Silico-Americans (AI) with their own agendas in the conflict. Perfect for fans of Scalzi and Pratchett. 


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Diavola: A Novel By Jennifer Thorne Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250826121
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 26th, 2024

YES!! This is exactly what I want in a haunted house/possession story. As if family vacations aren't stressful enough, add in an extended and extremely dysfunctional family. Toss in some poltergeist activity in a 500 year old Tuscan Villa, and you have yourself a perfect horror story. Jennifer Thorne beautifully blends dysfunctional family drama with classic haunted-house elements and a tragic backstory within this half-millennia old villa, home of countless tragedies and deaths over the centuries. 


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Floating Hotel By Grace Curtis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780756419301
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Published: DAW - March 19th, 2024

This was a great, cozy, fun and yet intriguing read full of colorful characters, heart and wit. The Abeona is a luxury space cruiser catering only to the wealthiest of the wealthy, jumping from solar system to solar system. All lovingly cared for by the Hotel Manager, Carl. Each chapter is a view into the lives of the staff and guests aboard the Abeona, and each with their little secrets and checkered pasts. On its final spin through the stars, the Abeona has one more secret to hold: Some truths are worth the sacrifice.