Nifty Novels and More from Maryelizabeth

Maryelizabeth

 

Publicity Manager, Events Coordinator, and MG co-owner Maryelizabeth (MeH) reads across all of our chosen genres, with an emphasis on sociological fiction. Whether a book involves werewolves, spaceships, faeries, forensics, or all of the above, her main concern is the impact of their world on the characters in it.

 

 

 

 

   

 

Book List

The Magician's Land (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670015672
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Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014

Speculative Fiction 

From its magical opening scene in a largely mundane New Jersey bookstore, to its conclusion leaving readers with appropriate-to-the-story if not necessarily happy “good-byes” to Quentin Coldwater, flawed magician, and his compatriots, The Magician’s Land fulfils Lev’s unspoken contract with his readers to both honor and build on the classic tales of adventures at its foundation. After the losses of The Magician King, Quentin gradually develops more self-awareness and grace, while undertaking fabulous magical adventures, of course! Strongly recommended.

– Maryelizabeth

Signed copies available, while they last.

Dear Daughter (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780670016389
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Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014

Suspense

Janie Jenkins has a lot going for her, including her fierce dedication to being a self-protective bitch. She also has a lot of challenges, including being released after a decade in prison after being convicted for the murder of her mother; being hounded by celebrity stalkers and the media; and the nagging sensation that perhaps the conviction was valid, as her memories of the night of her mother’s killing are less than clear. The sharp and prickly Jane assumes a low-profile persona to conduct an investigation based on the thinnest of clues from her mother’s past in strange twinned small towns in South Dakota. Jane may not be likable or pleasant, but she is unforgettable.

– Maryelizabeth

An August Fantastic Firsts Pick!   

The Lost (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780778317111
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Published: Mira Books, 5/2014

Speculative Fiction 

Sarah Beth Durst’s first adult novel bears her trademark unique fantastic stamp – in this case, artist Lauren Chase is driving in the desert with no destination in mind, other than the desire to escape the reality of her mother’s terminal illness, when her circumstances draw her to the surreal town of Lost. By incorporating both themes of those who are lost and those who have suffered losses, set among the minutia of the lost — those stray socks, toys, shopping lists, etc. that we are all familiar with — Sarah Beth adds depth and dimension to her “Wizard of Oz”-like story. Recommended to fans of Seanan McGuire’s Sparrow Hill Road: Lost could be encountered along similar pathways.

– Maryelizabeth 


The Good Girl (Hardcover)

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780778316558
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Published: Mira Books, 7/2014

Suspense 

Overlapping narrators, a non-linear story line, and a slow reveal all contribute to elevate this debut suspense novel. In her early 20’s, Mia Dennett still strives to rebel against her parents’ affluent Chicago lifestyle, making her perhaps an unlikely target for someone seeking revenge against her father, an influential judge. Colin, more of a criminal by economy than intent, kidnaps Mia, but then diverts for his instructions, hiding both of them in a remote severely underequipped cabin in the Minnesota woods. Mia is returned, to the relief of her mother, Eve, and the Detective on the case, Gabe Hoffman, but her physical presence only serves to deepen the emotional and psychological puzzle behind her abduction.

– Maryelizabeth  

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780399166181
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Published: Blue Rider Press, 3/2014

Curated Fiction

Comedian and actress Annabelle’s collection of 16 essays on hitting the half-century mark hold humor and resonance whether dealing with the universal concepts of issues like those pillow lines that used to immediately disappear in the morning and now linger into one’s day, or the more specialized issues facing a woman working in Hollywood. Annabelle doesn’t shy away from difficult topics like the increasing number of one’s friends facing serious or terminal health issues, or the struggles of the sandwich generation. Reading I See You Made an Effort is like having a refreshing gab session with one’s girlfriends. Don’t miss Annabelle at the July 20 Smart Summer Reads event in Redondo Beach!

– Maryelizabeth


Ruin and Rising (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780805094619
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2014

Young Adult

Tsarpunk and conflict and power reach an epic and satisfying and costly conclusion in Ruin & Rising, the final installment in Leigh’s Grisha Trilogy, as Alina – Sun Summoner, Saint, orphan, and fulcrum for the fate of her world – and her allies marshal their limited forces in a final confrontation with the Darkling. My friend Molly helped me coin the term “Darklinghosen” to describe Ruin & Rising – meaning “so good and with just the right amount of tragedy and sacrifice.”

– Maryelizabeth

 


$25.99
ISBN-13: 9781250047021
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 7/2014

Speculative Fiction

 

The characters in the new novel from the author of Shine Shine Shine share some of the same unique characteristics – they are unlike characters who populate anyone else’s writing that I can think of, while still being identifiable to the reader – in a story about connections, family, and the forces of fate. George and Irene are destined to be together, according to the stars, aligned from conception by the machinations of their mothers. Can they resist their fate? Should they? Readers may find themselves examining the roles psychology, astronomy, philosophy and family play in their own lives. Recommended for those who thrive on quirky and informed fiction.

– Maryelizabeth


Midnight Crossroad (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780425263150
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Published: Ace Hardcover, 5/2014

Speculative Fiction

Welcome to Midnight Pawn, one of the few businesses in a small West Texas community marked by the stoplight at the corner of Witch Light Road and the Davy Highway. Few pass through, and fewer stay – and most of the latter share two traits: a craving for privacy and secrets to hide.  Newcomer (familiar to readers of the Harper Connelly series) Manfred Bernardo, who has just relocated to the rental house next to the pawnshop, empathizes with his neighbor’s concerns even as he endeavors to transition from outsider to resident. Readers and Manfred learn much more when the discovery of a murdered corpse and resultant official and unofficial investigations bring a number of hidden stories to light. Recommended for fans of Charlaine’s supernatural and suspense stories.

—Maryelizabeth


Sparrow Hill Road (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780756409616
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Published: DAW Trade, 5/2014

Speculative Fiction

Seanan offers her own take on urban legends and ghost stories with the tale of Rose Marshall, the Dead Prom Date, who’s haunted the highways and byways of America since she was killed in the early 1950s. Rose has found a pastime in her afterlife, guiding others as needed, sometimes onto the ghostroads and sometimes onto a detour until a later date. And she’s been evading Bobby Cross, a man who fuels his immortality through the sacrifice of others – including Rose on that fateful night – for decades. But she can’t outrun him forever… Pull up a stool, sip on a milkshake, and enjoy the mythology of midnight America.

– Maryelizabeth

 


Rebel Belle (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399256936
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 8/2013

Young Adult

Discover the fun that can be had when immensely popular Southern belle Harper Price is diverted from her Cotillion lessons and quality time with her equally popular boyfriend by the unpleasant interjection of her responsibilities as a Paladin. Not only does being a Paladin mean adapting fashion accessories into lethal weapons, but also forging a relationship with her high school arch nemesis, neither of which are likely to help her maintain her Queen Bee position. Snarky and silly but still touching. Check it out!

– Maryelizabeth


Ruin Falls (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780345549075
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Published: Ballantine Books, 4/2014

Mystery & Suspence

Spouses Liz and Paul Daniels and their six- and eight-year old children are en route to Paul’s largely estranged parents’ home for a visit, when the children disappear from their hotel room during an overnight stop. Liz and the police quickly come to the inescapable conclusion that her college professor and ardent environmentalist husband is responsible – and in the state of New York, his abduction of their children is not a police matter. Liz, who has become comfortable in her supportive wife role with a few small rebellious exceptions must bloom into a fierce, more-capable woman as her search for their children leads all of them into danger. Jenny will be visiting Southern CA and MG in early June!

– Maryelizabeth


Blood Always Tells (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780765333544
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Published: Forge Books, 4/2014

Mystery & Suspence

You know that moment when you’ve briefly reunited with and sorta drugged your cheating-on-his-wife boyfriend in hopes of capturing his revealing secrets and blackmailing the annoying sonofagun, and then you are both kidnapped? But he claims it’s all okay, because it’s part of his elaborate plot to have an unbreakable alibi when something fatal happens to said wife? But somehow you get the feeling the hostage-takers and your boyfriend aren’t working from the same script? And then things get complicated? Yeah, that’s what Blood Always Tells is like. A great thriller about the importance of siblings.

– Maryelizabeth


The Winter People (Hardcover)

$25.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538497
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Published: Doubleday, 2/2014

Mystery & Suspence

Jennifer excels at stories of people haunted by the past, by regrets, and by their passions, all of which are in play in The Winter People. Sara Harrison Shea and her husband and daughter are eking out a living in small town Vermont in 1908 – when Sara’s daughter is murdered, Sara turns to the tales told by her “aunt” of a process to bring one’s loved ones back to life, even if only briefly and at a terrible cost. A century later, teenager Ruth and her younger sister, Fawn, live on the Shea farm in the shadow of the Devil’s Hand outcropping, with their mother, who vanishes overnight. Jennifer weaves the two timelines together, along with perspectives of others touched by loss and seeking gain, in a creepy suspenseful thriller.

– Maryelizabeth


Hild (Hardcover)

$27.00
ISBN-13: 9780374280871
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 11/2013
2013 Pick

Big. Rich. Dense. Chewy. Immersive. Thoughtful.
Hild is the double-chocolate cheesecake novel of the year.

The Little Mermaid (Hardcover)

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9781416960805
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Published: Little Simon, 10/2013

2013 Pick

A wonderful rendition of the story and the world, true to Hans Christian Andersen's melancholy original.


$0.99
ISBN-13: 9781451687682
Published: Pocket Books, 10/02/2012

2013 Pick

One of the great joys of my ereader has been rediscovering the pleasures of shorter works -- short stories, novellas, etc. Delilah's Blud novellas top my list!

 


Antigoddess (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780765334435
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Published: Tor Teen, 9/2013

2013 Pick

One of my favorites of the year! Kickass teens and mythology FTW!

 

Young Adult

Eternity is winding down at an accelerating pace for the gods and demi-gods of ancient Greece – each suffering in a horrible fashion tied to their spheres of influence. Perpetually dedicated virgin goddess Athena is manifesting owl feathers inside her body – so far non-lethally, but it’s only a matter of time and location. Similar fates are befalling her fellow deities; and once again, a young woman named Cassandra will find herself at the heart of a war, as the gods take sides again, this time with far more than pride and a fruit of precious metal at stake. Kendare blends legend, contemporary life, horror and a dark streak of karma in the first of this intriguing series. Recommended to readers with all levels of familiarity with the Trojan War.

– Maryelizabeth

 


Ordinary Grace (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9781451645828
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Published: Atria Books, 3/2013

2013 Pick

An extraordinary exceptional book -- the best book I read all year.

Curated Fiction

Kent Krueger’s novel belongs on the shelves of readers’ hearts and minds somewhere between Stephen King’s “The Body” and Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine.  At the turn of the 21st Century, Frank Drum reminisces about the summer of his 13th year, growing up the son of a Methodist minister in a small Minnesota River Valley community. A series of events, including accidental deaths, murder, and the revelations of deeply-held secrets, test the characters’ faith and family bonds. Kent creates prose that resonates with readers who will care passionately about this story, even if they have no personal connection to the mid-Century middle America of the setting.

– Maryelizabeth

Sea Change (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780765333148
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Tor Books, 6/2013

2013 Pick

Intriguing, moving, unlike any other fantasy novel out there.

Speculative Fiction 

The synopsis on this book captured my attention when it mentioned a talking kraken, and I confess I was smitten by the charms of Octavius (named by a child, be kind!) and his human friend, Lilly. When Octavius is captured and sold as an exhibit at a circus, Lilly begins a quest to rescue him that is firmly rooted in the tradition of fairy tales with its series of challenges or requests to meet for numerous characters. At the same time, Wheeler explores gender and emotional issues with a modern sensibility that exerts a subtle undertow to the traditional elements of her tale. Recommended to the thoughtful reader.

– Maryelizabeth

 


Six Months Later (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781402285516
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire, 10/2013

Young Adult

Chloe believed she was an average, but not exceptional high school junior, with a lifelong best friend, an inaccessible crush, and mostly supportive parents. Now she’s a high school senior with outstanding academics, dating Mr. Super Popular, and her BFF’s not on speaking terms with her any more. The only time she can remember anything about the period in between is when she’s in contact with local bad boy Adam. One of my favorite things about this contemporary YA thriller was the value Chloe places on mending her relationship with Maggie, as she tries to discover what’s happened and why. Recommended.

– Maryelizabeth


 


Parasite (Hardcover)

$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780316218955
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Published: Orbit, 10/2013

Speculative Fiction

Mira Grant’s work is not for the faint-hearted. It’s not just her devotion to conveying how near future science and nature can work together in both wonderful and terrifying ways; it’s also her willingness to have a high emotional cost to her characters and readers. Sally Mitchell should not have recovered from her car accident; having done so with the assistance of her bio-engineered tapeworm makes her a medical anomaly, one who is closely studied by the SymbioGen staff, who created the “beneficial parasites.” Mira takes Sally and the reader on a journey of discovery, as she tries to adjust to being the “new Sally,” with no memories of her previous self. Another great work of the consequences of (mostly) well-intentioned science.

– Maryelizabeth


Cursed: A Fallen Siren Novel (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780425263297
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Published: Roc, 10/2013

Paranormal Romance

Part of Siren Emma Monroe’s dedication to her work with missing-persons cases for the FBI’s San Diego unit is driven by penance – she has spent centuries trying to accumulate enough good acts for the goddess Demeter, who holds Emma and her fellow Sirens significantly responsible for the whole Persephone / Hades relationship disaster, to forgive her. In the meantime, she has a strict no romantic commitments policy, as nothing triggers Demeter’s sense of vengeance like a potential love. When sexy lycanthrope Special Agent Zack Armstrong is transferred to America’s Finest City, can he and Emma reignite their brief affair without distracting from their casework or drawing Demeter’s wrath? A great sexy series starter for Urban Fantasy fans!

– Maryelizabeth

SIGNED copies of this Fantastic First Pick are here! Order Now! 

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781595146854
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Razorbill, 11/2013

Young Adult

This inventive middle-grade book is pure fun, from its glow-in-the-dark cover to its wild and wooly look behind the scenes at the otherworldly inventors behind the gadgets at the mysterious DENKi-3000 factory. It’s Willy Wonka meets Jim Henson with a significant dose of bodily-function jokes. The book is produced by the team-up of an award-winning author and an acclaimed visual effects studio – with perhaps just a touch of intangible essences? Be sure to check out the Department’s website! thecreaturedepartment.com  

– Maryelizabeth

 


$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596438132
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: First Second, 8/2013
Interested in sword play? Explosions? Tea? Then this grand graphic novel adventure, packaged in First Second's great paper and French flaps, is for you!

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9780756408350
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: DAW Hardcover, 7/2013

Speculative Fiction

Ambrose offers the darkest and grimmest of dark fantasy with this saga of Elisha Barber, a healer in 14th Century England. As a child, Elisha witnessed the church’s execution of a witch – or was she an angel?, setting him on his path to being a barber (who cuts hair and beards, and also performs surgeries). At the same time, he holds himself at an emotional distance from others, not knowing he is a magus gifted with sensitivity, among other magical skills. The story begins with family tragedy following his sister-in-law’s difficult delivery, and includes horrendous injuries of body and soul. Compelling, but not for the faint-hearted.

–Maryelizabeth


$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780060779634
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 9/2013

Mystery & Suspense

 

Maryland teen Sylvie Mason has always been the good child in her family. After her demonologist parents are mysteriously gunned down after a nighttime call to a church, as Sylvie waited in their car, leaving her in the care of her confrontational and rebellious older sister, Sylvie tries to balance her desire for truth with her fears that a closer examination of their lives will only lead to more tragedy. Recommended for fans of Laura Lippman and Jennifer McMahon.

-Maryelizabeth


Havana Lost (Paperback)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781938733383
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Red Herrings Press, 8/2013

Mystery & Suspense

 

The experiences of three generations of a Cuban – American crime family provide the framework for a story spanning from the early days of the Cuban revolution to the near present. Mobster’s daughter Francesca Pacelli falls for Cuban revolutionary Luis; although her father successfully separates the two, she is pregnant with their son. Luis and the man who betrayed them are among the thousands of Cuban fighters in Angola, where they stumble upon a valuable secret, one that will have devastating consequences for the family. Romance, family values, and greed all play a role in shaping the outcome.

– Maryelizabeth


The Dead Run (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780062199652
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Published: Voyager, 9/2013

Horror

 

Adam’s contribution to supernatural border noir is a spicy mix of Aztec mythos, contemporary border and cult drama, and a man who’s no better than most, but with a penchant for helping defend others even under the worst circumstances.  American Jess Galvan’s border-runner activities are interrupted when a bar brawl sends him to Ojos Negros Prison. His escape is effected by a centuries old priest, who tasks him with delivering a precious cargo to the priest’s son, a Texas cult leader. With a still beating heart of a virgin girl wired to his chest, Jess ‘s not only motivated by his survival, but also the goal of rescuing his daughter from the clutches of the cult. Supporting characters including the priest’s supremely irate slaughtered by him wife, her undead army of sacrificed virgins, an overextended sheriff with an unlimited sense of humor, and more make this a high octane adventure.

–Maryelizabeth


Broken (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781402285455
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire, 11/2013

Young Adult

Being the new girl in school can be a challenge under any circumstances. Being the new girl who starts three weeks late, has not attended public school before, must carry a portable defibrillator with her, and whose stepmom is the hovering school nurse would be a challenge for the most stout-hearted, let along Scarlet Killian, whose heart is literally broken. All Scarlet wants is to be able to enjoy as normal a life as possible – makefriends, take classes, etc. But can she survive, even with the help of her peer support group? Or will high school be the death of her? Readers will enjoy spending time with Scarlet, who is observant with an appropriately dark sense of humor.

–Maryelizabeth

 


Unbreakable (Hardcover)

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316210171
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

Young Adult

Kennedy Waters’ awareness of the paranormal goes from zero to full immersion in the span of a few weeks in Kami’s first novel of The Legion, a secret society devoted to ghostbusting and demon-exorcising. A month after her single mother’s untimely death, Kennedy experiences two ghost encounters, and meets the members of the Legion, who believe she has the special abilities to become one of them, especially as her mother was a member. Kennedy has totry to learn more about the Legion ( including attractive male twins) and her role in it, and her mother’s secrets, as she and her team race to confront a particularly dangerous demon.

–Maryelizabeth

 


The Arrivals (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780061826962
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Published: William Morrow & Company, 7/2013

Speculative Fiction

An other-worldly weird Western with extra-terrestial beings and transplanted humans spanning more than a century of Earth time? Transplants who recover from fatal wounds sustained in the battles in the Wastelands … except when they don’t? Oh, and some steamy encounters, to boot? Yes, please! Chloe is the newest Arrival in the Wasteland, courted by long-timers Jack and Kitty to join their team of survivors who battle against the creeping unsubtle domination of über-imperialist Ajani. Did I mention she also encounters buckin’ bronco wyrms and magic-wielding trigger-happy monks? Marr blends a number of disparate elements into a celebration of several fandoms.

– Maryelizabeth 


$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780399162954
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Blue Rider Press, 8/2013

Speculative Fiction

“Cabot” is the pseudonym for the writing team of Carlos Dews and multi-award-winning crime writer S.J. Rozan. Readers not tipped off by the gorgeous die-cut cover reveal will soon learn the central secret of the novel; back in the 15th Century, the Vatican signed a non-disclosure contract with the Noantri, commonly known as vampires. Scholarly Jesuit Thomas Kelly and Noantri Livia Pietro are assigned by their respective organizations to track down the missing physical copy of the document, as exposure of its contents threatens the stability of the church and the vampires’ choice to remain a hidden society. Great puzzles and exciting settings make this an exceptional supernatural thriller.

– Maryelizabeth


Tell No Lies (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780312625528
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Published: St. Martin's Press, 8/2013

Mystery Suspense

Hurwitz has produced another exceptional thriller, which adds a level of suspense by turning the cliché of the amateur sleuth who can’t take information on a crime to the police for whatever rationale, and given us Daniel Brasher, who works with the San Francisco police and does everything in his power to save and protect others … and it may still not be enough. Daniel has given his time and energy to being the counselor for a group of ex-cons; he is ready to move on to private practice, when threatening letters start arriving in his mailbox – and the body count begins. Can Daniel and the authorities find the masked killer behind the poorly-written demands for confession to an unknown sin before time runs out for everyone on the killer’s list?

– Maryelizabeth


Mending the Moon (Hardcover)

$26.24
ISBN-13: 9780765327581
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Tor Books, 5/2013

Speculative Fiction

It’s a good season for speculative fiction novels that offer more than just “what if,” but also help readers think about deeper issues (see my review of Sea Change). Mending the Moon thoughtfully explores community, family, creation and destruction, chaos and stability, and the wide-spread impact of an inexplicable assault and murder on both the friends and family of a murdered woman and the murderer in this novel of the magic of connections and caring. And as a comics reader, I would love to read Comrade Cosmos, and appreciated the passionate fan culture Susan created for her fictional series.

- Maryelizabeth

 


The Shining Girls (Hardcover)

$26.00
ISBN-13: 9780316216852
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Mulholland Books, 6/2013

Speculative Fiction 

Award-winner Beukes hits the sweet spot of cross-genre for science fiction and thrillers with this tale of a time-traveling serial killer. Harper Curtis would be a sadistic criminal under any circumstances, but when he comes into possession of the key to a house that allows him to move through time (although not space) and contains a room full of trophies he has/will accumulate from killing The Shining Girls, girls and women with a special spark, he is given a vile purpose. Beukes does a great job evoking Chicago in different eras, and has created an exceptional character in survivor Kirby, determined to find this improbable killer.

– Maryelizabeth