Emilio is a fan of Fantasy, especially multibook epics, Science Fiction, Horror and some plain ol' literature. His favorite authors include, George R.R. Martin, Brent Weeks, John Ajvide Lindqvist, China Mieville, Cormac McCarthy, and Kurt Vonnegut.
Paul Tsabo is an ex-cop turned insurance investigator. He’s
the only person to ever single-handedly take down a ‘mancer, aka a magic user.
Losing his foot in the process he has left the police job in order to live a
quieter life filing paperwork. But that all comes to a fiery end as his
apartment is burned up and his daughter scarred. Paul is out for revenge. He
knows the fire was caused by Flex, a drug that is
made by ‘mancers that causes normal people to have unusually good luck. But
that luck comes with a price, (the universe demands balance), and creates Flux,
the bad luck that needs to go with the good.
As Paul discovers his own ‘mancy he teams up
with a fellow magic user and enters the dark world of Flux and ‘mancy. Having
to keep his new skills a secret while pursuing a ‘mancer hell-bent on
destroying the world, Paul has to make several decisions that he knows will not
have a good outcome. Part Breaking Bad, part Sandman Slim, Flex
is a fantastic gritty urban fantasy.
all know the saying, “blood is thicker than water.” But what happens when your
parents are the ones set against each other? In Tom Rob Smith’s latest
novel, The Farm, this is the situation narrator Daniel
faces; being a man who has to judge his parents and find out who is
right and who is wrong. This searing novel never lets up. It hits the ground
running from page one, and doesn’t stop until the last page is turned. As each
piece of evidence is laid out before Daniel he had to decide if there is a small
town conspiracy, or if it’s just the ravings of his mother who has
gone slowly insane. This is one can’t-miss novel for anyone who enjoys
exploring the darker side of humanity and the meaning of family.
A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
The third installment of the Gentlemen Bastards Series, The Republic of Thieves starts out fast and doesn't let up. Locke Lamora is dying, and his only way to cheat death one again is to get help from his mortal enemies, the Bondsmagi. The help comes with a price though, he and best friend Jean Tannen have to win an election using their wits and thieves tactics. The only problem is the opposing side has employed the one person that cuases Locke's mind to fall apart, the only woman he's ever loved. Fast paced and quick-witted The Repbulic of Thieves is the funniest entry into the Gentleman Bastards series so far. Plus you get to learn a lot of secrets that have been brought up in the first two novels. Sure to please any fantasty fan, The Republic of Thieves is a don't-miss.
A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
The second book in The Last Policeman series picks up a couple of months after the first novel. Three more months until an asteroid collides with the earth, killing everyone. Detective Hank Palace is the only person still working his job, finding people and solving mysteries. This noir-style novel is fast paced and well concieved. It will leave you thinking about what you would do if you and everyone else only had a short time to live. This one will stay with you for a long time after the book is finished.
A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
What’s the most disturbing film you’ve ever seen? Nothing compares to the films of Stanislas
Cordova, the director at the center of this literary thriller. Scott McGrath is an investigative
journalist who has been obsessing over Cordova for years; when Cordova’s daughter ends up
dead, apparently from a suicide, it sets off a chain of events that lead to the doorstep of the
twisted mind of Cordova and his associates. Marisha Pessl’s sophomore effort relies on the dark
parts of your imagination as she details Cordova’s films and the investigation surrounding him.
It’s creepy and unnerving but with dashes of humor that help release the ever-escalating tension
of McGrath’s investigation. Pessl also uses modern social media and news websites in the novel
in unexpected ways that add to the element of reality. The book makes you feel like Cordova is
real and the darkness surrounding him might consume the reader as it does McGrath.
A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
Fantasy newcomer Anthony Ryan’s debut, Blood Song, is a startlingly fast-paced fantasy that is both dark and thrilling. It’s about the life of Valen Al Sorna, son of a King’s Battle Master, who is left on the doorsteps of The Sixth Order, a group of warriors whose sole purpose is to defend The Faith. The Faith is a godless religion that is beingforcibly spread throughout the lands of the story. Valen grows up under the tutelage of harsh masters and even harsher tests, while learning the virtues of the faith and the whisperings of another forgotten order. Ryan’s debut is without-a-doubt a stunning entry into the fantasy genre; it will leave you salivating for the next installment, which we can only hope arrives soon.
A Best Bet 2013 Pick!
"Why did you do it?" At the beginning of Max Barry's new Science Fiction thriller, the protagonist, Wil is asked this question with no idea of what is actually being asked of him. Having no memory of his life up to the point where some government agent-looking men are pulling a needle out of his eyeball, he is lost in a deadly cat and mouse game of words. A secret agency of people known simply as Poets have been using language to bend people to their will. Wil however, is immune to the persuasion and is the only person able to stop a rogue Poet hell-bent on destruction. Barry's novel starts at a break-neck pace and never stops. The questions brought up in the novel are important questions we should be asking about society and how we receive information, whether it be words, emotions or memories. Lexicon is sure to please any fan of the high-tension thriller, linguaphiles, or anyone else for that matter.
Living amongst the human population are transforming beings known as Lycans. They can transform to werewolves at any time, either by choice or when they are threatened. Most try to live normal human lives but there are a few out there bent on destroying the human race. The novel begins with three Lycan attacks aboard airplanes. Borrowing from the real-life events of 9/11, Percy’s novel is about what makes us human, and what happens when we let the primal part of ourselves out. As the bodies start piling up on both sides, humans and Lycans alike, one begins to wonder who the real monsters are. The U.S. government occupies the Lycan homeland to extract valuable uranium, while persecuting anyone that harbors the Lycan prion virus. It’s a novel about freedom, fear and what makes us human, or monsters.
When a Swedish pop musician past his prime stumbles across an abandoned child in the woods who can scream and hum in perfect tune, he gets an idea; keep the child hidden away and teach her only about music so she can become the greatest singer the world has ever known. Eventually the child grows up and is exposed to the outside world. Soon she finds other girls that have the same thing in common; they are outsiders in a world bent on chewing them up and spitting them out. The girls hatch a plan to retaliate against the world that is against them. Lindqvist is the master of the slow-burn horror, and this novel may his best yet. The set-up is engrossing and the disturbing payoff is well worth the read. Fans of Stephen King will feel right at home with the quirky young lead of the novel whose limited experience of the world ends up unleashing an event that stays with you long after you’re done with the novel.
The follow up to David Wong’s debut John Dies at the End, This Book is Full of Spiders is a hilarious horror romp that does not fail to tickle your funny bone as well as tingle your spine, sometimes simultaneously. The story picks up shortly after the events of John Dies at the End and our hapless protagonists David and John are still seeing interdimensional beings that inhabit our world without most peoples knowledge of them. David has been seeing something new though, large spiders with human mouths, and they’re taking over the small town of [Undisclosed]. John, David and his one handed girlfriend Amy have no choice but to uncover the motivations of these creatures and put a stop to it before the entire town is nuked by the secret agency known only as REPER. If you like your humor with dashes of blood and guts, this is the book for you, though the spiders may come crawling
14th Century France, the entire country is in the grips of the Bubonic Plague. Thomas, an excommunicate knight, is travelling with a group of brigands when he stumbles across a young girl with no parents and she’s having visions of angels guiding her path. She’s making her way to Avignon to see the pope. This is how Between Two Fires begins. Christopher Buehlman’s second novel takes a very literal interpretation of the Bible, where Satan is forcing God’s hand to intervene in the world of men to bring about the apocalypse. The only hope for humanity is a small group of damaged people and their faith. Buehlman describes a world filled with death, monsters and temptations straight out of the New Testament. His words are lyrical and poetic but still contain an edge that will terrify any horror fan. Faith-based horror is difficult to pull off well and Buehlman does it with aplomb. Don’t miss Christopher Buehlman at the Redondo Beach location October 8!
Miéville’s newest work stars Shamus Yes ap Soorap, a
teenage boy who has lost his parents and works on a moler
train; that is, a train that hunts giant moles for meat and fur. It’s dangerous on the tracks of the Railsea, a land where cities are connected by thousands of miles of rails that have been around since anyone can remember. The soft earth is dangerous to anyone dwelling above ground, as you will be eaten alive by the myriad oversized creatures dwelling below. Shamus, or Sham as he is known by his friends, stumbles upon a treasure that will lead him and his friends across the farthest reaches of the Railsea and beyond. Miéville crafts a world unlike any other in this adventurous novel, which is part Moby Dick and part “Tremors” (yes, the Kevin Bacon movie). The descriptions are vivid and the action is non-stop as we look into a world where people are driven by obsession and a thirst for knowledge.
Fans of Miéville will surely enjoy his latest, and for anyone who is new to him, this is a wonderful place to start.
At one time or another, everyone has wondered what life will be like in the future. 2312 tries to answer some of those questions.
Set hundreds years into the future, the novel explores the possibilities of living life on other planets in our solar system. The novel
begins on Terminator, a city on Mercury that travels on rails to evade the harsh exposure to direct sunlight. Swan Er Hong, the
protagonist of the novel has lived most of her 130 years in the city and her best friend winds up dead; no one knows how or why.
This death starts a chain of events that sends a group of scientists and bureaucrats across the planets in our solar system in search of
answers as well as stopping the destruction of humanity. Fans of hard science fiction will revel in the brilliant ideas and physically
plausible wonders Robinson creates in his exciting vision of the future. — Emilio
Marshall Raylan Givens has a problem. He’s found the felon he’s looking for,
but that man is missing both of his kidneys. As he figures out what happened,
and who removed the criminal’s organs, Raylan begins putting together a series
of seemingly unconnected events that aren’t so much about a mystery, but about
the people involved. He discovers the truths behind a black market human organ
business, as well as the murder of an out of work coal miner, and he manages to
make a few friends along the way. In the end, Raylan’s adventures involve some
kidney thieves, pot growers, a 21 year old poker playing girl, some seedy
horsebreeders, and a cross-dressing gangster.
Fans of Elmore
Leonard’s character Raylan (also seen in the hit television series “Justified”)
will rejoice at this fast paced, witty novel. Leonard’s prose is at the top of
his game in this novel; the way he makes his characters come to life with
simple conversations is unparalleled. This book is great if you’re looking to
get into some pulp-y material and also has elements of a hard-boiled novel and
the intricacies of modern crime stories. A must read!
After waiting five years between completing books in this series, George R. R. Martin comes back with a thrilling and violent-as-ever installation in his terrific series. The action picks up where A Storm of Swords left off, (A Feast for Crows runs parallel to this novel) where we find out more about everything Outside of King’s Landing. Tyrion Lannister, after killing his father, is escaping to the Free Cities and heads for the Dragon Queen Daenrys Targaryean to offer his help and exact his revenge on the rest of his family. Daenrys also has her hands full dealing with the politics of keeping a city safe, keeping her dragons out of danger, and being courted by several highborn men who want to rule beside her.
Meanwhile, in the North, Jon Snow is dealing with wars on two fronts. He has to carefully keep the King of the North, Stannis Baratheon, happy all the while figuring out how to defend Westeros from the encroaching dead walking the land north of the Wall. He will have to bargain and make decisions that will determine the lives of many. We also get a glimpse of Bran Stark and his journey north of the Wall to an ancient place with many secrets. By the end, all of your favorite characters come back, including Arya, Jamie and Cersei, in another installment of one of the most epic fantasy stories of all time. The blood will flow, lies will spread and pacts will be made and broken, but that’s how you play the Game of Thrones. -- EF
Hell is a tough place for anybody, but for a betrayed magician, it's just the beginning. Stark, as he is known, has found a way out and is looking for revenge against the people who put him in Lucifer's hands. Gory, funny and all around awesome!