Darcy's Picks

Darcy, being raised by a librarian, grew up surrounded by books.

She has an affinity for robots, fun scifi, and old-fashioned worlds of whimsy.

In her spare time, she likes to draw, take photos, and pet other people's dogs.

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The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451466815
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Published: Roc - July 5th, 2016

Don your goggles and take to the skies for the first book in this new steampunk series from Jim Butcher, The Cinder Spires.  Humanity dwells upon Spires, high above the dangerous and mist-covered surface.  A cold war is brewing between Spires Albion and Aurora, a war that is about to boil over.  Enter Captain Grimm, a disgraced former Albion naval officer with a heart of gold, and his hearty crew on the crystal-powered airship, Predator.  When his ship is damaged in a skirmish with an Auroran flagship, Grimm is approached by the Spirearch with a proposition: Predator will be repaired at no cost to the good captain, in exchange for performing a covert mission.  Danger!  Magic!  Epic air battles!  Cats!  All of this, and more, await you within these pages.

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Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765377036
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Published: Tor Books - December 27th, 2016

On the world of Barsk, uplifted elephants are isolated away from all other uplifted species in the galaxy–with the exception of the koph trade, a unique substance only found on the glum planet that the elephants call home. The residents of Barsk hold a tight monopoly on their main export, which grants its users the ability to Speak to the dead. When Fants start to disappear on their way to the final resting place, as foretold by the first Speaker hundreds of years ago, it’s up to Jorl — a historian, Speaker, and one of the few Fants to have ventured past the homeworld —to discover their fates, and ultimately to decide the fate of his people. A compelling story, rich universe, and characters that, despite appearances, are surprisingly human make for an immensely enjoyable read. – Darcy

Caves of Steel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553293401
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Published: Spectra Books - November 1991

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Defy the Stars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316394031
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

Noemi Vidal is a soldier of Genesis, a former colony world of Earth locked in a drawn-out war for its independence.  During a skirmish she ends up stranded on a derelict ship, where she comes across Abel – the most advanced Earth mech ever built and the only one of his kind.  Bound by his programming, Abel is drawn into Noemi’s plan to end the conflict once and for all...even at the cost of his own life.  As they journey across the stars, these two kindred souls form a bond that goes beyond mere programming.  Can Noemi still condemn Abel to death, even in the face of his emerging humanity?  And what is Abel’s true purpose?  The artful prose combined with alternating perspectives of the two immensely likeable protagonists will keep you turning the pages, all the way to the bittersweet end.

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The Gormenghast Novels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780879516284
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Published: Overlook Press - December 1995

Enter the world of Gormenghast, where the vast sprawling castle is as much a character as the fantastical folk who occupy it, brought to life by Peake's lush prose and haunting illustrations.

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ISBN: 9780451464613
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Published: Roc - May 1st, 2012

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The Wild Robot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316381994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

This charming tale of a robot-out-of-water begins with Roz washing ashore onto a remote island, populated only by woodland creatures. The animals think of her as a monster as she learns to adapt to her unintended habitat—how to traverse mountain and forest, how to camouflage herself, and how to understand the animals. When she accidentally orphans a goose egg, she takes it upon herself to raise the hatchling, with the reluctant help of beavers, deer, and the other geese. Roz slowly earns her place in the island community, until her origins come back to haunt her. Brown’s expressive illustrations bring Roz’s quest for survival and a sense of purpose to life, making this a lovely read for children and adults alike. –Darcy