The Black God's Drums By:
P. Djeli Clark
August 21, 2018
Nominee for Best Novella in the Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, and Locus Awards as well winner of the ALA Alex Award, The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark is sure to entertain. Clark, author of 2019’s The Haunting of Tram Car 015, has an unparalleled ability to weave an exciting, atmospheric tale that sweeps readers away on pure adventure. In a novella just over the one hundred page mark, it is all the more impressive.
Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation By:
edited by Ken Liu
Ken Liu; Carmen Yiling Yan Release Date:
February 19, 2019
Chinese Science Fiction in Translation #2 Rating:
Following 2016’s Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Ken Liu has translated and compiled a second volume titled Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Short stories, novellas, and essays comprise the volume, all of them translated from the original Chinese into English. Author and translator of such books as Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem translates each story beautifully. Also translating this volume is Carmen Yiling Yan.
The Emperor's Railroad By:
April 19, 2016
Dreaming Cities #1 Rating:
A thousand years ago America as we know it was consumed by war and a plague that turned humans into zombie-like creatures decimated the population in The Emperor’s Railroad by Guy Haley, the first book in the Dreaming Cities series.
The Magpie Lord By:
September 3, 2013
A Charm of Magpies #1 Rating:
The Magpie Lord by K.J. Charles is the first book in the A Charm of Magpie series. This is a Victorian Gothic Horror novel filled with magic, mystery, and love. Lucien Vaudrey returns from his exile in China to his family estates in England as the new Lord after the deaths of his father and brother. Along with the title and land, Lucien gains the enemies of his father and brother. Someone is trying to kill him, and Stephen Day, local magician, is called in for assistance. Stephen soon finds himself falling for the fascinating earl, but there’s no time for that. Not with a foreboding sense of evil in the old mansion, a ghost, and unknown enemies trying to kill them – both of them.
I Hear the Sunspot: Limit Volume 1 By:
Stephen Kohler Release Date:
November 21 2018; (original Japanese) July 24, 2018
One Peace Books
I Hear the Sunspot #3 Rating:
I loved the original book in the I Hear the Sunspot series, so, of course, I read the third book as soon as I could get my hands on a copy. I Hear the Sunspot: Limit Volume 1 by Yuki Fumino and translated by Stephen Kohler is the continued story of Taichi and Kohei. Kohei is a university student with a hearing disability. Taichi has recently left college for the working world, finally figuring out what it is he wants to do. The pair continue to travel on their respective paths as they try to navigate the more than friendship, recently confessed love relationship they’ve build over the previous two books.
A Case of Possession By:
K. J. Charles
January 6, 2014
A Charm of Magpies #2 Rating:
The second book in the A Charm of Magpies series, A Case of Possession by K. J. Charles continues the story of Lucien Vaundrey, the veritable Lord Crane, and his lover, the magician Stephen Day. Things have grown more complicated for the pair. Someone is trying to blackmail Lucien about his relationship with Stephen, knowing the information could ruin both men. At the same time, Stephen is under investigation for his sudden increase in power, the other justicars worrying that one of their own is using dark, forbidden magic. All the while, there is a strange new problem plaguing London. Giant, terrifying rats have been spotted, and people are starting to turn up dead.
The Killing Floor Blues (Daniel Faust Book 5) By:
July 30, 2015
Daniel Faust Book 5 Rating:
When this story starts things are bad for our hero. He’s on his way to jail but something isn’t right. Not just the fact that he didn’t commit the crime he’s going to jail for but the memory of it for everyone around him. Someone is messing with the universe and making Faust the main victim.
Still trying to avoid spoilers and therefore failing at posting reviews. But here we go, trying again.
After the Green Withered By:
May 13, 2018
After the Green Withered #1 Rating:
I am thrilled to be a part of the Ultimate Blog Tour for Kristin
Ward’s novel After the Green Withered,
winner of the 2018 Best Indie Book Award. This dystopian novel is the first
book in a series, also titled After the Green Withered, which is aimed at a
young adult audience. The story follows an eighteen year old named Enora as she
graduates high school and is enrolled in an academy where the elites and heads
of society graduate and are doled jobs. Despite not wanting to go, Enora has no
choice. The change would give her parents more water credits, which they
desperately need. But the lack of water isn’t the only thing Enora and her
world struggle with. There are other forces at work. Everything isn’t as it
seems, and secrets better left hidden are slowly brought to life.
Giant Spider & Me: A Post Apocalyptic Tale, Vol. 2 By:
July 3, 2018; (original Japanese) September 8, 2017
Giant Spider & Me #2 Rating:
Quite some time ago, I read the first volume of a manga about a young girl and her pet giant spider living in a post apocalyptic world. Finally, I’ve read the second volume. Giant Spider & Me: A Post Apocalyptic Tale, Vol. 2 by Kikori Morino continues the story of Nagi and her giant spider, Asa. The second volume ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, and the story picks right back up where we left off here. Nagi’s home was damaged in a storm. Unable to repair the roof herself, she must venture into town and find someone willing to do the work. However, most people see giant spiders as monsters, not pets, and contention arises.
Nijigahara Holograph By:
Inio Asano Translator:
Matt Thorn Release Date:
March 9, 2014 (English); July 25, 2006 (Original Japanese)
Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano, the creator of the award winning Solanin, is a standalone 300 page manga, and perfect for those who aren’t looking to get into yet another long-running series. The story is one involving alternate timelines, violence, and the surreal. There are frightened whispers among the children about a monster that lives in the tunnel behind the school. The usually beautiful butterflies hold an almost ominous presence, suddenly being found everywhere. The lives of the students and teachers are interwoven in ways unforeseen on the surface, ways that aren’t always visible or expected.