Monday, October 20, 2014

New Science Fiction

For all the Sci-Fi enthusiasts, here are a few new books to keep you enthralled for weeks to come. Cold weather and rainy days seems endless, so why not come on over to our library and grab a couple books to take your mind off the weather and the woes of the world. Heat up some hot chocolate, get your blanket and settle down to a day of fantasy galore.

Lock In, by John Scalzi is a novel of the near future, but with new viruses popping up very recently, I’m wondering if this book isn’t a novel about the present. A new highly contagious virus makes it way around the globe and this virus doesn’t care if you are old, rich, poor, black, white, Asian or green. Trim your fingernails before cuddling up with this book, otherwise you will chew them down to the bone.

Want to step into new worlds? Try The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter.  These two great authors team up yet again to create an intriguing sci-fi novel that will keep you in your seat. What better place to be as you travel with these authors to worlds unknown in space.

Light and darkness, evil versus good, royalty, a queen uncertain, protected by her loyal servants, kingdoms
needing to be ruled and saved, battles and betrayals, what more could you ask for? The book, The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen, will grab your attention to the point that you will feel like you are in the middle of all that’s happening. You will want to grab your sword and jump in to save the queen.

Now this book will take you to times of muskets and magic, fantasies galore in a setting reminiscent of the early Victorian period, with bayonets, blood and secrets. It will keep you curled up next to the fire for several days. The Shadow Throne, Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns, by Django Wexler is a novel of an epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict.

Diabolical lobsters from outer space? Who will save us? Why Uncle Wonder of course! The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow captivates your imagination in this hilarious novel. As you know, James Morrow is a brilliant author and has written many books and this one manages to juggle the absurd, which is far more entertaining than many other novels you may have been reading.

New York Times Bestselling author, Anne Bishop has created, Written in Red, a novel of the Others, will have you coming back for more. This is a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities, shape shifters and vampires to mention a few, who rule the earth and prey on humans. Fitting subject since Halloween is just around the corner. I’d keep the light on after reading this.

David Weber’s, Like a Might Army is full of battles.  A complex political and military tapestry, past and future technologies all come together in this magnificent saga. The characters come alive and focus on the people who embody the strengths and weaknesses of an imperfect but always hopeful humanity.

--N.M. Information Technology Department

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