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Fiction: Happily Ever After, edited by John Klima

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“Once upon a time…” Are there four more thrilling words? No matter our age, we love a story! If it’s been too long since you’ve visited a faraway land, set sail for Happily Ever After, a collection of retold fairy tales by masters of fantasy, horror, and young adult fiction. Gregory Maguire riffs on Snow White with “The Seven Stage a Comeback,” Cinderella takes a disturbing turn in Peter Straub’s “Ashputtle,” and “The Troll Bridge” has never been as fun as when Neil Gaiman is telling it. Edited by John Kilma and with an introduction by Fables creator Bill Willingham, Happily Ever After is an ideal choice for enchantment during this year’s Discover the Magic summer reading program.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on June 30, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

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  – The System by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

  – Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

  – The Ecstasy of Surrender by Judith Orloff

  – Precious Thing by Colette McBeth

  – Walking on Water by Richard Paul Evans

  – Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini

  – The Haunted Life: And Other Writings by Jack Kerouac

  – Self-Help Messiah by Steven Watts

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

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  – The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

  – The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan

  – Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

  – The Departure by Neal Asher

  – Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal

  – House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

  – Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

  – Alien Collective by Gini Koch

By MPPL on June 13, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Fiction: Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Ascension book coverAlana is a sky surgeon. She can repair any starship out there, but she’s never actually flown in one. She works from her shipyard. One day, a cargo vessel stops by looking to hire Alana’s sister, Nova, who is a spiritual guide. Alana doesn’t know where Nova is, but she wants to go looking, so she stows away when they leave. The search soon becomes dangerous as the complexities of Nova’s life unfold. Ascension is an exciting space opera featuring people of color in lead roles, LGBT characters in the forefront, and lots of adventure. This is a must-read for those looking for up-and-coming sci-fi authors that depict the universe as diverse as it actually is.

By Readers' Advisor on June 9, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Staff Pick: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian book coverLarry of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends The Martian by Andy Weir:

Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after a mishap during a storm prevents him from escaping the planet with the rest of his crew. Alone, with a small supply of food and damaged equipment, the only thoughts on his mind are survival and the hope that a rescue party will come for him. With his optimism and engineering skills, he is determined to live, yet at every turn, there are obstacles that threaten his survival. While this is a story of attempting to overcome long odds in a harsh environment, it is also filled with just enough wit and humor to lighten the story without diminishing its seriousness. The plot takes the reader on a “what more can go wrong” roller coaster ride with a steady progression of the story leading to a climactic, edge-of-your-seat ending. The Martian is a suspenseful, fun, and rewarding read.

By MPPL on June 2, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Larry, Staff Picks

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

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  — The Everything Store by Brad Stone

  — Autobiography by Morrissey

  — The Humans by Matt Haig

  — Stronger by Jeff Bauman

  — Jump the Gun by Zoe Burke

  — Second-Chance Dog by Jon Katz

  — A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey

  — Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

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  — Irenicon by Aidan Harte

  — Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach

  — Archetype by M.D. Waters

  — Steadfast by Jack Campbell

  — Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

  — City of Lost Dreams by Magnus Flyte

  — The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas

  — Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

By MPPL on May 16, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Fiction: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

Thorn and the Blossom book coverWhat a beautiful book! Physically, The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss is a gorgeous volume. It comes in a flowered slipcase and when you pull the book out – how unusual it is. It has an accordion-fold binding. If you read the novel from one direction, it is Evelyn’s story. If you read it from the other direction, it is Brendan’s story. Evelyn went into a bookstore while on vacation and came out of it with Brendan, a new friend. But both Brendan and Evelyn feel as if their burgeoning friendship is deeper than normal. Perhaps it could be that they’ve known each other in another life…

By Readers' Advisor on May 12, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Romance

Fiction: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihilation book coverFans of sci-fi and horror mixed in equal measure will revel in the foreboding tone, the ever-present dread of Annihilation, the first title in Jeff VanderMeer’s new Southern Reach trilogy. An all-female expedition of four unnamed scientists explores the mysterious “Area X,” a place once home to a peaceful fishing village and adjacent to a military base (or so the women have been told), but that now hosts unfamiliar and dangerous creatures that stalk, write cryptic messages on tower walls, and elicit madness. The novel is scary, and reminds one of doomed-mission flicks like the Alien franchise or the puzzle-piece structure of the TV series Lost. It leaves the story (and the reader) unsettled, begging for the next installment.

By MPPL on April 24, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

New: Audiobooks, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

New: Audiobooks

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  — The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black

  — Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo

  — Empress of the Night by Eva Stachniak  

  — You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty by Dave Barry

  — Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

  — And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass

  — My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

  — All Joy and No Fun by Jennifer Senior

New: Fantasy and Sci-fi

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  — Waking Engine by David Edison

  — Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price

  — Wild Things by Chloe Neill

  — Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard

  — The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

  — Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

  — Dreams of the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn

  — Like a Mighty Army by David Weber

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on April 11, 2014 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, New Arrivals

Fiction: Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Republic of Thieves book coverHear ye, hear ye! The Republic of Thieves, the eagerly-awaited third installment of Scott Lynch’s Gentleman Bastard series, is finally here! Locke and Jean have escaped a heist-gone-horrible with their lives…barely. In fact, Locke has been poisoned and will die if he doesn’t agree to a Bondmage’s offer – to be a pawn in upcoming mage elections. To make matters worse, the campaign leader opposing Locke is his childhood love, Sabetha. If you like political parodies – especially witty, ruthless, adventurous ones – try The Republic of Thieves. Trust Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin who called Lynch, “a bright new voice in the fantasy genre.”

By Readers' Advisor on March 20, 2014 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Fiction: The 2014 Reading List Awards

Every Friday the Library will bring you short lists of buzz-worthy books in a rotating series of popular genres.

For these and other fresh reads, stop by the second floor Fiction/AV/Teen desk. While there, talk to a Readers’ Advisor about new and old titles tailored to your taste.

Get your reading glasses on, because here we go!

This week we invite you to check out The Reading List, which honors outstanding titles in the most popular categories. Here are the featured winners, and you can follow the link for the other finalists and readalikes.

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     –  AdrenalineRed Sparrow by Jason Matthews
     –  FantasyVicious by V.E. Schwab
     –  Historical FictionThe Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

Last Days book coverMurder as a Fine Art book coverAny Duchess Will Do book cover
    

     –  Horror Last Days by Adam Nevill
     –  MysteryMurder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
     –  RomanceAny Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Love Minus Eighty book coverMe Before You book cover

   

     –  Science FictionLove Minus Eighty by Will McIntosh
     –  Women’s FictionMe Before You by Jojo Moyes

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on March 14, 2014 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Lists, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance