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Lists: If You Like J.R.R. Tolkien

Game of Thrones book coverJ.R.R. Tolkien is best known for writing complex, fantastical worlds. The Lord of the Rings series is the gold standard of fantasy that other writers try to live up to. If you’ve already finished Tolkien’s works and don’t know where to go now that you’ve left Middle-earth, the Library can help.

If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, click here for similar authors.

By Readers' Advisor on December 13, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

Lists: Alternate Histories on Audiobook

Hitler's War book coverAlternate history is a genre that explores “what if” questions. What if Hitler was killed early in his life? What if JFK was never assassinated? What if the Black Death had killed 99% of Europe and not 33%? These are the sort of questions authors ask and then let the domino effect splatter from their pens.

Click here to listen to the best alternate history audiobooks the Library has to offer.

By Readers' Advisor on December 6, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Lists

Colleen’s Pick: White Cat

Colleen staff picks photoJesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

LISTS: Hard Sci-fi Books

Red Mars book coverSpace flights into the distant unknown. Walking on the moon – maybe not even our moon. Colonizing planets after decades of sleep in a cryo-pod. Battling with angry, self-aware robots. If you pine for these scenarios, technical details, deep scientific thought, and other-worldly adventures, try reading hard sci-fi.

To fire your engines up on a beginner’s list of hard sci-fi, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on September 27, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

Hugo Awards Announced

Emperors Soul book cover

The 2013 Hugo Awards, the leading honor in the field of science fiction and fantasy, were announced earlier this month. Which worlds will you explore?

Best Novel: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi

Best Novella: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

Best Graphic Story: Saga, Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: The Avengers, written and directed by Joss Whedon

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Game of Thrones, “Blackwater”, written by George R.R. Martin, directed by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Best Professional Artist: John Picacio (check out the Elric series!)

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 25, 2013 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Humor, Movies and TV

They Came Back

The Returned audiobook coverHarold and Lucille have already known heartbreak. Their son Jacob died in a tragic accident at his eighth birthday party. When he arrives on their doorstep fifty years later, but still only eight years old, they don’t know if this is a miracle or a sign of the end. Even more worrisome is that this isn’t an isolated incident. A massive population of the formerly dead have returned around the globe, and the living have to decide if it’s possible – or desirable – to reintegrate them into their lives. The Returned by Jason Mott is one of the season’s most buzzed-about releases, and narrator Tom Stechschulte creates a deeply resonant storytelling experience.

By Cathleen, Readers' Advisor on September 23, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Divergent

Divergent book coverColleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth:

Divergent takes place in a future dystopian Chicago. In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to. We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become one of the Dauntless. With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent – a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her life.

By Readers' Advisor on September 2, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen, Staff Picks

LISTS: If You Like Game of Thrones

Dragon's Path book coverSeason 3 of Game of Thrones ended in June. Have you been wearily wandering a godswood pining for dragons and battles to drag you out of your office chair? Don’t despair that Season 4 doesn’t start till Spring of 2014 – the Library can help.

If you liked Game of Thrones, click here for similar fantasy reads to fill your time.

By Readers' Advisor on August 30, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists

A Bewitching, Illustrated Tale of Transformation

Raven Girl book coverThough it may seem unlikely that a man could fall in love with a raven, nothing is impossible in fairy tale realms. Man and raven love each other deeply and through the charmed unknown, conceive a child – a girl. The girl is human…and not at all human. She feels confined within her body. Not quite right. She is unable to fly…until she finds a doctor who may have the magic to unleash her true form. Raven Girl is the newest illustrated dark fantasy by Audrey Niffenegger, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife. If you like Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow or the TV show Once Upon a Time, you’ll probably like Raven Girl.

By Readers' Advisor on August 29, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi

LISTS: YA Made for TV

Pretty Little Liars book coverThere are certain books that are so cinematically scrumptious, you just know they have to get turned into movies or TV shows. There’s a ton of young adult series that you don’t even have to wait for them to be filmed – they’re already on air!

To see what teen books (with adult appeal) are already TV shows, click here.

By Readers' Advisor on August 9, 2013 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Lists, Movies and TV