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Books: If You Are a Fan of Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, was the basis for the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones, now airing in its final season. If you just cannot get enough of either the TV series or the book series (or both!), explore these engaging readalikes that offer adventures in similar realms.

The Ruin of Kings book coverThe Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons
Large cast of characters, World-building, Epic fantasy

When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back. Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.
 

 

 

Malice book coverMalice by John Gwynne
Epic fantasy, Large cast of characters, World-building

The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust … and it can never be made whole again.

 

 

 

 

 

The Emperor's Blades book coverThe Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
Epic fantasy, Court intrigue, World-building, Large cast of characters

The children of an assassinated emperor try to stay alive and avenge their father’s death while continuing down their individual life-paths, one in a monastery, another training with elite soldiers, and one appointed a minister determined to prove herself to her people.

 

 

 

 

 

Epic fantasy, World-building, Large cast of characters
A wholly seductive tale of war, passion, and intrigue, evoking the spirit of medieval Japan. It is the story of a boy who is suddenly plucked from his life in a remote and peaceful village to find himself a pawn in a political scheme filled with treacherous warlords, rivalry and the intensity of first love.

 

 

 

 

 

Prince of Thorns book coverPrince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Epic fantasy, World-building, Court drama, Violent
After witnessing the murder of his mother and brother and leading a band of bloodthirsty thugs, Prince Honorous Jorg Ancrath returns to his father’s castle and his birthright, but faces treachery and dark magic once he arrives.

 

 

 

 

 

The Mists of Avalon book coverThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Strong female, World-building, Dramatic, Mystical
The tumult and adventures of Camelot’s court seen through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king’s rise and schemed for his fall. As Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur’s kingdom, as the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, as Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain, the Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory.

April Short Story Discussion: The Short of It

The Short of It book coverIf you are a short story reader you won’t want to miss The Short of It, our upcoming discussion on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm in first floor Meeting Room B. Enjoy a compelling discussion and engage with other literature lovers! Join retired high school teacher Ron Crowley-Koch for a discussion revolving around the following three short stories freely available online and linked below. Please read the stories twice to glean their true beauty.

The Overcoat book cover

 

The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol

 

 

 

 

 

The Boor book coverThe Boor” by Anton Chekhov

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thief book coverThe Thief” by Walter Mosely
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc

April Is National Poetry Month

April is the month when our region awakens from winter, and the buds appear, and the sunshine at last breaks through the clouds, so it is fitting that April is dedicated to poetry, in all its evocative explorations of life. There is truly a poem for everyone. Be sure to check out some of these wonderful new poetry collections at the library this month.

 

The Carrying book coverThe Carrying
by Ada Limon
Only As the Day Is Long book coverOnly As the Day Is Long
by Dorianne Laux
by Tommy Pico

 

Indecency book coverIndecency
by Justin Phillip Reed
Mitochondrial Night book coverMitochondrial Night
by Ed Bok Lee
by June Gehringer

 

The Twenty Ninth Year book coverThe Twenty-Ninth Year
by Hala Alyan
The Octopus Museum book coverThe Octopus Museum
by Brenda Shaughnessy
by Sally Wen Mao

Books: Tournament of Books

If you love books and you love brackets, make sure to check out the 2019 Tournament of Books! This annual March program is run by The Morning News and includes discussions and evaluations of popular fiction books. The panel of judges includes an assortment of critics, editors and writers, who whittle down the original group of books each week until an ultimate “winner” is chosen. We’ll keep the bracket updated here at the library, while the books selected can be found on display across from the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk until they are checked out. Enjoy perusing the lists and finding new titles to explore.

The Tournament of Books bracket picture