Oh, and don’t we just love discovering new books and their authors! Well, I know I do. And since reviving Book Blurb and starting the Martian Chronicle, I’ve been rooting around the world wide web looking to see what’s up and coming, what’s just been released, and trawling twitter for the same. And I am so happy to have had so many recommendations, both in crime fiction and historical, but also fantasy and science fiction.
Let’s start with two great recommendations from Jules (over on Twitter) for two of Diane Setterfield’s books: ONCE UPON A RIVER and, THE THIRTEENTH TALE. Already added those to my wish list at my book seller’s website.
Next up are some fantasy and science fiction recommendations of books just released, releasing soon, or will be out by next year.
This includes THE CONDUCTORS by Nicole Glover, which weaves historical fiction with magic. I’m really excited about this one.
As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.
And will you look at that cover? I’m hooked. As I am with THE SOUND OF STARS, by Alechia Dow, in which Earth has been invaded and subdued by aliens.
Today, seventeen-year-old Ellie Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie still keeps a secret library.
When young Ilori commander M0Rr1S finds Ellie’s library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more.
Humanity’s fate rests in the hands of an alien Ellie should fear, but M0Rr1S has a potential solution―thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous journey with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
Yes, this one is more teen and YA fiction than the other two, but still, it sounds a really fun premise, and will you look at that cover, who wouldn’t want to read the book to find out what’s going on, I mean, right?
Whatever choice of books you choose to read, I hope you find something that grabs your attention. Hit me up with your suggestions, and recent reads and recommendations. Historical, crime, or fantasy and SF, I’m game for them all.