Fantasy and Science Fiction
Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin HearneIn an irreverent new series in the tradition of Monty Python, the bestselling authors of the Iron Druid Chronicles and Star Wars: Phasma reinvent fantasy, fairy tales, and floridly written feast scenes.
Featuring: a farm boy (briefly), a talking goat, a seven-foot-tall warrior in a chainmail bikini, an enchanted rabbit bard, an alektorophobic assassin, a sand witch, and a dark lord.
For fans of: William Goldman's The Princess Bride, Diana Wynne Jones' Dark Lord of Derkholm, or Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel HengPicture a world where DNA is destiny, the human population is divided into "lifers" and "sublifers," categorized on the basis of a genetic test administered at birth.
Lea Kirino, whose genetic profile gives her an expected lifespan of 300 years. Lea doesn't question her privilege until a chance encounter with her estranged father leads her to an underground organization known as Suicide Club.
The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAultyIn 2083, the United States, which outlawed artificial intelligence, is occupied by a coalition of foreign powers led by robots.
"The story is action-packed, starting with a boom (literally) and driving you along from one crisis to the next". (Booklist)
You might also enjoy Annalee Newitz's Autonomous, which also explores the social, political, and economic consequences of technology.
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington by Charles RosenbergDrawing inspiration from a rumored kidnapping plot hatched in 1776 by a member of Washington's own Commander-in-Chief Guard, Charles Rosenberg has written a compelling novel that envisions what would take place if the leader of America's fledgling rebellion were taken from the nation at the height of the war, imperiling any chance of victory
Cameo by Benedict Arnold, star witness for the prosecution.
Focus on: Speculative Thrillers
Magicians Impossible by Brad AbrahamTwenty-something bartender Jason Bishop's world is shattered when his estranged father commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war..
You might also like: Max Gladstone's Bookburners, another fast-paced, action-packed fantasy adventure in which a magical secret society takes on a dangerous mission.
Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake CrouchAn expert in quantum superposition who (reluctantly) traded research for teaching, physicist Jason Dessen sometimes wonders about the road not taken. Then he wakes up in a life that's not the one he remembers...
You might also like: Peter Clines' The Fold or David Walton's Superposition, both of which feature ordinary men forced to contend with alternate realities.
The Eternal World by Christopher FarnsworthIf you could live forever, what would you die for?
Five hundred years ago, a group of Spanish conquistadors searching for gold, led by a young and brilliant commander named Simon De Oliveras, land in the New World and discover the Fountain of Youth.
When the source of the fountain is destroyed in our own time, the loss threatens Simon and his men, and the powerful, shadowy empire of wealth and influence they have built..
Zero World by Jason M. HoughThanks to his brain implant, cyborg spy Peter Caswell conducts clandestine missions -- and immediately forgets what he's done. (Which could be a problem.)
This novel "smashes The Bourne Identity together with The End of Eternity to create a thrilling action rampage" (Publishers Weekly).
Jason M. Hough made his debut with the acclaimed Dire Earth Cycle, which begins with The Darwin Elevator.
Touch by Claire NorthA mind-bending revenge thriller narrated by the enigmatic Kepler, who can inhabit other people's bodies and kill with a touch.
"The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in" (Kirkus Reviews).
In addition to The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August and The End of the Day, pseudonymous author Claire North (Catherine Webb) has also written books under the name Kate Griffin.
Change Agent by Daniel SuarezInterpol agent Kenneth Durand, from the Genetic Crime Division, who's been injected with a DNA-altering "change agent" that transforms him into his nemesis: crime lord Marcus Wyckes.
On the run from his own men, Kenneth is willing to brave a risky back-alley reverse gene edit to get his life back.
Entertaining and high-tech, this futuristic thriller should please fans of the late Michael Crichton.
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