This debut novel centers around a woman born with no hair, her husband who is a prize winning robotics scientist and their autistic son. As the characters work through a set of unusual circumstances, the main character is reminded that her quest for conventional American “normalcy” has eroded away the things that matter most to her. This novel is beautifully written and reveals their story in surprising ways. An extremely engaging book, it ultimately poses the question of whether autism is truly a disorder or an evolution of intellect and adaptation.
Dr. Ransom is a professor on a solitary walking tour of the English countryside, searching for a place to lay his head for the night. Instead, he finds himself drugged, forced onto a space ship and thrust into a cosmic journey with eternal implications.
Ransom’s two captors, each with his own malicious motives, transport him to the planet Malacandra, planning to offer him as a human sacrifice to the planet’s ruler. However, as Ransom escapes and begins to explore Malacandra on his own, he discovers that its creatures are not quite what he or the other humans had imagined. In fact, this world’s beings and their story might illuminate the story of the universe, as well as the dangers facing Ransom’s home planet, earth.
This book is excellent in its own right, and is just the first in C.S. Lewis’ Space trilogy. If you love to read about other fictional worlds or that we are part of a much bigger story, this book might just be the summer read you’ve been looking for.
Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)
Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future
Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction
Romantic Time Travel
Contemplating the Effects of Time
Last week, Goodreads announced the Goodreads Choice Award winners for 2014. These awards–covering everything from Humor to Memoir to Picture Books–reflect the popular vote of the website's 30 million members across 20 different categories. Four hundred books were nominated and 20 were chosen. Have you read them all?
- Fiction: Landline, Rainbow Rowell
- Mystery & Thriller: Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King
- Historical Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
- Fantasy: The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness
- Romance: Written In My Own Heart's Blood, Diana Gabaldon
- Science Fiction: The Martian, Andy Weir
Check out the other winners on Goodreads!
For many people, the end of the year is a time to take stock, reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the last twelve months, and make plans for the future. But what kind of future can you plan if you can’t remember your past and your present is full of people who want to kill you?
The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum: Jason Bourne is fished out of the sea with a head wound and no memory of his past. His talent for violence suggests that he’s been a very bad man—as do the assassins pursuing him across Europe. With the clock ticking, he must discover what his enemies want from him and answer the question: Who is Jason Bourne?
The Rook, Daniel O'Malley: Myfanwy (pronounced like Tiffany) Thomas wakes up in a London park surrounded by bodies—and with no memory of who she is or how she got there. Following the instructions she left for herself before her memories disappeared, she discovers that she’s a high-ranking member of a mysterious supernatural organization called The Chequy—and one of her colleagues wants her dead.
Fledgling, Octavia Butler: Shori is badly burned and nearly dead, with no memory of how or why she was injured, when she awakens in a cave. After killing and eating a large animal with her bare hands, she makes an unnaturally speedy recovery. Is she human? Or something more? With the help of a stranger she meets on the road, Shori discovers what she is, why she woke up alone—and why she may be the last hope of her species.
Even librarians can be surprised by what’s on the shelf at the library. Earlier this week, I was passing the New Books shelves when a title caught my eye—Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy, the third book in a series that began with the Hugo and Nebula-winning Ancillary Justice. It continues the adventures of the mysterious and vengeful Breq: soldier, ship, rebel, and—in the most recent book of the series—captain. I’m planning to read it on my flight to Albuquerque this weekend (home, incidentally, of the alternate-history author S. M. Stirling, whose most recent novel is also on our new book shelves).
Ancillary Mercy isn’t the only follow-up to a highly regarded debut on our shelves—the hotly anticipated The Invasion of the Tearling continues the story of novice ruler Kelsea Glynn, whose attempts to right the wrongs of her country’s past have put her on a collision course with a powerful and dangerous enemy.
Sound good? That’s just a fraction of the amazing books waiting for you at the library. Rather browse from home? You can find ebook versions of all the titles in this post (and many more!) in our digital downloads collection.
In February, libraries, classrooms, and communities across the country celebrate Black histories. But what about Black futures? Celebrate the imagination of award-winning Black speculative fiction authors with exciting reads, from first contact with aliens to post-apocalyptic adventures!