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Booklist’s Top 10 SF / Fantasy

And you better take their word for it… ‘Cause it’s Booklist y’all, and they know a thing or two about a thing or two…

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

VanderMeer marries bildungsroman, domestic drama, love story, and survival thriller into one compelling story centered around complex, vulnerable characters struggling with what it means to be human.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

McGuire pairs form with function in this spare story of two sisters who yearn for love, recognition, and belonging in ways that readers will readily identify with—chafing against rules as they long to break free of the expectations of others.

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Aqib bmg Sadiqi is expected to marry well and take over his father’s position as Master of Beasts, but when he falls in love with a visiting soldier, all bets are off.

Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

In a future where no one needs to work but the rich keep getting richer, the disenfranchised decide to simply walk away from modern life and start their own utopia.

 

 

Movie Tie-Ins 09/08

It’s a book! It’s a movie! It’s a book and a movie! DISCUSS!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The acclaimed bestseller, now a major motion picture from Alex Garland (“Ex Machina”), starring Natalie Portman

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

Now a major motion picture from Director Luca Guadagnino, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, and written by three time Academy Award nominee James Ivory

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

“A stunning, moving, subdued masterpiece of a book” (The Christian Science Monitor), now a major motion picture starring Amy Schumer and Miles Teller

A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo

Philip Caputo appears in Ken Burns’s new 10-part, 18-hour PBS series “The Vietnam War,” premiering September 17

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool by Peter Turner

Now a Major Motion Picture starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, and Vanessa Redgrave

Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Reading Roundup

Memorial Day weekend is here (hooray!) and we’re stacking our to-read piles with these major media-recommended books:
Entertainment Weekly — Summer’s Must-Read Books

BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Cartoonist Tamaki dazzles with her impressive range in this collection, marrying each short story to a different artistic style. Whether she’s writing and drawing about the pitfalls of technology or ruminating on nostalgia, her work is lush, vibrant, and packed with emotion.

LIFE IN CODE by Ellen Ullman
Ullman, a computer programmer since the ’70s, expands on the themes she covered in 1997’s CLOSE TO THE MACHINE with pieces about what it was like on the forefront of the tech revolution, being a woman in a male-donimated industry, and how the tech landscape has (and hasn’t) changed.

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
In Ginder’s glitzy beach read, things spiral out of control in the days leading up to a wedding as a charmingly dysfunctional family—brimming with oddball stepsiblings—does everything it can to sabotage the nuptials.

The New York TimesSummer Reading Recommendations, From Novelists Who Own Bookstores

Jonathan Lethem, author of A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY & owner of Red Gap Books, a used and rare bookstore in Blue Hill, ME recommends BROKEN RIVER by J. Robert Lennon
“It’s a tense, surprising thriller, with perverse overtones of the Coen brothers variety, but containing an enigmatic narrative device, a kind of ‘haunting of the point-of-view’ – one which proves, as ever, that the novel can do things nothing but the novel can do. I’m almost ready to reread it.”

Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series and owner of An Unlikely Story in Plainville, MA recommends RADICAL CANDOR by Kim Scott (“Scott’s experiences leading teams at Google and Apple led to this book, which espouses a workplace culture where leaders care deeply about their employees and challenge them to be their best selves.”) and BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer (“The cover alone had me hooked. Is the protagonist a plant? An animal? Something in between?”).

Louise Erdrich, author of LAROSE & owner of Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN recommends THE SONG POET by Kao Kalia Yang
“The exquisite story of Kao Kalia Yang’s father, village life, war life, refugee life, then a St. Paul housing project; America’s secret war in Laos; and a people’s history as sung by Bee Yang and remembered in fascinating and poetic detail by his daughter.”

Buzzfeed’s “Thrillers You Will Devour This Summer

IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell
Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession. Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny were inseparable in college. 20 years later, one of them is found dead. How did it come to this? Alternating between their college years and the present day, readers slowly come to realize that their friendship was anything but perfect. But can feelings that strong really lead to murder, or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband? Only one way for you to find out… readmoreremove

2017 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards and Macmillan has a strong showing!

Best Science Fiction Novel
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
DEATH’S END by Cixin Liu
LAST YEAR by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Fantasy Novel
ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by Charlie Jane Anders
NECESSITY by Jo Walton

Best Horror
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WHEEL by R.S. Belcher
CERTAIN DARK THINGS by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest

Best First Novel
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis Chen
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
ARABELLA OF MARS by David D. Levine
INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
EVERFAIR by Nisi Shawl

Best Novella
THE LOST CHILD OF LYCHFORD by Paul Cornell
THE DREAM-QUEST OF VELLITT BOE by Kij Johnson
HAMMERS ON BONE by Cassandra Khaw
THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle
EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire
A TASTE OF HONEY by Kai Ashante Wilson

Best Anthology
THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: Thirty-Third Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
INVISIBLE PLANETS, edited by Ken Liu

Best Non-Fiction
THE GEEK FEMINIST REVOLUTION by Kameron Hurley readmoreremove

Friday Reads: Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Our #FridayReads are outta-this-world new sci-fi & fantasy titles, all on library shelves now!

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of Summer 2017 and Buzzfeed’s “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
Two starred reviews! Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: a “sweeping epic” (Booklist, starred review) of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. “A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don’t already.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

VOID STAR by Zachary Mason
Two starred reviews! A riveting, beautifully written, fugue-like novel of AIs, memory, violence, and mortality set in a near-future San Francisco. “Mason’s follow-up to THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY is a complex and spellbinding tale of a future where self-preservation, in every sense of the word, is a victory.” — Library Journal, starred review

WINTER TIDE by Ruthanna Emrys
In Emrys’s debut novel, the last daughter of the people of Innsmouth must return to the ruins of her home, gather the scraps of her stolen history, and assemble a new family to face the darkest of human politics and the wildest dangers of an uncaring universe. “Marbled with references to the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, this inventive dark fantasy crossbreeds the cosmic horrors of the Cthulhu mythos with the espionage escapades of a Cold War thriller.” — Publishers Weekly

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PW Best Books of Summer 2017

PWSummer2017Publishers Weekly’s editors recently selected their Best Books of Summer 2017, including these seven Macmillan titles:
Staff Picks (full list)

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
“About that thing on the cover—is it a genetically modified bird-of-paradise? Some cousin of the odoriferous corpse flower? I was intrigued from the moment I saw it, as is Rachel, the postapocalyptic scavenger who finds the improbably sentient and mutable creature—who ‘smelled of beach reeds on lazy summer afternoons and, beneath the sea salt, of passionflowers’—while picking through the fur of the gargantuan flying bear that terrorizes her devastated city. And then things start to get weird.” — Carolyn Juris, features editor

ISADORA by Amelia Gray
“Gray’s most recent book, the story collection GUTSHOT, was weird as hell and as visceral as its title. Whose life would be better for her to fictionalize, then, than that of notorious mother of modern dance Isadora Duncan? An openly bisexual communist and atheist in an era that condemned all three, Duncan was famous for wearing long, flowing scarves even up until her death, when her scarf got caught in one of the axles of the car she was riding in. Flung from the vehicle, Duncan died of a broken neck—a tragic end that will surely make for a riveting finale in Gray’s novel.” — John Maher, assistant news editor

Fiction (full list)

THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING by Grant Ginder
Ginder takes family dysfunction to its hysterical limit in this joyously ribald novel about siblings Alice and Paul begrudgingly attending the lavish wedding of their half-sister, Eloise, in England. Lovesick Alice and Paul—both in doomed relationships—see Eloise as the snotty daughter of a rich dad, and Donna, their mother, as a coldhearted widow who ditched all remnants of their father after his death. During the boozy pre-wedding days, the resentment and secrets come tumbling out in outbursts and hilariously bad decisions. readmoreremove

Buzzfeed’s “31 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring”

BuzzfeedS17Buzzfeed picked seven standout books from Macmillan as part of their “Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring” feature:

WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier’s powerful poetry collection WHEREAS challenges the United States government’s treatment of and relationship with Native American peoples and tribes. Elegant, innovative, and necessary, WHEREAS examines a history of violence and treaties and apologies, and reclaims the legal jargon once used to control Native peoples as a form of resistance.

THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Part murder mystery and part memoir, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s THE FACT OF A BODY is the haunting story of how one convicted murderer and pedophile’s case forced her to grapple with family secrets and her own past. Working a summer internship at a Louisiana capital murder defense firm, Marzano-Lesnevich digs into one case that begins to feel oddly familiar, and eventually is forced to confront her understanding of justice, forgiveness, and truth.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In Jeff VanderMeer’s BORNE, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a dangerous, ruined city filled with discarded experiments from a biotech firm. When Rachel discovers a strange creature hidden in the fur of a giant bear who terrorizes the city, she decides to name the creature “Borne” and brings him home to the sanctuary where she lives. As Rachel’s attachment to Borne grows, so does he, and his existence eventually begins to threaten the security of her home and the city’s balance of power. Extraordinarily imaginative and wonderfully strange, BORNE will constantly keep you guessing. readmoreremove

For Your Consideration: May 2017 LibraryReads Titles

Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the May 2017* LibraryReads list!

*Nominations are due March 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.

BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
One of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017 with THREE starred reviews! “VanderMeer, author of the acclaimed Southern Reach trilogy, has made a career out of eluding genre classifications, and with BORNE he essentially invents a new one. Reading like a dispatch from a world lodged somewhere between science fiction, myth, and a video game, the textures of BORNE shift as freely as those of the titular whatsit.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
When Mustang-tough Bodine Longbow’s long-missing aunt returns to the family ranch in Montana 25 years later with a fantastical story of abduction and abuse, Bodine realizes that something really bad is lurking in the mountains. “With its take-no-guff heroine, who understands the importance of family and friends, and a compelling plot peppered with domestic details and composed of equal measures of spine-tingling suspense and sexy romance, this is quintessential Roberts.” — Booklist

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THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP by Graeme Simsion
From the bestselling author of THE ROSIE PROJECT comes a romantic novel about true love, second chances, and decades of great music. “Sensitive, witty Adam is a terrifically chummy narrator for fan-favorite Simsion’s funny, sexy, and above all musical portrayal of the roles memory and fantasy play in midlife’s yearnings.” — Booklist

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THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
“In this haunting hybrid of memoir and true crime account, Marzano-Lesnevich describes how a law school internship set her on a collision course with Ricky Langley, a pedophile and murderer, forcing her to contend with past trauma and preexisting prejudice. Her writing is remarkably evocative and taut with suspense, with a level of nuance that sets this effort apart from other true crime accounts.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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PW’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017

These ten Macmillan titles are some of Publishers Weekly‘s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2017:

Fiction
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
In a future strewn with the cast-off experiments of an industrial laboratory known only as the Company, a scavenger named Rachel survives alongside her lover, Wick, a dealer of memory-altering beetles with whom she takes shelter from the periodic ravages of a giant mutant bear named Mord. One day, caught in Mord’s fur, Rachel finds the bizarre, shape-shifting creature “like a hybrid of sea anemone and squid” she calls Borne.

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
Donnelly’s debut, a fast-moving tale of desperate love and intrigue in a created world that recalls Europe on the brink of WWII, is emotionally wrenching and shockingly timely.

Poetry
AFTERLAND by Mai Der Vang
Vang, the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner, tells the story of Hmong diaspora forced out of Laos and into exile as a result of the U.S.’s secret war. Vang’s unflinching poems address the status of refugees, including her family, and Hmong resilience in exile.

Comics/Graphic Novels
BOUNDLESS by Jillian Tamaki
Tamaki’s last two books—THIS ONE SUMMER and SUPER MUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY—showed she is one of the world’s best cartoonists, and this collection of her evocative short stories will just cement her reputation.

Memoir
THIS CLOSE TO HAPPY: A Reckoning with Depression by Daphne Merkin
A personal account of a life afflicted with depression, from an affluent but neglected childhood to the present day.

Literary Essays/Criticism/Biographies
THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Bellos, a translator of French literature, proves that the story of how Victor Hugo’s classic novel came to life is a complex and engrossing epic all its own.

Politics/Current Events
LOCKING UP OUR OWN: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
Former public defender Forman offers a complex look at the part played by African-Americans in shaping criminal justice policy.

Music
RECKLESS DAUGHTER: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe
A biography, with dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell, reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from her youth on the Canadian prairie, the child she gave up for adoption, through her albums and love affairs, to the present. readmoreremove

ALA Midwinter 2017 “Three’s Company” Book Buzz Titles

Here are LOTS of reading recommendations courtesy of Talia’s “Three’s Company” Book Buzz at ALA Midwinter 2017:

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb | 9781250123114 | Out: Feb. 7
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts | 9781250123077 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES by Daniel Wallace | 9781250118455 | Out: May 30 (LR: 3/20)
THE SUPREMES SING THE HAPPY HEARTACHE BLUES by Edward Kelsey Moore | 9781250107947 | Out: June 20 (LR: 4/20)
4 3 2 1* by Paul Auster | 9781627794466 | Out: Jan. 31
EDGAR & LUCY* by Victor Lodato | 9781250096982 | Out: March 7
THE MOTHER’S PROMISE* by Sally Hepworth | 9781250077752 | Out: Feb. 21
THE HOPE CHEST* by Viola Shipman | 9781250105073 | Out: March 21
ALMOST MISSED YOU by Jessica Strawser | 9781250107602 | Out: March 28
GONE TO DUST by Matthew Goldman | 9780765391285 | Out: Aug. 15 (LR: 6/20)
PROVING GROUND* by Peter Blauner | 9781250117441 | Out: May 2 (LR: 3/20)
IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND* by Michele Campbell | 9781250081803 | Out: May 16 (LR: 3/20)
HE SAID / SHE SAID by Erin Kelly | 9781250113696 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens | 9781250034564 | Out: March 14
THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir* by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich | 9781250080547 | Out : May 16 (LR: 3/20)
MARLENA by Julie Buntin | 9781627797641 | Out: April 4 (LR: 2/20)
THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR by Yewande Omotoso | 9781250124579 | Out: Feb. 7
THE STANDARD GRAND by Jay Baron Nicorvo | 9781250108944 | Out: April 25 (LR: 2/20)
THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP* by Graeme Simsion | 9781250130402 | Out: May 2 (LR: 3/20)
THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU* by J.P. Monninger | 9781250060761 | Out: June 13 (LR: 4/20)
THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING* by Grant Ginder | 9781250095206 | Out: June 6 (LR: 4/20)
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle | 9780374282103 | Out: Feb. 7
THE CLAIRVOYANTS by Karen Brown | 9781627797054 | Out: Feb. 7
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer | 9780374115241 | Out: April 25 (LR: 2/20)
TEARS WE CANNOT STOP* by Michael Eric Dyson | 9781250135995 | Available Now
IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM by Amy Gary | 9781250065360 | Available Now
MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY LEGACY* by Coretta Scott King | 9781627795982 | Available Now
NO ONE CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME by Rakesh Satyal | 9781250112118 | Out : May 2 (LR: 3/20)

One of the #alaleftbehind? Then download the handout here and watch a video of the recorded buzz.

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