Articles tagged "sci-fi"

Starred Review Round-Up (2/12/19)

2 stars each for an empowering badass debut, a psychedelic coming-of-age memoir, and a Chinese sci-fi translation.

SAVE ME FROM DANGEROUS MEN by S. A. Lelchuk
“This intelligent, action-packed thriller will resonate with readers as it touches on such themes as domestic violence, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the intrusive potential of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence. A credible plot and solid prose are pluses, but the book’s real appeal stems from its powerful, distinctive protagonist.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Nikki’s fight scenes are satisfying, clever, and exciting…. Bookworms will love the references to classic novels, and Lelchuk winks at Nikki’s similarities to a certain well-known literary vigilante; a bookshop regular even calls her Lisbeth. A timely and totally badass debut.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Welcome to #PubDay (1/29/19)

WWII historical fiction, sexy cowboys, and eerily relevant dark sci-fi… Welcome to #pubday!

AT THE WOLF’S TABLE by Rosella Postorino
“Based on actual events, Italian author Postorino’s first novel published here chronicles the experiences of 26-year-old Rosa Sauer during World War II. With nine other women, Rosa is conscripted by the SS to taste-test food being served to the Führer at his Eastern Front military headquarters, the Wolf Lair’s, lest he be poisoned. As the war wears on, the women divide into diehard Hitler loyalists and those, like Rosa, who begin to doubt the Nazi enterprise. And that leads to trouble.”–Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

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Happy #PubDay

Happy #bookbday to a LILAC GIRLS read-alike, a witty epistolary novel, and an SF favorite newly in hardcover!

THE WARTIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman
For fans of LILAC GIRLS, the next powerful novel from the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE about two sisters working in a WWII armory, each with a deep secret. “With a perceptive lens on the challenges of whittling away grievances that have built up over years, THE WARTIME SISTERS is a powerful pressure cooker of a family drama.”–Booklist

HOLY LANDS by Amanda Sthers
A witty, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching epistolary novel about a dysfunctional family–led by a Jewish pig farmer in Israel–struggling to love and accept each other. “Comic, moving, and occasionally profound, Sthers’ novel is a delight.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

ALL SYSTEMS RED: The Murderbot Diaries (Volume 1) by Martha Wells
Now available in hardcover, ALL SYSTEMS RED is the first entry in Martha Wells’ New York Times and USA Today bestselling science fiction series, The Murderbot Diaries–winner of the 2018 Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Awards. “SecUnit, aka Murderbot, is a semiorganic corporate profit center, genderless and constructed of cheap parts to perform contract bodyguard services for clients who mostly don’t want them…. The creepy panopticon of SecUnit’s multiple interfaces allows a hybrid first-person/omniscient perspective that contextualizes its experience without ever giving center stage to the humans.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

#PubDay (1/8/19)

It’s #pubday for a thrilling sci-fi series, a coming-of-age story couched in myth and history, and a how-to for dating in the modern age!

GHOST WALLL by Sarah Moss
2 starred reviews!
January 2019 Indie Next Pick
A taut, gripping tale of a young woman and an Iron Age reenactment trip that unearths frightening behavior. “This novella-length story is thought provoking on multiple levels, with insights into primitive and modern societies, and coming of age in the face of family violence.”–Library Journal, starred review

HOW TO DATE MEN WHEN YOU HATE MEN by Blythe Roberson
2 starred reviews!
A comedy philosophy book aimed at interrogating what it means to date men within the trappings of modern society. “The title of Roberson’s first book sounds like a dating manual; it is so much better than that. Instead of useful advice, she offers a survival manual for cis straight women living in a patriarchal society that undervalues their work but who still want to smooch hot guys.”–Booklist, starred review

THROUGH FIERY TRIALS: Safehold (Volume 10) by David Weber
The tenth volume in the New York Times bestselling Safehold series finds Safehold facing an uncertain future.

#LibFaves18 = Your Favorite Books of 2018

This week, librarians everywhere were tweeting their favorite 2018 reads via the hashtag #libfaves18. Here are the Macmillan titles that received the most library love!

KINGDOM OF THE BLIND: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny 

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Starred Review Round-up (11/28/18)

We’re seeing stars! Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

QUEEN VICTORIA: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life: Daughter, Wife, Mother, and Widow by Lucy Worsley 
Two starred reviews!
“Fans of biography and history, especially related to British history should find this fascinating reading. Those interested in Queen Victoria will find this to be a wonderful addition to the literature.”Library Journal, starred review

“The Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces in England shares her unique access to the quotidian history of English royals to treat us to another delightful story from the inside…. An utterly enjoyable account of Victoria’s familial relationships.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review readmoreremove

NYPL Best Books of 2018

Librarians obviously have the best taste in books, so we’re super excited to share the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books for Adults

Top Ten
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal

Edge-of-Your-Seat Reads
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Escape to Another World
SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke

Fiction
BROTHER by David Chariandy
KUDOS by Rachel Cusk
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

For Art Lovers
SABRINA by Nick Drnaso
SHIT IS REAL by Aisha Franz
BERLIN by Jason Lutes

For History Lovers
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke Bolander

Love Stories
TIME WAS by Ian McDonald

Memoir
ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Nonfiction
ONE PERSON, NO VOTE: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson
THE POISONED CITY: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Anna Clark
LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Essays by Sloane Crosley
THE COST OF LIVING: A Working Autobiography by Deborah Levy

Poetry
NEW POETS OF NATIVE NATIONS by Heid E. Erdrich
WADE IN THE WATER by Tracy K. Smith
EYE LEVEL by Jenny Xie

Vote Now in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2018

Voting for the 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards is now open!

Goodreads has gathered the best titles from across all genres, and we’re happy to share the Macmillan titles currently nominated for your voting pleasure. Voting for the opening round closes November 4th, so head over to Goodreads and submit your votes now.

Fiction
NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
GIRLS BURN BRIGHTER by Shobha Rao

Mystery/Thriller
THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
BRING ME BACK by B.A. Paris
FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper
SOMETIMES I LIE by Alice Feeney

Historical Fiction
THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah

Fantasy
YEAR ONE: Chronicles of The One, Book 1 by Nora Roberts
BENEATH THE SUGAR SKY by Seanan McGuire

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Welcome to Macmillan Library Marketing, Amanda!

Hello librarians!

I’m baaaack! After spending the past year in special sales, I am so excited to jump back into the amazing world of library marketing. I just couldn’t resist joining Talia and Emily’s epic team and finally sharing my love of books and libraries with you all once again. I’m happy to help with any title questions, galley requests, or general fan-girling over your latest great book find.

I can’t wait to see you at our buzzes or conferences, and if you find a book you love, I would love to chat about it! For anyone I haven’t met yet, I’m a big fan of all things genre, so I’d love to geek out with anyone who feels the same. But like any book lover, I’ll read anything that comes with a good recommendation.

Please feel free to reach out to me at amanda.rountree@macmillan.com, on the phone at 646-307-5169, or through our twitter @MacmillanLib. Let’s talk books!

–Amanda

STEM, SCI FI, Senator Sasse + A Saucy Lady! (10/16/18)

A little STEM, a little SCI FI, a Senator Sasse, and a little saucy lady on this #pubday!

CREATING THINGS THAT MATTER: The Art and Science of Innovations That Last
by David Edwards

“This contribution to the literature of idea development is significant in that it provides practical guidelines along with timely observations. Combined with the already fervent emphasis on STEM (or STEAM, as the case may be) in today’s curriculum, this title will prove to be sustaining and relevant.” Booklist

“Fascinating… His work imparts an invigorating sense of discovery and of hope for a more innovative, compassionate, and collaborative future.” Publishers Weekly

A WELL-BEHAVED WOMAN: A Novel of the Vanderbilts
by Therese Anne Fowler

People Magazine —“The Best Books of Fall”

2 starred reviews!

“As accomplished as its subject, redoubtable socialite and women’s suffrage crusader Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Fowler’s engrossing successor to 2013’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, again showcases her genius for seeing beyond the myths of iconic women. Though the novel’s lavish sweep and gorgeous details evoke a vanished world, Fowler’s exploration of the way powerful women are simultaneously devalued and rewarded resonates powerfully.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Watching Fowler’s heroine vanquish the gatekeepers and minions who stand in her way is nothing short of mesmerizing.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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