Summer SF/Fantasy

Greetings, SF/fantasy fans! Here are a few books hitting the shelves this summer that we think you'll love:

CALIFORNIA BONES by Greg Van Eekhout
Available Now
“This wonderfully imaginative story is set in an alternate-reality Los Angeles that will seem both familiar (the author mentions Topanga Canyon and Rhino Records) and weirdly unusual (the city has an elaborate canal system, like that in Venice, for example). In this world, the bones of magical creatures contain remnants of their powers; if you consume these ancient bones, or the bones of magical people living today, you acquire their magical properties (when the Hierarch killed Daniel’s father, he, um, ate him). The story is structured like a caper novel, and fans of stories about heists will enjoy it, but its fantastical elements make it an absolute must for urban-fantasy readers, too.” — Booklist, starred & boxed review  


UNWEPT: Book One of The Nightbirds by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman
On Sale: July 1, 2014
In this start to a spellbinding new trilogy by the bestselling co-creators of Dragonlance and Ravenloft, unknown events have robbed Ellis Harkington of her memory. Concerned individuals, who claim to be friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, yet they refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. “A gothic, unsettling, and eerie beginning to the new trilogy from the Hickmans. Creepy imagery and the withholding of information from both Ellis and the reader keep the pages turning.” — Library Journal  


LOCK IN by John Scalzi
On Sale: August 26, 2014
In Hugo Award-winning author Scalzi’s latest sci-fi novel, a virus known as “Haden's syndrome” has swept the globe, creating the largest medical crisis in history with nearly 5 million people “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. In this new world, rookie FBI agent Chris Shane and veteran agent Leslie Vann must investigate a Haden-related murder that may have much larger implications in this new society.