Super Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

Super Sci-Fi/Fantasy!

Booklist recently announced their Best SF/Fantasy/Horror picks for 2014 and surprise, surprise, Macmillan made the list:

THE BONE SEASON by Samantha Shannon
The first in a series of seven novels, in which we find ourselves in a totalitarian state in England around 2059, is a dazzlingly brainy, witty, and bewitching tale of courage and freedom.

THE KRAKEN PROJECT by Douglas Preston
The Kraken Project is a NASA initiative to send a probe to Titan, a large moon of Saturn; the author sells his premise by sheer force of will and with compelling characters and persuasive storytelling.

ON THE RAZOR'S EDGE by Michael Flynn
This magnificent and satisfyingly open-ended conclusion to the tale of the civil war between the Shadows of the Names is a beautifully told story with colorful characters out of the epic tradition.

What's that you say? You've read these and want even MORE sci-fi/fantasy? Your wish is our command!

THE TIME TRAVELER'S ALMANAC by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
On the heels of the World Fantasy Award–winning THE WEIRD, the next genre-defining anthology from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer explores the popular world of time travel fiction. “The VanderMeers' latest giant anthology does the genre a great service, reaching back through that history for classics as well as newer pieces readers might have missed.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
Gilman pens a sweeping stand-alone tale of Victorian science fiction, arcane exploration, and planetary romance. “Gilman pulls one surprise after another out of his hat, winking slyly as he does so, and floods of action never let readers come up for air. A remarkable, hugely enjoyable performance.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton
Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author Walton delivers a powerful tale of one woman who lived two lives, each with their own loves and losses. “Walton is a beautiful writer... The subtle nature of the 'what if?' could make this book a hit with literary fiction fans who enjoyed Kate Atkinson's LIFE AFTER LIFE.” — Library Journal 

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Booklist “Pulse Pounder” Mystery webinar titles

Booklist “Pulse Pounder” Mystery webinar titles

On Tuesday, Talia “the terror” Sherer presented her favorite new mysteries as part of Booklist’s “Mysteries and Thrillers: Pulse Pounding Picks for your Patrons” webinar:

A DARK AND TWISTED TIDE by Sharon Bolton
In the latest Lacey Flint mystery, the detective—now part of the marine police—finds a shrouded body in the river. And that's just the first one... “Just as readers think they know the killer's identity, there is another shocking twist in this...gripping tale by a master of the genre.” — Library Journal

THAT NIGHT by Chevy Stevens
A woman who was wrongly convicted of her sister's murder and served time in prison must risk everything to find out the truth and clear her name. “Stevens has crafted yet another suspenseful thriller with this tale of heartbreak, the cruelties of fate, and redemption... A compelling, exceptional read.” — Library Journal, starred review

THE DEAD WILL TELL by Linda Castillo
In Castillo’s latest Kate Burkholder mystery, the Amish town of Painter’s Mill is plagued by a series of murders made to look like suicides. “Castillo effectively combines an airtight plot with a revealingly complex look at what can happen when a fissure develops along the fault line separating an insular community from the secular world. Castillo shows again why the phrase 'gritty Amish mystery' is no oxymoron.” — Booklist  

INVISIBLE CITY by Julia Dahl
In Dahl's “impressive”* debut, young journalist Rebekah Roberts finds herself drawn into her mother's tight-knit world when she's assigned to cover the murder of an Hasidic Jew. “Dahl’s convincing dialogue and perfect pacing make for a real page-turner. And her storytelling skills illuminate the intriguing worlds of the tabloid press, Hasidism, the NYPD, and Brooklyn’s 20-somethings—as well as the fragile boundaries of family, religion, and life itself.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review

BONE DUST WHITE by Karin Salvalaggio
When a young woman witnesses the murder of her mother who had abandoned her as a child, eight month pregnant Detective Macy Greeley must solve the case and stop a killer. “This complicated, peel-away-layers debut procedural intoxicates from the opening page and has word-of-mouth selling power.” — Library Journal, starred review & Debut of the Month for April

THE LONG WAY HOME by Louise Penny
In the new book in the New York Times bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, the former Chief Inspector of Homicide is happily retired in Three Pines, but must help his friend Clara Morrow find her estranged husband, Peter. While it's not available yet, the great Gamache re-read is happening now to hold fans over. [...]

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Best Books of 2013!

Best Books of 2013!

We've had an amazing year in books and are thrilled to be represented on so many Best of 2013 lists. Here's a look at the highlights:
BOOKLIST

Arts & Literature
     IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD by Eve Ensler

Biography
     JACK LONDON by Earle Labor

Health & Medicine
     IN THE KINGDOM OF THE SICK by Laurie Edwards

History
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel 

Social Sciences
     EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder
     GOSPEL OF FREEDOM by Jonathan Rieder
     HOPE AGAINST HOPE by Sarah Carr
     IN THE NAME OF GOD by Cameron Stauth
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Adult Books for Young Adults
  
     A CHANCE TO WIN by Jonathan Schuppe
     THE GAMAL by Ciarán Collins

Books for Youth 
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
     IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch

Audio for Adults
 
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

 

KIRKUS REVIEWS 

Best Fiction
     LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
     BOX OFFICE POISON by Phillipa Bornikova
     GHOSTS OF BUNGO SUIDO by P.T. Deutermann
     MIDNIGHT by Kevin Egan
     JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks
     HAVISHAM by Ronald Frame
     TRANSCENDENTAL by James Gunn
     GOOD PEOPLE by Ewart Hutton
     SOMEONE by Alice McDermott  
     THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
     SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT by Ian Tregillis
     THE LAND ACROSS by Gene Wolfe
     QUEEN VICTORIA’S BOOK OF SPELLS by Ellen Datlow 

Best Teen 
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell 

Best Nonfiction  
     THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT by Rick Atkinson
     REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
     SHOUTING WON'T HELP by Katherine Bouton
     MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
     THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel
     THE GREAT DISSENT by Thomas Healy
     THE BOOK OF MY LIVES by Aleksandar Hemon
     THE BROTHERS by Stephen Kinzer
     A FORT OF NINE TOWERS by Qais Akbar Omar
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
     EBONY AND IVY by Craig Steven Wilder

 

LIBRARY JOURNAL

Top 10 Best Books of 2013   
     THE SEARCHERS by Glenn Frankel 

More of the Best 
     JACK LONDON by Earle Labor
     OWNING THE EARTH by Andro Linklater

Best Books 2013: Memoir 
     HER by Christa Parravani

Best Books 2013: Consumer Health 
     MIDLIFE EATING DISORDERS by Cynthia M. Bulik 

Best Books 2013: Sci-Tech  
     BUG MUSIC by David Rothenberg

Best Books 2013: Audio  
     LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Top 10 Best Books of 2013  
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward  

Best Fiction  
     PERCIVAL EVERETT BY VIRGINIA RUSSELL by Virgil Russell
     SOMEONE by Alice McDermott

Best Mystery  
     HOUR OF THE RED GOD by Richard Crompton
     HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny
     ENIGMA OF CHINA by Qiu Xiaolong

Best Poetry  
     METAPHYSICAL DOG by Frank Bidart
     INCARNADINE by Mary Szybist

Best SF/Fantasy/Horror  
     TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SCIENCE FICTION, edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
     VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab

Best Comics
     THE PROPERTY by Rutu Modan

Best Nonfiction  
     MEN WE REAPED by Jesmyn Ward
     MORTAL SINS by Michael D'Antonio
     THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
     FORTY-ONE FALSE STARTS by Janet Malcolm
     SCARCITY by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir
     THE UNWINDING by George Packer

Best Children's Fiction  
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell

Best Religion  
     MY BRIGHT ABYSS by Christian Wiman


SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL  

Best Fiction
     ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
     FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

LibraryReads logoAnd here are all of our LibraryReads’ selections from 2013:

September list 
     #1: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
     #2: HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny

November list
     #2: THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming
     #8: THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland

December list 
     #7: DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
     #9: THE TRIP TO ECHO SPRING by Olivia Laing

While it's not technically a "Best of 2013" list, NPR's Book Concierge is definitely a collection of favorites throughout the year. 

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Our Mysteries from the Booklist “Red Hot Crime” Webinar

Our Mysteries from the Booklist “Red Hot Crime” Webinar

Who better to talk about murder and mystery than Talia? Yesterday she shared her favorite forthcoming mysteries of Fall 2013 and Winter 2014 in Booklist's "Red Hot Crime" webinar:

THROUGH THE EVIL DAYS by Julia Spencer-Fleming (9780312606848)
THE RAVEN'S EYE by Barry Maitland (9781250028969)
JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by Sebastian Faulks (9781250047595)
AN OLD BETRAYAL by Charles Finch (9781250011619)
ONCE UPON A LIE by Maggie Barbieri (9781250011671)
THE ORPHAN CHOIR by Sophie Hannah (9781250041029)
SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden (9781250015310)
THE HEADMASTER'S WIFE by Thomas Christopher Greene (9781250038944)
REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL by Vaughn Entwistle (9781250035004)
APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty (9780374105679)
BAD WOLF by Nele Neuhaus (9781250043993)
THE INNOCENT SLEEP by Karen Perry (9780805098723)
THE CAIRO AFFAIR by Olen Steinhauer (9781250036131)
DESTROYER ANGEL by Nevada Barr (9780312614584)
RUNNER by Patrick Lee (9781250030733)
NOTORIOUS by Allison Brennan (9781250035059)
DOING HARM by Kelly Parsons (9781250033475)
WHERE MONSTERS DWELL by Jørgen Brekke (9781250016805)
PRECIOUS THING by Colette McBeth (9781250041197)

Keir Graff Booklist tweet
View or download the full deck of presentation slides from this webinar at BooklistOnline.com! We will post a link to the archived webinar when it becomes available.

UPDATE (11/4): Booklist archived the webinar on their site and it's now available to view. Enjoy!

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Halloween Horror Week – Terrifying Tuesday!

Halloween Horror Week – Terrifying Tuesday!

Today's the day of the Booklist "Red Hot Crime" webinar! Join your favorite mistress of mayhem, Talia "the terror" Sherer, at 1pm Central Time to find out what mysteries are keeping her up late at night. There's still time to sign up--click here to RSVP.

Talia's Gory Bits

If you can't wait until then, make sure to check out Talia's Favorite Gory Bits feature on Booklist for some classic backlist choices:

Cat lobster

EVIL AT HEART by Chelsea Cain

FLESH HOUSE by Stuart MacBride

SHAKE THE DEVIL OFF by Ethan Brown

THE GARGOYLE by Andrew Davidson

SNOW ANGELS by James Thompson

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Free eCard for THE GOOD HOUSE

Free eCard for THE GOOD HOUSE

We're very excited about the paperback release of Ann Leary's THE GOOD HOUSE, and rightfully so: it's being featured in the New York Times Book Review Paperback Row column (10/13 issue)! 

Kaite Stover of Kansas City (MO) Public Library even included it in her recent Booklist article "She Drinks: Women and Booze." 

Our friends at Picador created this nice e-card which we wanted to share with you. You can even download it to share with your patrons, too! Click "Read More" to find out how.

 


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Best Crime According to Booklist

Best Crime According to Booklist

Booklist has posted their picks for The Year’s Best Crime Novels: 2012!

They admit, "It gets harder and harder to pick the year’s best crime fiction. There is so much outstanding work in this ever-expanding genre that it’s confounding even to know where to start."

We totally agree. However, we think they found some great books to feature this year including two of our favorites, THE DEVIL SHE KNOWS by Bill Loeflem which they call, "suspenseful and remarkably textured," and IRON HOUSE by John Hart which has "beyond-genre depth!"

They also listed their Top Five Debut Crime Novels including Rick Gavin's RANCHERO which has "pitch-perfect" dialogue!

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Booklist Webinar: High-Demand Mysteries in Libraries

Booklist Webinar: High-Demand Mysteries in Libraries

If you missed Booklist's "Beyond Bestsellers: High-Demand Mysteries in Libraries" webinar, then you missed some very enthusiastic mystery recommendations from our very own, Talia, but don't fret! The webmasters over on the Booklist site just posted an archived recording of the entire presentation (find it here).

Readers want more than just bestsellers, says Readers' Advisory expert and Booklist columnist Joyce Saricks, and librarians have an obligation to alert their patrons to wonderful authors who don't necessarily top the sales charts. Saricks will share her discoveries about what really circulates and how librarians can help spread the news. Representatives from four publishers—Macmillan, Severn House, AudioGO, and Felony & Mayhem—will preview the best titles from their forthcoming lists. Booklist Online Senior Editor Keir Graff moderates.

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