Author Spotlight: Brandon Sanderson (11/20/20)

Bestselling author and Hugo Award winner Brandon Sanderson returns with the next eagerly awaited installment in The Stormlight Archive epic fantasy series, RHYTHM OF WAR. This continuation of The Stormlight Archive saga finds Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant a year into their war when a new technological discovery could change everything. RHYTHM OF WAR […]

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The Stormlight Archive #4 Coming Fall 2020

Brandon Sanderson fans and epic fantasy readers around the world, rejoice! The fourth book in Sanderson’s bestselling Stormlight Archive series will hit shelves near you on November 17, 2020. After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. […]

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 8/27/14)

Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 8/27/14)

Curious about which eBooks your patrons are reading? Wonder no more! Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for June 2014: ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan “A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly THE BEAUTIFUL […]

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 7/16/14)

Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 7/16/14)

Hey you! Whatcha reading? More importantly, what are your patrons reading? Read on to find out: Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for May 2014: ENDER’S GAME by Orson Scott Card ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly KILLING KENNEDY by Bill […]

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 5/20/14)

Top eBook Lends for Libraries (as of 5/20/14)

Lovely librarians, just as the Care Bears do, we believe that sharing (circulation stats & other awesome data) is caring… So… 

Here are the top 10 Macmillan e-lending titles* for March 2014

ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer

Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card 
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
ONLY TIME WILL TELL by Jeffrey Archer
“A” IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton 
THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson
THE HUSBAND LIST by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE MANOR: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island by Mac Griswold
MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson
STILL LIFE by Louise Penny
THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brackston
XENOCIDE by Orson Scott Card
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
CRYSTAL COVE by Lisa Kleypas

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Happy #BookBday (3/4/14 Edition)

Happy #BookBday (3/4/14 Edition)

Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday! Today we're celebrating:

SHOTGUN LOVESONGS by Nickolas Butler
Butler's debut novel about the relationship between four friends in a small Midwest town is the #1 March Indie Next pick, and is receiving rave reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Shelf Awareness, and more. Don't miss the chance to meet him at PLA next week!

NOTES FROM THE INTERNET APOCALYPSE by Wayne Gladstone
Perfect for fans of David Wong, Chad Kultgen, and Chuck Palahniuk, Cracked.com columnist Wayne Gladstone’s novel about what happens when the world suddenly loses all Internet access is a hilarious look at life unplugged. “...the punchlines are pitch-perfect. Anyone who spends time sharing jokes in web communities will find this satire irresistible.” — Booklist

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR by Jeffrey Archer
The fourth volume in Jeffrey Archer's New York Times bestselling Clifton Chronicles series opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend? “Archer’s...tight plotting make for a page-turning rich man’s soap opera. Lightweight, entertaining beach reading.” — Kirkus Reviews

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson
“Sanderson’s skill at world building is unmatched, and in the 'Stormlight Archive' series he has developed an innovative magical system and combined it with rich, complex characters to create a compelling story. His eagerly awaited sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS exceeds expectations. This developing epic series is a must-read for all fantasy fans.” – Library Journal, starred review

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Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Pillar to the Sky jacketLike a Mighty Army jacketGoblin Emperor jacketWords of Radiance jacketMy Real Children jacketLock In jacket
Here's the scoop on the latest greatest and soon-to-come SF & Fantasy from Tor Books:

PILLAR TO THE SKY by William Forstchen
PILLAR TO THE SKY is part of NASA-inspired Works of Fiction–a partnership between NASA and Tor/Forge aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math, and attracting students to those fields. The titular pillar is a controversial supertower developed by a visionary rocket scientist intent on finding a new energy source. "Forstchen’s work is as convincingly told as it is diverting." – Kirkus Reviews

LIKE A MIGHTY ARMY by David Weber
In the seventh entry in Weber's popular Safehold series, Merlyn Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a thousand-year-old warrior, has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. "Weber’s seventh far-future Safehold novel is a complex and fascinating epic about change, identity, and the nature of faith." – Publishers Weekly 

THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
A half-goblin named Maia unwittingly inherits the throne to the Imperial Court and struggles to navigate the politics of being Emperor. "Addison patiently and tellingly paints in the backdrop, mingling steampunk elements and low-key magic with imperial intricacies. The result is a spellbinding and genuinely affecting drama. Unreservedly recommended." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson
In the second volume of New York Times bestseller Sanderson's Stormlight Archive (after THE WAY OF KINGS), the war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, Jasnah and Shallan search for the legendary city of Urithiru, and Kaladin is learning how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant. "... the novel is weighty without being ponderous, and delivers a satisfactory story despite being part of an episodic secondary world fantasy series." – Publishers Weekly 

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Monday Fun Day!

Monday Fun Day!

Thanks to the sage adage of our ancestors, we know that Monday is, in fact, Fun Day, and it's high time we began treating it that way! Today we've got a veritable* smörgåsbord of library and literary goodness for you. Enjoy!

First and foremost, get up out of that rolly chair and join us in a standing ovation for the King County Library System, winner of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award.

"The innovations and programs, the creative management of KCLS resources, the ability to stretch but still serve the principles and core values of librarianship, the strong public support, and the vision for the system’s future make it clear that KCLS is more deserving than ever to be named Library of the Year." Library Journal

Hear, hear! I am particularly giddy about this announcement seeing as KCLS is the library system I grew up on. Way to go, KCLS.

In other super-awesome awards news, THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson won the 2010 DGLA Legend Award for Best Novel! And Simon Winder's travel romp, GERMANIA, was shortlisted for the 2011 Dolman Travel Book of the Year!

In getting-pumped-for-ALA-Annual news, Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert made a super convenient, printable PDF for this year's author signings and hot galley giveaways. View and print Barbara Hoffert's ALA Galley & Signing Guide 2011 here! Here's a sneak peek:

Barbara's ALA Picks

Oh, and a reminder for all you sci-fi fans: io9 is holding a book club discussion for THE QUANTUM THIEF on June 28th. I'll definitely be dropping by. Need convincing? Read the reviews!

And finally, this weekend I waited in line for a scrumptious burrito and morita lunch combo behind this brilliant fellow:

Never Underestimate 

Seriously good taste, my friend.

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Why I love fantasy. And our newest fantastic giveaway!

Why I love fantasy. And our newest fantastic giveaway!

So I just finished book two of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of
Time, The Great Hunt. It was a fantastic read, and reinforced my huge,
enormous, colossal love for fantasy. Jordan really stepped up the
intrigue in the second installment. While I loved the first book, I was a bit
worried that the series might devolve into a reductive battle of good and evil.
But in The Great Hunt, he shows that there are many more factions than
we had believed, and even within those factions there is infighting as goals
clash. [...]

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