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New Speculative Fiction for March 2015

New to our shelves:

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (2, Shattered Sea) F
Unbreakable by W. C. Bauers (1, Chronicles of Promise Paen) SF
The Witches of Echo Park by Amber Benson (1, The Witches of Echo Park) F, H, M
Golden Son by Pierce Brown (2, Red Rising trilogy) SF
Letters to Lovecraft: Eighteen Whispers to the Darkness by Jesse Bullington, ed. H (Horror Letters)
Drifters by John L. Campbell (3, Omega Days) H
The Deep by Nick Cutter H, M
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries by Neil Gaiman F, SF, H
Gideon by Alex Gordon F, H, M
The Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith (2, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) H

New Romance Fiction for February 2015

Note: X=holiday title

In paperback:

The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre (3, 2B) C, NA
In Bed with a Spy by Alyssa Alexander (2, Spy in the Ton) H, M
Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless (1, The Watchers) C, E, S, F, M
Mine to Take by Jackie Ashenden (1, Nine Circles) C, E, M
I've Got My Duke to Keep Me Warm by Kelly Bowen (1, Lords of Worth) H, M
The Deepest Night by Kara Braden (2, Longest Night) C
Want, Need, Love by Niobia Bryant (1, Hot in Hotsville) C, O
Full Blaze by M. L. Buchman (2, Firehawks) C, M
A Single Kiss by Grace Burrowes (1, Sweetest Kisses) C

New Speculative Fiction for February 2015

New to our shelves:

Zombies & Calculus by Colin Adams H
The Immortals of Meluha by Tripathi Amish (1, The Shiva trilogy) F, M
Proxima by Stephen Baxter (1, Proxima) SF
The Kraken King by Meljean Brook (4, Iron Seas) A, SF, M, R
Andromeda's War by William C. Dietz (3, Legion of the Damned: Prequel) SF
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue H
The Abyss beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton (1, Commonwealth: Chronicle of the Fallers) SF
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson by Daryl Jones, ed. H (Horror Horror)
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz (7, Odd Thomas) H, M
The Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (2, Best of All Possible Worlds) SF, M

New Speculative Fiction for January 2015

New to our shelves:

War Dogs by Greg Bear (1, War Dogs) SF, M
Red Rising by Pierce Brown (1, Red Rising trilogy) SF
Silverblind by Tina Connolly (3, Ironskin) F, A, R
A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda (2, Night's Edge) F, R
A Dance of Ghosts by David Dalglish (5, Shadowdance) F, M
Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa De la Cruz (1, Blue Bloods Coven) H, M, R
Willful Child by Steven Erikson SF
The Book of Strange New Things by Micahel Faber SF
Symbiont by Mira Grant (2, Parasitology) SF, H, M
Dead but Not Forgotten by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)
    H, M, R (Horror Dead)

New Romance Fiction for January 2015

Note: X=holiday title

In paperback:

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander (4, Millworth Manor) H
Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward (2, Jewel Cove) C
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews (1, Hidden Legacy) A, F, C, M
Rocky Mountain Freedom by Vivian Arend (6, Six Pack Ranch) C, W, E
Jagged by Kristen Ashley (5, Colorado Mountain) C, M
Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh (4, Survivor's Club) H
Scandalous Summer Nights by Anne Barton (3, Honeycote) H
Make You Remember by Macy Beckett (2, Dumont Bachelors) C
The Accidental Countess by Valerie Bowman (2, Playful Brides) H

Rosy and Bright

Herrnhuter Stern in OlbernhauToday may be black (at least for those of you braving the shopping malls), but the forecast for romance this holiday season is rosy and bright!  Your favorite authors have been hard at work this year penning new seasonal romances for you to enjoy, and they're flying off our shelves faster than snowflakes-- everything from Amish sweets to romantic suspense (even an LGBT holiday title!).

'Investigating Mysteries' cancelled this Monday

The "Investigating Mysteries" book group meeting for Monday, Nov. 10th has been cancelled due to a death in the family.

December's meeting will continue as scheduled.

Hair-Raising Horror: Tales to Terrify

terrified man - photospin 963_4483691With Halloween only a week away, I'm sure many readers are looking for that perfect book to get them into the spooky spirit. I have the ideal list-- a blood-chilling blend of recent and classic horror, thrillers, dark graphic novels, and even a little non-fiction.

Although... hm. I can't really call this a recommended reading list. To be honest, while many of these titles are critically-acclaimed masterworks of horror, I wouldn't personally recommend any of them. I'm a horror wimp, and I like being able to sleep at night.

Instead, let's call this a warning list. As in, WARNING: The books on this list are terrifying. No, I'll go even farther than that-- they're downright disturbing.  Epically creepy, and (in some cases) grotesquely gory. (That's another warning, by the way-- splatterpunk (which is as icky as it sounds) is well-represented here.)


Graphic Content

CBLDF BBW Jeff Smith posterEvery year, libraries and bookstores around the country set aside the last week in September for Banned Books Week.  In this week, we seek to remind everyone of the benefits of free and open access to information.  We underscore the dangers of censorship.  And we honor a right we never, ever want to lose: our Constitutionally guaranteed freedom to read. 

Young(ish) love: New Adult romance

A new, fast-growing category of romance has emerged in the last few years.  It's called "New Adult," and it's aimed at readers in their late teens to mid-twenties (college-aged to early adulthood). 

So, what exactly is a "New Adult"?  The protagonists in these books still bear some resemblance to their younger cousins in Young Adult romances-- they haven't entirely escaped the throes and drama of teen angst.  But they've achieved some distance from it, and gained the perspective and insight that younger characters often lack.  There's a marked change in maturity level, and the expected maturity of its readership. 

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