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The Doorstoppers

I'm not advocating the use of books as doorstops or following the design trend of using them for table legs. Unless, I suppose, that you're a fan of the game Jenga®, and you are willing to shift some of these hefty tomes around when you want to revisit a favorite.

The Wise Man's Fear: Springing to #1 on NYT Hardcover Fiction List

The Wise Man's Fear makes its mark on the March 20 New York Times Hardcover Fiction List at #1.  The second in the Kingkiller Chronicle after The Name of the Wind has seen four years between the two books.  Author Patrick Rothfuss has built up quite a following for these hefty tomes, so be sure to catch up and add your name to the request list.  The first book wo

Song of Ice and Fire next book publication date set!

There's good news on the web and the inky streets of the SF world.  George R.R. Martin announces the publication date for the next in Song of Ice and Fire.

Top Circulated SF Titles of 2010

Speculative Fiction titles published in late 2009 and 2010 that circulated the most in the Harris County Public Library system will probably seem pretty familiar--at least in authors and worlds.  Star Wars still holds sway over fans, and it seems Jim Butcher cannot fail as he appears twice on the list.  The Top Ten Circulating SF Titles are as follows:

 

Wonderfully Wordy Wizards

Finding new authors of epic fantasy is hard these days.  Urban fantasy and its cross over paranormal romance are waving their banners high.  So, why did it take me so long to find this author and the book released Spring 2010?  I have no excuse, but I will make up for it now. 

Come Midnight...

Midnight is on the mind this season of new books in Fantasy and Science Fiction.  HCPL has Towers at Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, the next in the Wheel of Time series, on order.  Put a hold on your copy today! 

Terry Pratchett was not left out with his I Shall Wear Midnight that came out in September, look for a copy to join the HCPL catalog soon.

Other new releases include:

Who Ruled SF during the Summer?

In the months of June, July, and August, the libraries get even busier than usual.  Our customers get busy reading more, too, but do you know what SF we read most during those months?  Looks like a lot of us, including myself, decided to spend time with Harry -- Harry Dresden.  Changes took the top spot.  The title entered the library system in April, but he was still going strong in the summer.  Guess we just can't get enough of Harry.  And I have to say, this one has to be one of my favorite of the Dresden Files books.   Do you have a favorite Dresden Files book?

Fantastical History

Alternate History, Steampunk, Historical Fantasy (Fantastical History?) and many more subgenres all do something very similar: they take what was and give new possibilities or mystic reasons why.  I just finished reading Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, and the fantasy elements were so light touched as to feel more like a new telling of a very old myth.  It was also great to see some fresh fantasy going into other cultures than European based.  The story, however, had much less overt magic a

Tor Tempts (or Taunts) your reading tastebuds

I first came to know Sanderson's writing through his Mistborn Trilogy, and from that I had no further trepidation of his picking up the Wheel of Time series books from the late Robert Jordan.  Now Tor.com is offering up the first three chapters of Brandon Sanderson's book in his new series, The Way of Kings (book one of The Stormlight Archive).  To rea

2010 Nebula Award Winners

2010 Nebula Award Winners were announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc ceremony May 15, 2010.

Novel
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books, Sept. 2009)

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