Science Fiction & Fantasy

Sequel Tuesday: Authority – Southern Reach Trilogy Book Two

AuthorityLast year I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer.  I’m finally getting a chance to read book two and the series is really taking off.

HCPL Top SF reads of 2014

Here are the top SF reads in Harris County Public Library for 2014.  The influence of TV and movies shows up strongly this year.  Because of that, I’m combining all of the Song of Ice and Fire books as one and giving it the top spot.  After that are the rest of the top ten.  There are a few other titles that belong in the same fictional universe, but as they are not entire series, I kept them separate.  

Book Hunters in Brief #53: The Hobbit

So the much anticipated premier of the third installment of the Hobbit movie trilogy has come and gone and left you wandering in circles. Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that may just get you back on track. 

Book Hunters in Brief #51: Star Wars

As you undoubtedly noticed, the Star Wars, Episode VII trailer was greeted with the kind of squealing and pandemonium usually reserved for asteroids on a collision course with earth.

Excited For The New Star Wars Movie? Check Out These Books While You Wait.

heir to the eimpreI'm sure I wasn't the only one who was pleasantly surprised by the new Star Wars Trailer.  Maybe extremely excited is a better way to put it.  With a new Star Wars story on the horizon I thought it high time I actually read some of the Extended Universe books.  I reached out to some of my uber Star Wars nerd friends and asked where they suggested I start.  The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn was the unanimous choice.  

 

Is Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series Next For HBO?

foundationIt looks like The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov may be the next big book to TV show on HBO.  Soon you could be watching an episode of Game of Thrones followed by a Seldon Crisis.

Book Hunters in Brief #48: The Hunger Games

As fictional heroines go, Katniss Everdeen is as tough, smart and resilient as they come. No doubt about it. But there are plenty of other heinie-kicking heroines out there, just as Panem isn't the only chillingly dystopian society in the YA aisle. This week, in honor of the coming premiere of Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,  (November 21) Book Hunters offers a few Hunger Games readalikes for when you're hankering for some more savory reads.

Book Hunters in Brief # 47: Rick Riordan Readalikes

If you or someone you know is a fan of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series and have read and reread every book, then you're probably looking for something new to fill that space till the next installment. Here cones Book Hunters to the rescue!

The Invisible Tower by Nils Johnson-Shelton
Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D'Aulaire
Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis
The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

You say you prefer to read about the demimonde while drinking a demitasse of espresso to reading about demigods?

Book Hunters in Brief #45: TV's Grimm and Fairy Tales for the Big Kids

For a long time, most of us thought of fairy tales as pure kidstuff, but it wasn't always thus. They started out as folk tales and they were decidedly un-Disney-like. Now, they've come full circle and you can find fairy tales for grown-ups all over TV, as well as, on the shelves of your favorite library. HCPL's Book Hunters thinks that's a good thing.

A Trio Of Classic Dystopian Novels

WEDystopian books have been all the craze for the last few years.  Hunger Games and Divergent have lead the charge amongst a plethora of action oriented survival against some sort of corrupt futuristic utopia; but where did they all come from?  If you’ve never gone back to dystopian basics, I humbly suggest my top three:  1984, Brave New World, and We.

 

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