Science Fiction & Fantasy

Johannes Cabal the Necromancer

Johannes Cabal is not a happy customer. A year after selling his soul to a demon for the secrets of Life and Death, he discovers living without it isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. So he does the only thing any sensible customer would do in such a situation: demand to see the manager. There’s no return policy for souls in Hell, but Satan is prepared to cut Johannes a deal: he can have his own soul back in exchange for the souls of 100 others. He has one year.

Book Hunters in Brief #69: Dome, Sweet Dome

Sure, maybe it's not the "8th Wonder of the World" anymore. Heck, it might not even crack the top 20. But for many years, it was a very visible symbol of Houston's innovative, space-age aspirations. It is a part of our history, and it is worth celebrating. So raise a plastic cup of Dome Foam and dig into some of these dome-related titles.

Book Hunters in Brief #69: Dome, Sweet Dome

Sure, maybe it's not the "8th Wonder of the World" anymore. Heck, it might not even crack the top 20. But for many years, it was a very visible symbol of Houston's innovative, space-age aspirations. It is a part of our history, and it is worth celebrating. So raise a plastic cup of Dome Foam and dig into some of these dome-related titles.

14

I listen to a lot of audiobooks since I spend a lot of time in the car and 14 was a title I picked up recently. The author is Peter Clines, well known for his post-apocalyptic super hero series Ex-Heroes, and the narrator, Ray Porter, is top notch.

This Is Your Chance To Meet Author Peter S. Beagle

Last Unicorn MovieThe University of Houston – Downtown is hosting not just a book signing, but also a film viewing of Peter. S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn.  Admission is free, but there is limited seating.  Visit UHD Unicorn Run on Facebook for more information.

 

Book Hunters in Brief #65: Cinderella

For a few rare stories, the style in which they are told can be changed over and over, but the story itself continues to fascinate no matter how many times we hear it. Fairy Tales are called that for a reason and it's not only because they feature magical beings, it's because the stories themselves contain a certain ineffable hold--a sort of magic--over young and old alike.

Terry Pratchett: 1948 - March 12, 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett, Associated PressMarch 12, 2015, Sir Terry Pratchett, famous science fiction author passed away.  Most known for his Discworld series, he was awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to literature in 1998.  For more information, read this article on BBC News.  To delve into, or revisit, Discworld, check out the titles available through HCPL.

 

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. 

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