The Spooky Halloween Mega Post of Madness (and Laziness)

Hey, readers!

Sooo, it’s pretty much Halloween, and I was thinking that instead of doing my usual three posts/month reviews, I’d just make one mega-post this month with a large variety of books to discuss for your pleasure. But in, like, a more abridged than usual sort of way. Because this Insidious 3 movie ain’t gonna watch itself.


Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Cinder Spires: Aeronaut's Windlass

Jim Butcher is well known for his captivating series, whether with a film noir, magical detective style such as the Dresden Files or the Roman era in another time and place through the Codex Alera series. Butcher takes familiar SF tropes and tweaks those creating wonderful new adventures. He has done so again with the first in The Cinder Spires series, The Aeronaut's Windlass.

SF Books People Claim to have Read

Today, io9 wrote a blog about "10 Books you Pretend to Have Read." Looking over the list, I realized that, while I've not pretended to read books that I have not actually read, there were several books out there I do need to read.  Lists like this are a good way to grasp the history of the genre, see what has changed, and what ideas we are still exploring.

Summer 2015: Speculative Fiction Books Anticipation

Some great SF reads are coming out this summer.  Which book are you anticipating most?  The poll is open until June 30.  Anticipating a book not on the list?  Add it to the comments below!


The End of All Things by John Scalzi
33% (1 vote)
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
33% (1 vote)
Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
33% (1 vote)
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher
0% (0 votes)
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
0% (0 votes)
Total voters: 3

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 #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.


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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