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New and Notable Fantasy and Science Fiction Titles at the Library

Here are some new and notable titles in Fantasy and Science Fiction:

 11/22/63 by Stephen King
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King, who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively than any other writer,  takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

 The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
Volume One of Night's Masque. When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers' wake, bringing Native American goods--and a skrayling ambassador--to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I's capital? 

 Among Others by Jo Walton
Winner of the Nebula Award and Hugo Award
A compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.


 Amped by Daniel H. Wilson
In a near-future world where technologically enhanced humans are governed by a strict set of conduct laws, twenty-nine-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a persecuted underclass that is planning to change, or destroy, the world.

 Best of All Possible Worlds
by Karen Lord
A stunning science fiction epic and a beautifully wrought love story. A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression. The survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever. 

 Black Lament by Christina Henry
Volume Four of the Black Wings Series
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength of carry on.

 Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis
Hugo and Nebula winner. After a series of mishaps in the Oxford of 2060, time travelers Michael, Merope, and Polly finally get to World War II. There they experience air raids, blackouts and dive-bombing Stukas, then must face a growing feeling that not only their assignments but the war and history itself are spiraling out of control. Once-reliable mechanisms of time travel are showing significant glitches, and our heroes must question their most firmly held belief: that no historian can possibly change the past.

 Cold Days by Jim Butcher
Following his death by a mystery assailant, Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness, must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own ... his soul. "Cold Days" is the14th volume of the popular Dresden Files.

 The Desert of Souls/The Bones of the Old Ones by Howard Andrew Jones
The first two Dabir and Asim novels
In 8th century Baghdad, a stranger pleads with the vizier to safeguard the bejeweled tablet he carries, but he is murdered before he can explain. Charged with solving the puzzle, the scholar Dabir soon realizes that the tablet may unlock secrets hidden within the lost city of Ubar, the Atlantis of the sands. When the tablet is stolen from his care, Dabir and Captain Asim are sent after it, and into a life and death chase through the ancient Middle East.

 A Discovery of Witches/Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The first two volumes of The All Souls trilogy
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of the Bodleian Library, scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

 The Dragon Men by Steven Harper
Gavin Ennock has everything a man could desire--except time. As the clockwork plague consumes his body and mind, it drives him increasingly mad and fractures his relationship with his fiancée, Alice, Lady Michaels. Their only hope is that the Dragon Men of China can cure him. Book Three of The Clockwork Empire series.

 Embassytown by China Miéville
In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to the enigmatic Ariekei, sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that a few altered human ambassadors can speak. Avice Cho, a human colonist, has returned to Embassytown. But now the fragile equilibrium between humans and aliens is violently upset. Catastrophe looms, and Avice is torn between competing loyalties.

 Epic: Legends of Fantasy edited by John Joseph Adams
This compilation includes stories by such luminaries as George R R Martin, Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Ursula K Le Guin, Robin Hobb, and Tad Williams. Inspiring and larger-than-life, these tales offer timeless values of courage and friendship in the face of ultimate evil and express mankind's greatest hopes and fears.

 Firebird by Jack McDevitt
41 years ago renowned physicist Chris Robin vanished. Before his disappearance, his fringe science theories about the existence of endless alternate universes had earned him both admirers and enemies. Alex Benedict and Chase Kolpath discover that Robin had several interstellar yachts flown far outside the planetary system where they too vanished. And following Robin's trail into the unknown puts Benedict and Kolpath in danger. Book Six of the Alexander Benedict series.

 Feed/Deadline, the first two volumes of the Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant
In the year 2014 we had cured cancer. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. NOW. 20 twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives--the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

 Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
First volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, and a current HBO series.
Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga.  In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. To the south, the king's powers are failing, his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. And Winter is coming.

 Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton
Futuristic speculation combines with murder when a scientific expedition on a faraway planet searches for an alien species only to be stalked by a determined killer who may be a hostile alien or a member of their own team.

Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
When Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.  "Leviathan Wakes" is volume one of the Expanse series.

 The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
1916: The Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Police officer Monica Jansson explores the burned-out home of a reclusive--some say mad--scientist who has vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson finds a curious gadget: the prototype of an invention that will change the way humankind views the world forever.

 A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Conclusion of The Wheel of Time series
Brian Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind. "A Memory of Light" will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan's legions of readers. The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

 The Mongoliad by Erik Bear
The first volume of the Foreworld Saga
In 1241, warriors try to stop the Mongols from invading Europe; in the nineteenth century, a group of martial artists provide a language expert with lost manuscripts to translate that chronicle their ancestors' thirteenth century battles.

 The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

 Of Blood and Honey/And Blue Skies from Pain by Stina Leicht
First two books of the Fey and the Fallen series
Liam assumed his father was dead since his mother never spoke of him. But when the war between the Fallen and the Fey heats up, Liam's family is pulled into a conflict that they didn't know existed. A centuries-old conflict between supernatural forces mirrors the Troubles in 1970's Ireland. Only the intervention of Liam's father and a secret order dedicated to fighting the Fallen can save Liam from the mundane and supernatural forces around him, and from the darkness that lurks within him.

 The Passage/ The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The first two volumes of the Passage trilogy
A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment that only six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte can stop.

 Redshirts by John Scalzi
Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.


 The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man," Roland Deschain takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime. This is the eighth volume of The Dark Tower series.

 The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And what happens when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in a post-oil era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

 The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
Born a witch in 1628, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself in present day England, tending her garden and selling herbs. Her solitude ends abruptly when she meets a teenager called Tegan. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth teaches Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch. In the process Elizabeth recalls long forgotten painful memories. Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, this novel is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches.  

 Year Zero by Rob Reid
In the hilarious tradition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe--and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.




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