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Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
Greaney, Mark
A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents’ precious time. Time they don’t have.

Collision
Lackey, Mercedes/ Giguere, Veronica/ Martin, Cody/ Lee, Dennis
“Destroying the Thulian North American Headquarters has not made life easier for ECHO, or the world. The Thulians continue their attacks against ECHO headquarters around the world.

Woman With a Gun
Margolin, Phillip
In this thriller with a difference, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph “Woman with a Gun”, showing a bride facing an expanse of ocean with a six-shooter held behind her back, sparks the imagination of aspiring novelist Stacey Kim–especially when she learns that the woman in question was suspected of killing her millionaire husband on their wedding night. What does the photographer know? Especially intriguing because this photograph actually exists.

Hush
Robards, Karen
Riley Cowan’s father-in-law infamously foisted a huge financial fraud on the world, and now Riley’s estranged husband is found dead–a victim, she suspects, of an angry investor who lost out big. Now she’s uniting with an old flame, FBI agent Finn Bradley, to track down the killer before more people in the family feel his wrath.

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ARC: Jonathan/Jesse Kellerman

September 4, 2014

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Kellerman, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. The Golem of Hollywood. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

An extraThe Golem of Hollywoodordinary work of detection, suspense, and supernatural mystery. I spent three days totally lost in the world Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman have created. This is brilliant, page-turning fiction with mythic underpinnings that give it a special resonance; a rare collaboration where the sum is truly greater than the parts. The book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It sort of took my breath away.” – Stephen King From Jonathan Kellerman, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of psychological suspense, and Jesse Kellerman, the international #1 bestselling author of The Genius , comes one of the most remarkable novels of the year. nbsp; A burned-out L.A. detective . . . a woman of mystery who is far more than she seems . . . a grotesque, ancient monster bent on a mission of retribution. When these three collide, a new standard of suspense is born. The legend of the Golem of Prague has endured through the ages, a creature fashioned by a sixteenth-century rabbi to protect his congregation, now lying dormant in the garret of a synagogue. But the Golem is dormant no longer. Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can’t remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he’s about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, he’s sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house. Seared into a kitchen counter nearby is a single word: the Hebrew for justice . Detective Lev is about to embark on an odyssey through Los Angeles, through many parts of the United States, through London and Prague, but most of all, through himself. All that he has believed to be true will be upended and not only his world, but the world itself, will be changed.

 

 

 

 

Some Luck is Jane Smiley’s first novel of a planned trilogy that when fully realized will follow an Iowa farm family from 1920 to 2020.  This first, to be published in October, reaches the early 1950’s.  As the earliest it also features rich historical detail and atmospherics.  The old dark humor joke about the farmer who has an incredible windfall and plans to “just keep farming till the money’s gone” is probably anachronistic (I’m thinking it’s from the 1980’s and referred to the lottery), but a fun example of how in touch Smiley is with her characters and their concerns and hopes.

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Some Luck

Publisher Summary: From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize : a powerful, engrossing new novel–the life and times of a remarkable family over three transformative decades in America. On their farm in Denby, Iowa, Rosanna and Walter Langdon abide by time-honored values that they pass on to their five wildly different children: from Frank, the handsome, willful first born, and Joe, whose love of animals and the land sustains him, to Claire, who earns a special place in her father’s heart. Each chapter in Some Luck covers a single year, beginning in 1920, as American soldiers like Walter return home from World War I, and going up through the early 1950s, with the country on the cusp of enormous social and economic change. As the Langdons branch out from Iowa to both coasts of America, the personal and the historical merge seamlessly: one moment electricity is just beginning to power the farm, and the next a son is volunteering to fight the Nazis; later still, a girl you’d seen growing up now has a little girl of her own, and you discover that your laughter and your admiration for all these lives are mixing with tears. Some Luck delivers on everything we look for in a work of fiction. Taking us through cycles of births and deaths, passions and betrayals, among characters we come to know inside and out, it is a tour de force that stands wholly on its own. But it is also the first part of a dazzling epic trilogy–a literary adventure that will span a century in America: an astonishing feat of storytelling by a beloved writer at the height of her powers.

Ignore the silly title (references to Breaking Bad are about its success on Netflix and the applicability of Netflix’s access model to books).  This is an excellent presentation of key points by knowledgeable players in the book market and library world today.   A lot of the same issues are starting to confront us with regard to streaming media. Key points seem to be that patron driven access (for books that’s something like FReading) is great if its success is paradoxically kept modest, and that publishers are realizing library users are book buyers, not market cannibals (but they never seemed to doubt this in the print world, right?)  As usual, the future’s both disturbing and comforting depending on whose point you want to latch onto.

 

 

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The Escape
Baldacci, David
Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring army special agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo for the multi-million-copy best-selling Baldacci’s latest.
 
The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion Novel
Clark, Mary Higgins / Burke, Alafair (CON)
Reigning queen of suspense Clark joins forces for the first time with the best-selling Burke for another adventure featuring the reality drama Under Suspicion, which asks those involved to re-create the circumstances of unsolved crimes. The victim in the show’s latest episode was a talented UCLA acting student whose body was found far from her car, with no indication whether she attended her final audition. Her boyfriend has been pretty close-mouthed, too.
 
The Job
Evanovich, Janet / Goldberg, Lee
A latest entry in the series by the author of the Stephanie Plum novels and the author of the Monk series finds Agent O’Hare reluctantly partnering with con-man Nicolas Fox to take down a big-league criminal.
 
Hope to Die
Patterson, James
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross’s family–his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children–have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?
 
Betrayed
Scottoline, Lisa
With 2013’s Accused, Scottoline relaunched her groundbreaking “Rosato & Associates” series, featuring an all-female law firm. Here Judy Carrier (featured in only one other Rosato mystery) is anxiously pondering her personal and professional lives when she must rush to the side of an aunt diagnosed with breast cancer. The death of undocumented worker Emelia Juarez, a friend who had been helping the aunt through chemo, seems decidedly suspicious to Judy.
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Hugos Announced

August 25, 2014

The official list for all categories is here.

The Winner for Best Novel 

Ancillary justice

Leckie, Ann.  Ancillary Justice.

Winner of the Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, nominated for the Hugo and Philip K. Dick Awards. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren – a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

 

 

 

 

Other Nominees for Best Novel 

Neptune's brood : a space opera

Stross, Charles. Neptune’s Brood.

The year is AD 7000. The human species is extinct for the fourth time due to its fragile nature. nbsp; Krina Alizond-114 is metahuman, descended from the robots that once served humanity. She’s on a journey to the water-world of Shin-Tethys to find her sister Ana. But her trip is interrupted when pirates capture her ship. Their leader, the enigmatic Count Rudi, suspects that there’s more to Krina’s search than meets the eye. He’s correct: Krina and Ana each possess half of the fabled Atlantis Carnet, a lost financial instrument of unbelievable value capable of bringing down entire civilizations. Krina doesn’t know that Count Rudi suspects her motives, so she accepts his offer to get her to Shin-Tethys in exchange for an introduction to Ana. nbsp; And what neither of them suspects is that a ruthless body-double assassin has stalked Krina across the galaxy, ready to take the Carnet once it is whole and leave no witnesses alive to tell the tale.

 

 

 

Parasite

Grant, Mira. Parasite.

A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease. We owe our good health to a humble parasite — a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the Intestinal Bodyguard worm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system — even secretes designer drugs. It’s been successful beyond the scientists’ wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them. But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives . . . and will do anything to get them.

 

 

 

 

Robert Jordan's The wheel of time. Volume one, The eye of the world

Jordan, Robert and Brandon Sanderson.   The Wheel of Time (Series).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correia, LWarboundarry. Warbound.

New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Gritty urban fantasy set in an alternate noir 1930s. A tough P.I. battles an interdimensional monster that wants to suck magic power out of the world. Sequel to Hard Magic and Spellbound. Book Three in the Grimnoir Chronicles. Gritty urban fantasy adventure set in an alternate noir 1930s, Book Three in the Grimnoir chronicles. Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind’s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score. The problem is hardly anyone believes him. The world’s most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late. About the Urban Fantasy of Larry Correia: “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.”- Bookreporter.com “If you love monsters and action, you’ll love this book. If you love guns, you’ll love this book. If you love fantasy, and especially horror fantasy, you’ll love this book.”- Knotclan.com “A gun person who likes science fiction-or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction-will enjoy [these books]…The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters…I read both books without putting them down except for work…so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some…for yourself and for stocking stuffers.”-Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009’s Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.”- Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta

 

This new book by Azar Nafisi after 2004’s Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories (2008) will surely be welcomed by our readers. I just finished the ARC and nominated it for October LibraryReads.  I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make that list, and I’d love to pass it on to first commenter.

The Republic of Imagination : America in Three Books

Review submitted to LibraryReads:

In The Republic of Imagination, Azar Nafisi highlights three novels that for her exemplify a unique American quality consisting of a restless individualism that can lead to loneliness but also true freedom and authentic moral choices. In part this is a literary critique of the works covered and their iconic characters: Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, Sinclair Lewis’ Babbit, and Carson McCullers’ John Singer. This analysis is blended with interesting parallels between the works and Nafisi’s own life in both Iran and the U.S., as well as a compelling manifesto for American fiction as vital to its democratic ideals. Nafisi’s insights amount to a personalized book about books that library readers will enjoy, and prove once again that immigrants make some of the most genuine American patriots.

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