November 19, 2020
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When a new force takes hold of the world, people from different areas of life are forced to cross paths in an alternate reality that gives women and teenage girls immense physical power to cause pain and death.
Butler, Octavia E.
In a futuristic America where the gap between the haves and have-nots spawns anarchy, Lauren Olamina, an empath crippled by the pain she feels in others, becomes the leader of a band of seekers after her world is shattered by random violence.
Chakraborty, S. A.
Nahri, a young con artist of unsurpassed talent, inadvertently summons a mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, revealing the existence of true magic before the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom falls into her hands.
Jemisin, N. K.
After Yeine Darr is summoned to the city of Sky and named heiress to the king of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, she is thrust into a fierce power struggle, and drawn ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death.
Le Guin, Ursula K.
While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.
When a powerful new drug emerges letting anyone-- even foreigners-- utilize the magical properties of jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence on the island of Kekon.
Alienated from his fellow zombies for his dislike of killing humans and love of Sinatra music, "R" meets a living girl who sharply contrasts with his cold and dreary world and whom he resolves to protect in spite of her delicious appearance.
The connected stories of people from the past and distant future are recounted, from a 19th-century notary and an investigative journalist in the 1970s to a young man who searches for meaning in a post-apocalyptic world.
Returing to Mexico City to attend her father's funeral, Meche runs into an old friend with whom she discovered she could cast spells using music, reviving buried memories that cause her to question her estrangement from her loved ones.
Deciding to collect on the outstanding debts owed her family of moneylenders, a young woman is overheard boasting about being able to turn silver into gold by the creatures who haunt the wood, in a reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story.
A man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, living lives in regions from ancient India and Renaissance Italy to outer space and the modern world, searches for the secret to immortality so he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death.
In a ruined, nameless city of the future, a scavenger named Rachel finds a creature named Borne, a leftover from a biotech firm, which she takes back to her underground lair and shields from her drug-dealer boyfriend.
I'm a library associate and I seem to find a new book for my reading list around every corner. Just don't count on my reading them all, since I like to take my sweet time becoming fully immersed in each story and subject (whether fictional, historical or technical) once I'm hooked. Otherwise, you'll find me cartooning, dreaming up new stories and hitting the trails of Ohio for more hiking and nature-watching.