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We had our annual Planning Meeting on Wednesday, January 29th and it was great.  Seriously, it was — a lot of people brought suggestions, and there was a lot of variety.   We did select books for our next cycle of reading, but I always like to give people the entire list, so that everyone can see it.   I will mention that the “We can’t help ourselves … we’re out of control” comes from our discussion of how hard it is to narrow down our choices, because there are so many books we want to read and discuss.  

So, onward to the suggestions!    I have included links to all of the books on Goodreads, so you can read a summary of the book.   Also, the books chosen for our upcoming selections are the ones with a ** next to them.   

An Unexpected Apprentice by Jody Lynn Nye **
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Variable Star by Robert Heinlein and Spider Robinson **
Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan **
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon **
The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
A Call to Arms by Alan Dean Foster
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters **
The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard **
Elisha Barber by E.C. Ambrose
Lock In by John Scalzi **
Velveteen versus the Super Junior Patriots by Seanan McGuire
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman **
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear **
WickedLovely by Melissa Marr
The Demons at Rainbow Bridge by Jack Chalker
The Daedalus Incident by Michael Martinez  **
The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier **
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
The Princess Bride by William Goldman **
Neuromancer by William Gibson **
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century


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GN on order-011414Since some of our SF-F readers also enjoy graphic novels, I like to let everyone know about some of the new titles in (and coming to) our Graphic Novel collection.  Here’s a smattering:

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party (#1 & #2) by Quinrose
Attack on Titan #10 and #11 by Hajime Isayama
Batgirl 3: Death of the Family (New 52) by Gail Simone
Cyborg 009 by F.J. DeSanto
Scott Pilgrim Color 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets it Together (color edition) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Young Avengers: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg

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New SF series-011414We have a lot of shiny new books coming to our SF-F section (which you will find first on the New Books display).  Here’s a smattering of some of the new books in series:

Brazen by Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld Tales, #13.5)
The Creeps by John Connolly (Sequel to The Infernals)
A Dance of Blades and A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish (Shadowdance, #2 & #3)
The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
The Flight of the Silvers by Daniel Price (The Silver Saga, #1)
Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett (Discworld, #40 … and please note, the cover art isn’t final yet)
Rex Regis by L.E. Modesitt (Imager Portfolio, #8)
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson (Sequel to Robopocalypse)
Shipstar by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven (Sequel to Bowl of Heaven)
When It’s a Jar by Tom Holt (Sequel to Doughnut)
The Wicked by Douglas Nicholas (Sequel to Something Red)

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I like to show some of the great new books that are coming to the library, or are on our New Books display.  Here’s a sample:

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The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin
Betwixt and Between by Jessica Stilling
The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman
The Golden City by Kathleen Cheney
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream by Hank Davis (ed)
The Inner City by Karen Hueler
The Martian by Andy Weir
Old Mars by George R.R. Martin (ed)
Orphans by Ben Tanzer
The Waking Engine by David Edison

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Since we’re discussing Redshirts by John Scalzi this month, I thought I’d mention that the book won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2013.  I know there are those of you who are completely unsurprised by this.   

John Scalzi posted his thoughts about it on his blog (click on the link for the entire post).  Here’s a bit from that post:

* Maybe some people can be cool about winning the Best Novel Hugo, but those people are so not me. When Paul Cornell announced Redshirts as the winner, I pumped my fist like a total dork, kissed my wife, got hugged by what seemed like every person between me and the stage, and then honestly I don’t remember all that much until I was suddenly at the lectern, holding the heaviest Hugo ever (seriously, it is twelve pounds), and then setting it down and trying to remember that now I had to give an acceptance speech. Which I had not written out because I figured if I won I would remember who to thank and what I wanted to say. In retrospect, this was not my smartest idea.

Les sent me a closeup photo of the award, which I’m including here:

hugo for redshirts

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extra books-dec2012I’m always impressed by all the books people mention at our meetings — there’s such a variety!   These are the books mentioned at our December meeting:

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup

Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson

Cold Days by Jim Butcher

A Talent for War by Jack McDevitt

The Year’s Best SF 16 edited by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer

Dangerous Women – edited by George RR Martin & Gardner Dozois

short stories by Philip K. Dick

Seed by Rob Ziegler

The Three Stigmata of Philip Eldritch by Philip K. Dick

The Proteus series of books and Brother to Dragons by Charles Sheffield

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Here is the list of other books that people mentioned at our November meeting — extra books-Nov discussion

The Mongoliad (series) by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, and others

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Dry Water by Eric Nylund

Sweet Tooth series by Jeff Lemire

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

Echo by Terry Moore

Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds

The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds

Velveteen Vs series by Seanan McGuire

Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross

Harry Hole series by Jo Nesbo


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