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New Speculative Fiction for October 2012

New to our shelves:

House of Bells by Chaz Brenchley (2, Keys to D'Esperance) H
Riveted by Meljean Brook (3, Iron Seas) A, SF, M, R
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson (1, Jessica McClain) F, H
Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia (4, Monster Hunters) F, H
Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson (1, Kharkanas trilogy) F
The Nemesis List by R. J. Frith (1, Jeven Jones) SF, M
The Kingmakers by Clay & Susan Griffith (3, Vampire Empire) F, H, A
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings by Paula Guran, ed. (4, Recent Monster anthologies) H (Horror Ghosts)
Extreme Zombies by Paula Guran, ed. H (Horror Extreme)

At the Border of SF: Magical Realism

Last month I wrote about crossover YA-- speculative fiction written for a teen audience that adults would also enjoy.  This month, I'd like to take another stroll outside of the SF genre shelves and introduce you to a close cousin: magical realism. 

Magical realism is essentially mainstream fiction with a difference.  Unlike urban fantasy, which uses a version of our world as a setting for fantasy (with all of fantasy's tropes and magical rules), magical realism brings an element of myth and fantasy into an otherwise mundane real-world setting and treats it as factual.  The result is something as weird and startling as finding a half-burnt simurgh feather on the ground while you're out walking the dog: the wondrous becomes (sometimes uncomfortably) possible and close and real

New Romance Fiction for September 2012

(Romance Key: E = erotica/romantica)

New Speculative Fiction for September 2012

New to our shelves:

Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks (1, Shannara: Dark Legacy of Shannara) F, H
The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan (3, Traitor Spy trilogy) F, M
Dying for You by MaryJanice Davidson (11, Queen Betsy) H, R
Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (2, The Books of Mortals) SF, A, M (SF Dekker)
Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway (1, Alex Connor) F, H, M
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines (1, Magic Ex Libris) F, M, H
The Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin H, F, M, A
Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon (22, Dark-Hunters) F, R
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (2, The Broken Empire) F

Fast, Fun Reads for Not-So-Young Adults

The summer's nearly over, alas!  In a week, it's back to pencils and books (or computers and smartboards) for the younger generation.  If you've got kids in school you might hesitate to pick up a long novel right now, with the demands of the school year looming so close.  Or maybe you don't have kids, but end-of-summer burnout is making your reading pile look like the Tower of Babel.  Well, fear not!  The library (as always) has an answer for you: Young Adult books... for grown-ups!

Young Adult (or "YA") titles tend to be faster reads for adults, but that doesn't mean they're poorer ones.  These books will hook you early and hard, grabbing your attention from the get-go.  Think about it-- they have to grab a teen's attention away from school, sports, friends, social media, texting, gaming, movies, shopping... you get the idea.  And in the name of grabbing that audience, YA authors are often willing to be more innovative and edgy than their adult-market counterparts-- telling an entire story through chat windows, for example, or using Death himself as a narrator.

New Romance Fiction for August 2012

(Romance Key: E= Romantica/Erotica)

New Speculative Fiction for August 2012

New to our shelves:

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (13, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (1, Devil's Wake) H, SF, A, M (Horror Barnes)
Queen's Hunt by Beth Bernobich (2, River of Souls) F, M, R
Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (4, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
The Wanderers by Paula Brandon (3, The Veiled Isles) F, R
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (1, Ender: The First Formic War) SF (SF Card)
Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn (3, Kingdom of the Serpent) F
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (2, Expanse) SF

New Romance Fiction for July 2012

NB: In conjunction with my May romance blog, I've added a new subgenre label this month: "E" for Erotica/Romantica titles.

In paperback:

Turn It On by Vivian Arend (1, Turner Twins) C, M, E
How To Be A Proper Lady by Katherine Ashe (2, Falcon Club) H
His Dark Embrace by Amanda Ashley C, S
Just Say Yes by Phillipa Ashley C
When Darkness Hungers by J. K. Beck (5, Shadow Keepers) C, S, M
Mine to Hold by Shayla Black (6, Wicked Lovers) C, M, E
Willow Springs by Toni Blake (5, Destiny) C

New Speculative Fiction for July 2012

New to our shelves:

The Spirit War by Rachael Aaron (4, The Legend of Eli Monpress) F, M
Existence by David Brin SF, M
The Monster Hunters by Larry Correia (1-3, Monster Hunters) F, H
      (contains Monster Hunter International, Monster Hunter Vendetta, and Monster Hunter Alpha)
The Best Horror of the Year by Ellen Datlow, ed. (4, Best Horror of the Year) H (Horror Best 2012)
Hex Appeal by P. N. Elrod, ed. F, H, M, R (Fantasy Hex)
The Thing on the Shore by Tom Fletcher H, M
Live and Let Drood by Simon R. Green (6, Secret Histories) F, H

Real American Heroes

The male lead in a romance novel is traditionally called a "hero," whether he's done anything to deserve the title or not.  Granted, publicly 'fessing up to love is a pretty heroic act for any guy, but let's face it, some so-called romance "heroes" have never risked anything scarier than a well-waxed dance floor.  Sure, they look good on the cover, but... heroes?  Really?

There's no question about the guys I'm showcasing this month!  These men are more than good manners or a nice set of abs; they're heroes in every sense of the word.  In honor of the upcoming holiday, I've chosen men (and women!) who make a career of putting their lives on the line in the defense of our country. 

They serve in the armed forces, or as federal agents at home or abroad.  They're marshals, or rangers.  They're cops or sheriffs.  They're firefighters.  They protect, serve, and defend, placing the welfare of others before their own.  They're warriors, and they're darn good at what they do... especially when the battle is for the heart of the one they love.

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