Happy Wednesday, y’all! Many of you who follow me on Twitter or via other socials may have already heard about my library shenanigans, but I’m going to briefly go over it here today.
A few weeks ago, in an effort to fight my low days—common with people who have Bipolar Disorder—as well as to find a means of coping with my unhealthy habit of stress book shopping, I went into my local library and obtained a library card. I was so caught up in my excitement of being able to check out books—all sorts and genres and mediums and formats—that I went on a library hopping adventure and ended up checking out approximately 28 books. The maximum checkout is 30 books. Oops.
All the books I acquired were non-fiction books focusing on Japan, Japanese history & culture, and Japan’s role during the Second World War. I didn’t do a haul for those because, quite frankly, I just didn’t think of it at the time. Silly, silly me. However, this past weekend Sir Betrothed and I returned to this bookish candy shop so that I may return my completed titles. Since I had new slots open for checking more shit out, I checked more shit out.
All of the books that I got (and ended up having Sir Betrothed check stuff out for me because I did max out my checkouts, oops again) are adult science-fiction and fantasy books! This time I decided to do a haul because… why the bloody hell not?
So… please check out my haul down below and lemme know if you have read any of these titles, or if they sound interesting to you! They are in alphabetical order.
** Note: For anyone who may be interested, I do plan on writing a post that focuses on ways that I cope with my depression and other mental health conditions. One of my goals in the very near future is to begin sharing information on my mental health and how I manage day-to-day in an effort to help others out there like me. I shall go into how the library gig has been helping out, and the downfalls of it, when I do those posts. If there’s something specific you’d like to know about, please let me know in the comments below! **
A Kill in the Morning by Graeme Shimmin
A science-fiction, alternate history thriller that takes place in a messed-up version of 1955. It is fourteen years since Churchill died and the Second World War ended. In occupied Europe, Britain fights a cold war against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany. In Berlin, the Gestapo is on the trail of a beautiful young resistance fighter, and the head of the SS is plotting to dispose of an ailing Adolf Hitler and restart the war against Britain and her empire. Meanwhile, in a secret bunker hidden deep beneath the German countryside, scientists are experimenting with a force far beyond their understanding. Into this arena steps a nameless British assassin, on the run from a sinister cabal within his own government and planning a private war against the Nazis. And now the fate of the world rests on a single kill in the morning.
Binti: The Night Masquerade (Binti #3) by Nnedi Okorafor
This Nigerian, science-fiction novella is the conclusion in the trilogy to Ms Okorafor’s Hugo & Nebula Awards winning, Binti. It follows a young girl who left her home to find herself and acquire knowledge, but through various encounters, she has now returned home, and must face a threat head-on to save her people and their future. ** Trying to be as vague as possible so as not to give any spoilers for the first two books in the series. **
Bloodstar (Star Corpsman #1) by Ian Douglas
The military science-fiction book takes place in the 23rd century. Navy Corpsman Elliot Carlyle joined the military to help save lives and see the universe. But now, he and Bravo Company’s Black Wizards of the interstellar Fleet Marine Force are in route to Bloodworld, which is a volatile, hell of a rock that was colonised by the fanatical Salvationists, who wanted an inhospitable world to suffer humanity’s sins. Their desire for penance could prove fatal, as the Qesh—a strange alien race that’s been detected by unseen for six decades—have finally made their first contact and it’s a violent one. Unexpectedly, countless lives now depend on Bravo Company, possible even the fate of Earth itself.
Dark Lord (Falconfar Saga #1) by Ed Greenwood
An original fantasy series written by the brilliant creator of Forgotten Realms, comes a story about a writer named Rod Everlar, who mysteriously finds himself drawn into a world of his own devising. This leads to a shocking realisation: he has lost control of his creation to a brooding sect of malevolence. To save himself and his creation, he must obtain control of Falconfar and stop the spread of corruption before it’s too late.
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadwi
From the rubble-strewn streets of U.S.-occupied Baghdad, Hadi—a scavenger and an oddball fixture at a local café—collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal is for the government to recognise the parts as people and to give them the proper burial they deserve. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders begins to sweep the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who cannot be killed, not for a lack of trying. Hadi soon realises he’s created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive—first from the guilty, and then from anyone in its path.
Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep #1) by Mira Grant
This science-fiction, fantasy, horror novel revolves around the Mariana Trench. Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Trench to film a “mockumentary” that would bring the ancient sea creatures of legend to life. The crew was lost at sea with all hands. Many people have referred to it as a maritime tragedy, whiles others believe it’s a hoax. Now a new crew has been assembled, but this time their aim is not for entertainment, but for validation as well as adventure. But for one crew member, Victoria Stewart,it is a mission to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.
Invisible Planets: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese SF in Translation edited & translated by Ken Liu
The thirteen stories in this collection add up to a thoughtful and diverse representation of Chinese science-fiction. Rounding out the collection, are several essays from Chinese scholars and authors, plus an illuminating introduction by Ken Liu himself.
Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter
The science-fiction novel takes place in the near future in Los Angeles, where a man falls in love with a lovely android. But then she’s kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market. Determined to save her, he must hunt down all of her parts and put her back together, only then can he find the bastard who did this to his beloved and get his revenge.
Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett
This science-fiction novel is a unique take on superheroes. Taking place in 2107 A.D., Earth and the cislunar colonies have banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the reaches of an asteroid belt, anything goes. There are dozens of flourishing space habitats that are spawning exotic new societies and strange new humanoid varieties. It’s an unstable situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system. Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she’s joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas.
The Piaras Legacy by Scott Gamboe
This is a stand-alone epic fantasy narrative. Long ago, so the legends say, the Necromancer Volnor invaded the continent of Pelacia. His legions of undead soldiers ravaged the land unchecked, until the three nations united and pushed their evil foes back into the Desert of Malator. But that was centuries ago, and few people still believe the tale. Other, more worldly matters occupy their time, such as recent attacks by renegade Kobolds. But Elac, an elf who makes his way as a merchant, is too concerned with his business affairs to become involved in international politics—until a marauding band of Kobolds attack Elac’s caravan and he finds himself running for his life. Befriended by an Elfin warrior named Rilen, he travels to Unity, the seat of power on the Pelacian continent. There he is joined by a diverse group of companions, and he sets out on an epic quest to solve the riddle of his heritage and save the land from the growing evil that threatens to engulf it.
Rashomon: A Commissioner Heigo Kobayashi Case written & illustrated by Víctor Santos
This historical fiction graphic novel, inspired by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa’s Rashōmon, follows a heroic commissioner Heigo Kobayashi who investigates the body of a skilled samurai that is found along the road to Yamashima in feudal Japan. The task proves quite frustrating and difficult when he finds dead-end clues and useless witnesses. ** I know this isn’t SFF, but I decided to include it because it sounds so fucking awesome. **
Alrighty, those are all the science-fiction and fantasy novels that I have come across during my library hunt last week. I honestly have no idea where I’m going to start because every single one of these sound amazing in their own way. Knowing me, however, I will more than likely end up starting with Rashomon as I am obsessed with Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.