Welcome, chums, to another round of “Lacks Restraint Terribly,” er… I mean, my recent loot from the good ol’ library. My genre cravings have been all over the bleeding place lately, but mysteries definitely seem to be hitting my enjoyment spot. I’ve also been finding lots of delight in science-fiction, particularly where artificial intelligence narratives are concerned. As such, that is what my loot mostly consists of. I also have a little bit o’ fantasy mixed in for good measure.
Check ‘em out down below. If anything sounds interesting to you, or if you’d like to add something to your TBRs, just click the genre for the relative book. It should take you to the GR page for that specific title. The list isn’t in any particular order either.
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
Waking Gods is the second instalment in Neuvel’s science-fiction series, Themis Files. I read the first one, fucking loved every bit of it (a review shall be posted later this week or next week), and decided to grab the second one. I have super high expectations for this sequel. The story is about the mystery and intrigue and controversy surrounding a giant, metal hand that was discovered by a child when she accidentally stumbles into a hole with its phalanges sticking out.
A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna
A Spark of White Fire is an #OwnVoices Indian, science-fiction, space opera that is a re-imagining of the Indian, Hindu epic, The Mahabharata, and other Indian folktales. That was all I really needed to know to be interested in reading this. The book was also recommended to me by Sir Betrothed, so I figured I’d get it sooner rather than later.
Dreams & Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Dreams and Shadows is an urban fantasy book by an author whom I have discovered recently thanks to a book called Sea of Rust (bloody brilliant read, by the way). After loving Sea of Rust, I sought out his other works. The novel is a first in a duology and is about two boys who have experienced a realm of dreams and shadows, one that lingers just a breath away from normalcy and is filled with the magic and wonder of both dreams and nightmares, and their experiences shall follow them and affect them far into adulthood.
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
The Way of Shadows is a fantasy novel, and the first in a series called Night Angel, which I came across randomly at the library while browsing the shelves. The premise sounded slightly clichéd but also interesting enough for me swipe it. It follows a dude named Azoth who grew up in the slums, learning how to read people and take risks, such as apprenticing for the city’s most-accomplished assassin; an assassin that teaches him dark magics and deadly politics.
Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
Death of a Red Heroine is an #OwnVoices Chinese, crime mystery novel that is also the first book in the Inspector Chen Cao book. I found another book from the series while browsing the mystery section, looked it up to discover that it was part of the series mentioned. So, I placed a hold on the first book. I love mysteries and I haven’t had the pleasure of reading many Chinese mysteries at all. My excitement for this is quite elevated. The book introduces Inspector Chen of the Shanghai Police as he tries to solve the murder of a young national model worker, who is renown for her adherence to the principles of the Communist party. The deeper he dives into her life and past, the closer he gets to fucking-up his career and ending his life.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a British, mystery novel that is also the very first book in the renowned Hercule Poirot series. I’ve been wanting to read Christie’s books for years. Since I’ve been in a mystery mood, searching for Christie became a no-brainer as she’s considered to be a classical genius for the medium. Book one introduces the Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, as he tries to solve the locked-room murder of a wealthy woman named Emily Inglethorpe.
That does it for this round of Library Loot. The first one I plan on tackling from the list is definitely going to have to be Waking Gods, followed by one of the mysteries. I have a feeling that I will end up starting and finishing Waking Gods within a day or two, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed by it. The first book set the bar damn high.
Do any of these books appeal to y’all? Please, come chat with me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you. Wishing you a great week ahead.