Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

Staff Pick

In the start of one of the most beautiful stories I've encountered, Palmer uses the tools of science fiction, fantasy, and philosophy to weave an epic saga of a world hovering between utopia and dystopia--a fully wrought realm that's fascinating in nearly every respect. The work interrogates the ways in which we relentlessly seek beauty and love and asks the questions about humanity's future that I also frequently think about. Overall, this book poses one of modern literature's best responses to the epics of classic literature, revealing a genius author playing dozens of writerly instruments at once and striking heavenly harmonies.


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ISBN: 9780765378019
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Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2017

Exadelic by Jon Evans

Staff Pick

Evans uses up-to-date and accurate computer science to interrogate the very foundations of our existence through sublime science-fiction, and the result is mind-exploding, world-reworking, and reality-bending. The author's ambition delights and astounds as he weaves a plot of greater than epic proportions that reaches escape velocity, launching its conceptions beyond the realm of normalcy into stranger multiverses of scale. Every ten pages, you realize you are reading a completely different book than the one you picked up; this is highly recommended for anyone who loves science fiction or a good thriller--or for computer science nerds looking to get back into reading!

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ISBN: 9781250877734
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Published: Tor Books - September 5th, 2023

Shield Maiden by Sharon Emmerichs

Staff Pick

A feminist expansion of the epic poem Beowulf, yes, please! Fryda's dream is to become a fighter like her legendary Grendel-slaying uncle. When a childhood accident makes that impossible, she embarks on a journey to reclaim her power, protect her chance at love, and fight for her people. But as her battle magic grows, a new threat to the kingdom tests her strength. Emmerichs fills the mead halls not only with richly drawn characters, political intrigue, romance, and betrayal, but shield maidens and dragons. This is historical fiction done right, and it's a true stunner! If you love the works of Madeline Miller and Nicola Griffith you need to check out this new voice. 


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ISBN: 9780316566919
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Published: Redhook - October 3rd, 2023