Fantasy and Science Fiction
The Red-Stained Wings by Elizabeth BearWhat it's about: War has come to the Lotus Kingdoms, sending four individuals on separate quests.
Contains: automatons, radioactive dragons, chain-smoking volcano goddesses, tiger-sorcerers who feed on war, and more.
Series alert: Set in the world of the author's Eternal Sky trilogy, The Red-Stained Wings is book 2 in the Lotus Kingdoms series, after The Stone in the Skull.
Fall; Or, Dodge in Hell by Neal StephensonWhat it is: the sprawling not-quite-a-sequel to Reamde, containing links and callbacks to several of author Neal Stephenson's other books.
In Meatspace: Following tech billionaire Richard "Dodge" Fortrast's death, his heirs digitally preserve his brain and upload it to a virtual world.
In Bitworld: Now effectively immortal, Dodge (now "Egdod") becomes the god of a digital afterlife, which he shapes according to his whims.
Lent by Jo WaltonStarring: Dominican friar Girolamo Savanarola, whose ability to see and cast out demons raises him to a position of power and influence in 15th-century Florence. Again and again and again.
Is it for you? Think Wolf Hall meets Russian Doll meets The Good Place, set in Renaissance Italy.
Want a taste? "And so often, Girolamo wants lines as straight and clean as a birch sapling, where human motives turn out to be as tangled as a bramble thicket."
Focus on: Indigenous Apocalyptic Fiction
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie DimalineIn a world...ravaged by climate change, Métis teen Frenchie and his fellow survivors flee the Recruiters, who harvest the bone marrow of Indigenous people and sell it to white people to restore their ability to dream.
Read it for: sympathetic characters, vivid world-building, and a moving story about the resilience of a community in the face of oppression.
Award buzz: The Marrow Thieves has won several awards, including the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise ErdrichWhat it's about: When Cedar Hawk Songmaker discovers she's pregnant, she seeks out her Ojibwe birth mother to learn more about her (and her unborn child's) family history.
But wait, there's more: Evolution is reversing itself, prompting the U.S. government to incarcerate pregnant women until they give birth.
For fans of: the reproductive dystopias of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale or Meg Elison's Road to Nowhere series.
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca RoanhorseIntroducing: Maggie "the Monster Hunter" Hoskie, a Diné (Navajo) woman trained to kill the supernatural creatures unleashed by the catastrophic "Big Water" that drowned most of Earth.
Book buzz: This opening installment of the Sixth World series (which continues with Storm of Locusts) was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Want a taste? "But I'm no hero. I'm more of a last resort, a scorched-earth policy. I'm the person you hire when the heroes have already come home in body bags."
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