Happy Tuesday! I know there are a lot of happy people out there today because The Raven King, the fourth and final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, is now available! Congratulations and happy reading if you’re one of those people. On this week’s episode of the All the Books! Rebecca and I talked about some great new releases, such as Sleeping Giants, Real Artists Have Day Jobs, and Panther. I have a few more great titles for you below, and as always, you can find a big list in the All the Books! show notes. And stay tuned next week for another “First Tuesday” mega-list! Now, are you ready? LET’S DO THIS.
This week’s newsletter is sponsored by Liquid Cool by Austin Dragon.
The debut, action-packed (and funny) cyberpunk detective novel! It’s cyberpunk reimagined—sci-fi meets the detective thriller in an ever-raining Metropolis with dark skies, colossal skyscrapers, and hover-cars above, with grimy, flashy streets below. Uber-governments and mega-corporations fight for control of the fifty-million-plus super-city, but so does crime. So watch out for tech-tricksters, analog hustlers, and digital gangsters—psychos, samurais, and cyborgs aplenty. Welcome to the high-tech, low-life world of the Liquid Cool series.
5-STAR REVIEWS: “Lots of shooting, lots of crazy maniacs, lots of action and fun!” “Cool and Smooth.”
Emperor of the Eight Islands: Book 1 in the Tale of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn
Hearn, the author of the awesome Tales of the Otori series, is back with a new fantastic series set in medieval Japan. At the beginning of the tale is a young future lord, sent into hiding with a mountain wizard by his scheming uncle who wants the boy’s land for himself. What follows is magical adventures on battlefields, and in forests and castles, involving both man and beasts. This story is a rich tapestry of magic, superstition, and ancient history, all wonderfully realized. And all four books in the series will be available over the next few months, so we won’t have to wait long to find out how it ends!
Backlist bump: Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori, Book 1) by Lian Hearn.
The People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories by Joan Aiken
Joan Aiken stories handpicked by Small Beer Press and Aiken’s daughter and with an introduction by Kelly Link?!! I couldn’t read this fast enough! Aiken, probably best known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote over 100 books, including 28 story collections. HOLY CATS. These selected stories are wildly inventive, fantastical, and funny, and certainly for fans of Link. I am so delighted this exists.
Backlist bump: The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken
The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures
The title alone sold me on this book, but the insides are pretty great, too! Bures investigates “culture-bound” syndromes, which are cultural myths and superstitions leading people to believe things that other cultures might consider strange. This is a weird, fascinating look at some of those syndromes around the world.
Backlist bump: The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist’s Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic
by Wade Davis by Jim C. Hines
YAY, BOOKS! That’s it for me. If you want to learn more about books (and see lots of pictures of my cats), or tell me about books you’re reading, you can find me on Twitter at MissLiberty, on Instagram at FranzenComesAlive, or Litsy under ‘Liberty’! (OMG I am OBSESSED with Litsy.)