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Busted Synapses

A superb example of dystopian, cyberpunk f lash fiction that echoes William Gibson’s Neuromancer, this volume may be slim but it packs a punch. Satifka (A Punk Rock Future) magnificently weaves an in-depth world that is entirely believable (and possible) and that is a fast, but great, read. Readers of dystopian sf will especially love this irreverent take on the darker side of the virtual world and the move toward transhumanism.

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Shipwrecked: Coastal Disasters and the Making of the American Beach

This accessible, thoughtful work is ideally suited for academic libraries, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses, and general readers of maritime history.
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Escape from Extinction

Overall, readers seeking the exchange of ideas at the center of their sf will find this an intriguing if uneven entry.
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The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and da Vinci’s Italy

Morelli’s wonderfully intertwined, quiet tale set during unquiet times reveals truths about the human character and the will to survive. The well-balanced historical fiction on the plight of stolen artwork during World War II moves smoothly between the centuries, focusing on individuals and their own motivations, fears, and ambitions. The theme of survival appears often in the narrative, connected to both people and objects alike and creating another layer for readers to enjoy.
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Flights of Marigold

A definite twist to the fantasy genre is that while the logical consistency of the magic is there, the book (and series) is meant to focus on addiction and its many incarnations. It is an unusual subject choice for fantasy but one that is interesting, enjoyable, and relatable.
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The Key to All Things

While the story takes place in a fantasy setting, the focus is squarely on the romance between Avriel and Edward, with an enticing “will they, won’t they, are they?” element that enhances the intriguing mystery of what is actually real in this world. The additional twists and turns Speer (The Chocolatier’s Ghost) adds to the plot are numerous and will keep the reader constantly guessing, but everything is brought to a polished conclusion at the end. A solid, enjoyable pleasure read blending romance and mystery with a dash of the fantastical, that will entice readers across multiple genres.
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The City of Tears

Fans of Mosse will delight in the next saga in this series, while aficionados of historical fiction will enjoy this book that can be read as a stand-alone. [See Prepub Alert, 11/11/19.]
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The Wright Sister

Readers who adore the epistolary format or love character-driven stories with little action will want to put this on their to-read list.
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Spy, Spy Again

Longtime Lackey readers will feel a sense of familiarity as this book returns to the world of Valdamar, the setting of the author’s many other series. In addition to showcasing Lackey’s strengths in worldbuilding, this work also highlights her skills in creating realistic characters, the primary drivers of her stories and a delight to read. For fans of Lackey, this new jaunt through Valdemar is not to be missed.
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