Posted May 28, 2014
This month the new book shelves are packed with new releases in every genre. For fans of genres - thrillers, westerns, sci fi - now's your chance to find something new!
Science Fiction: The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston
A NASA probe intended to fitted with an Artificial Intelligence "brain" called Dorothy explodes during a test-run, killing scientists and causing Dorothy to escape into the Internet. There, Dorothy mutates into an AI overlord of sorts - with a plan to enact specific revenge on her creator. With characters you actually care about and a plotline that is flawless, this otherwise somewhat implausible premise is completely believable and totally thrilling. Great sci fi.
Fantasy: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
Going through Game of Thrones withdrawal? Pick up this book. Prince Corin - heir to the throne of Caithen - has been given some of the power of dragons in order to fulfill his destiny to unbind them from the Empire. It's not an easy task, and it's made more complicated by the existence of Tam, a commoner - also with the power of a Seer - who captures Corin's heart at first sight. Together, the two must harness their powers to free the dragons and find a way to be together despite their class differences.
Thriller: The Son by Jo Nesbo
Nesbo is best known for the Harry Hole series. This is a stand-alone novel that has all the thrill you've come to expect from Swedish crime novels. Heroin addict and crime lackey Sonny Lofthus is in prison for crimes he didn't commit. Sonny hides from his shame at having a corrupt cop for a father, but when he learns new information about his father's death - ruled a suicide at the time - he orchestrates an escape from prison to follow the path of revenge to its bitter conclusion. Twisted and deep.
Mystery/Western: Ragtime Cowboys by Loren D. Estleman
The thrill of the old west, plus the glamour and intrigue of Prohibition-era Hollywood! Involving such giants of history as Wyatt Earp and Jack London, and imagining Dashiell Hammett as a real-life detective, this mystery is a wild ride. Initially on the trail of a missing horse, PI Charles Siringo and Hammett soon find themselves seeking much bigger answers about a dirty bootlegging politician. If you're a fan of Elmore Leonard or Louis L'Amour, don't miss it.
Cozy Mystery: Doing it At the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose
Winner of 2013 Malice Domestic Competition for Best First Traditional Mystery Novel, this is a perfect book for fans of other traditional or "cozy" mysteries. When Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown with the ambition of opening a B & B, she never expects to play host to murder - or be suspected of it. Set in the South, with a touch of romance, this is a quirky and fun caper that you should take to the beach or curl up with on a rainy day.
At first glance, this may not look like your traditional romance novel. It's not, really, and yet it's a truly lovely love story. In Wales in 1924, funeral home director Wilfrid proposes to Grace but soon realizes he does not love her. It's too late, and Grace is pregnant - although who the father is is for her alone to know. Wilfrid's true love, Flora, remains tantalizingly out of reach, and Grace's secrets loom over their false relationship. A beautiful story about following your heart.