May 07, 2012

Playing Solitaire and Hunger Games amidst a Mirage of Infernal Shards

People are always curious about what we on the staff are reading.  As of today, here's what's next to our beds and in our bags.

Claud Reich, Clerk --

The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West by Tom Holland
Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time by Jessa Gamble
The Mirage by Matt Ruff

Jude Feldman, General Manager --

"Jude just finished re-reading the incredibly entertaining THE CROWN JEWELS and HOUSE OF SHARDS by Walter John Williams.  Unfortunately they're out of print, but very worth tracking down if you like lovable rogues, or appreciated THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA."

Na'amen Tilahun, Clerk --

"I'm in the midst of four books right now, because I'm a jumper

- Matt Ruff - Mirage
Alternate world. Set in the United Arab States. This world's version
of Wikipedia is my favorite thing about the book so far.

- Jack Campbell - The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
Military-SF. A tired man trying to live up to a legend he wants
nothing to do with - less about stunning battle wins and glory, more
about survival and doing what's necessary.

- Chris Colfer - The Land of Stories
Middle-Grade Fantasy. Interesting elements of fairytale revision, with
Snow White confronting her "evil" stepmother regarding her motives,
if not completely original in its protagonists or set-up.

- Kelley Eskridge - Solitaire
Social SF. The tech is less important than the people involved. A look
at truth, expectations and psychological trauma."

Alan Beatts, Owner --

"Finally getting to THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins (booksellers are almost always behind the times or ahead of them).  I like it and it looks like the film did a good and faithful job of adapting the book.  But, like any book-to-movie situation, the book is richer in almost every respect.

Also, I just finished NOCTURNAL by Scott Sigler and I thought it was outstanding.  His best work yet.  I'm a sucker for San Francisco as a location and monsters as a topic, but beyond that, the plot is pretty complex and it took me quite awhile to figure out what was going on -- which I _love_."

Heather Cornish, Mail Order Manager --

Just finishing up A CLASH OF KINGS and about to start A STORM OF SWORDS, both by George R.R. Martin.

Cary Heater, Clerk --

Rereading THE NIGHT WATCH by Terry Pratchett as well as working on San Francisco Noir edited by Peter Maravelis.

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