Vermilion by Molly Tanzer
“I’m reading Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. It’s a weird western that incorporates Chinese folklore. The main character, Lu Merryweather, is a 19-year-old from San Francisco who is a psychopomp (kind of like an exorcist.) She’s on her way to 19th century Colorado Territory to find out what happened to some missing boys from Chinatown. On her way, she stops to investigate the fountain of youth. The author really takes you to there – I feel immersed every time I pick it up.” You can find copies of Vermilion on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
Patternmaster by Octavia Butler
“The Patternists are a powerful race of telepathic demigods forever embroiled in a war against the Clayarks – sphinx-like guerrilla fighters without a homeland – and struggling perpetually among themselves for control of the Patter – the mystical thoughtscape that defines their world. This, the first book of the Patternist series, lays the groundwork for a grand mythology that itself established Octavia Butler among the most important voices in twentieth century science fiction.” Copies of Patternmaster are available in audiobook form via special order.
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
“Lee crafts a heart-wrenching tale of three women, all American expatriates living in Hong Kong. Mercy, in her mid-twenties and without a job or direction; Hilary, struck between the two tidal forces of her husband’s midlife crisis and affair, and the stalled adoption of a child; and Margaret, mother of three who literally loses her youngest child on while on a short trip to Seoul. As a chronic list-maker, I’m creating a brand new personal reading list just to put this book at the top: Fiction – The Complex Inner Lives of Women. Lee puts into words what would otherwise be unmentionable. It’s beautiful and harrowing and foreign and familiar.
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Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
“How does a blind orphan thief find a vanished kingdom? With six fantastic eyes, a cat horse knight, a cough, a stick and a raven against a clockwork King and his Ape army, that’s how! What a romp!” You can find copies of Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.