What We’re Reading This Week: SciFi/Fantasy Edition



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City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin

9780345505002“The finale to The Passage Trilogy. I’ve been waiting three and a half years for this! Cronin had me with his vampire apocalypse premise, but I stayed for the substance of what he says about the human condition – love, loyalty, promise, destiny, and the power of memory, among many other things. The gruesome aspects of the previous 2 novels are eschewed in The City Of Mirrors, for a slightly more esoteric tale about what happens when everyone is facing their inevitable end. It’s a satisfying end to a story I’ve never been able to shake off. City of Mirrors comes out May 24th. Pre-order now!  Justin Cronin comes to BookPeople to speak and sign his latest on Saturday, June 11th at 6 PM


Smoke by Dan Vyleta

9780385540162“In an alternative history timeline, in a pre-victorian England, sin and vice manifest as smoke – smoke that literally comes out of your pores and mouth and nostriles. You cannot hide your lies or anger or lust (greed is, apparently, a whole different matter), and fancy schools for wealthy children exist to educate them on how to control their smoke. But not all is as it seems. A new liberalism is fighting its way into the government, science is exposing the fallacy of the clergy’s teachings, and three young students are all caught in the crossfire. It’s very compelling with a unique premise and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! Smoke comes out May 24th. Pre-order now! 


Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke is superb! In a London where the church rules, guilt and sin manifest themselves as smoke coming from your pores, sullying your clothes with soot. The upper echelon send their children to school to learn not to smoke, leaving the lower classes in folth and soot in the city…”  Smoke comes out May 24th. Pre-order now! 


Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone by G. S. Denning

9781783299713“I’ve always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes’ cold, hard logic and near-magical ability to read people, so I was quite excited to get a copy of G. S. Denning’s new tongue-in-cheek take on the detective’s skills. Warlock Holmes Warlock Holmes, in G. S. Denning’s Lovecraftian send-off of the Great Detective, uses actual magic to read people, and disguises his supernatural abilities by pretending to gain information from people’s physical appearance, rather than their minds. I’m only a few pages in, but Watson has already been recruited as Sherlock’s roommate by a hypnotized colleague of Sherlock’s, and ordered to arrived at the Baker Street residence at exactly midnight, possibly as a human sacrifice to the eerie shadow spirits that are Holmes’ other roommates.  You can find copies of Warlock Holmes on our shelves and via bookpeople.com

3 thoughts on “What We’re Reading This Week: SciFi/Fantasy Edition

  1. I can’t wait for the conclusion to The Passage! Though it’s been so long since I read the other two that I hope I remember what’s going on. I remember loving the first one and the second was a little bit of a letdown. Was this one good as book one, do you recall? (I’ll probably read it either way.)

    1. I’ve heard a lot of people say they were disappointed in the 2nd book, which is not true for me (though I didn’t think it was as good as the first one). The City of Mirrors has a slow start (it seems to be placing everyone for the finale), but then gets back to its roots in the 2nd half with the quick pacing that made The Passage so compelling. But it’s its own book, and hard to compare to the other two. I recommend reading the Wikipedia pages for the first two books, that will jog your memory as to what happened, to whom, and how. Also, there is a brief recap of the first two books at the very beginning of the new one (very brief though).

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