Monthly Bookshelf

April Bookshelf

WOW! We survived the treacherous Ides of March and are one month closer to sweet, sweet summertime. Welcome to the glorious month of April – here are the books we can’t stop thinking about!

Emory:

  1. Once & Future by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta – This book has been popping up all over my feed this past month. A galactic fantasy retelling of the Arthurian legends chock-full of LGBTQ+ characters ~ literally all I need right now!
  2. Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – The second installment in Roanhorse’s acclaimed Sixth World series – a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy that explores themes of climate change and environmental collapse through the lens of Navajo history and religion. Roanhorse will be a keynote speaker at Sirens this year, and I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book!
  3. Jade City by Fonda Lee – In a writing workshop at Sirens, we did some close-reading of a fight scene from Fonda Lee’s kick-ass novel ~ I’ve never read anything so visceral and masterfully written! In this fantasy, warriors utilize jade to heighten and focus their magic, giving them a fighting edge against their rivals. Reading this now so I can get ready for the second book in the series, Jade War, coming out this summer!
  4. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – The first installment in the Brooklyn Bruja series! I first learned about Cordova’s amazing work while at Sirens (do you see a theme here??). A bisexual bruja from Brooklyn accidentally banishes her family to another realm ~ can’t wait to devour this book and it’s sequel – Bruja Born – which came out this past summer!
  5. How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemison – I’ve been wanting to delve into NK Jemison’s work for quite some time now, but haven’t yet found the time for all 468 pages of The Fifth Season (which I hear from so many people is SO GOOD!!!). So excited to start with this amazing collection of spec fic short stories!

Sara:

  1. Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – The Young Adult debut novel for Joan He, Descendant of the Crane details the life of Princess Hesina of Yen, who, more than anything, just wants a normal life. This becomes impossible for her to attain once her father is found dead and Hesina must take on the role of Queen. Comes out April 9th, and I can’t wait!
  2. The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson – Author of Alif the Unseen and a writer for the Ms. Marvel comics, G. Willow Wilson presents a new novel chock-full of interesting characters, including one who can create maps of places he’s never been before, and who can even bend the shape of reality (and he’s not even the main character!). I already went out and bought a copy because the description just sounded so cool!
  3. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark – Taking place in an alternate version of Cairo, this book follows Senior Agent Hamed al-Nasr and his new partner, Agent Onsi, as they are called on to inspect a dangerous, possessed tram car. That’s right – a possessed tram car. And apparently the demon possessing it has an interesting origin story.
  4. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen – I heard about this book during one of my classes for grad school, and I knew immediately it was a book I had to read. Set in the 1990s, Kin Stewart appears to be your standard suburban dad, but that appearance quickly falls away when readers learn he’s really a time traveling secret agent from the year 2142 that got stranded. Too bad his rescue team shows up eighteen years late. Time travel + secret agents = a must read.
  5. Broken Stars translated by Ken Liu – This is a collection of translated contemporary Chinese Science Fiction, with stories that range from your classic science fiction, science fantasy, cyberpunk, and space operas, while also including stories with ties to Chinese culture, like alternate Chinese history and chuanyue time travel. I’m excited to break into a new genre of sci fi with this collection!

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