Summer is upon us, which means there’s no TV on, which means it’s finally time to dig into those books you’ve been saving for your weekends, vacation, and whatever other spare moments you have. Unfortunately, there’s also a ton of tremendous new fiction and non-fiction books coming out this summer, meaning your pile is about to get much, much bigger. So start following this article feed to keep yourself updated with the latest and best reads as we post 4 new book reviews, and previews, every day!
Underground airlines by Ben winters
Set in the present day, the world is full of familiar trappings, save for one thing: the American Civil War never happened. Slavery still exists in “the Hard Four,” and a gifted African-American bounty hunter working for the US Marshall Service is sent after a runaway named Jackdaw, only to discover that something isn’t right.
As he pursues Jackdaw through underground movements and the American midwest, he comes to discover deeply-held secrets that go to the core of the relationship between the Hard Four and the rest of the United States, secrets that the government will do anything to protect. This looks to be a riveting alternate history thriller.
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
In 1917, farmer Ellsworth Fiddler is swindled out of his family’s fortune, which puts him on a surprising path with another farmer named Pearl Jewett. Described as a deeply gothic novel, the book details the violent collision between Fiddler and Jewett. The book has already attracted considerable acclaim: Kirkus Reviews called the book a “darkly comic gorefest by a gifted writer.”
Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson
In this urban fantasy thriller from Melissa F. Olson, Alex McKenna is a special agent assigned to the Bureau of Paranormal Investigations. The BPI is tasked with investigating vampires (shades) in Chicago, and she’s sent along on a case involving missing children. As BPI agents begin winding up dead, McKenna has to get to the bottom of the disappearances with the help of some unlikely allies. Olson is known for her urban fantasy Scarlett Bernard and Boundary Magic series, and this novella promises some “visceral action” with a new take on the vampire mythos.
The Big Book of Science Fiction by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
Science fiction anthologies are a dime a dozen, but there’s that one that comes across every now and again that is truly essential. This is the case for Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s Big Book of Science Fiction, an anthology that goes back to the genre’s roots in pulp fiction, all the way up to the end of the 20th Century, picking the best stories from around the world (including a number never before translated into English).
Check out tomorrow’s list for another 3 picks!
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