Good reads released its list of most anticipated sci-fi and fantasy books in March. The list is compiled by members of Goodreads and it’s always interesting to see what comes out. I’m not going to lie, I want to read The Kaiju Preservation Society. It looks like a fun book. What do you want to read next month?
When COVID-19 sweeps through New York, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last minute grunt to handle things on their next visit to the field. Jamie, eager to do anything, signs immediately.
What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for aren’t here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm, human-free world. They are the biggest and most dangerous pandas in the universe and they are in trouble.
It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society that has found its way to the alternate world. Others have done it too – and their negligence could lead to the death of millions of people on our Earth.
What if you once removed a painful memory? What if we offered you the chance to get it back?
Tell Me an Ending follows four characters struggling with the question of what to remember and what they hoped to forget forever.
Finn, an Irish architect living in the Arizona desert, begins to suspect his lovely wife of having an affair.
Mei, a struggling school dropout in Kuala Lumpur, wonders why she remembers a city she’s never been to.
William, a former police inspector in England, struggles with PTSD, the breakdown of his marriage, and his own secret family history.
Oscar, a handsome young man with almost no memories, travels the world in a constant state of fear.
In these characters lives Noor, an emotionally closed psychologist at the memory suppression clinic in London, who begins to suspect her glamorous boss Louise of serious wrongdoing.
Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with any shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.
Olivia Prior grew up at Merilance School for Girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s diary, which seems to turn into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to return to Gallant. However, when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia isn’t about to leave the first place she calls home, no matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the halls.
Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets and she is determined to find them. When she walks through a crumbling wall at the right time, Olivia finds herself in a place that’s Gallant, but not. The mansion is collapsing, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over everything. Olivia now sees what has upset generations of her family and where her father may come from.
Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as prior, protecting our world from the master of the house? Or will she take her place next to him?
The Society of Alexandria is a secret society of magical scholars, the best in the world. Their members are the guardians of the lost knowledge of the greatest civilizations of antiquity. And those who earn a place among them will secure a life of wealth, power and prestige beyond their wildest dreams. Each decade, the six most talented magicians in the world are selected for initiation – and here are the chosen few…
– Libby Rhodes and Nicolás Ferrer de Varona: inseparable enemies, cosmologists capable of controlling matter with their minds.
– Reina Mori: a naturalist who can speak the language of life itself.
– Parisa Kamali: a mental reader whose power of seduction is unparalleled.
– Tristan Caine: the son of a crime boss who can see the secrets of the universe.
– Callum Nova: an incredibly rich handsome boy who could bring about the end of the world. He just has to ask.
When candidates are recruited by the mysterious Atlas Blakely, they are told they must spend a year together to qualify for initiation. During this time, they will be granted access to the Society’s archives and judged on their contributions to mysterious areas of knowledge. Five, they are told, will be initiated. One will be eliminated. If they can prove they are the best, they will survive. Most of them.
What is a card used for?
Nell Young’s whole life and greatest passion is cartography. Her father, Dr. Daniel Young, is a legend in the field and Nell’s personal hero. But she hasn’t seen or spoken to him since he cruelly fired her and destroyed her reputation after an argument over a cheap old highway map from a gas station.
But when Dr. Young is found dead in his office at the New York Public Library, with the same seemingly worthless card hidden in his desk, Nell can’t help but investigate. To her surprise, she soon discovers that the card is incredibly valuable and extremely rare. In fact, she may now have the only copy in existence…because a mysterious collector has hunted down and destroyed every last one, and anyone who gets in her way.
To answer this question, Nell embarks on a dangerous journey to reveal a dark family secret and discover the true power that lies within the cards…
Perfect for fans of Joe Hill and VE Schwab, The Cartographers is an ode to art and science, history and magic – a spectacularly imaginative and modern story about an ancient craft and places yet unknown.
Charm is a witch, and she is alone. The last of a line of conquered necromantic workers, now confined to the yard of repelled bone trees at Orchard House, and the secrets of their marrow.
Charm is a prisoner and a survivor. Charm tends to the trees and their snapping fruits for the sake of her children, carefully nurtured and repelled with her fruits: Shame, Justice, Desire, Pride and Pain.
Charm is a whore, and a lady. The rich and powerful of Borenguard come to her house to save time with the girls who aren’t real.
Except on Tuesdays, when the Emperor himself claims his mistress, Charm herself.
But now – Charm is also the only person who can keep an empire together, as the Emperor summons her to her deathbed and tasks her with choosing which of his horrific faithless sons will continue the empire – finding out which one is responsible for her own murder.
If she does this last thing, she will finally have what has been denied her since the fall of Inshil: her freedom. But if she does, she will also betray the past and present ghosts that live in her heart.
Charm must choose. The will of his dead emperor or the whispers of his own ghosts. Justice for the empire or his own revenge.
Ten years ago, Zelda led a band of merry adventurers whose talents allowed them to travel to alternate realities and fight the dark rot that threatened to unravel every world. Zelda was the warrior; Ish could locate people anywhere; Ramon always knew which way to go; Sarah could avert the disaster. Keeping them all connected: Sal, Zelda’s lover and the heart of the group.
Until their last failed mission, when Sal was lost. When they all collapsed.
Ten years later, Ish, Ramon and Sarah are happy and successful. Zelda is alone, still on the road, destroying rot across the United States.
When she boils through the crack in the Liberty Bell, the rot gives Zelda proof that Sal is alive, trapped somewhere in the alts.
Zelda reforms the group, plus Sal’s younger cousin, June, who has a talent none of them have ever seen before.
As relationships rekindle, the friends begin to believe they can find Sal and heal all the worlds. It won’t be easy, but they’ve faced worse before.
But things have changed out there in the alts. And in everyone’s heart.
After winning the Hugo and Nebula awards, Max Gladstone weaves elements of the American myth – the muscle car, the open road, the cowboy in the white hat – into a deeply moving tale where his characters must find their own truths if they want to survive.
For the first time, all of the fictional shorts from James SA Corey’s hit New York Times Expanse series are available in this collection*, including an all-new short story. Now a great TV series.
Anderson Station Butcher (2011)
The churn (2014)
Risk Gods (2012)
The Vital Abyss (2015)
Strange Dogs (2017)
Memory Legion (2022)
*does not include Cassandra’s Last Flight
The first rule is the most important: “Always run, never fight.”
Over 100 generations, Mia’s family has shaped Earth’s history to push humanity to the stars, making brutal and heartbreaking choices along the way.
And now Mia finds herself poised to help launch the first people into space. She can’t take them to the stars, not quite yet. But with her opponent almost upon her, and with the future of the planet at stake, it becomes clearer that obeying the First Rule is no longer an option.
For the first time since the first generation of her bloodline, Mia will have to choose to hold her own, knowing that the overwhelming odds mean she is risking not only her bloodline, but the future of the human race.
A dark and satirical thriller, seen through the eyes of the women who sacrifice everything to make progress possible and the men who are determined to stop them…
Always run, never fight.
Survive at all costs.
Take them to the stars.
From the despair of golden crowns…
Casteel Da’Neer knows very well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could have prepared for these stunning revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.
And born of mortal flesh…
Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her king and destroying all that the Blood Crown represents. With the strength of the Primal of Life guards behind her and the support of the wolves, Poppy must convince the Atlantean generals to wage war her way, as there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.
A great primal power is rising…
Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to protect those who are dear to them, to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But the war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has started, Poppy may have to become what she was prophesied about, what she fears most.
As a harbinger of death and destruction.