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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
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Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, the Reading List Council, consisting of librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects an annual list of outstanding genre fiction. This list is made up of one title in each of eight different categories: adrenaline (encompassing thrillers, suspense, and action/adventure); fantasy; historical fiction; horror; mystery; romance; science fiction; and women’s fiction. All titles were published in 2016.
Orphan X. By Gregg Hurwitz. Minotaur, $25.99 (9781250067845).
Evan Smoak was trained from childhood to be a lethal, efficient assassin and provided with the skills and equipment to survive a variety of difficult missions. He was the best at what he did until he used his skills to escape from the program. Now someone from his past has tracked him down, and Evan must figure out who is after him and what they want before it’s too late.
Stiletto. By Daniel O’Malley. Little, Brown, $26 (9780316228046).
Magical agents prop up the English government, while their bioengineered foes prosper in Europe’s Low Countries. A fragile truce may revert to war unless two unlikely young women can put aside their initial enmity and find the source of a series of bizarre attacks. Secret organizations, messy splatter, and British humor hallmark this imaginative novel.
The Last Days of Night. By Graham Moore. Random, $28 (9780812988901).
In 1888, an inexperienced yet capable lawyer finds himself defending George Westinghouse in a patent lawsuit against Thomas Edison. The competitive Westinghouse and arrogant Edison each fight for control of the generation of electrical current, and to sway the genius Nikola Tesla to their side. Rich historical and technical details illuminate this swiftly paced novel.
Hex. By Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Tor, $25.99 (9780765378804).
Though she can appear during your intimate moments, her mouth and eyes stitched closed, the witch has an uneasy alliance with the townsfolk. But when a group of tech-savvy teenagers grow tired of being bound to the witch and the town, they discover that her awful vengeance is limitless in this epic horror novel that turns the terror dial to 11 and keeps right on going.
Darktown. By Thomas Mullen. Atria/37INK, $26 (9781501133862).
In 1948 Atlanta, two of the city’s first African American cops try to unravel the murder of a young black woman, all while battling racist police, an ambivalent black community, and a society built on their oppression. A powerful historical police procedural that holds an unflinching mirror to modern truths.
Forbidden. By Beverly Jenkins. Avon, $7.99 (9780062389008).
Eddy, a forthright African American woman, suffers one more hard knock when she finds herself stranded in Nevada and beholden to Rhine, a successful businessman passing as white. Eddy has always dreamed of California but finds herself pulled in by the welcoming community and drawn to Rhine, despite the danger he poses.
Arkwright. By Allen Steele. Tor, $26.99 (9780765382153).
With the Arkwright Foundation, golden-age science-fiction author Nathan Arkwright secures his, and his family’s, legacy. Inheriting his dream to construct and launch the starship Galactic, Arkwright’s descendants face a project bigger than themselves: building a hopeful future in a world reluctant to let go of past prejudices.
I Almost Forgot about You. By Terry McMillan. Crown, $27 (9781101902578).
As she approaches her fiftieth birthday, Dr. Georgia Young finds her life smooth sailing on the surface. When she learns about an old flame’s death, a desire for more than the status quo is sparked within her. With the support and encouragement of her family and friends, she revisits her past lovers and seeks out her future.
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