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A Lead Role in a Cage

Monstress, book 4

By Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda  

29 May, 2020

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2019’s Monstress, Volume 41, collects issues 19 – 24 of Marjorie Lui’s ongoing epic fantasy comic. The series is drawn by Sana Takeda.

Having saved the city of Pontus and the world in general from a cosmic horror from beyond the stars, Maika Halfwolf sets out to rescue her small friend, fox girl Kippa, who was betrayed by a trusted friend and carried off in the previous installment. 


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From Crayons to Perfume

Haunted Heroine  (Heroine, book 4)

By Sarah Kuhn  

22 May, 2020

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Sarah Kuhn’s 2020 Haunted Heroine is the fourth volume in her Heroine supernatural superhero series.

Pyrokinetic superhero Evie Tanaka already has enough on her plate, what with pregnancy, worries about motherhood, and problems with her hunky half-demon husband Nate.

But she adds more worrification when she returns to the site of a much regretted mistake. 


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Nothing But Shadows

Race to the Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse  

8 May, 2020

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Rebecca Roanhorse’s 2019 Race to the Sun is a standalone young-adult contemporary fantasy.

Nizhoni Begay’s single father has had a string of short-term jobs, which has meant frequent moves for seventh-grader Nizhoni Begay and her brother Mac. Nizhoni knows that her dad is doing the best he can for his family, but that’s cold comfort. She has a hard time making friends and the ones she makes she loses when she leaves. Now she’s found a good friend, Davery … but another move looms. 

That’s not the worst threat she faces.


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Don’t Know Nothing About This Cruel, Cruel World

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

By Zen Cho  

1 May, 2020

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Zen Cho’s 2020 The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water is a wuxia adventure.

Lau Fung Cheung and his companions style themselves contractors, independent agents to whom one can turn to convey goods from one location to another without attracting the attention of the Protector’s bothersome functionaries. To the Protector and his bothersome functionaries, Lau Fung Cheung are bandits. Best for Lau Fung Cheung and the others to maintain low profiles.

Free-range nun Guet Imm is going to make maintaining a low profile very difficult. 


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Waiting for the Revolution

Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future

By Lavanya Lakshminarayan  

24 Apr, 2020

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Lavanya Lakshminarayan’s 2020 Analog/Virtual: and Other Simulations of Your Future is a collection of short pieces that all share the same setting, if not the same characters.

Nation states died in the Population Catastrophe. Happily, for humanity, or at least that fraction of it that matters, the Bell Corporation seized the opportunity presented by global chaos to enforce a new world order, a pure meritocracy with no room for the inefficient, the weak, or the unfashionable. In other words, utopia!


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Wanted Dead or Alive

Not Your Villain  (Sidekick Squad, book 2)

By C. B. Lee  

17 Apr, 2020

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2017’s Not Your Villain is the second installment in C. B. Lee’s Sidekick Squad series.

Bells Broussard has it made: his shapeshifting abilities have ensured a fast track entry to the Meta-Human Training Center and an eventual post with the Heroes’ League of Heroes. Those same abilities make it possible for Bells to attend under an assumed name, sparing his family unwanted attention and dodging inconvenient questions about how it can be that, in a world where all meta-humans come from known lineages, Bell is the exception.

Bells’ caution proves quite prudent.


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Tailor Maid

Spin the Dawn  (Blood of Stars, book 1)

By Elizabeth Lim  

10 Apr, 2020

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Elizabeth Lim’s 2019 Spin the Dawn is the first volume in her Blood of Stars series.

Master Tailor Tamarin had four children; he expected his sons, at least, to become tailors as well. But his three sons have no talent or taste for tailoring. Now, his daughter Maia would make a fine tailor — if she weren’t a woman. In the Empire of A’landi, women are considered unsuited for anything save marriage and motherhood. Her role in the family business is both vital and never publicly acknowledged. 

Master Tamarin is shattered by grief when his wife dies. Two of his sons die in the on-going civil war. One returns home, lame and broken. When the imperial court summons Master Tamarin or his deputy to serve the court, there is no male to send. But if no one reports, the whole family will be punished harshly. 

Maia has the skills and the courage to act. She disguises herself as her brother Keton and travels to Emperor Khanujin’s court.

Maia has misunderstood the nature of the court position available. 

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A City That Doesn’t Sleep

The City We Became  (Great Cities, book 1)

By N. K. Jemisin  

4 Apr, 2020

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N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became is a contemporary urban fantasy. It is the first in her projected Great Cities series.

New York City is on the edge of a grand transformation, but the person who is the key to the process buckles under pressure and vanishes. Lesser figures must step up … if they can. There is an enemy none of them know they have and it may kill them before they can act.

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Sky, Don’t Let the Sun Go

Dread Nation

By Justina Ireland  

27 Mar, 2020

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Justina Ireland’s 2018 Dread Nation is a zombie apocalypse novel.

The American Civil War ground to a halt as soon as the dead began clambering from their graves. The cost of Grant’s march south against the undead was the South’s surrender and the freeing of the slaves. People once born in chains are now free.

There is, of course, one small catch, which is that entrenched white supremacy didn’t vanish when legal slavery did. As a consequence…


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