Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Twelve graphic novels for beginners

At the BN Teen Blog Ross Johnson tagged twelve titles for readers new to graphic novels, including:
March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Congressman and revered icon John Lewis is among the last people you’d expect to write a graphic novel, especially one as confident and successful as this three-part memoir of the civil rights movement. Inspired by a 1958 comic book that inspired him, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story,” March tells of the movement from Lewis’ perspective, centered around the events of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march. By talking personally rather than broadly about his life and those years, Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin go well beyond the standard history lesson. The story is inspiring, the black-and-white art (by Nate Powell) is gorgeous. March establishes one of our unlikeliest graphic novel writers among the very best.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Six top books about exile, migration, and resistance

Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator, and the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His latest book, Lake Michigan, a series of 19 lyric poems, imagines a prison camp located on the beaches of a Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. One of his recommended books about exile, migration, and resistance, as shared at The Week magazine:
Discourse on Colonialism by Aimé Césaire

In powerful and poetic prose, Césaire's 1955 book offers blasting indictments of Europe, its relationship to its colonial subjects, and the hypocrisy of its labeling those subjects barbarians.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, March 19, 2018

Twenty-four books to soothe your post awards-season letdown

At B&N Reads Tara Sonin tagged two dozen books to soothe your post awards-season letdown, including:
Painfully Rich, by John Pearson

This movie starring Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams, and Mark Wahlberg is based on who made himself very very rich…but ruined his family in the process. Drugs, suicide, a kidnapping, and much more feature in this saga that is as strange as it is true.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Five books with different visions for a connected future

Nick Clark Windo is the author of The Feed. One of five "books with different visions for a connected future" he tagged at
Defender by GX Todd

Here’s a great dystopian thriller. I read this after I finished The Feed but immediately felt we were in similar worlds. I love the beauty she finds in the brutality of the world: the factuality of both seems to be a great trait of this sort of fiction. And there’s a post-apocalyptic connectivity going on here, too…though not what you might think. It’s book one of a quadrilogy and the next—Hunter—is out soon. Very unnerving; highly recommended.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Six YAs set in Ireland

At the BN Teen Blog Dahlia Adler tagged six YA novels set in Ireland, including:
The Spellbook of the Lost and Found, by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Olive, Rose, Hazel, Laurel…it seems none of the girls of Balmallen managed to hold onto their possessions at their town’s last bonfire. Relationships are disintegrating, items are going missing and odd new ones are turning up in their place, and secrets abound. A mysterious spellbook may be key to moving forward, but magic isn’t made to be messed with, and retrieving a lost item means sacrificing something else. Fowley-Doyle’s magical realistic sophomore novel explores what happens when you find something that cannot be unfound.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Denise Mina's 6 best books

Denise Mina's latest novel is The Long Drop.

One of her six best books, as shared at the Daily Express:
THE BETRAYAL by Helen Dunmore

Dunmore will be remembered in 200 years. Her descriptions of small, strange worlds are heartbreaking and her prose style is incredible.

This is about the Stalinist persecution of a doctor.

A lot of crime novels are spectacular and gory. This isn’t but has the same narrative pace.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, March 16, 2018

Six outstanding standalone fantasy novels

Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon are the co-authors of Blood of the Four. At they tagged six outstanding standalone fantasy novels. One of Golden's picks:
Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

It’s probably cheating, because Holdstock went on to write numerous other novels that are tied to this one, but Mythago Wood reads very much as if those expansions and further explorations were additions. Second thoughts. He finished this one and decided he had more to say—at least that’s how I’ve always viewed it. A beautiful journey and a fantastical mystery, this is The Lost City of Z, with every acre of forest peeling back centuries of ancestral memory and digging at the roots of folklore. A classic.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Top 10 books about Kenya

Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist. He works in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

One of his top ten books about Kenya, as shared at the Guardian:
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

The last of his foundational trilogy on culture and society – the others are Weep Not, Child, and The River Between – this novel evaluated what political independence heralded for ordinary citizens in the early 60s. Mugo is a hermit whom locals mistake for a freedom hero, but who is privately burdened by other troubles, and his unravelling signals the denouement of one of Ngugi’s finest novels.
Read about the other entries on the list.

A Grain of Wheat is among Pushpinder Khaneka's three best books on Kenya.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Six YA novels starring evil (and irresistible) magical ladies

At the BN Teen Blog, Nicole Brinkley tagged six YA novels featuring magical ambitious ladies willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, including:
The Shadow Queen, by C.J. Redwine

Let’s get the most important thing out of the way: this reimagining of Snow White features a dragon huntsman. A huntsman who is a dragon shapeshifter. Nobody told me this when the book first came out, and now I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. But this list is about magical evil ladies, and The Shadow Queen has two: Lorelai (our Snow White) and Irina (our Evil Queen). Lorelai will do anything to destroy Irina and retrieve her crown, and Irina will do anything to keep it, both using the only thing they have in common: magic.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Five books to help us understand the future

Michio Kaku's newest book is The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth. At the Guardian, he tagged five books to help you understand the future, including:
Working for Google, Ray Kurzweil has made many predictions that have surprised and amazed others, because he believes in the exponential rise of technology, leading to the singularity. In The Singularity Is Near, he predicts that computers may begin to rival or surpass human intelligence. Also, computers may one day be so small they will circulate in our blood, repairing cellular damage, giving us health and perhaps some form of immortality. Should we fear these computers, or celebrate their arrival?
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Eight books guaranteed to make kids SFF fans for life

At the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog Ross Johnson tagged eight books guaranteed to make kids SFF fans for life, including:
City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau

Ember was built underground in order to spare mankind from a coming disaster. The problem is, 241 years after the city’s founding, the city is dying—its stores running low and its machinery failing—and no one remembers why they’re even down there in the first place. The secret set of instructions has been lost—or has it? Lina Mayfleet is a young woman whose baby sister uncovers the tattered documents that were intended to guide humans out of the city at the proper time. Reconstructing them with her friend Doon, Lina uncovers the history of Ember as well as a way to a promised future on the surface. But, because nothing is ever easy, she and Doon are declared fugitives by the greedy Mayor and forced to decide if they can save both themselves and the people of Ember itself.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, March 12, 2018

Jesse Ball's 6 favorite books

Jesse Ball's latest novel, Census, is a fable about the travels of a father and an adult son with Down syndrome. One of the author's six favorite books, as shared at The Week magazine:
The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

Arudpragasam's elegant debut novel takes place in a refugee camp being rained with bombs. The book's great power, though, lies in the author's awareness of the meaning embedded in simple things. There is no need to search for what is marvelous in the sensational; the marvelous is already present.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue