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We have everything from edge-of-your-seat thrillers and mysteries to books on spirituality and serious academic works, and toss in a few great children’s titles.
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Great Fall Reads!
As cool weather approaches, now is the perfect time to cozy up with an independently published book. These recent titles, highly praised by BlueInk reviewers, offer irresistible reads.
The Marsco Dissident by James A. Zarzana: This stellar debut novel, the first installment of a projected quartet, is grand-scale science fiction at its very best. Reminiscent of speculative fiction masterworks such as Ben Bova’s Grand Tour and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, this novel explores a near future where, after an apocalyptic war that killed billions, a multinational corporation called Marsco has essentially replaced all governments with a cyber nation, or a “meta-nationality.”A paradoxical and highly appealing blend of utopian and dystopian elements. Read review.
Arabian Nights and Arabian Nights: Traditional tales from a thousand and one nights, Contemporary Tales for Adults by Clive Johnson: Aladdin and his magic lamp. Sinbad the Sailor. Scheherazade, the brilliant proto-feminist and weaver of tales. These are some of the age-old cultural icons that inventive author Clive Johnson brings to life once again—with a cool modern twist. Each of the seven Arabian Nights tales the author reproduces here is followed by a new story in which Johnson re-imagines the text for contemporary adult readers. It’s a clever idea, handsomely executed in impeccable prose…All in all, this is a delightful collection. So. Seven down, just 994 bedtime stories to go. Read review.
Sometimes I Sing: The Renovation of Heart and Home by Mary Hershberger: This is an ambitious memoir built around an ambitious project: the restoration of a historic house that two decades of neglect and incongruous “improvements” had rendered an eyesore…Hershberger ponies up the full asking price – $92,000 – and commits to countless months of stripping, sanding, tiling and spackling. Along with the old paint and wallpaper, the author winds up stripping her soul as the story of saving the house morphs with that of her life, a story “almost too sad to write about”…The result is as unconventional and idiosyncratic as the house that inspired it. Read review.
Béla’s Letters, by Jeff Ingber: This expansive, engaging historical novel spans decades and continents as it recounts the story of Béla, a Jew born in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s, and his family’s experiences during WWII and the Holocaust…Fast-paced and well-written, with a captivating plot and likeable characters, Béla’s Letters dramatizes a traumatic time in history, asking the question: How do people recover from such tragedy—or is recovery even possible? Anyone looking for compelling fiction will enjoy this story. Read review.
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