Hot Summertime Reads

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Grab an iced tea and one of these genre fiction favorites.

Bagshawe Gets Reckless, Donaldson Does Novellas, Sandford Goes SF, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2015, Pt. 4

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Bagshawe, Tilly. Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless: A Tracy Whitney Novel. Morrow. Oct. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9780062304056. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062304070. THRILLER New York Times best-selling author Bagshawe has done a half-dozen Sidney Sheldon novels, including Sidney Sheldon’s Chasing Tomorrow, which picked up powerhouse heroine Tracy Whitney from 1985’s If Tomorrow Comes. Here, Tracy is back, having […]

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

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In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

Keep the Lights On: Horror Games | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, January 2015

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Librarians looking to add contemporary horror titles to their collections don’t have far to go. Recent standouts include The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation.

Thrilling Stuff from Jefferson Bass to Dick Wolf | Fiction Previews, Jun. 2015, Pt. 3

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Bass, Jefferson. The Breaking Point: A Body Farm Novel. Morrow. Jun. 2015. 368p. ISBN 9780062262332. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062262356. THRILLER Ten years after Dr. Bill Brockton created the Body Farm for conducting posthumous research, things are looking bad. He’s accused of misidentifying a body, threatened by a serial killer who has already attempted to kill […]

Toil and Trouble: Spooky Halloween Reads | The Reader’s Shelf

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It’s time to get ready for the hordes of patrons who will begin to haunt the library and are in the mood for a good scare; this list of titles will help librarians arm themselves with some bloody-good suggestions.

A Multiplicity of Realms | SF/Fantasy Genre Spotlight

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Growing diversity in source material, subgenres, and even publishing models expands the universe of speculative fiction.

Eric Foner, Seth Grahame-Smith, Edith Pearlman, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jan. 2015, Pt. 3

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Cohen, Roger. The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9780307594662. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385353137. MEMOIR New York Times columnist Cohen, honored by the Overseas Press Club for his work as the paper’s Balkans bureau chief during the Bosnian War and in charge of the Pulitzer […]

de Castell’s Debut of the Month, Romantic Fantasy from Kennedy, Zombie Horror, & More | SF/Fantasy Reviews

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de Castell’s swashbuckling series launch shows huge potential, Kennedy’s well-written and swooningly romantic fantasy will appeal, not a single bad story is in this bunch of Rogues

Oldies but Goodies: Genre Backlists for Cool Summer Reads

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Past and present members of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Reading List Council share some of their favorite summer reading choices