SciFi Book Review: Heartwood Box

Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

Synopsis:
When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to stay with her great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple. She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting, but she’ll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very, very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying to drive her out of her mind.

To solve these riddles and bring the lost home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but some secrets fight to stay buried.

Review:
Araceli moves in with her aunt in a tiny town where an odd amount of people have gone missing. Araceli finds a mysterious box and seems to be communicating with a young man from the past. Then, when her closest friend goes missing, Araceli decides to do some dangerous investigating with the help of her new friends.

Heartwood Box is a captivating standalone story, reminiscent of The Lake House letters through time and the creepiness of X-Files. I love stories that have to do with time travel and changing the past. So, I had a really fun time trying to figure out what was happening up to the big reveal. There is plenty of mystery, suspense, and teen drama in this unique Young Adult science fiction novel. While I’m not a fan of insta-love, especially through a handful of letters, it was a cute side story and added to the overall mystery. This thrilling story culminates to an exciting finale that doesn’t disappoint.

New SciFi TV Shows for 2019 / 2020

I’ve compiled a list of upcoming new scifi/fantasy shows beginning this Fall 2019 and beyond, sorted by channel and release date. This year is a bit disappointing save for a couple shows that look promising on ABC and a bit of a wait for Disney’s new streaming shows. Mark your calendars and/or DVRs and enjoy!

ABC:

Emergence – Tuesday, September 24 at 10pm
After Jo, a police chief, takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident, she soon discovers the girl has no memory of what has happened or who she is. The investigation into the history that led up to the accident — and questions as to how and why it happened — draws the woman into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, with the child’s identity at the center of it.

Stumptown (not scifi, but based off a graphic novel, so I’ve included it) – Wednesday, September 25 at 10pm
Based on the series of graphic novels by the same name, “Stumptown” follows Dex Parios, a strong, assertive and sharp-witted Army veteran who has a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Ore. Her military intelligence skills make her a great private investigator, but her brash, unapologetic style puts her in a league of her own, landing her in the firing line of hardcore criminals while not quite in alliance with the rules and objectives of the local police.

CBS:

Evil – Thursday, September 26 at 10/9c
Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there is a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

CW:

Batwoman – Sunday, October 6 at 8pm (encore on Monday, Oct 7)

Nancy Drew – Wednesday, October 9 at 9pm (encore on Monday, Oct. 14)

Katy Keene – 2020
In a timeless New York City, as enchanting as Riverdale is moody, aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene meets Josie McCoy, fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger. While their climb to the top is rife with obstacles, this found family will stop at nothing to see their names in lights. Based on the Archie Comics characters.

NBC:

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – 2020
In this joyous and celebratory drama, Zoey Clarke is a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.

FOX:

neXT – 2020?
A brilliant but paranoid former tech CEO (John Slattery) joins a Homeland cybersecurity agent and her team to stop the world’s first artificial intelligence crisis: the emergence of a rogue AI with the ability to continuously improve itself. neXT examines how technology is invading our lives and transforming us in ways we don’t yet understand and also presents a villain like we’ve never seen before — one whose greatest weapon against us is ourselves.

Netflix:

The I-Land – Thursday, September 12
Ten people wake up on a strange island with no memory of how they got there, and soon discover the world is not as it seems.

Disney+: (Launches November 12)

The Mandalorian – Available at launch
First ever live-action Star Wars series, written and executive-produced by Jon Favreau. Set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, the series follows a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic. Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) directs the premiere episode.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – To be available in first year after launch
Anthony Mackie will return as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will reprise his role as Winter Soldier in the new Marvel Studios series.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Available at launch
Series told through the prism of Goldblum’s inquisitive and entertaining mind, with each episode centered around something we all love – like sneakers or ice cream – as he pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels surprising connections, science and history.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – To be available in first year after launch
Animated series returns with 12 episodes marking the return of classic characters Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, as well as fan-favorites Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex.

Marvel’s What If…? – To be available in first year after launch
Marvel Studios’ first animated series, inspired by the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head.

Marvel’s 616 – To be available in first year after launch
Anthological docu-series from Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club explores the intersection between Marvel’s legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Each episode will dive into the historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.

Stargirl – To be available in first year after launch
Based on the best-selling young adult novel of the same name, this teen coming-of-age story is about Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an average 16-year-old content to fly under the radar until an offbeat new student named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) shows up at his high school, turning his and everyone else’s world upside down, forever changing the way they see themselves and each other.

Fantasy Book Review: Midnight Beauties

Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd

Synopsis:
Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

Review:
Anouk has been in hiding since her friends were turned back into beasties. But her enemy, who holds her friends hostage, wants to make a deal. A danger far greater than their feud is approaching. And Anouk feels her best option is to face the deadly trial to become a witch.

Midnight Beauties is the sequel and conclusion to Grim Lovelies. With the characters established in the first installment, this was a more developed story – with a lot packed in. This YA dark fantasy is full of suspense, mystery, drama, and a bit of romance. In fact, I enjoyed Anouk’s interaction with bad boy Rennar much more than her loyal but dull Beau. There are so many fantastically complex and engaging characters. And this magical world feels unique. Shepherd is definitely a master of dark fantasy – her Madman’s Daughter series is a must-read. And this duology is a stunning story that builds to a dramatic finale that is over too soon.

Book Giveaway: Turning Darkness Into Light

Courtesy of Tor Books, I have a copy of Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan for one lucky winner!

Contest is open to US residents only. No PO Boxes please. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends September 20. I’ll draw a name on September 21, and notify winner via email.

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Received in August

The following are the books, movies, television shows, etc. I received last month for review and/or giveaways:

DVD/Blu Rays:
Arrow Seventh The Complete Season Blu Ray
The Flash The Complete Fifth Season Blu Ray
The Banana Splits Movie Blu Ray
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Blu Ray
Avengers Endgame Blu Ray

Mystery Boxes:
TeeBlox

Berkley:
Sword and Pen by Rachel Caine

Del Rey:
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson
The Cruel Stars by John Birmingham
The Nobody People by Bob Proehl
Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season

Disney Hyperion / Freeform:
#MurderFunding by Gretchen McNeil
City of Beasts by Corrie Wang
Deadly Little Scandals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Gallery Books:
Star Trek: The Original Series: The Antares Maelstrom by Greg Cox

Harper Voyager:
Rule of Capture by Christopher Brown

HMH:
Midnight Beauties by Megan Shepherd
A Trick of Light by Stan Lee

Ink Yard Press:
Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford

Saga Press / Scout Press:
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar
Foe by Iain Reid
Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh
Echoes: The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories by Ellen Datlow

Simon Teen / Simon Pulse:
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Subterranean Press:
The Best of Elizabeth Bear by Elizabeth Bear
King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats by James Patrick Kelly
Knife Children by Lois McMaster Bujold

Tor:
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Kingmaker by Margaret Weis
The Mage-Fire War by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
Blood of an Exile by Brian Naslund
Turning Darkness Into Light by Marie Brennan
A Queen in Hiding by Sarah Kozloff
Inch by Inch by Morgan Llywelyn

Tor Teen:
Heartwood Box by Ann Aguirre

Science Fiction Books: Top 100

I have compiled a list of Amazon’s current 100 best-selling Science Fiction novels in print. There are a variety of subgenres listed: classics, alternative history, romance, military scifi, time travel, alien invasions, historical fiction, fantasy books, graphic novels, space operas, hard science fiction, horror, and more. Yes, “fantasy” is lumped under “science fiction” on Amazon.

These may not be the best sci fi books of all time, but these are the top current hardback and paperback bestsellers.

There are some of my favorite sci fi and fantasy authors listed here, and several I’ve never heard of. Some have won various accolades such as Hugo Awards, Nebula, or Clarke Awards.

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed scifi book Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

2. 1984 by George Orwell
Written 70 years ago, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever.

3. A Game of Thrones / A Clash of Kings / A Storm of Swords / A Feast of Crows / A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
An immersive entertainment experience unlike any other, A Song of Ice and Fire has earned George R. R. Martin—dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine—international acclaim and millions of loyal readers. Now here is the entire monumental cycle:
A GAME OF THRONES
A CLASH OF KINGS
A STORM OF SWORDS
A FEAST FOR CROWS
A DANCE WITH DRAGONS

4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

5. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley’s scifi book, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a “utopian” future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.

7. Destiny Grimoire Anthology, Vol I by Bungie Inc.
Bungie presents the Destiny Grimoire Anthology, a must-have collectible lore compendium designed and assembled for Destiny’s devoted and enlightened scholars and lore lovers, as well as fans of fantasy and science fiction storytelling.

8. Recursion: A Novel by Blake Crouch
From the bestselling author of Dark Matter and the Wayward Pines trilogy comes a relentless thriller about time, identity, and memory—his most ambitious, mind-boggling, irresistible work to date, and the inspiration for Shondaland’s Netflix film.

9. Berserk Deluxe Volume 2 by Kentaro Miura and Duane Johnson
Born in tragedy, raised in abuse and neglect, young Guts is hardened into a warrior of fearsome prowess and fearless will, drawing the attention of the charismatic Griffith, commander of the elite mercenary legion, the Band of the Hawk. This crossroad will take Guts to fame and glory . . . and to damnation!

10. Outlander 4-Copy Boxed Set: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon
Blending rich historical fiction with riveting adventure and a truly epic love story, here are the first four science fiction books of Diana Gabaldon’s New York Times bestselling saga that introduced the world to the brilliant Claire Randall and valiant Highlander Jamie Fraser:

11. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining scifi book—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.

12. Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R. R. Martin and Doug Wheatley
The thrilling history of the Targaryens comes to life in this masterly work by the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

13. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.

The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true?

14. Wanderers: A Novel by Chuck Wendig
Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

15. Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) by Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

16. The All Souls Trilogy Boxed Set by Deborah Harkness
A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, now available in a beautiful boxed set.

17. Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

18. J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
THE HOBBIT
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
THE TWO TOWERS
THE RETURN OF THE KING

19. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

20. Berserk Deluxe Volume 1 by Kentaro Miura and Jason DeAngelis
Kentaro Miura’s Berserk has outraged, horrified, and delighted manga and anime fanatics since 1989, creating an international legion of hardcore devotees and inspiring a plethora of TV series, feature films, and video games. And now the champion of adult fantasy manga is presented in an oversized 7″ x 10″ deluxe hardcover edition, nearly 700 pages amassing the first three Berserk volumes, with following volumes to come to serve up the entire series in handsome bookshelf collections.

21. Shadow of the Conqueror (Chronicles of Everfall) by Shad M. Brooks
Daylen, once known as the Great Bastard, the Scourge of Nations, Dayless the Conqueror, has lived in hiding since his presumed death. Burdened by age and tremendous guilt, he thinks his life is coming to an end. Unbeknownst to him he’s about to embark on a journey towards redemption where his ruthless abilities might save the world. Many battles await with friends to be made and a past filled with countless crimes to confront, all the while trying to keep his true identity a secret.

Indeed, it might be too much if not for the fabled power awaiting him.

Everfall is a world of perpetual day where the continents float in an endless sky. If one jumps from the continent they will fall for many hours before returning to the same place from which they fell. Skyships rule the air powered by shining sunstone and industrial darkstone. A legendary order of knights bears mystical powers which they use to hunt out the dreaded Shade, monsters that regular people turn into if trapped in darkness for the length of a fall.
It is a world of enchanted swords, merciless monsters, mystical knights and hard magic, filled with tales of wonder and adventure.

22. The Witcher Boxed Set: Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski and David A French
This special boxed set includes the first three novels in Andrzej Sapkowski’s NYT bestselling epic fantasy saga — the books that introduced the world to The Witcher and inspired the hit blockbuster video games.

23. Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others—the basis for the Academy Award –nominated film Arrival: a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction.

24. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.

25. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Enders Game won the Hugo and Nebula Awards and first in the popular science fiction saga.

26. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.

27. Dune by Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

28. Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

29. Saga Book Three by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The third massive hardcover collection of SAGA, the critically acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy series from the multiple Eisner Award-winning team of artist FIONA STAPLES and writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN. Collecting 18 of the most shocking and impactful issues from the epic tale of Hazel and her star-crossed parents, this deluxe edition features a striking, all-new original cover from Fiona Staples, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen extras.

30. The Testaments: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

31. The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman’s complete original scripts for the highly anticipated six-episode original series, adapted from the classic novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett.

32. Chronicles of Narnia Box Set by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia in its entirety with this paperback box set, containing the mass market editions of C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series. The box features stills from the third Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and the books have cover art by Cliff Nielsen.

33. Dark Age: Book 5 of the Red Rising Saga (Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

34. Berserk Deluxe Volume 3 by Kentaro Miura and Duane Johnson
Collects Berserk Volume 7, 8, and 9.

35. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

36. One Hundred Years of Solitude (P.S.) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Gregory Rabassa
One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buend;and a family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women — brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul — this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

37. The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

38. Deep River by Karl Marlantes
Karl Marlantes’s debut novel Matterhorn has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling―the family epic―to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention.

39. The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt the Witcher — revered and hated — holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures in the NYT bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games.

40. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei , Justin Eisinger , et al.
A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon — and America itself — in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

41. The Rise of Magicks: Chronicles of The One, Book 3 by Nora Roberts
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Year One and Of Blood and Bone concludes her stunning new trilogy.

42. The Power by Naomi Alderman
All over the world women and girls are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain, and even death. And with this small twist of nature, everything changes drastically.

Ambitious and provocative, visceral and page-turning, award-winning author Naomi Alderman’s THE POWER at once takes us on a journey to an alternate reality and exposes our own world in bold and surprising ways.

43. Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
From the creator of the beloved and universally acclaimed television series BoJack Horseman, a fabulously off-beat collection of short stories about love—the best and worst thing in the universe.

44. Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
The #1 New York Times bestseller, Oathbringer is the third volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive fantasy epic where humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance.

45. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

46. Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Series Box Set by Yukito Kishiro
The complete cyberpunk classic, now a major Hollywood film. This box set includes all five volumes of Battle Angel Alita plus a brand new book of short stories – more than 2,000 pages of manga – in a collector’s box set with special extras.

47. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman , Dave McKean, et al.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

48. The Broken Earth Trilogy: The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
This collectable boxed set edition includes all three books in N. K. Jemisin’s incredible NYT bestselling and three-time Hugo award-winning Broken Earth Trilogy.

49. The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu and Joel Martinsen
In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion-in just four centuries’ time. The aliens’ human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth’s defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy. Only the human mind remains a secret. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a daring plan that grants four men enormous resources to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection from Earth and Trisolaris alike. Three of the Wallfacers are influential statesmen and scientists, but the fourth is a total unknown. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer and sociologist, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he’s the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

50. Where Winter Finds You: A Caldwell Christmas (The Black Dagger Brotherhood series) by J.R. Ward
#1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward is heating things up this winter with a holiday novel featuring some of her most iconic Black Dagger Brothers.

51. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything.

52. 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

53. Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest
When a rogue 19-year-old witch is recruited to help guard an ancient magical Bestiary, a breath-stealing journey begins.

54. The Wise Man’s Fear (Kingkiller Chronicle) by Patrick Rothfuss
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.

55. Sword of Destiny (The Witcher) by Andrzej Sapkowski and David French
Geralt the Witcher — revered and hated — holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this second collection of adventures in the NYT bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games.

56. Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
On the verge of victory in a brutal war, five New Republic pilots transform from hunted to hunters in this epic Star Wars adventure. Set after Return of the Jedi, Alphabet Squadron follows a unique team, each flying a different class of starfighter as they struggle to end their war once and for all.

57. Dark Matter: A Novel by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

58. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? For all the answers, stick your thumb to the stars!

59. Ishmael:A Novel by Daniel Quinn
One of the most beloved and bestselling novels of spiritual adventure ever published, Ishmael has earned a passionate following among readers and critics alike. This special twenty-fifth anniversary edition features a new foreword and afterword by the author, as well as an excerpt from My Ishmael.

60. The Epic of Marindel: Chosen by Nathan Keys
Every person has a story.
Every story is a part of something Greater.

61. His Dark Materials Yearling 3-book Boxed Set by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in a collectible His Dark Materials boxed set perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series that has graced the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

62. Sing, Unburied, Sing: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
This majestic, stirring, and widely praised novel from two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, the story of a family on a journey through rural Mississippi, is a “tour de force” (O, the Oprah Magazine) and a timeless work of fiction that is destined to become a classic.

63. The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1 by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”

64. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu and Ken Liu
The New York Times bestselling conclusion to a tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China’s bestselling and beloved science fiction writer.

65. The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, Neil Gaiman’s award-winning masterpiece The Sandman set the standard for mature, lyrical fantasy in the modern comics era. Illustrated by an exemplary selection of the medium’s most gifted artists, the series is a rich blend of modern and ancient mythology in which contemporary fiction, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly interwoven.

66. The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel by Ruth Hogan
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us.

67. The Stand by Stephen King
Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.

68. Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds: The first official Stranger Things novel by Gwenda Bond
If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in the first official Stranger Things novel.

69. Of Blood and Bone: Chronicles of The One, Book 2 by Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with Of Blood and Bone, a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world.

70. Fablehaven Complete Set (Boxed Set): Fablehaven; Rise of the Evening Star; Grip of the Shadow Plague; Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary; Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull
One of my all-time favorite children’s fantasy series!

71. The Dark Tower 8-Book Boxed Set by Stephen King
For the first time ever in a single box set, all of Stephen King’s eight Dark Tower novels—one of the most acclaimed and popular series of all time.

72. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Oscar-winning film Charly starring Cliff Robertson and Claire Bloom-a mentally challenged man receives an operation that turns him into a genius…and introduces him to heartache.

73. The Complete Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft (Chartwell Classics) by H. P. Lovecraft
The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft collects the author’s novel, four novellas, and fifty-three short stories. Written between the years 1917 and 1935, this collection features Lovecraft’s trademark fantastical creatures and supernatural thrills, as well as many horrific and cautionary science-fiction themes, that have influenced some of today’s important writers and filmmakers.

74. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Two starcrossed magicians engage in a deadly game of cunning in The Night Circus, the spellbinding bestseller that has captured the world’s imagination.

75. Cat’s Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
Cat’s Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

76. Blood Truth (Black Dagger Legacy) by J.R. Ward
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Savior brings you the next sizzling and passionate paranormal romance in the Black Dagger Legacy series.

77. Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta (Ram Chandra) by Amish Tripathi
WITHOUT THE DARKNESS, LIGHT HAS NO PURPOSE.
WITHOUT THE VILLAIN, WHAT WOULD THE GODS DO?

78. Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams
A worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Watership Down is the compelling tale of a band of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world.

79. The Expanse Boxed Set: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban’s War and Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey
The first three novels in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling epic science fiction saga the Expanse – now a major television series.

80. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Stories of Your Life and Others delivers dual delights of the very, very strange and the heartbreakingly familiar, often presenting characters who must confront sudden change—the inevitable rise of automatons or the appearance of aliens—with some sense of normalcy. With sharp intelligence and humor, Chiang examines what it means to be alive in a world marked by uncertainty, but also by beauty and wonder.

81. Harley Merlin 9: Harley Merlin and the Mortal Pact by Bella Forrest
The Goddess of Discord finally rules the world…

82. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion.

83. The Wheel of Time, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3: The Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
Premium mass market box set which includes the first three volumes of The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan’s internationally bestselling fantasy series, now available in a premium mass market edition with striking new cover art.

84. Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

85. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

86. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

87. The Stiehl Assassin (The Fall of Shannara) by Terry Brooks
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • After The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the penultimate volume in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making.

88. Batman by Grant Morrison Omnibus Vol. 2 by Grant Morrison , Tony S. Daniel, et al.
Grant Morrison’s plunges the Dark Knight into his wildest adventure yet. Batman has proven he can win no matter the odds, but what happens when his opponent is death itself?

89. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by García Márquez, Gabriel and Gregory Rabassa
A man returns to the town where a baffling murder took place 27 years earlier, determined to get to the bottom of the story. Just hours after marrying the beautiful Angela Vicario, everyone agrees, Bayardo San Roman returned his bride in disgrace to her parents. Her distraught family forced her to name her first lover; and her twin brothers announced their intention to murder Santiago Nasar for dishonoring their sister.
Yet if everyone knew the murder was going to happen, why did no one intervene to stop it? The more that is learned, the less is understood, and as the story races to its inexplicable conclusion, an entire society–not just a pair of murderers–is put on trial.

90. Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An unexpected offer threatens the bond between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi as the two Jedi navigate a dangerous new planet and an uncertain future in the first canon Star Wars novel to take place before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

91. American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

92. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

93. Eye Spy (Valdemar: Family Spies) by Mercedes Lackey
In this second installment of the Family Spies series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, the children of Heralds Mags and Amily must follow in their parents’ footsteps to protect the realm.

94. Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town: An Official Stranger Things Novel by Adam Christopher
Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things.

95. One Second After (A John Matherson Novel) by William R. Forstchen
In One Second After, New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real. A story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, that sends America back to the Dark Ages. A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) . . . that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

96. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
William Goldman’s modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love—that’s thrilling and timeless.

97. The Umbrella Academy: Dallas by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it’s a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is, each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor has lost her voice – the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track and The Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres… all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins, and a plot to kill JFK!

98. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Exquisite prose and wondrous storytelling have helped make Rudolfo Anaya the father of Chicano literature in English. Indeed, Anaya’s tales fairly shimmer with the haunting beauty and richness of his culture. The winner of the Pen Center West Award for Fiction for his unforgettable novel Alburquerque, Anaya is perhaps best loved for his classic bestseller, Bless Me, Ultima… Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past-a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world…and will nurture the birth of his soul.

99. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner.

100. Jurassic Park: A Novel by Michael Crichton
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.

Until something goes wrong.

I expected more classic science fiction and fantasy books by top scifi and fantasy authors like Isaac Asimov (the Foundation Trilogy), Ursula Le Guin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (Doomsday Book and others), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or H. G. Wells (War of the Worlds or The Time Machine), as well as more recent books-turned-movies such as The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

How many of these top scifi books have you read? Are there any that surprise you? What are some of your favorite novels of all time?

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John Wick Road Trip… is coming to Indy!

SANTA MONICA, CA (August 26, 2019) – Get set for pedal-to-the-metal excitement as the John Wick Road Trip hits the road in August and September. On display will be John Wick’s hottest rides (including the Ford Mustang from the first two movies and a Zero DSR motorcycle from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum), a traveling museum of John Wick memorabilia, and much more – all specially curated to create a unique and unforgettable fan experience.

The iconic Mustang from the first two installments of the John Wick franchise, as well as the motorcycle from John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, will travel across the Midwest and East Coast from August 31 to September 18 to visit select Best Buy Stores, NASCAR events, and the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL game. Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with the Mustang, escape an army of assassins with a John Wick motorcycle green screen, check out real props from the films, and experience the John Wick universe in person. They’ll even be given a chance to win fun John Wick swag. Full details and location information can be found at JohnWickRoadTrip.com

JOHN WICK ROAD TRIP ROUTE
• NASCAR Darlington Raceway Series 8/31 – 9/1 Darlington, SC
• Best Buy 9/3 Alpharetta, GA
• Best Buy 9/4 Buford, GA
• NASCAR Indianapolis Motor Speedway Series 9/6 – 9/8 Indianapolis, IN
• Best Buy 9/10 Minneapolis, MN
• Best Buy 9/12 Burbank, IL
• Best Buy 9/13 Downers Grove, IL
• NFL: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings 9/15 Green Bay, WI
• Best Buy 9/17 Mayfield Heights, OH
• Best Buy 9/18 Reynoldsburg, OH