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What should we read in July?

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
3 (20%)
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
1 (6.7%)
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
5 (33.3%)
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
2 (13.3%)
A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
1 (6.7%)
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hopkins
1 (6.7%)
When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner
2 (13.3%)

Total Members Voted: 8

Voting closed: May 31, 2015, 05:58:31 PM

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[JUL 2015] - Voting is closed.
« on: May 15, 2015, 06:39:50 PM »
It's nomination time (hopefully this time we'll have a bit more time between book selection and the start of the month). It's been several months since we had open nomination without a theme. So here's your chance, nominate any SFF you want (that meets our standard availability criteria).

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Seconded Nominations

  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  • The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall
  • A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar
  • The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hopkins
« Last Edit: May 31, 2015, 08:54:39 PM by xiagan »
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 08:10:45 PM »
(that meets our standard availability criteria).
Damn. And I thought I could nominate the third book in a series by an author we've already read and who isn't published in the UK.  ;)
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 08:55:31 PM »
 Westlake Soul by Rio Youers

"All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag..." Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he's just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can't move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus - a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life - of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover... to slip his enemy's cold embrace before it's too late?
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2015, 10:10:03 PM »


If you're a fan of John Green, Michael Grant, Stephen King or Sally Green's Half Bad, get your pincers stuck into this.

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It’s the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.

Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner.



The jaw-dropping, page-turning, critically-acclaimed book of the year: a serial-killer thriller unlike any other from the award-winning Lauren Beukes. ‘GONE GIRL has not exactly gone. But THE SHINING GIRLS have arrived’ (The Times).

“It’s not my fault. It’s yours. You shouldn’t shine. You shouldn’t make me do this.”

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE

Kirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is … impossible.

HUNTING A KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST

Harper stalks his shining girls through the years – and cuts the spark out of them. But what if the one that got away came
back for him?



Lost meets The Passage in this incredible new thriller, for all fans of The Shining Girls and Stephen King.


They're here ... The boy. The boy watch the boy watch the dead people oh Lordy there's so many ... They're coming for me now. We're all going soon. All of us. Pastor Len warn them that the boy he's not to­­--

The last words of Pamela May Donald (1961 - 2012)

Black Thursday. The day that will never be forgotten. The day that four passenger planes crash, at almost exactly the same moment, at four different points around the globe.

There are only four survivors. Three are children, who emerge from the wreckage seemingly unhurt. But they are not unchanged. And the fourth is Pamela May Donald, who lives just long enough to record a voice message on her phone. A message that will change the world.

The message is a warning.



Deep in the heart of history's most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world - a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London's grimiest streets.



An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2015, 10:11:53 PM »
Sorry.  My JPEGS are all massive.   :(  Could a mod kindly fix that for me please?
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2015, 10:13:56 AM »
Seconding Grasshopper Jungle. :)
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2015, 03:39:30 PM »
Seconding Grasshopper Jungle. :)
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2015, 06:34:47 PM »
How about one of the Witcher books? See the main F-F site.



The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie ?yczenie) is the first book in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series in terms of internal chronology, although the original Polish edition was published in 1993, after The Sword of Destiny. Some of the individual short stories were first published in the Fantastyka magazine or in the Wied?min short story collection (the first collection of Sapkowski's stories, out of print and now obsolete; all short stories were later collected in The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny and Co? si? ko?czy, co? si? zaczyna) and as such were the first witcher stories published.

Stories included Edit
The anthology employs the story within a story framework and contains seven main short stories.

Geralt, after having been injured in battle, rests in a temple of Melitele in Ellander. During that time he has flashbacks to recent events in his life — each of which forms a story of its own.

The Voice of Reason (G?os rozs?dku, framing story)
The Witcher (Wied?min)
A Grain of Truth (Ziarno prawdy)
The Lesser Evil (Mniejsze z?o)
A Question of Price (Kwestia ceny)
The Edge of the World (Kraniec ?wiata)
The Last Wish (Ostatnie ?yczenie)
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2015, 08:46:37 PM »
The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hopkins


A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
 
Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts. 

After all, she was a normal American herself once.   

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. 

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling—and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2015, 08:48:50 PM »
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan


For readers of The Night Circus and Station Eleven, a lyrical and absorbing debut set in a world covered by water

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, laying the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland ("landlockers") and those who float on the sea ("damplings"), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives--offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2015, 08:50:21 PM »
A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall



"It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre."

Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.
Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.

FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2015, 08:52:03 PM »
When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner


The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series for fans of Patrick Rothfuss, When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.

If you pick a fight with Shroud, the Lord of the Dead, you had better make sure you end up on the winning side, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book that gives its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2015, 08:53:47 PM »
I'll second The Shining Girls. I also really want to second the Three, but I "read" that with an audiobook, so I have nothing to easily to try to refresh my memory for discussions. I loved it, so maybe someone else will second it. I could nominate Day Four ... I have read it yet :) And they don't need to be read in order :)
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2015, 09:09:53 PM »
I'd really like to read The Witcher collection as it's meant to be excellent, so seconded. Also will second A Crown for Cold Silver and A Man Lies Dreaming.
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Re: [JUL 2015] - Open Nominations!
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2015, 09:13:10 PM »
I'll second the library book. :)
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