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Science Fiction

From a Certain Point of View - various authors

Cover of From a Certain Point of View

When I first heard about this book, a collection of short stories all taking place during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, I said that whether or not it succeeded was entirely dependent on there being a tale from the perspective of the trash compactor monster. I was absolutely being facetious, so imagine my surprise and joy when, yes, there is just such a story. And it's actually pretty good! As in all short story collections, a few fall flat, but overall the offerings here are smart, funny, and do a fantastic job fleshing out the world around the well known events of the movie. Examples include a small Jawa salvager, the red droid that explodes and paves the way for R2-D2 to be purchased, the bounty hunter Greedo, the stormtrooper who realizes those WERE the droids he was looking for, several Rebel Alliance pilots who assault the Death Star, Imperial officers, the scum of Mos Eisley. Even Aunt Beru gets a brief word, an important voice that had so very little chance to be heard before. Every fan of Star Wars will find something to love here, even if it's just an alien in the background humorously noticing the pretty, sandy haired young woman who brought her droids into a bar.

Recommended by - Don Priest, Library Director


Final Girls - Riley Sager

Cover of 'Final Girls' by Riley Sager

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street… There’s always a killer, always a tragedy, and always one left behind to carry the burden. The Final Girl. We gain a sense of satisfaction when our heroine finishes off the seemingly immortal slasher but what happens to our leading lady after the bloodshed is cleaned away?

Quincy Carpenter is the youngest of three Final Girls, each survivors of their own horror movie-scale massacres. She ran, bloody and panicked, through the woods surrounding Pine Cottage after a birthday weekend ended in tragedy and now, ten years later, Quincy is doing well. More or less. With a Xanax prescription, repressed memories, her baking blog, and the support of her engaged-to-be-engaged boyfriend as well as the police officer who saved her life all those years ago, Quincy is able to get through her daily life without much fuss or struggle.

That is until Lisa, one of the Final Girls, is found dead and the other, Sam, turns up on Quincy's doorstep after dropping off the grid years ago. Thrown in this sudden direct-to-video sequel, Quincy must figure out who is hunting down Final Girls and why Sam is so intent on making her relive her forgotten past at Pine Cottage.

In his very first thriller, Final Girls, Riley Sager has written a refreshing original take on the beloved Final Girl trope and given us something truly heart-racing to enjoy. Just when you think you've got it figured out, the story pivots and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very end.

Recommended by - Ren, Staff member


The Ancient Magus Bride - Kore Yamazaki, author and artist

Cover for 'The Ancient Magus Bride' by Kore Yamazaki

This visually stunning graphic novel follows the life of Chise, an extraordinary human. She has the gift of sight, which allows her to see otherworldly beings from different planes of existence. Unfortunately, this power ostracizes her from her relatives and in order to become less of a burden to them she makes a drastic decision and sells herself to an auction house. This draws Elias Ainsworth, a reclusive mage, out of his seclusion in order to bid on this singular specimen of human, and he wins her as his property.

The following books show Chise learning more about her powers, meeting new friends, and dodging foes that want her powers for themselves. This series is a delightful ride that will leave you waiting eagerly for the next installment in the manga.

Recommended by - Barbara Keresztury, Adult Librarian

Youth Fiction

Deadweather and Sunrise - Geoff Rodkey

Cover for 'Deadweather and Sunrise' by Geoff Rodkey

Screenwriter Geoff Rodkey starts the Chronicles of Egg series off with a bang in this book, incorporating many elements of classic pirate tales and high-seas adventures in a way that feels fresh and accessible. Egg is raised on the island of Deadweather, a forsaken speck of land where the lowliest outcasts cling to a semblance of civilization. People don’t generally go to Deadweather, they wind up there after years of very hard luck. Egg only rarely gets a chance to leave, and never truly expects to live anywhere else, but one day a series of unexpected events seems to change his fortunes for the better. A wealthy family on the prosperous island of Sunrise makes a very generous proposition to his father, and it looks like their lives will be smooth sailing from then on.

Not all is as it seems, however, and when tragedy is revealed to be betrayal, Egg must fight for his life against opponents who have every advantage over him. Unexpected allies and twists of fate all build up to a surprising, unusual, and very satisfying conclusion to this first tale that will leave young readers hungry for more.

Recommended by - Mike DiMuzio, Youth Librarian

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