Alright, so I don’t really think there’s stuff we’re not meant to know – vive la science! – but a lot of people were talking about aliens (and Monty Python – Twitter, never change), so here are some books about aliens to start knowing some things. Maybe. The truth is out there!
This is a great start for anyone who likes their sci-fi light and lush, with enough cyborgs, psychics, and space travel to satisfy more die-hard fans. Set in futuristic Beijing, this well wrought fairy tale retelling features plague, sisterhood, and a robot who’ll be your favorite character. What more could you want? Crime? Formal wear? A lost foot? All that and more, plus, your book hangover will be delayed for quite a while, because there are several excellent sequels and a delightful graphic novel companion series. And did I mention Cinder is a mechanic? She’s a mechanic. Heart eyes.
Quick question – are you ready to suffer? This is a good book, maybe even a great one, but it’s going to break your entire heart and not even be sorry. Two strangers, the only survivors of a massive spaceliner crash, try to find their way across an alien landscape to the ship’s wreckage and hope of rescue. An unlikely pair, an heiress and a former soldier must work together not only to survive harsh conditions on dwindling hope, but to discover the secrets of this planet, long hidden, and more lovely and terrible than they could have imagined. Like I said, this one’ll hurt, but read it anyway. It’s earned.
Confession; this one’s from my TBR. But it’s at the top of the list! Brutal, large scale war against terrifying aliens, an intergalactic university, and the terrible pull of leaving the Earth behind. Clocking in at under a hundred pages, this is definitely a quick read, but don’t worry about being abandoned – it’s the first of three novellas. Plus, we always, always stan a heroine who’s good at math. Isn’t that the dream? Be good at math, and risk death to go to space school? Don’t boo me, I’m right.
When pop star Leontyne Blake loses the love in her love songs, a sudden family emergency brings her back to her tiny hometown of Missouri. Tending to her father, sick in the hospital, Leontyne is finally able to escape the pressure of the music industry, as well as the pressure of finding someone who loves her for her, and not her fame.
Everything changes when she meets her father’s nurse, Holly Drummond, who is not only unimpressed with Leontyne’s success, but is more interested in Leontyne as a person. Holly is a woman different from any that Leontyne has ever met, uninterested in relationships in general, and also Asexual. As the relationship between these women develops, they need to find the perfect rhythm to find something more, a love that both had given up on a long time ago.
This sci-fi epic and Hugo Award winner will take you by storm, throwing you into an all-out war, blood-battles and all, but more than the intense drama of war, this story is about our heroine’s search for truth. Zan wakes with no memory of who she is, and where she has come from. Encaptured by strangers, all women, who claim they are her family and that she is their salvation, Zan must fight her way to the truth to save a dying world.
If action is what you’re looking for, look no further than this book! With twists and turns at every corner, this book perfectly blends the sci-fi genre with action and drama that will blow you out of this world, and there’s a little romance between the protagonist and another of the fierce women of the story.
A beloved classic romance for the modern-day, this tale follows two women, lost in the daily monotony, living untrue to themselves and their potential. Therese, a struggling young sales clerk, and Carol, a stay at home mother in the midst of a bitter divorce, find each other, and therefore find joy and freedom that they never believed was possible before. Abandoning their oppressive daily routines for the freedom of the open road, they together build a love that they have always wanted. However, this is not a fairy tale romance where all it takes is two people falling in love to reach the happy ending, because of Carol’s obligations as a mother, she is forced to choose between her love for Therese and her beloved child.
True love never comes easy in the real world, and this emotional roller-coaster of a novel shows that tenfold.
If that last book was a little too real for you, here’s some fantasy to escape the soul-crushing that is reality.
Combining monsters and pirates together this book follows Cassandra Leung, a trainee in a family of Recokners, trainers of genetically engineered sea monsters to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. When the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. With plans to make the Sea her own, the Pirate queen orders Cas to train a monster pup to push her plans into action. Torn by her desire to uphold her family’s noble cause and her survival as a captive, Cassandra must choose wisely to live the Pirate life.
Intensely personal, this graphic novel is Kabi Nagata’s revealing story, her struggles with depression and sexuality as a young woman. With charming and provocative illustrations, Nagata leaves nothing censored. The true and difficult reality of struggling with mental health and coming to terms with your sexuality is perfectly illustrated, both literally and figuratively, in this book. For any reader of this book, how real and relatable the story is written is moving.
Maria Griffiths, a young trans woman, takes a life-changing journey away from her life in New York City after she discovers that her girlfriend has been lying to her. With her life as she has known it forever changed, Maria sets off to escape the painful lies that have been revealed, but with the struggles that trans people face looming over her head, her ventures are much harder than she wishes. Joined by another trans woman on her life journey, they must find their way in the world.
Having run from her old life, Marin has kept many secrets about her final moments before she left her family and old friends behind. With tragedy and grief from her past still tormenting her for years since she left, the past finally comes back to haunt her when her best friend Mabel pays a visit to Marin’s lonely apartment. The truth must finally come out, and Marin must face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
Did you ever drop out of school to create unnatural life? No? Then live vicariously through Victor Frankenstein, a totally real and not unethical doctor!
Treat the invention of science fiction with exactly none of the reverence it deserves, and feast your eyes (stolen or not) on these Frankenstein memes.
1. For the Pedant in Your Life
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Oh, so the ‘Doctor’ didn’t give his child his name? Sure, a first name would have been polite, but at the very least, can’t we call him Monster Frankenstein, son of Victor Frankenstein? I’m just saying, just because Vicky doesn’t bother, doesn’t mean they’re not both Frankensteins. And as the ever quotable John Mulaney says, “just because you’re accurate doesn’t mean you’re interesting”. Next time someone tells you the monster’s name wasn’t Frankenstein, tell them any of this. Or strangle them. (Don’t do that).
2. When You Misunderstand the Instructions… Pretty Badly
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I mean, sure. He definitely didn’t do what they had in mind. Definitely. But can he really be disqualified? He definitely built a stronger body, no one said it had to be his own. Somebody check the fine print. Anyone who’s ever had their homework handed back because they did the assignment just completely wrong will relate. Do we think this is the secret reason he left school? They told him to write an essay on human organs and he brought in a bunch of organs with writing on them? I’m just saying, maybe take it easy, man.
3. An Actual John Mulaney Meme This Time
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I swear I didn’t plan this. But we’ve had a lot of these no/yes, broke/woke meme formats, and I consider this a good addition to the art form. And I mean… it’s true. I’m not a parent, so maybe I shouldn’t be shaming anyone for their methods, but I think in this case foresight is as accurate as hindsight would be. Like…Do not follow the doctor’s lead on this. Plus, have you ever tried to learn French? The hyphens alone make ME have nervous fevers, and he did it in one year. Whether he’s a monster may be in question, but either way he’s an absolute beast.
Kira Jane Buxton spends her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds, and a husband, but has taken the time to bring us a stellar debut novel.
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S.T. is a domesticated crow. He’s a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.
Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head. In a vein attempt to save him, S.T. starts beak-delivering beer while Dennis, Big Jim’s loyal, but dim-witted, dog, tries to lick Big Jim back to health. But there’s no point.
Thus, S.T. and Dennis venture out into the world.
Turns out humanity’s extinction has finally arrived, and it’s up to a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education, as well as a mangy mutt to find their way through the apocalypse.
From the lowest lows to the highest highs, this humorous romp will lift your spirits as you watch a cowardly crow can become a courageous hero. We can’t stop talking about this recent August release, and you won’t be able to stop reading it!
First we had Sanctuary, a book about how a loyal corporate prison guard teams up with the superpowered criminal holding her hostage to an evil coming from space, and now Caryn Lix does her magic again in this gripping story.
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Now a former prison guard, Kenzie, finds herself stuck in a stolen alien ship with nowhere to go, surrounded by super-powered criminals and her mother who failed to even lift a finger to help her in the first book. To add to the mayhem, Kenzie is constantly haunted by memories of the aliens who nearly ripped her apart as well as when she accidentally had to kill one of the few prisoners who was actually kind to her.
As the aliens make their way towards Earth, Kenzie knows that the alien ship must be destroyed before they reach Earth. To make things worse, the aliens are coming after Kenzie first and the Omnistellar, the people she once loyally served, are after her as well.
You want a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author? How about two? And how about they are identical twin sisters?
Your wish is granted, and now we have Krista and Becca Ritchie. One’s a science nerd, the other is a comic book geek, but both are fantastic writers and storytellers. Don’t believe me? Well, check out their newest release!
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Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal are desperate to escape, but to do so they’ll have to trust a mysterious young stranger who somehow knows everything about them. This man will give them the answers they need, if only they join forces on a mission that will determine the fate of humanity.
What is this mission, you may ask? Well, legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets.
The trio has to find this infant. Better hope it’s not just a myth! Worse yet, as Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new.
Then everything takes a turn for the worse when the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.
An equally stunning and thrilling conclusion to this sci-fi/romance duology, this August release, in the words of Kirkus Reviews, is “[t]ightly plotted and brimming with heart”.
Yep, that’s his Amazon profile picture, and it’s the closest thing to a face we could find for this author, but the book speaks for itself.
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The war has begun. The main gateway has opened and the minions of the Onderwereld are coming through. You can kill them, but they just reincarnate a week after you kill them.
However, Sean knows that there are weapons that can kill a demon so that it can’t respawn and he’s going to get them. One problem: he’ll have to find a way to sneak past a million demons, get into their home, and run around without getting caught.
But he’s ready for anything.
While Jan himself admits on his Amazon page that, “No I’m not the next great American literature writer, sorry, I just want to have fun (is there anything wrong with that?) and entertain people,” we here at Bookstr have to admit that he’s awesomely entertaining, and this action-packed adventure is one wild ride!
Harley Merlin has a secret power: she can sense people’s emotion. Her power has gotten her far in life, in fact it’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino, but there’s just one little problem: she has no idea where she got this power. An orphan whose only tie to her family is her father’s cryptic note, she’s as much a mystery to herself as she is to others.
Then one day she meets warlock Wade Crowley, who introduces her to a hidden world of beasts, magic beings, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past. But someone is out for her blood and Harley finds herself locked in a battle of good versus evil that threatens to make both the human and the magical world dangerously crash into each other.
Fun, exciting, and delightfully dark, this is for all those magic-loving young adults out there!
H. G. Wells died this week in 1946. In honor of his death, we’re taking a look at the fake news broadcast that supposedly panicked many listeners.
Some people may know that H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was originally released as a radio broadcast in 1938. Played out by a cast of actors and presented as though it were really taking place, The War of the Worlds broadcast caused mass panic, and many people believed aliens were actually invading New Jersey. Or at least that’s how the story goes.
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There’s some evidence of this. According to NPR‘s Radiolab, about one in twelve people were listening in, enough to constitute mass panic, and many ran from their homes to see what was happening. This matter is contested, however.
Slate argues that this one in twelve number is just out of those with their radios on, in addition to the fact that Wells’ masterpiece was competing with a particularly popular variety show. In a ratings survey shortly after it aired, most respondents referred to it as a “radio play”. Certainly not as a news broadcast.
Still, contemporary news papers seized the opportunity to discredit radio as an unreliable source, and claimed that masses of people had taken to the streets in panic. Sort of ironic. At least we got a few movies about all that hype. And we finally got to see Tom Cruise running for once.
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I kid. Somebody let that man rest. He must have other skills that are being neglected. At least put him on a motorcycle sometimes. Wait.
So was there an actual scare? Maybe. A little. Certainly it occurred to someone that it could be interpreted as real news. Ultimately, though, people knew what it was, and if they didn’t, they dismissed it as a prank. Still, pop culture myths are pernicious, and it’s interesting to imagine a world in which a broadcast could convince a nation that aliens had invaded.