28 Jul

Michael’s Picks!


Vicious by V.E. Schwab — This book has: uncon­ven­tion­al super­heroes! Moral ambi­gu­i­ty! Res­ur­rec­tion! (*mild spoil­er*) A dog that does not die in the end! Oth­er stuff! This book does *not* have: two-dimen­sion­al char­ac­ters! Tropes! A sequel! Though, real­ly, it should.


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A Dark­er Shade of Mag­ic by V.E. Schwab — An urban fan­ta­sy that has ele­ments of both Neil Gaiman and Chi­na Mieville (who are two oth­er authors you should obvi­ous­ly be read­ing). There’s a swash­buck­ling, gen­der-bend­ing lady pirate, an inter-dimen­sion­al blood magi­cian, AND A WHOLE LOT OF MAGIC. And queer char­ac­ters. Winnnnnnn.

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Seraphi­na & Shad­ow Scale by Rachel Hart­man — Drag­ons, most­ly, with a Game-of-Thrones-esque atten­tion to world build­ing. The tit­u­lar char­ac­ter here is a sassy flautist with psy­chic abil­i­ties and she COMPLETELY steals the show. Can I com­pare this series to Game of Thrones again? Fine, I think I will.

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Shad­ow & Bone, Siege & Storm, Ruin & Ris­ing (The Grisha Tril­o­gy) by Leigh Bar­dugo — More mag­ic (are you sens­ing a the­me here?). Ele­men­tal magi­cians, alchemists, and shad­ow- and light-wield­ers fight and flirt in this Rus­sia-inspired tril­o­gy about a nation divid­ed by dark mag­ic. The char­ac­ters are basi­cal­ly sexy ver­sions of Hog­warts stu­dents. So, yeah.


Railsea by Chi­na Mieville — A Moby-Dick retelling set in a vast desert instead of the open seas. Giant bur­row­ing owls and mas­sive moles ter­ror­ize any­one caught out in the sand. There’s also a leg­end about angelic trains that guard the rail­ways and pro­tect trav­el­ers from dan­ger. Need I con­tin­ue?

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