“Necklace of Kisses: A Novel” by Francesca Lia Block

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“Necklace of Kisses: A Novel

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Release Date: October 13, 2009

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Where were the kisses? Weetzie Bat wondered. And so begins a magical journey of discovery. As she turns forty and the relationship with her secret-agent lover-man Max falls apart, Weetzie packs up her lime green and bright orange bikini, orange suede sneakers, and Pucci tunic, jumps in her ’65 mint green Thunderbird, and leaves.

Weetzie finds herself at the enchanted pink hotel in sparkling Los Angeles, where she once shied away from a kiss that may have led her to the love of her life. Now she returns, perhaps in search of her lost passion, and meets an otherworldy cast of characters, among them a blue-skinned receptionist, an invisible cleaning lady, a seductive fawn, and a sushi-eating mermaid who gives her a kiss that sets the wheel of self-discovery in motion.

Block invests every scene with equal shots of magic and realism, rendering her heroine and supporting players in vivid, poetic detail. In Necklace of Kisses the fans that have grown up with Weetzie Bat will be able to meet her in adulthood and find that life is still no less trying and no less full of wonder.

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“Mr. Adam: A Novel” by Pat Frank

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“Mr. Adam: A Novel”

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian

Release Date: February 23, 2016

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Originally published at the dawn of the Atomic Age, Mr. Adam is a riveting, chilling novel from the author of the post-apocalyptic classic Alas Babylon,  revealing the dangers of nuclear power—and the far greater danger of government bureaucracy.

A young newspaperman accidentally turns up the biggest story of his career: On a certain date in the not-too-distant future, there are no reservations in the maternity wards of any hospitals in New York. When the journalist’s AP office checks other cities, he discovers that this alarming state of affairs is not just in the United States, but in the entire world. A few months earlier, an accidental explosion in an atomic plant in Mississippi released an unknown form of radiation that turned the Earth’s men sterile—with one notable exception.

Mr. Homer Adam, who was at the bottom of a lead mine in Colorado at the moment of the explosion, is the only man unaffected by the atomic rays. Naturally, he is in great demand, and sadly, it’s up to the government to decide what to do with him.

One of literature’s first responses to the atomic bomb, Mr. Adam is an artifact of classic science fiction—an equally biting satire and ominous warning to society—that will resonate deeply with readers today as it did when it was first published in 1946.

“The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy” by Mark R. Healy

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“The Silent Earth: The Complete Trilogy

Genre: Science Fiction/Metaphysical & Visionary/Cyberpunk

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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One of the most gripping and original sci-fi series of recent years, The Silent Earth is a breathtaking glimpse into a terrifying future.

The Earth is in ruins. Cities and nations destroyed. Those who survive the onslaught succumb to the cold blackness of winter. A handful of machines finally emerge into the light, lost and directionless. They are the last remnants of civilisation.

Brant is a synthetic – a machine who has the appearance and emotions of the humans who made him. He is hunted across the wasteland by cruel scavengers known as Marauders who are intent on cannibalising his body to prolong their own lives.

Brant carries a great burden as he tries to return home: a secret that can change the world. Against the unforgiving desert, the twisted denizens of this new world and his own dark past he needs to find a way back at any cost.

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“The Quest for Juice (Paranoia Book 1)” by Jonathan-David Jackson

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“The Quest for Juice (Paranoia Book 1)”

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Release Date: November 24, 2014

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Oscar has always lived a life of quiet paranoia, but now everything is changing. Suddenly, the bus is frequently late, his housekeys won’t fit in the lock, and someone has taken his juice, which was the one thing holding his life together. He strikes back against the people behind it all, but when he strikes too hard an innocent man ends up dead, and Oscar ends up in jail, diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and facing life in a mental institution. On his journey to mental health and the truth, he has to make hard decisions about medication, trusting his own mind, dating a nurse, and whether that hedgehog can actually talk.

“Taming Fire (The Dragonprince’s Legacy Book 1)” by Aaron Pogue

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“Taming Fire (The Dragonprince’s Legacy Book 1)

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Coming of Age/Sword & Sorcery

Release Date: February 4, 2014

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Daven Carrickson grew up as a beggar in the filthy alleys beneath the shadows of the palace. He’s the son of a known thief, disgraced and despised. His only real talent is his ability with a sword, and his only real chance at finding honor or a home is a desperate dream of joining the King’s Guard.

Then Daven receives a new future when Master Claighan invites him to study magic at the Academy. The wizard offers to make him into a new kind of soldier: a swordsman equally skilled with forged blades and mystic forces. It only helps that Daven has no home, no family, and nothing left to lose.

But when conspiring forces destroy the wizard’s plans, Daven finds himself wanted for treason and murder. Hunted by a great black beast of a dragon, caught between the King’s Guard and a rebel force led by a rogue wizard, Daven’s only hope of surviving is to become more than he’s ever dreamed possible.

Taming Fire is the first book in the Dragonprince’s Legacy.

“The Fallen Empire Collection (Books 1-3 and prequel)” by Lindsay Buroker

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“The Fallen Empire Collection (Books 1-3 and prequel)”

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Space Fleet/Galactic Empire

Release Date: March 13, 2017

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A fighter pilot on a mission to reunite with her daughter.
A cyborg soldier on a quest to regain his humanity.

Mortal enemies during the war, they must now work together to salvage a seventy-year-old freighter and navigate the gauntlet of pirates, scavengers, mercenaries, and other pitfalls that stand in their way after the fall of the largest empire mankind has ever known.

This set includes:

Book 1: Star Nomad
Book 2: Honor’s Flight
Book 3: Starseers
The previously unpublished prequel novella Last Command
The short story “Starfall Station”

Star Nomad was a nominee for the Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards and also made Amazon’s Top 20 list of Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016. Start the adventure now!

“Muse (Tales of Silver Downs Book 1)” by Kylie Quillinan

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“Muse (Tales of Silver Downs Book 1)

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Epic

Release Date: December 1, 2015

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He’s a melancholy bard. She’s expecting to settle into a boring and predictable life. They’re the world’s only hope against a nightmare…

Diarmuid is hardly a typical bard. Instead of composing cheerful ballads, he shares cautionary tales that reflect the darkness he feels inside. When his muse comes to life, she sets out to live life in the only twisted way she knows how.

Brigit tries to be a good wise woman like her mother but feels like she’s wasting her life peddling charms and cures. When she encounters a fey and becomes the victim of a cruel curse, she gets more adventure than she ever wanted.

As the pair cross paths, they soon realise that the only way to succeed in their quests is to join forces. Together, they discover the true nature of Diarmuid’s bond with his muse. While the world will never be safe with the creature on the prowl, destroying her could have fatal consequences…

Muse is the first book in a series of Celtic-inspired epic fantasy novels. If you like lush historical backdrops, complex characters, and new spins on Celtic mythology, then you’ll love Kylie Quillinan’s engaging series starter.