Book Recommendations

If you're still looking for some summer reading material, here are some books to consider:

Afterparty by Daryl Gregory -- In a near future world where people create their own drugs, a young woman escapes a mental institution when she discovers that a narcotic she helped create has hit the streets and is being used for nefarious purposes.

Artful: A Novel by Peter David -- The story of Oliver Twist becomes an exciting adventure...with vampires.

Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years -- To mark the Dark Knight's anniversary, here is a collection of his greatest comic book tales, from his origins depicted by Bob Kane to his critically lauded graphic novel rendition by Frank Miller to today.

California Bones by Greg van Eekhout -- Los Angeles is a world of magic in this fantasy quest adventure.

The High Druid's Blade: Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks -- There will soon be a TV adaptation of the epic Shannara series, so here's the latest story in the saga.

The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter -- The trilogy about multiple Earths that began with The Long Earth and continued with The Long War comes to a grand conclusion.

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir -- If you want a captivating read, then you won't be disappointed by this chronicle of an astronaut stranded on Mars and trying to survive.

Marvel Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded -- I wish they'd come up with annual updates to the old Encyclopedia, but until then you'll have to shell out for the ever revised new editions. For the first-timer looking for information about Marvel superheroes, this is gold.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris -- This isn't a Sookie Stackhouse adventure, but the author of the saga that became True Blood is hoping this new series will become equally as popular.

Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson -- The first novel was fun and is being developed into a motion picture, and this sequel continues the war between mankind and the robot overlords.

Rogues edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois -- Short stories are wonderful and here's a compilation of 21 of them by Neil Gaiman, Michael Swanwick, Carrie Vaughn, Connie Willis, and others.

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton -- The bestselling Merry Gentry series continues with more faerie intrigue.

Skin Game: A Novel of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher  -- There's a reason these books are so popular and this latest one offers more of the same: thrilling adventure, terrific characters, delightfully entertaining magic, and surprising plot twists throughout.

The Star Wars -- If you were ever curious to see what the original draft screenplay by George Lucas of that tale from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away would have looked like, here's a comic adaptation.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson -- I loved the first book The Way of Kings, and I'm hoping for similar greatness in this continuation of The Stormlight Archives.

Xom-B by Jeremy Robinson -- A virus threatens a future utopia.

If there's another current book out there I should check out, let me know.