Fantasy

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The Undefeated

Una McCormack
4
Rated by
Anne G
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

In The Undefeated we have a lovely novella with a leisurely pace by Una McCormack. This space opera is an introspective reminiscent view of a sixty-year-old's life. The novella blends science fiction life on other planets, colonialism's rise and fall, and an eerie near-apocalyptic setting.

Akata Witch

Akata Witch

Nnedi Okorafor
5
Rated by
Anne G
Tuesday, Jun 9, 2020

“Lesson one,” Anatov said. “And this is for all of you. Learn how to learn. Read between the lines. Know what to take and what to discard.”
― Nnedi Okorafor, Akata Witch

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The Winter Duke

Claire Eliza Bartlett
5
Friday, Apr 24, 2020

As the daughter of the duke, Ekata was born into a world of cut-throat politics and tenuous alliances. Unlike her siblings, though, all she wants to do is escape and study the life sciences she finds so fascinating. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances throw her into the thick of the court politics she has tried all her life to avoid. She must learn quickly how to navigate her situation and hold her head high if she wants to retain her position- and her life. I love the political intrigue throughout the book. It's not something that I've found done in a compelling way in many YA books,...

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Staying-At-Home... on the Planet of the Apes!

Arthur P. Jacobs
4
Rated by
Michael K
Friday, Apr 17, 2020

Shortly before the library closed due to the novel coronavirus, my co-worker, Adam, loaned me a set with all five of the original Planet of the Apes films - three of which are currently in the Johnson County Library collection, and two of which are available to stream from home on IndieFlix.

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The Way of Kings

Brandon Sanderson
5
Rated by
Megan K.
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

Elantris

Elantris

Brandon Sanderson
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

I was a little worried when I started this fantasy fiction that I would not like it. I did have a hard time getting into this, especially when it came to the bad religion. Elantris has several reviews out there that say it is Sanderson's worst work or that it is slow and rough and less polished than his other books, but I did not find that to be the case at all with this dramatic tone. It is very slow and the main character is more of a politician than I am usually used to, although when court intrigue is so imp

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The Gravity of Us

Phil Stamper
5
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020

If you like romance, space, and getting back at greedy T.V. companies while saving NASA- this story is for you. The protagonist is witty, sarcastic, and likable, the side characters complex, and the plot is compelling. What more could you want? Stamper creates a story that revolves around very human experiences: the compulsion to fix what you love (even if it’s not your job), the rush of young love, sticking up for yourself and others in the face of opposition, and a love of space travel. Hard to imagine a better book.

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Crown of Coral and Pearl

Mara Rutherford
4
Monday, Jan 13, 2020

Once a generation in the aquatic village of Varenia, when the prince of Ilara-a nearby kindgom-comes of age, the most beautiful girl of age is chosen to marry the prince. Nor and Zadie, two twins, and the most beautiful girls in Varenia, have been hounded by their mother for their entire lives to maintain their beauty, as she does not want to pass up the chance to have a princess as a daughter. Due to an accident years prior to this "choosing," Nor saves Zadie's life in an accident and receives a small scar, and her hopes of setting foot on land are destroyed... Until Zadie is injured,...

Hand of Glory

Middlegame

Seanan McGuire
4
Rated by
Heather C
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019

I am not one that is normally drawn to the fantasy genre. I mean, sure, I read all of the Harry Potter books (because they were fantastic!). I am a huge fan of the Xanth series and don't even get me started with the Incarnations of Immortality series (if you haven't read that series, I highly highly recommend it) but I find myself drawn more to thrillers or mysteries or anythi

The Secret Hour (Midnighters Book #1)

The Secret Hour

Scott Westerfeld
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Feb 21, 2020

The Secret Hour has a very imaginative paranormal premise, and it was enjoyable to read; I finished this book for reluctant readers in two sittings. I love the idea of a hidden hour after midnight where only a select few can visit, and the continuing threads of mystery and “what’s going on?” kept me reading this urban fantasy. The characters are not all best buddies, but are unique individuals with their own motivations which are shown in the fast pace.

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