science fiction/fantasy

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Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis

Connie Willis adds a seventh Hugo Award to her list of accomplishments with this diptych. Continuing a theme developed in The Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog, Willis imagines a near future (2060) in which Oxford University historians conduct field work by traveling into the past. The past in these two books (which are actually one story) is London during WWII.

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Chester's Mill, Maine finds itself suddenly and inexplicably cut off from the outside world when a 20,000 foot high transparent dome descends from out of nowhere. Who created this situation and why are only two of the questions the increasingly desperate denizens of this beleaguered town have to address as King spins a yarn full of unlikely heroes, monstrous pretenders to power and nefarious doings beyond the known universe. Mayhem rules. But so does redemption. A fast paced tale populated with a great cast of characters both good and evil.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

Meet Jake Marlowe.  Jake is a werewolf.  He is the last known werewolf on earth, and he is being hunted.  When we meet Marlowe, he is almost 200 years old and is growing tired of the constant loneliness and the constant struggle to stay under the radar of his pursuers.  Just when the end is near and Jake is ready to give up, everything changes…  This is an excellent story, and a breath of fresh air from all of the recent vampire books. 

Pym by Mat Johnson

This tale has it all. Colonies of giant albino humaniods living below the Antarctic ice. A bitter, tenure-denied academic who discovers the manuscript of Edgar Allen Poe's only novel and decides there's enough evidence to prove it's not a work of fiction. A life-threatening, seafaring voyage of an all-black crew to find a black-inhabited island at the bottom of the world. Evil, conniving lawyers. Cold-hearted ex-girfriends. Acidly humorous, Johnson creates an uproarious satire of racial pathology. And does so with a cast of memorable miscreants and a blistering plot.

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