|Jared is a reader of diverse genres, but he has an affinity for science-fiction. His ideal SF includes thought-provoking or unique concepts with believable and interesting characters. Jared also works in the child trauma/mental health field at the local children's hospital.|
The final volume in the epic trilogy that started with the highly successful The Three-Body Problem. Those not familiar with the series, and are fans of hard science-fiction, are strongly encouraged to pick up the first book. Readers will be hard pressed to find another series with a scope and scale as grand as what Cixin Liu has written. And Death's End is by far the most awe-inspiring of the trilogy. Moving from the emotional-driven storytelling of the previous novels, the third volume tells a story with an even greater focus on large scale events and scientific ideas that impact the whole of humanity. Years and decades unfold across chapters, resulting in a story that spans centuries. Central to these events is our new young protagonist, Cheng Xin, whose journey contains shocking, touching and tragic moments. With multiple tip-of-the-hat references to the Foundation Trilogy, fans of the classic science fiction writers like Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark will not be disappointed in this very thought-provoking series.
The residents of Black Spring can never leave their town because of Katherine Von Wyler, a 300 year old witch who has her mouth and eyes sewed shut. Katherine walks silently through the town’s streets and appears in residents’ homes at random times, including when they eat dinner, watch television or sleep. The town’s populace both fear and respect her because of her power — those who leave town slowly contemplate suicide and eventually take their own life. However, the witch isn’t the only threat in Black Spring. Like all good horror/thriller stories, the horror of Hex lies in its ability to expose the extremes of individual and group behavior. Even kind and smart people are susceptible to groupthink and bloodlust. Hex feels very fresh and original, with truly shocking and unsettling moments that will stay with you well beyond the last page.
There’s an adage that creativity can spring from early hardships or trauma. This certainly holds true for Imogen and Marin, two sisters who have both been accepted into an elite performing arts school. The retreat is not just an opportunity to develop their respective crafts but also a chance to escape their extremely abusive mother; however, there is more to their new school than they realize. Heavily inspired by classic fairy tales, this book is dark yet hopeful, featuring characters with realistic aspirations and pains. Roses and Rot explores how far some will go to succeed and put the past behind them. Kat Howard has crafted a well-written and solid debut novel, already building anticipation for her next work.
The discovery of a body in the desolate icy terrain of Greenland launches an investigation that immediately finds striking connections to a series of solved murder cases in Denmark. Is this a copy cat or did Denmark police make a terrible mistake? The Girl in the Ice, the second Detective Chief Konrad Simonsen novel, features a gripping pace and a cast of refreshingly competent characters who are pushed to their limits as the investigation spirals out of control and becomes more and more personal. - Jared
Radiance is not your run of the mill SF. The story is set in an alternate history that spans across the early to mid-1900s, when space travel is possible and every planet in our solar system is habitable. Unlike many SF epics, Radiance is highly character-driven. The story revolves around Severin Unck, the daughter of a famous film director. Severin grows up under the Hollywood spotlight and eventually starts directing her own movies. While filming her latest documentary on the planet Venus, Severin goes missing. What follows is an intriguing search for one woman across an entire solar system. Radiance is beautifully written, with a poetic style that I have come to expect from the author. I really liked the novel’s intricate use of Hollywood gossip magazines, film scripts, and recorded conversations as a means to piecing together the puzzle of Severin’s story. Radiance is a truly unique novel. – Jared