July 07, 2012

Humor, Apocalypse, Cyborgs and Japanese SF

SF&F Literati Announce New Books
At their June 25 meeting the SF&F Literati chose three new titles to round out their summer reading selections and take them into the fall. 
We've listed the entire lineup here, so you can place your orders and start reading!

Did you think you had monsters in the
closet, as a child? If so, you had
nothing on Diana's problems!

July 23
Chasing the Moon, by A. Lee Martinez (who is becoming sort of a summertime reading “regular” author).

B&N Overview:
Unspeakable horrors threaten the earth in this fantastic new comic fantasy from the author of Divine Misfortune
“Diana's life was in a rut--she hated her job, she was perpetually single, and she needed a place to live. But then the perfect apartment came along. It seemed too good to be true--because it was. 
“The apartment was already inhabited--by monsters. Vom the Hungering was the first to greet Diana and to warn her that his sole purpose in life was to eat everything in his path. This poses a problem for Diana since she's in his path . . . and is forbidden from ever leaving the apartment. 
“It turns out though that there are older and more ancient monstrous entities afoot - ones who want to devour the moon and destroy the world as we know it. Can Diana, Vom, and the other horrors stop this from happening? Maybe if they can get Vom to stop eating everything . . . and everyone.”

Based (very) loosely on the fairy tale, this
sf novel opens the Lunar Chronicles series.

August 27
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

B&N Overview:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . 
“Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. 
"But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.”

The Literati explore new worlds in a
popular Japanese sf novel, soon to
be a Warner Bros. film starring Tom

September 24
All You Need is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and illustrated by anime and manga graphic artist Yoshitoshi ABe (no, that's not a typo).

B&N Overview:
“L to R (Western Style). There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. 
"Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?”

Note: This novel is identified as Sakurazaka’s “breakout” science fiction novel. It has been optioned by Warner Brothers for production, with the working title of We Mortals Are.  According to IMDB, the film is in pre-production and scheduled for release as All You Need is Kill in 2013.  Doug Liman will direct; Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star.

The SF&F Literati meet every fourth Monday of the month (with a couple of exceptions) on the 2nd floor of the Barnes & Nobles Booksellers at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park.

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IMAGE CREDITS: All cover art is courtesy of Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

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