If you’re a fan of the weird and strange, the melding of genres and the meddling with reality; if you love fairy tales, sci-fi, and fantasy whipped into your reality and baked into an unrecognizable, totally fresh dish, then pick up Kelly Link's newest collection. From stories about super heroes to space opera ghost stories, Link's collection offers a little something for every reader.
Every ten years a cold and fearsome wizard known only as the Dragon takes a young woman from Agnieszka's village; it's a sacrifice they must endure to keep their village safe from the corrupted, malevolent Wood. No one knows what the women must endure in the Dragon's castle, but they always return changed. When Agnieszka is chosen instead of her best friend Kasia, she quickly realizes the village rumors don't even begin to approach the truth. Novik's book has everything you could want in a fantasy: witches, murder, an evil, conniving forest, unstoppable friendship, and just a little bit of romance. This is one of those books you will come back to year after year; Novik has created a world you'll never want to leave.
While working on a documentary about fringe religions, Alex Mar found herself drawn to paganism and witchcraft, and now she's written a book! Witches of America is a memoir-slash-ethnography; it explores modern-day paganism through Mar's firsthand experience—participating in rituals, attending conventions, and even training in a specific pagan tradition. I found Mar's experience and research absolutely fascinating; her exploration of faith and religion will engage and inform all readers.
George is the story of a fourth-grader who knows she's a girl, even if the world thinks otherwise. This sweet and fun story approaches the subject of transgender kids in a clear, positive, and relatable way. A must-read for all ages and gender identities.
A graphic novel starring Ada Lovelace -- often regarded as the first computer programmer -- and Charles Babbage, the inventor of the computer. Padua supposes an alternate reality where Lovelace and Babbage build the world's first computer together, and they use it to fight crime, among other mathematical tasks. The Thrilling Adventures is unlike any graphic novel I've read before, partially due to its extensive, thoroughly researched footnotes, endnotes, and appendices. It is both smart and hilarious; Padua's talent in rendering Babbage's facial expressions kept me giggling constantly.
This is not your typical essay collection; Limber doesn't limit itself to strict nonfiction, but encourages exploration into the mythic and fantastic while managing to stay rooted to its main theme: trees. Pelster is experimental in both style and content -- with topics ranging from trees on the moon to trees inside a human lung. Her lyrical, evocative prose will resonate long after the last sentence.