Amaryllis, by Jayne Castle

amaryllisTitle: Amaryllis

Author: Castle, Jayne (Author’s Website)

Genre: Romance, futuristic romance

Bibliographic: Pocket Books, 336 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, , ISBNs 9780671569037, 9780671021436, 9781574901399, 9781451624014

Publication Date: October 1, 1996

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Futuristic, character-driven, fast-paced, steamy

Why I picked it up: This book was required reading for my readers’ advisory class. I would not have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Lucas Trent and Amaryllis Lark both have mysteries to solve, not least of which is why they are so drawn to each other.

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The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

5thseasonTitle: The Fifth Season

Author: Jemisin, N.K. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Epic Fantasy

Bibliographic: Orbit, 512 pages, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $23.60, ISBNs 9780316229296, 9780316324977

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, authentic, complex, world-building, compelling, gritty, lyrical

Why I picked it up: I’ve been making a point of reading novels that the Sad Puppies disapprove of, and when this one won the Hugo I bumped it way up on my list.

S.I.A.S.: Essun is on a quest to get her daughter back, even though the world is ending.

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Redshirts, by John Scalzi

redshirtsTitle: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Author: Scalzi, John (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science fiction, humor, metafiction

Bibliographic: Tor, 320 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9780765316998, 9780765334794, 9781410476074, 9781466815414, 9781429963602

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ /♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Unconventional story line, dark humor, engaging

Why I picked it up: It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and I’m always ready for a Star Trek parody.

S.I.A.S.: The crew of the Intrepid realizes that a television show is interfering with their real lives.

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