New Books for the Week of 10/3/16

Fiction

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
After his father’s gruesome death, Cas took over the family profession of hunting ghosts. He, his kitchen-witch mother, and his ghost-sniffing cat track down local legends and stop spirits from killing people. Cas arrives in a town to chase down a story about a ghost known only as Anna Dressed in Blood. What should be an easy job becomes a complicated mystery of vengeance, curses, and wrath. Anna spares his life but her reasons may cost Cas everything he holds dear.

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
For centuries Okiku has wandered the world, rescuing the spirits of murdered children and taking the lives of their killers. Although she cannot exact revenge on her own killer, she has devoted her afterlife to do so for others. Okiku is a force of vengeance for the innocent, but she meets her match in Tark, a moody teenager. Tark is possessed by a demonic force and his intricate tattoos are the only things keeping it at bay.

Horns by Joe Hill
After the violent murder of his childhood sweetheart, Merrin Williams, everyone in his hometown believes Ignatius Parrish is guilty even though the court let him off. One night he goes on a drinking binge, and when he wakes the next morning, he has grown a pair of devil horns. The horns induce people to reveal their deepest, darkest desires, and Ig discovers he can compel people to act on them as well. Ig uses his newfound power to mete out revenge on those who betrayed him and to uncover the true killer of his girlfriend. This book takes a harsh, critical look at the nature of the good and evil.

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace
The last thing seventeen-year-old Breezy remembers is leaving a party after a fight. One year later she wakes and digs out of her own grave. She doesn’t remember dying, who killed her, why her heartbeat comes and goes. Worse, she doesn’t understand how her touch killed the man at her gravesite or who he was, just that at his death she saw his memory of the time he murdered his family. She goes on a journey across the country to discover the truth about her death and resurrection, encountering along the way other supernatural monsters and a human cult determined to free imprisoned monsters from enslavement.

 

Comics

Grayson vol 2: “We All Die at Dawn” by Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin, Stephen Mooney, and Jeromy Cox
As agents of the international spy organization Spyral, Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli, aka Huntress, team up to track down the Paragon Protocol, metahuman biological organs that can give regular humans superpowers. Grayson goes toe-to-toe against the deadly superhuman known as Midnighter, a brain-damaged Irish rockstar, and the Fist of Cain. Meanwhile, Mr. Minos, the director of Spyral, may not be all he seems.

Grayson vol 3: “Nemesis” by Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Jeromy Cox
Dick Grayson, known in Spyral as Agent 37, has the trust of his former partner and new director Helena Bertinelli, aka Huntress. But when someone starts killing off Spyral agents and the evidence points to Grayson, their friendship is strained. Having spent so much time lying to people and pretending to be someone else, Grayson can’t remember if he really is as innocent as he claims. He must do battle against his own psyche in order to stop the killer.

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! vol 1: “Hooked on a Feline” by Kate Leth, Brittney L. Williams, and Natasha Allegri
Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat, is out of a job and has no place to live. With more Inhumans revealing themselves everyday, Patsy decides to open a temporary employment agency for those who wish to use their powers but not necessarily be superheroes. Meanwhile her childhood frenemy has republished exploitative romance comics about her as a teenage girl and created by Patsy’s mother years before. To achieve her dream of opening a temp agency, shut down the invasive comics, and defeat a powerful nemesis, Patsy must rely on help from friends, humans and superhumans alike.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 1: “Squirrel Power” by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, is starting college, but she hasn’t left her superhero past behind. Galactus threatens to destroy the world and Iron Man seeks out Squirrel Girl to save the day. With the help of her squirrel friend Tippy-Toe, she wins over her grumpy roommate and sinister villains with a quirky sense of humor, super strength, and zippy nut puns.

 

Non-Fiction

Beautiful Lego by Mike Doyle
Presents hundreds of objects designed with Legos with commentary from the artists who designed and built these objects.

The Burma Spring: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation by Rena Pederson
Reveals the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. After years of house arrest, she inspired Burma (now called Myanmar) to take its first steps toward democracy when her party won a political victory in 2015 against the military dictatorship. Includes interviews with Suu Kyi, diplomatic cables, and other primary sources.

Kingdom of the Sun: Indian Court and Village Art from the Princely State of Mewar by Joanna Williams
Presents the catalog of a 2007 exhibit on the painting from the Mewar, India from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Includes essays on the artists, the court, paintings of Rajasthan, and more.

Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed by Feodor Pitcairn
Presents a photographic essay of Iceland, including photos of waterfalls, volcanoes, snow fields, glaciers, mountains, the Northern Lights, and more.

Remarkable Minds: 17 More Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine by Pendred E. Noyce
Presents introductory biographies of seventeen female scientists, including physicist Emilie du Chatelet, chemist Maria Gaetana Agnesi, chemist Marie Genevieve Charlotte Thirous d’Arconville, mathematician Sophie Germain, electrical engineer Hertha Ayrton, medical research Florence Rena Sabin, physicist Marietta Blau, biochemist Gerty Cori, physicist Irene Joliot Curie, medical researcher Helen Taussig, Astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini, medical researcher Jane Cooke Wright, chemist Rosalind E. Franklin, and medical scientist Rosalyn Sussman Yalow.

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye
Discusses the controversies surrounding evolution and creationism. It examines the fundamentals of evolutionary theory, and challenges the perception of creationism as a valid scientific theory through a variety of aspects, including dinosaurs, race, the search for alien life, and the breeding of animals.


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