Tired of the ordinary new books, the same stories by the same familiar authors? Want to try something very new and very different? You’re in luck, because we have some new and very unusual books arriving here on Tuesday, June 16, for your reading pleasure.
The Battle of Waterloo is certainly well known. How could there possibly be anything new and interesting to say about it? Well, how about if it’s a story narrated by rabbits who have passed on the tale from generation to generation? The Sage of Waterloo: A Tale, by Leona Francombe, is not quite Watership Down meets The Battle of Waterloo, but it is a charming book and well worth a read.
Find rabbits telling the story of a famous battle too whimsical? The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins, is about young people brought up by a strange figure they call Father, who may be God, living in a library that may contain all the secrets of God’s power. When Father disappears, other forces vie for the powers contained in the library, and the denizens of the library, especially Carolyn, the protagonist, must fight to protect those powers and perhaps create a new god. This book has been compared to Neil Gaiman, and also described as utterly unique.
Interested in a little alternate history with a side order of steampunk? Try The Iron Assassin, by Ed Greenwood, set in an alternate London in what would have been the Victorian era if Victoria had ever ascended to the throne. A young inventor, Jack Straker, has created what he believes to be an ideal weapon to defend the Crown and the Empire: a clockwork-controlled, reanimated corpse he can control, or that at least he thinks he can control. Has he created a monster or the best protector the Empire could have had? Dive in and enjoy!