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Book Recs

I've been collecting minor injuries for a while now: I hurt my right arm trying to unstick a vacuum cleaner hose, and hurt my back a little washing the house. Yesterday I broke a toe on a concrete block while doing yard work. Go me.

Here are some new book recs:

* The Shores of Spain by J. Kathleen Cheney
Even as the branches of peace are being offered, there are some who still believe those who are not human should be used as chattel. And they are willing to go to great lengths to retain their power. This is part of The Golden City trilogy set in early 1900s Portugal, and here are Release Day Giveaways and other links.

* Ink and Bone: The Great Libary by Rachel Caine
In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time...Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

* Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel
In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recoletta, oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city's coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

* Death's Good Dog by T.L. Morganfield
In 1521, while the Spanish were conquering the Aztec people, the Archangel Michael defeated their gods. Three hundred years later, the fierce, bloodthirsty gods of Ancient Mexico still sit dead on the shores of the Black Lake in the underworld, watched over by the only two gods the angels spared: Lord Death and his servant, the Black Dog Xolotl.

* Xiao Xiao and the Dragon Pearl by Joyce Chng
Enter the world of Xiao Xiao, daughter of an imperial courtesan, and a fantastical historical Qing China, with dragons and magic and traditions. What happens when her mother adopts a baby girl found in a rice field? What does - can - the green pearl do?

* In the Still of the Knight by John G. Hartness
Murders are happening outside Charlotte's hottest nightspots. A new vampire society has set up shop in the sewers. And Jimmy Black's about to run afoul of the Master of the City. If Jimmy weren't already a vampire, the week ahead would be the death of him.

* Bound by Ink by Kristi Hutson
Michiko has been a vessel containing three demons since she was a little girl. She accepts her lot with stoic humility, covered with warding tattoos printed with spell-laced ink. When the governors of her province send her off-world as a waste of resources, her life takes a strange new turn.

* Time Salvager by Wesley Chu
In a future when Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humanity has spread into the outer solar system to survive, the tightly controlled use of time travel holds the key maintaining a fragile existence among the other planets and their moons. James Griffin-Mars is a chronman--a convicted criminal recruited for his unique psychological makeup to undertake the most dangerous job there is: missions into Earth's past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. Most chronmen never reach old age, and James is reaching his breaking point.

* Shower of Stones by Zachary Jernigan
At the moment of his greatest victory, before a crowd of thousands, the warrior Vedas Tezul renounced his faith, calling for revolt against the god Adrash, imploring mankind to unite in this struggle. Good intentions count for nothing. In the three months since his sacrilegious pronouncement, the world has not changed for the better. In fact, it is now on the verge of dying. The Needle hangs broken in orbit above Jeroun, each of its massive iron spheres poised to fall and blanket the planet's surface in dust. Long-held truces between Adrashi and Anadrashi break apart as panic spreads.

* The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard is up for preorder
In the late twentieth century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins, the aftermath of a Great War between arcane powers. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.

* Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold
A new novella set in the same world as The Curse of Chalion.
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You offer up the best book recommendations. I'm off to purchase the Bujold novella right now.

Just finished Penric. It is wonderful. And leaves me hoping that we will see more of Penric.

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