Friday Five, August 12th: Books I Think You Should Pick Up (And Read, Obviously).
Cover of Good Omens
Bitters, by Kaimana Wolff. “Weeks after Victoria and Elan disappear on a romantic elopement, officers find a small plane at the bottom of Bitterroot Lake—with Victoria in it and no sign of Elan except remnants of the plane’s avionics in a burned-out campfire. Ray Walker, the youngest deputy sheriff in his town’s history, cannot let this case become his only failure–especially after Victoria’s sister pays a call. Meanwhile, the Green Fairy is escorting a new man-about-town to all the best places—and keeping him alive.”
Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacquline Carey. I’ve blogged about the amazing Kushiel’s Legacy series on multiple occasions, but if you want to get into it I recommend starting with this book. It is the first, after all.
Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This book is a hilarious send-up of all those ridiculous apocalypse books that hit the markets from time to time. Involving an angel and demon who are millennias-old drinking buddies, a misplaced antichrist, and the completely accurate prophecies of a witch named Nutter, this is one novel you do not want to pass by.
Wicked, by Gregory Maguire. A bit depressing, but worth it.
The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley. A book with a heady sense of myth if there ever was one. Quite good, highly recommended.
In 1773, a popular pamphlet called The Alarm attacked the monopolistic intentions of the East India Trading Company. The Alarm's dogged reporting of the Company's exploits in Asia and its control over laws governing America convinced many colonists to stage the Boston Tea Party, as well as similar anti-corporate protests in Annapolis and Charleston. Today, Wall Street and K Street interests pose an existential threat to American liberty and self-government.