Shelf Awareness for Thursday, March 9, 2017


Bantam: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

DK Publishing: Stock Your Shelves for Easter!

Soho Press: D'Arc (War with No Name #2) by Robert Repino

Workman Publishing: Flow

Center Street: Death Need Not Be Fatal by Malachy McCourt and Brian McDonald

RosettaBooks: Gratitude in Low Voices: A Memoir by Dawit Gebremichael Habte

News

Tenth Amazon Books to Open, in Bellevue, Wash.

Amazon will open its 10th Amazon Books bookstore later this year in Bellevue, Wash., not far from the first Amazon Books location, which opened in Seattle in November 2015, ReCode reported.

The Bellevue store will be in the Bellevue Square shopping center; plans for the store were found in building permits and confirmed by Amazon.

Just last week, Amazon opened its fourth Amazon Books location, in Dedham, Mass. It also has stores in San Diego and near Portland, Ore. It has plans to open other stores this year in Walnut Creek, Calif., Chicago, New York City, Paramus, N.J., and Lynnfield, Mass.


G.P. Putnam's Sons: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo


Indie Booksellers Celebrate #InternationalWomen'sDay

Politics & Prose founders Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade

Independent booksellers found myriad ways to honor International Women's Day as well as #ADayWithoutAWoman yesterday. Many shared their celebrations on social media. Here's just a small sampling:

Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C.: "On the #DayWithoutAWoman, a reminder that Politics and Prose owes its existence to two remarkable female founders, and we are proud to say P&P still has a woman as a co-owner."

Unabridged Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.: "Celebrate International Women's Day with us, March 8th! ALL PROCEEDS from our sales tomorrow will be donated to the Chicago Women's AIDS Project, a local, grassroots organization founded in 1988 whose mission is to empower trans and cisgender women to take control of their own health. Buy a book and support them!"

Chronicle Books commemorated International Women's Day by wearing red, with male co-workers joining in. The company is 75% women (including its president, Tyrrell Mahoney).

Let's Play Books, Emmaus, Pa.: "Today, March 8, we are offering you a choice. We know YOU have a choice in where you shop, in where your hard-earned dollars go. In our bookstore, we believe in the incredible power of Women, we believe that Black Lives Matter, and we believe that racism, homophobia, and intolerance of any kind do not belong in our America. We believe in learning, in discussing, in civil conversation. In our small business way, we are celebrating what we believe by offering a small incentive. 1) Enjoy a 15% discount all day on everything in the store - basically a 1-day membership (members enjoy 20%). - OR- 2) Enjoy a purchase with 15% of your sale being DONATED to the ACLU of Pennsylvania."

Bookbug, Kalamazoo, Mich.: "We are majority women-owned-and operated business that cannot afford to close our doors today. We open them instead and I wear red, in gratitude to the thousands of women whose absence from work is a powerful demonstration of their critical contribution to our world and a resolute call-to-action against pervasive cultural misogyny, unequal pay for equal work, violence against women, and everyday microagressions--among many other unique and universal injustices faced by one half of the human beings on our planet. #internationalwomensday."

Harvard Book Store's Day Without A Woman window.

Harvard Book Store, Cambridge, Mass.: "Harvard Book Store joins a nationwide movement today. We've removed all books by women from our window displays to demonstrate what we lose when women's voices are silenced from the public discourse. Replaced by red #DayWithoutAWoman signs, these 100+ titles can be found on display inside the bookstore."

Califon Books, Califon, N.J.: "In Honor of A Day Without A Woman, the Califon Book Shop will be closed. Peace, Claire and Mary."

Village Books, Bellingham, Wash.: "International Women's Day is a day of recognition and celebration of the achievements of women worldwide! We are honoring all the amazing women authors who have touched our lives in so many ways, giving a voice to so many others. And, of course, our own booksellers and staff, who absolutely rock in every way! How will you #BeBoldForChange today??"

Magers & Quinn Booksellers, ‏Minneapolis, Minn.: "All books in our windows are by women, so there's no excuse 4 the next book u read not to be by a woman. We gotchu. #InternationalWomensDay."

Charis Books and More, Atlanta, Ga.: "We'll be posting more than usual today in honor of #internationalwomensday. If you are striking we hope you'll come see us or choose to support other women owned businesses on this day."

Anderson's Bookshops: "For International Women's Day we are celebrating the Amazing women who make up the staff at Anderson's Bookshop," including co-owner Becky Anderson, as well as staff members at Anderson's stores in Downers Grove, La Grange and Naperville (bookshop & toyshop).

Titles about "power girls and wonder women" at Inkwood Books.

Inkwood Books, Haddonfield, N.J.: "Our kids window full of women-authored books about power girls and wonder women celebrates #internationalwomensday too! #inkwoodnj #downtownhaddonfield #inkwoodwindow."

The Ripped Bodice, Los Angeles, Calif.: "Tomorrow we will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. We're open for half of the day because we created this space for women, but we're closed for half the day because we're women and we're striking."

Appletree Books, Cleveland Heights, Ohio: "Honoring International Women's Day! Check out our table of books about women from around the world as we celebrate the amazing contributions women to our world! @cedarfairmount #internationalwomensday."

Avid Bookshop, Athens, Ga.: "We almost forgot to make a post for #internationalwomensday because--let's face it--we sort of live every day like it is. #independentbookstore #avidbookshop #womenshistorymonth #athensga #feminism."

Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.: "Before #internationalwomensday ends, we just want to say thank you to everyone who spent time at our bookstore today! Thank you for the flowers, the cupcakes, the postcards, and the big turnout for Miss Linda's Story time this morning and our Activism series this evening! Thanks to every one of you, this stridently feminist business--woman-owned since 1979--had a very good day!"


Disney-Hyperion: Welcome by Mo Willems


ABA and Others Condemn Administration Attacks on Press Freedom

The American Booksellers Association has joined more than 80 other book, free expression and press organizations in condemning the Trump administration's attacks on press freedom.

The joint statement says in part, "we are alarmed by the efforts of the President and his administration to demonize and marginalize the media and to undermine their ability to inform the public about official actions and policies," citing, among other things, the President's assertion that CNN promotes "fake news"; that the media "manipulated" images of the inauguration; that the media has covered up terrorist attacks; that the media is "failing" and "dishonest"; and that the New York Times, CBS, CNN, ABC and NBC News are "the enemy of the American People."

"The job of the press is not to please the President but to inform the public, a function that is essential to democracy," the statement continued, noting with concern that "the expressions of disdain for the press and its role in democracy by federal officials send a signal to state and local officials," who in some cases have acted in unconstitutional ways against the press.

"Our Constitution enshrines the press as an independent watchdog and bulwark against tyranny and official misconduct. Its function is to monitor and report on the actions of public officials so that the public can hold them accountable," the statement added. "The effort to delegitimize the press undermines democracy, and officials who challenge the value of an independent press or question its legitimacy betray the country's most cherished values and undercut one of its most significant strengths.... We condemn in the strongest possible terms all efforts by elected and appointed officials to penalize, delegitimize, or intimidate members of the press."

Other signatories include the American Library Association, the Association of American University Presses, the Authors Guild, the Freedom to Read Foundation and PEN America.


Counterpoint: Grace by Natashia Deon


Libro.fm Begins Audiobook Memberships

Libro.fm, which helps independent bookstores sell digital audiobooks, has begun an audiobook membership program that is available through more than 280 indies. Under the plan, customers buy their first audiobook for 99 cents and pay $14.99 per month thereafter, for one audiobook a month; additional titles can be purchased at a 30% discount.

Libro.fm offers more than 70,000 titles, and has iOS and Android apps. The audiobooks are DRM-free, meaning they can be played on multiple devices.

"The Libro.fm membership now gives audiobook listeners the opportunity to support their local bookstore every month and discover great audiobooks hand picked by expert indie booksellers," said Mark Pearson, CEO of Libro.fm. "Most of us spend hours each day commuting and doing tasks where we could be listening to a book. Audiobooks are a great companion for escaping traffic, rocking your workout, or making the time pass while weeding, which is now one of my favorite activities."

Libro.fm is a partner of the American Booksellers Association and works with independent bookstores to create co-branded audiobook storefronts.


ECW Press: The Dhow House by Jean McNeil


Obituary Note: Miriam Tlali

Renowned South African author Miriam Masoli Tlali, who "was the first black South African woman to publish a novel in English within the country's borders," died February 24, the Mail & Guardian reported. She was 83. Ravan Press published Muriel at Metropolitan in 1975, though it was re-issued in 2004 under the title she had preferred from the start, Between Two Worlds. The novel "was the first literary text that portrayed the degrading conditions under which African women labored during apartheid."

Muriel at Metropolitan had a big impact globally, with 45 different editions published between 1975 and 2005, including translations into three languages. Tlali's books also include Amandla; Footprints in the Quag: Stories & Dialogues from Soweto (also published as Soweto Stories); and Mihloti.

"Because of her stature internationally and the political content of her novels, Tlali became an enemy of the state. Both her novels were immediately banned by apartheid censors," the Mail & Guardian wrote, adding that the secret police unit Security Branch "repeatedly harassed, arrested and assaulted Tlali as a tactic of intimidation."

South African President Jacob Zuma expressed condolences: "We have learned with deep sadness of the passing of one of the country's internationally celebrated black female authors‚ Ms. Tlali‚ who played a critical role during the liberation struggle by telling a true South African story through her anti-apartheid novels‚ amongst other writings. She will be remembered for her outstanding literary work which earned her several accolades and honors including the Order of Ikhamanga which was bestowed on her for her excellent intellectual achievements and contribution to the development of literature in South Africa."


DK Publishing: Out of the Box by Jemma Westing


Notes

Image of the Day: A Bestselling Gentleman in Vero Beach

Last night, Amor Towles drew another rousing bookstore crowd, this time at Vero Beach Book Center, Vero Beach, Fla. In the six months since publication of Towles's A Gentleman in Moscow (Viking), he has visited 50 bookstores in 22 states and will continue on tour through the summer. The book keeps growing in popularity: sales are up to 300,000 copies, weekly sales for A Gentleman in Moscow are higher than they were in September, and the book remains on the New York Times bestseller list. As a result of all this good news, the publisher is delaying the paperback edition indefinitely.


G.P. Putnam's Sons: Touch by Courtney Maum


'What Happens When Bookstore Employees Get Bored'

The Librairie Mollat in Bordeaux, France, "is attracting quite a lot of attention to their Instagram page after employees started noticing how closely their store's books resembled their customers and themselves," Boredpanda reported. "It's a classic example of clever French wit, and Mollat's 21.2k followers are hooked on it. Mollat was the first independent bookstore in France, opening its doors in 1896 in Bordeaux, a legacy its current employees are only helping to bolster."


Shelf Awareness Sign-up Giveaway: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


'Wonderful Independent Bookstores' in Columbus, Ohio

The Columbus Navigator explored "7 wonderful independent bookstores" in and near Columbus, Ohio, including the Book Loft ("fascinating maze leads you through every topic imaginable"), Cover to Cover Books for Young Readers ("a great option for the young readers in your life"), Fundamentals ("one of the most amazing resources for children, parents and educators") and Gramercy Books ("has something for readers of all ages").


Personnel Changes at Tom Doherty Associates

Lucille Rettino has been named v-p of marketing and publicity at Tom Doherty Associates, the Macmillan Publishing Group division that includes Tor, Forge, Tor Teen and Starscape. She was formerly v-p, director of marketing, for the children's division at Simon & Schuster. Before joining S&S in 2006, she had been executive director of advertising and promotion at Henry Holt and held multiple marketing roles at Farrar, Straus & Giroux.



Media and Movies

Media Heat: George W. Bush on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Tomorrow:
Jimmy Kimmel Live repeat: George W. Bush, author of Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors (Crown, $35, 9780804189767).


TV: Like Water for Chocolate; The Leftovers; Get Shorty

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel's novel that was previously adapted as a 1992 hit movie, will become a TV project. Indiewire reported that Endemol Shine Studios has acquired the rights to the novel as "a global television franchise. The book will be turned into an English language series, but Endemol Shine plans to adapt it in other languages, as well."

"It fills me with joy to know that Like Water for Chocolate will be brought to television screens throughout the world," Esquivel said.

Endemol Shine Studios president Sharon Hall noted that the "opportunity to adapt this beloved novel is a privilege. Laura's epic love story has all the ingredients of a breakthrough drama."

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A trailer is out for the third season of HBO's series The Leftovers, based on Tom Perrotta's novel. Indiewire reported that "in the real world, the series may be getting ready to wrap up, but never has critical support been stronger. HBO reminded us of as much Friday afternoon, releasing a new critics' spot for The Leftovers filled with haunting images from the first two seasons, as well as some compelling snippets from the upcoming third and final season." Season 3 debuts April 16.

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Antwon Tanner (One Tree Hill) will play a recurring role in Get Shorty, a 10-episode original Epix series from MGM TV, based on Elmore Leonard's 1990 novel, Deadline reported. The cast includes Chris O'Dowd and Ray Romano. Get Shorty was previously adapted as a popular 1995 movie.


This Weekend on Book TV: Tucson Festival of Books

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 this weekend from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's website.

Saturday, March 11
12 p.m. Live coverage from the ninth annual Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona Campus in Tucson, Ariz. (Re-airs Sunday 12 a.m.)

7:23 p.m. Dick Carpenter, author of Bottleneckers: Gaming the Government for Power and Private Profit (Encounter, $27.99, 9781594039072). (Re-airs Monday at 11:33 p.m.)

8:41 p.m. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, author of The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era (Amistad, $27.99, 9780062346094). (Re-airs Sunday at 8:43 a.m.)

10 p.m. Richard Haass, author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order (Penguin Press, $28, 9780399562365). (Re-airs Sunday at 9 p.m. and Monday at 12 a.m.)

Sunday, March 12
10:21 p.m. Caroline Light, author of Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense (Beacon Press, $25.95, 9780807064665).


Books & Authors

Awards: Baileys Women's Fiction; Story Prize; Hayek Book

The longlist has been announced for the £30,000 (about $36,500) Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, which celebrates "excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world." The winner will be announced June 7. The longlisted books are:

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
Little Deaths by Emma Flint
The Mare by Mary Gaitskill
The Dark Circle by Linda Grant
The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Midwinter by Fiona Melrose
The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Barkskins by Annie Proulx
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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Rick Bass has won the Story Prize for For a Little While (Little, Brown). Runners up are Anna Noyes for Goodnight, Beautiful Women (Grove Press) and Helen Maryles Shankman for They Were Like Family to Me (Scribner). Bass receives the top prize of $20,000, and the runners up win $5,000.

Last night in New York City, the three authors read and were in conversation with Larry Dark, director of the Story Prize. At the end of the event, Story Prize founder Julie Lindsey announced the winner. Daniel Goldin, owner of the Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee, Wis., was one of the judges.

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The finalists for the Hayek Book Prize, sponsored by the Manhattan Institute and given to authors "who best represent the principles of F.A. Hayek," are:

Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era by Thomas Leonard (Princeton University Press)
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre McCloskey (University of Chicago Press)
A Culture of Growth: The Origins of the Modern Economy by Joel Mokyr (Princeton University Press)
Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg (Oneworld Publications)
The Logic of the Market: An Insider’s View of Chinese Economic Reform by Weiying Zhang, translated by Matthew Dale (Cato Institute)

The winner, who receives a $50,000 award, will be announced in the spring and deliver the annual Hayek lecture in New York on June 13.


Attainment: New Titles Out Next Week

Selected new titles appearing next Tuesday, March 14:

In This Grave Hour: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear (Harper, $27.99, 9780062436603) is the 13th Maisie Dobbs mystery, set in England at the start of World War II.

White Tears: A Novel by Hari Kunzru (Knopf, $26.95, 9780451493699) follows two young New York record collectors who uncover a blues music mystery from the 1920s.

The Devil's Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison (Gallery, $27.99, 9781501150326) is the fourth title in the Brit in the FBI thriller series.

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy (Random House, $27, 9780812996937) is a darkly funny memoir by a New Yorker staff writer.

Even Monsters Need to Sleep by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Chris Van Dusen (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, $17.99, 9780062366405) is a bedtime book that may get readers more wound up than sleepy.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, illus. by Isabel Roxas (Greenwillow, $16.99, 9780062414151) is a middle-grade novel about four children whose lives intersect unexpectedly at the bottom of a well.

Paperback:
Chameleon in a Candy Store (The Oxygen Thief Diaries) by Anonymous (Gallery, $14.99, 9781501169793).

Movie:
T2 Trainspotting, based on the novel Porno by Irvine Welsh, opens March 17. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Scotland 20 years after the events of the first film. A movie tie-in, titled T2 Trainspotting, is available now (Norton, $16.95, 9780393355154).


IndieBound: Other Indie Favorites

From last week's Indie bestseller lists, available at IndieBound.org, here are the recommended titles, which are also Indie Next Great Reads:

Hardcover
The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak (Simon & Schuster, $24, 9781501144417). "You don't have to remember the 1980s to deeply 'get' this sweet memory trip back to the decade when video games, personal computers, and mixtapes were new. But if you did come of age in the 1980s, look out. All those awkward boy/girl moments, all those songs that comprised the soundtracks of your make-out sessions and your break-ups, all the wonder of your first encounters with MS-DOS buried deep in a far corner of your memory... Jason Rekulak will bring it all back to you." --Carol Spurling, BookPeople of Moscow, Moscow, Idaho.

A Separation: A Novel by Katie Kitamura (Riverhead, $25, 9780399576102). "We all have a secret self, parts of our personalities that are unknowable, even to the people closest to us. In A Separation, Kitamura stays largely inside the narrator's head, musing on a great many things: the muddled truth that can exist between married couples, the precise pain of infidelity, the myriad tiny betrayals we commit every day. Her prose is perfect, spare and beautiful, and her observations are spot-on. Some of her sentences were so good they startled me out of the story, which might sound like a bad thing, but it really isn't. It just meant I spent a little longer with this book, my mind wandering like the narrator's." --Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz.

Paperback
Behave: A Novel by Andromeda Romano-Lax (Soho Press, $15.95, 9781616958008). "Behave is a rich and nuanced glimpse of Rosalie Rayner, the woman behind John B. Watson, the man who founded behaviorist psychology. The ethical issues presented here are both shocking and thought-provoking, and the intimate struggles of a woman weighing her value, utility, and satisfaction both within and outside the home certainly resonate today. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this is a novel to be savored and shared." --Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, R.I.

For Ages 4 to 8
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson (Greenwillow Books, $15.99, 9780062393395). "The author of Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star returns with a new interactive page-turner about the wonders of the natural world. Children are invited to wiggle their fingers to water the seeds and clap their hands to make the sun shine and shoo away a hungry snail, and are rewarded with a beautiful zinnia blossoming in a colorful garden. Wonderful!" --Kathleen Carey, Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, N.Y.

For Ages 9 to 12
Nothing But Trouble by Jacqueline Davies (Katherine Tegen Books, $16.99, 9780062369888). "Maggie's first day of sixth grade starts with a bang--a literal explosion--and the excitement builds from there as the last class to attend Odawahaka Middle School takes on a prankster, an authoritarian principal, a teacher who doesn't care, and a giant mouse who is running for class president. In the midst of the chaos, Maggie finds a new friend, learns about honest business practices, and deepens her relationships with her grumpy grandfather and distant mother. She and her new friend also keep their school, the entire town, and readers of this fun book in a constant state of anticipation, wondering what their next prank will be. I look forward to the next book in this clever middle grade series!" --Carla Ketner, Chapters Books & Gifts, Seward, Neb.

For Teen Readers: An Indies Introduce Title
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Feiwel & Friends, $17.99, 9781250095961). "There is well-written pirate adventure, fantasy fiction, and young adult romance, and then there is this gem that manages to do all three at once. In Daughter of the Pirate King, Levenseller introduces readers to the dangerously cunning Alosa through a fight scene in the first chapter. Within five pages, we are given the thrilling start to an exemplary narrative that ends with an unbelievable twist. Alosa is incredibly portrayed as both a kickass heroine and a maturing young woman, a dual characterization that is admirable and believable. She is thrust into a maritime feud between her father, lord apparent over the pirate world, and two orphaned brothers attempting to make their own mark. In between sword fights and swooning, Levenseller gives us insight into Alosa's bravery in not just navigating perilous waters but understanding her own power. This is an exemplary reminder of how fantasy can relate to our own lives, especially to those who struggle for self-expression." --Romy Griepp, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, Calif.

[Many thanks to IndieBound and the ABA!]


Book Review

Review: Waking Gods

Waking Gods: Book 2 of the Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey, $28 hardcover, 336p., 9781101886724, April 4, 2017)

Sylvain Neuvel joined the ranks of self-publishing success stories when his sci-fi/action debut, Sleeping Giants, garnered a starred review from Kirkus, resulting in movie optioning and a publishing deal (Del Rey published it in 2016). Neuvel continues the Themis Files, in which humans must pilot giant mech-style robots, with this action-packed but somber second volume.

Nine years have passed since the end of Sleeping Giants, but the appearance of a new robot causes Canadian linguist Vincent Couture, former army pilot Kara Resnik and the nameless Interviewer to spring back into action. Unlike Themis (whose ancient parts were excavated and reassembled into a towering turquoise-veined female robot in the first story), this robot, male in appearance, appears in Trafalgar Square assembled and fully operational. The people of Earth assume the robot, quickly nicknamed Kronos, shares the same origin point as Themis, its concealed pilots almost certainly the same species as her builders. However, when the powers that be decide to send Themis to meet Kronos on a mission of peace, her pilots Kara and Vincent worry they may be marching to their own deaths. The newer Kronos robot will have more advanced weapons, and since no one has ever unlocked the secrets of Themis's propulsion system, they can retreat only by literally running away.

When the confrontation turns hostile, the outgunned Earth faces the possibility of annihilation by interstellar invasion, and the Interviewer races to find out what the aliens want before a fleet of Themis's cousins wipe out the human race. Meanwhile, Dr. Rose Franklin, who found Themis's buried arm during her childhood and later helped with building and studying the robot, grapples with existential terrors brought on by her mysterious resurrection after a violent death. And in Puerto Rico, a little girl's visions may hold the key to Earth's future.

This sci-fi thriller's assemblage of transcripts from interviews and radio conversations, memos and letters delivers the same over-the-top action quotient as the first installment, with a dash more soul-searching. While still a couple, Kara and Vincent struggle with conflicting views on the possibility of having children, and Rose and the Interviewer fight to understand why the aliens want to destroy humankind. Readers new to the series should catch on quickly, and fans will delight in the reunion with their favorite characters, though the body count is not limited to bystanders. Despite a few teary moments, little can beat the sheer escapist fun of giant robot fights, and Waking Gods' cliffhanger finale promises more answers to come in the third book. --Jaclyn Fulwood, blogger at Infinite Reads

Shelf Talker: Nearly a decade after the events in Sleeping Giants, the pilots of giant alien robot Themis spring back into action when another, alien-piloted robot lands in London.


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