A new round of Staff Choices! You can find these on little inserts in the books around both stores (and on separate Staff Choice shelves), and they can now also be found online on the books’ respective detailed pages (just click on one of the titles below and look at the bottom of that page). Full integration, slowly coming together!
Bitter Seeds (Part One of the Milkweed Triptych) – Ian Tregillis (ebook)
Recommended by JeroenW
“I never would have thought that a story that basically amounts to ‘British Cthulhu-zealots versus Nazi X-Men’ could be anything but schlock, but Ian Tregillis proved me wrong.
The setup: the beginning of WWII coincides with the coming of age of Doktor von Westarp’s surviving test subjects, who have battery-operated powers such as walking through walls, telekinesis and – most importantly – seeing into the future. They succeed in almost bringing Britain to its knees, until the top secret Milkweed department decides to call in the warlocks. But the price for their services is quite dear…
Once I started reading this, I couldn’t stop. It’s a dark story with great characters, exciting action sequences and a suitably grim ending, which serves as the set-up for the two sequels.”
Grain Brain – David Perlmutter (ebook)
Recommended by Sigrid
“After all the bad news about carbs & gluten neurologist Perlmutter takes it one step further and talks about the connection between gluten and your brain.”
I Am Pilgrim – Terry Hayes (ebook)
Recommended by Martijn
“Great espionage thriller!
Big read, loads of story & background. Aside from a plot-hole or two, this was a whole lotta fun!
Believable character- building, lots of action and all over the planet (but mostly in Turkey).
8,5 out of 10.”
The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes
Recommended by Sophie
“Heart-warming romantic story rooted firmly in real life. I especially loved Jess; she felt like a very real person that I probably cross paths with every day without knowing it. There are some great passages about what it means to be scraping by, literally counting pennies every day, and what that does to you. But then there were also some lovely scenes about how finding someone that you can connect with – instinctively and by getting to know them – increases you. I thought it was a wonderful book!”
Blogmistress’s note: this title is due out in February 2014. I was one of those lucky people that received an Advanced Reader’s Copy. You can pre-order it now, if you like!
Up Against It – M. J. Locke
Recommended by Tiemen
“Clever and charming hard SF novel. A modern version of the golden age space opera, but without the sexism.
Who knew that living on an asteroid could be that interesting?”