I’m a bit late (as usual), but here are the books I especially enjoyed in June.
Gracekeepers (Logan): In this world, much of the land has disappeared; tensions exist between the landlockers–individuals who live on land– and the damplings–who live on the seas. North travels the seas with a traveling circus; she is the “bear girl” and performs with her beloved bear. Life with the circus is becoming strained for North as she juggles a secret and her unwillingness to wed the son of the head of the circus. Then she meets Callinish, a Gracekeeper who buries the dampling dead; Callinish and she connect, but soon must depart. However, Callinish decides to confront her own past and sets out, and North and Callinish’s paths cross again. I really loved the writing and the setting in this story. North is also a highly likeable character, and her story to find her place is a compelling one. Don’t miss this one!
Tempest Tales (Mosley): When African-American Tempest Landry is killed by a police officer, he goes up to the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter promptly judges that he should go to hell. Tempest refuses, and so St. Peter sends him back to Earth. Tempest has to live his new life under the watchful eye of an Accounting Angel, and the two debate as the angel tries to convince Tempest to accept Peter’s sentence. I enjoyed this story’s exploration of the conflict between the religious-based definition of morality and the real world.
The Library Beyond the Book ( Schnapp & Battles ): Much of the world’s information is now created digitally, and the Internet has increasingly become the go-to place for information. In The Library Beyond the Book, Schnapp and Battle lay out the historical roles of libraries and explore the potential roles libraries could take on in the future. This is a great read for librarians or anyone who is curious about the future of libraries.
Finder: Talisman (McNeil): Marcie had a favorite book growing up, but she lost it. In the meantime, she daydreams and tries to write her own stories and recreate the magic of her perfect book. I related to Marcie’s struggles to create something worthy. McNeil’s art really brings Marcie’s story to life.
Demo (Wood): This comic tells the story of several individuals who have unique powers. However, none of these characters are superpowers. Rather, in gorgeous black and white, Wood explores these characters’ lives and how their abilities affect them, their decisions, and those around them. I really enjoyed the different stories; many of the powers are quite creative and aren’t always to the bearer’s advantage. I would recommend you check this one out if you like the idea of powers, but want a break from superheroes.