Beat the cold with some hot literature
As the weather turns cold and it gets dark before dinner time, what better way to stay cozy and warm than curling up with a thick blanket and a good book? Here are some reading recommendations that you may enjoy.
If you enjoy science fiction, or have an interest in theoretical physics, astronomy, or Chinese history, check out The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Even if you are not interested in those topics don’t let that dissuade you: this is a fun, fast read that will leave you wanting more. The Three Body Problem is the first science fiction novel by a Chinese writer to have widespread popularity internationally. It is the winner of the Hugo award, another first for a Chinese writer, and it has won several awards in China. This book is amazing and unique: I have never read a book quite like it. I won’t give away the story but this is a hidden gem you won’t regret trying out.
Another great science fiction book, the first in the Seeds of Earth trilogy, is called Humanity’s Fire by Michael Cobley. This is an excellent space opera type saga with plenty of likeable characters, sweeping political drama, and epic action. It begins with a small space colony of humans that have lost all contact with Earth, which they assume to be destroyed after the disastrous alien invasion that led them to flee their home more than 100 years before. The series has a major theme of Artificial Intelligence running through it, with fascinating implications for the cultures affected by this technology. I highly recommend this title to anyone who likes classic science fiction or has an interest in A. I.
Another series I highly recommend is the R. Daneel Olivaw series by Isaac Asimov. The Caves of Steel, followed by the The Naked Sun, and then The Robots of Dawn, are science fiction mysteries. The main character is a brilliant detective named Elijah Bailey, who much to his dismay gets assigned a robot partner named R. Daneel Olivaw. Tasked with a series of seemingly impossible murder mysteries to solve, Elijah must pull out all the stops, and question everything his terrestrial upbringing has taught him, in order to not only solve the mysteries but ultimately to save Earth from destruction. The really great thing about these books is the history and the universe they describe are consistent and continue on right through to the epic Foundation series that takes place thousands of years after them. It is an amazing achievement that earned Asimov the rightful title of the Grand Master of Science Fiction.
These books along with the Foundation series are available as eBooks on Overdrive.
There are some titles that were wildly popular as both books and movies, which I was late in discovering. If you have not read the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, it is well worth checking them out and seeing what all the fuss was about. With a strong, likeable lead character in Katniss Everdeen, and plenty of action and suspense, these are enjoyable books. In addition to print copies at the library, our hoopla digital download service has all three audiobooks available for instant download ( no waiting lists), and Overdrive has the e- Books and the audiobooks available as well.
Another book that became a blockbuster movie is the Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum. This is an action- packed book about a mysterious man who washes up half- dead on the shores of a small European village, with no memory of who he is. It quickly becomes apparent he is some kind of spy or assassin as the man begins to discover the lethal abilities he carries inside of him. With plenty of twists and turns, this thriller is sure to please action and adventure fans.
Try these titles or ask our staff for more recommended reads available at Belleville Public Library.