With November (for Diwali and, this year, the start of Chanukah) in second place, December is one of the most festive months of the year. Several cultural and religious festivals translate into much needed moments to meet up with family and breathe. However, for readers, it’s time to catch up on all those pages we’ve carried over the past few months – a subset of us probably using books as a not-so-subtle shield and last line of defense against sight. some family members.
For the latest Mary Sue Book Club article of 2021, we have an urban fantasy, a collection of secret love stories, and books on the books.
Set in post-war London where “inferior” magic is more common, Paul Gallagher calculates the best way to move up the social ladder using his innate secret (and much more powerful, and illegal super-duper) power. After confiding in love at first sight for this power, Paul is betrayed and launched into a political battle that risks another great war. At the end of the story, an American gossip columnist who believes a cover-up is happening from above and is linked to Paul’s old nightmare turned worst.
The first book of the Bone marrow spells out today (December 1)
This paranormal anthology presents works of historical speculative fiction. As well as stories featuring ghosts, witches, spooky plants, and more, there are some beautiful weird illustrations by artist Mira Singer. New and established authors include Jordan Taylor, Laura Hennessey DeSena, Stephen K. Pettersson, Henry Herz, LH Moore, Jane Nightshade, Colleen Ennen, and Caren Gussoff Sumption.
The haunted feather out today (December 1).
On the verge of closing a second-hand bookstore inherited from his grandfather, Rintaro Natsuki receives a visit from a magical and talking cat. The cat asks (like a parent “asks”) for Rinataro’s help in saving lonely, unread, and unloved books from careless owners. Their fantastic journey brings them up against various people who interact with books, such as speed reading assistants and book keepers.
The English translation of The cat that saves the books releases December 7th.
There’s something about reading a cozy murder mystery in December with a hot drink that’s fair, and Kuhn’s latest book might scratch that itch.
To save her family’s independent bookstore, Dr. Emma Starrs hosts a mystery-themed dinner (where they dress up as different characters from literature) to raise funds. When one of the guests is murdered, Emma and her Aunt Nora (an established mystery writer) immediately become the prime suspects. They must erase their names and recover the now stained image of the family store they were trying to save.
How to book a murder releases December 7th.
Told from the perspective of ten young people in Iran, this award-winning graphic novel offers an intimate look at the love life and politics of different people in the country. The collection of non-fiction stories shows how people still search for relationships in a segregated country by defying tradition and (in some cases) evading the police.
The name “Jane Deusart” is a pseudonym of a couple of journalists to protect themselves and their sources. Iranian love stories releases December 14.
Located in 2089, the densely populated city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, found a way to thrive during the climate apocalypse using biological nanotechnology which also allowed some people to survive without food, water, and functioning organs. This made Djibrel’s career as a mercenary much more convenient.
In addition to adapting to a new way of working, Djibrel is stalked by the infamous Cyber Mage (an elite teenage hacker). When the Cyber Mage discovers a whole new kind of AI on the dark web, he and Djibrel face greater threats in an already complicated and inconceivable world.
Author Saad Hossain’s approach to the SFF both imagines our common future in new forms and critiques corporate greed (including so-called “visionaries” like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos , etc.). Cyber Mage is released on December 7th.
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