New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads.
…ignore the terrible photograph that’s had no editing. I was extremely tired at the time. Yay jetlag!
So, I went to Seattle for work a couple weeks ago, and one of the things that impressed me about the city was the number and quality of used bookstores that I encountered just while walking around. There were a lot of books that I wanted to bring home with me, but I eventually settled on these three:
“The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped” by Sheri S. Tepper
This is actually the second book in a series, but I decided to buy it anyway because I’d never seen it or heard of it before. I’ve enjoyed several of Tepper’s novels in the past. Her books tend to convey a strong feminist/environmentalist message while telling powerful stories.
There were seven cities in the Chasm. built to cling to the great cliff wall, woven into the massive roots of the flattrees! Once there had been eight cities – but the eighth had disappeared one night, fallen into the chaem’s mysterious depths. No one hadever ventured to the bottom of the chasm. No one had dared, in spite of tales of the lost city’s treasure. Until the bird-woman Mavin came like a messenger of heaven to lead the people of the chasm on a fabolous, dangerous quest.
“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey
I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey’s books for years now (despite not having read her iconic Pern series). This space opera about a unicorn girl seemed like a solid choice. I’m midway through it now and enjoying it tremendously.
She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.
But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by “The Piper” — a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own. . .
“Fool’s Run” by Patricia McKillip
Another book by an author whose books I’ve treasured. Until I saw this book, I didn’t even realize that Patricia McKillip wrote sci-fi, as I’m more familiar with her ethereal fairy tale stories. This was a rare find, and I’m excited to read it.
Seven years ago, Terra Viridian obeyed a vision and killed 1,500 innocent people. She was sentenced to the Underworld prison. Now, a new age band, led by a psychic pianist and a masked woman called the Queen of Hearts, arrives at the prison to perform. And Terra’s vision is moving closer, changing all their lives forever.