Lesley Kneriem, Reader Conversations Librarian:
What I’m Reading: Charlie Stross, ANNIHILATION SCORE
The latest in his “Laundry Files” — think James Bond crossed with H P Lovecraft with a good dose of Douglas Adams — changes protagonists to feature Dominique “Mo” O’Brian: music professor, combat epistemologist, and wielder of the demon-possessed soul-sucking violin as she reluctantly puts together a “super-hero” team for the British Home Office to avert — what else? — the End of the World.
What I Just Read: Colleen Oakes, QUEEN OF HEARTS
Before ALICE IN WONDERLAND and “Off with her head!”, the Queen of Hearts was just an awkward, unloved Princess named Dinah. When her fierce father brings a hitherto unknown half-sister to Court, it sets off a sinister plot that threatens not only Dinah’s ambitions, but all of Wonderland, in this pitch-black horror-tinged fantasy.