A Hero is Born

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

In 1944 a hero appeared in rural China to aid the people in their fight against the invading Imperial Japanese Army. He was a man of mystery, his face always obscured, his shadow taking the appearance of a giant smiling turtle, and his origins known only to himself.

Here at last is his story. Herein lies the origin of that shadow hero, the Green Turtle.

He’s Just Big Boned

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

“Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Well, neither has Jim Gaffigan.”

Jim Gaffigan is just an average guy. Except that he’s a stand-up comic with five kids and that lives in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. No, he’s not crazy.

Oh What a Tangled Web We Knit

Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

Boys are supposed to like things like cars, soccer, getting into trouble and Top Gear. They are certainly not supposed to like knitting. Well Ben Fletcher is a boy and he likes writing, reading, math, and being organized. He certainly does not like any of those things other things boys his age are supposed to like. Well except the knitting. Ben really likes knitting and to make matters worse, he’s really good at it.

It’s The End of the World As We Know

The Change: Tales of Downfall and Rebirth edited by S.M. Stirling

One day something bad happened. Machines stopped working, cars wouldn’t start, computers wouldn’t switch on, guns wouldn’t fire. Everything we relied on was gone. Governments fell, nations broke apart, an civilization as we knew it was shattered. They called it “The Change”.

A lot of people died…but some survived. These are their stories.

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Steal No Evil

The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam by Chris Ewan

Charlie Edwards has a life most people only dream about. He travels the world writing suspense novels about a daring thief named Faulks and, in between novels, performs somewhat daring burglaries of his own. As the saying goes: “write about what you know”.

What follows is a caper worthy of Charlie’s own fictional creation involving a damsel in distress, a botched diamond heist, a host of mysterious and shady characters, and three monkey figurines that hardly worth the effort of stealing in the first place.

Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Stormbird by Conn Iggulden

A weak-willed king, a secret truce hidden under a marriage pact, powerful men with royal ambitions, a country on the edge of rebellion. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, uneasy are the men and women who surround the king. A storm is brewing and war is coming.