Edmonds Booktalk: Lazy summer days perfect for darker reads

Elaine Mattson
Elaine Mattson

Reviewing a list of the books I’ve read, and liked [some I’ve even loved] the last couple of years, it seems that I have been on quite the post-apocalyptic binge. And summer would be a perfect time for you to delve into this dark and twisty genre. When you are sitting on a lovely sunny beach, it is much easier to read about all the different ways the world may end: vampires, zombies, asteroids, all kinds of contagions… and all completely awesome!

Truly, all of these novels have unique twists and turns and completely different takes on the end of the world as we know it. What is better than a book whose storyline/ending you cannot predict? Fantastic.

“Bird Box” by Josh Malerman

“Black Moon” by Kenneth Calhoun

“California” by Edan Lepucki

“The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller

the fireman“The Fireman” by Joe Hill

“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M. R. Carey

“The Last Policeman” by Ben H. Winters

“Countdown City: The Last Policeman Book II”

“World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III “

“The Passage : Book One of The Passage Trilogy” by Justin Cronin

“The Twelve: Book Two of The Passage Trilogy”

The City“The City of Mirrors: Book Three of the Passage Trilogy”

                  “Station Eleven”

by Emily St. John Mandel

June Events at The Edmonds Bookshop

June 16, 2016. 5-8 p.m. Third Thursday Art Walk. We will welcome Edmonds resident, author Jennifer Bardsley. Her debut novel, “Genesis Girl: Blank Slate Book 1,” is being published June 14, 2016.

Genesis girlFifty years ago cell phones unleashed a Brain Cancer Epidemic.

Terrified by technology, worried parents entrusted their children to a charismatic leader.

Barbelo promised to keep his Vestals safe from the Internet, hidden behind lead-lined walls.

Now, digital purity is valuable and a Vestal named Blanca is auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Blanca is the most obedient eighteen-year-old her purchasers have ever met.

She is a blank slate for the genesis of anything they want.

But too bad for Blanca.

Their new beginning could be her end.

Jennifer Bardsley is a newspaper columnist for The Everett Daily Herald. She lives in Edmonds with her husband and two children. You can find Jennifer online at https://JenniferBardsley.net

Check our Events Page for more information and more events as schedules get finalized.

June 2016 Book Club Book.

The Sea RunnersJune 2 & 15, 2016. “The Sea Runners” by Ivan Doig.

In this timeless survival story, four indentured servants escape their Russian Alaska work camp in a stolen canoe, only to face a harrowing journey down the Pacific Northwest coast. Battling unrelenting high seas and fierce weather from Alaska to Oregon, the men struggle to avoid hostile Indians, fend off starvation, and endure their own doubt and distrust. Based on an actual incident in 1853, this is a spare and awe-inspiring tale of the human quest for freedom.

We have chosen the books for the rest of the year. They are listed on our Book Club page.

Recent book releases of note:

“Zero K” by Don DeLillo. Ross, a billionaire in his 60s who is married to a younger woman, travels to a secret compound where death is controlled and bodies are preserved so that his ailing wife can surrender her body.
“Everybody’s Fool: A Novel” by Richard Russo. This new novel, taking us back to the setting, and the characters that made 1993’s “Nobody’s Fool” a bestseller, is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love.
“Everyone Brave is Forgiven” by Chris Cleave. Set in London during the years of 1939–1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, this dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.
“The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning comes a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information?
“The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction” by Neil Gaiman. An enthralling collection of essays on a myriad of topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories.
“Before the Fall” by Noah Hawley. On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.
“A Hero of France: A Novel” by Alan Furst. The newest riveting novel from the bestselling and staff favorite author. This one set amongst the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Books of note coming soon:
“End of Watch by Stephen King. This concludes the crime trilogy that began with 2014’s “Mr. Mercedes,” which won an Edgar Award for best novel. June 7, 2016.
“Marrow Island” by Alexis M. Smith. In this marvelously spun post-disaster story set in the Pacific Northwest, the author reaches into the depths of our connections to our pasts, our loved ones, our devotions. June 7, 2016
“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach. The author tackles the science behind some of a soldier’s most challenging adversaries—panic, exhaustion, heat, noise—and introduces readers to the scientists tasked with keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war. June 7, 2016.
“Barkskins: A Novel” by Annie Proulx. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News, comes her masterpiece, ten years in the writing—an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about taming the wilderness and destroying the forest, set over three centuries. June 14, 2016.
“The Girls” by Emma Cline. The obsession with 1960s California cults comes to horrifying and electrifying life in this debut novel. While cults usually orbit charismatic men, Cline’s protagonist is teenage Evie, whose attraction to impossible-to-resist cool girls leads to her fate. This coming-of-age story about how the need to be validated can go very wrong hits that sweet spot of literary fiction that’s also compulsively readable. June 14, 2016.
“League of Dragons” by Naomi Novik. With the acclaimed Temeraire novels, the bestselling author has created a fantasy series like no other. Now, she brings the imaginative tour de force that has captivated millions to an unforgettable finish. June 14, 2016.

As always, check our website for all the latest in book news.

Happy reading!

— By Elaine Mattson

Edmonds native Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company (yes, that one). “I was raised a book lover [thanks, Mom!],” Mattson says. “We got book lights by our beds as soon as we were old enough to read. And then I probably got in trouble for reading too late the very next night. And I still read too late!”

One Reply to “Edmonds Booktalk: Lazy summer days perfect for darker reads”

  1. Just finished Joe Hill’s The Fireman. I enjoyed it! Highly recommend his books Heart Shaped Box and NOS4A2 if you like The Fireman. He is the son of Stephen King!


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