Edmonds Booktalk: Fantasy novels for Game of Thrones fans

It’s true. “The Game of Thrones” will be ending. Very soon. What will you read now?!

Luckily, your favorite local Independent Bookshop has many suggestions for you!

Well, OK, before we leave “Game of Thrones” completely – have you read the prequel?

“Fire & Blood: 300 Years Before a Game of Thrones (a Targaryen History).” Three hundred years before a Game of Thrones, dragons ruled Westeros… [ooh, I am definitely in!]

And now, other fantasy novels and series that we highly recommend:

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. “His Majesty’s Dragon.” The first adventure of the series introduces the remarkable dragon Temeraire and his heroic captain, Will Laurence, who are thrust into the world of the Aerial Corps, offering aerial support to the British during the Napoleonic Wars.  Susan highly recommends the series.

Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb. “Ship of Magic”  is the first in the series. Great female hero. Magic ships; spoiler – eventually dragons! Susan and Elaine both love the series! [Robin Hobb has a couple of other series, with some related characters, that we also recommend!]

Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. Amazing fantasy. No dragons. But everything else! Susan and Elaine loved these, too.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. The result of over 10 years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a richly imagined epic set in a world relentlessly blasted by awesome tempests, where emotions take physical form, and terrible secrets hide deep within the rocky landscape.

Brand new title: “The Priory of the Orange Tree” by Samantha Shannon. According to the publisher: “…an epic feminist fantasy perfect for fans of Game of Thrones…” so – that sounds fantastic! [None of us has had a chance to read it yet — let us know what you think!]

And a few recommendations for kids, too:

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. Beautifully written and taut with suspense, “Eragon” is the first installment in an epic fantasy trilogy about a 15-year-old farm boy who discovers his destiny as a Dragon Rider.

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. This is a goofy and exciting tale of reluctant Viking hero, Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, who proves that brains can be just as important as brawn. Kids will hoot at the ridiculous names and sympathize with Hiccup’s exasperation with his truly obstinate but strangely lovable dragon. A delightful read. There are now 3 movies… nearly as delightful as the books!

Thrones and Bones series by Lou Anders. Frostborn #1. Nightborn #2; Skyborn #3. Destined to take over his family farm in Norrngard, Karn would rather play the board games, until half-human, half frost giantess Thianna appears and they set out on an adventure, chased by a dragon, undead warriors, an evil uncle, and so much more….! Elaine highly recommends the series – Game of Thrones for kids of all ages!

Wings of Fire Series by Tui Sutherland. The Dragonet Prophecy. A thrilling new dragon saga. Clay and his friends have grown up under a mountain, secretly raised by the Talons of Peace to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The five young dragons are destined to end the war that’s been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia — but how they’ll do this, none of them knows.

Here is some of what’s happening this month at Edmonds Bookshop: 

May 2019 Book Club Book.
May 15, 2019.

“The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize — the first woman to be awarded the prize!

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was born into high society in New York City. After divorcing her husband in 1913 she took up permanent residence in France. Her many stories and novels were critical successes as well as bestsellers and she won the Pulitzer Prize for “The Age of Innocence” in 1921.

Saturday, May 4, 2019. Noon to 1 p.m. Meet best-selling author, speaker and educator, Lynn Brunelle.

She will bring her newest book “Turn This Book Into a Beehive” and do some showing and telling with some of the 19 experiments and activities, exploring the amazing world of bees!

In the meantime, visit Ms. Brunelle’s website for a look at all of her endeavors: lynnbrunelle.com

Saturday, May 11, 2019. Noon to 1 p.m.

We welcome Trudy Kempton Dana and her new book, a very personal history “The Kemptons: Adventures of a Montana Ranch Family, 1880-1964”

Trudy Kempton Dana mines her family’s lore for salt-of-the-earth true stories to reveal a family of rare vision, grit, and integrity as they live our American history and embody the spirit of the West. In its day, the Kempton Ranch of eastern Montana was one of the largest horse and cattle operations in the West, selling mounts to armies and polo-playing royalty alike.

For all kinds of fascinating behind-the-scenes information, visit her website at kemptonranch.com.

Thursday, May 16, 2019. Third Thursday Art Walk. 5 to 8 p.m.

Local author Brad Holden and his first book, “Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners & Graft in the Queen City.”

Author Brad Holden tells the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition:

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state’s biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge.

Brad Holden is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archaeologist who also volunteers his time at the Edmonds Historical Museum. This is his first published book.

Congratulations Mr. Holden! The cover of the 4/21/19 Pacific NW Magazine is his new book! And there is an excerpt. The article here.

Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Noon to 1 p.m. E.C. Murray and her memoir, “A Long Way from Paris.”

Rescheduled from February’s snow-pocalypse!

In 1980, city girl Elizabeth hitchhikes to the mountains of southern France where she herds goats and reflects on her relationships, develops her spirituality, and overcomes her self-doubt caused by past obesity in this fun, insightful, and authentic memoir.

E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray)is a freelance writer and author whose book, “A Long Way from Paris,” was named a KIRKUS BEST BOOK of 2014.

Visit Murray’s website and her blog for all kinds of great information about her and her writing.

Recent book releases of note:
“The Overstory” by Richard Powers. Staff recommended. In paperback.
“Warlight” Michael Ondaatje. Staff recommended. In paperback.
“Women Talking” by Miriam Toews.
“Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen” by Mary Norris.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb.
“Lost Roses” by Martha Hall Kelly.
“The Book of Dreams” by Nina George.
“Tin Man” by Sarah Winman. In paperback.
“Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan. In paperback.
“The Peacock Emporium” by Jojo Moyes. In paperback.
“The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life” by David Brooks.
“The Department of Sensitive Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel” by Alexander McCall Smith.
“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates.
“Machines Like Me: A Novel” by Ian McEwan.
“Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting” by Anna Quindlen.
“Past Tense” by Lee Child. In paperback.
“Clock Dance” by Anne Tyler. In paperback.
“Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware. In paperback. Staff recommended.
“The Invited” by Jennifer McMahon

Books of note being released in May:

“Light from Other Stars” by Erika Swyler. Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach — if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is still reeling from the loss of Nedda’s newborn brother several years earlier. Theo has a dangerous dream of extending his living daughter’s childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. May 7, 2019.

“Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination” by Brian Jay Jones. Jones turns his attention to an icon of our childhoods telling the complicated story of the man behind the rhymes. May 7, 2019.

“Exhalation: Stories” by Ted Chiang. This highly anticipated second collection from Chiang, who lives here in the Northwest, includes nine stories, two of which have never appeared in print. May 7, 2019.

“Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis” by Jared Diamond. In his third book in his monumental trilogy, after bestsellers “Guns, Germs and Steel” and “Collapse” he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes — a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. May 7, 2019.

“Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It” by Adam Savage. Adam Savage–star of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters and one of the most beloved figures in science and tech–shares his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to following through and successfully making your idea a reality. May 7, 2019.

“Things My Son Needs to Know about the World” by Fredrik Backman, The bestselling author of  “A Man Called Ove” shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world. May 7, 2019.

“Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep. The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after “To Kill a Mockingbird.” May 7, 2019.

“There There” by Tommy Orange. Staff recommended. In paperback. May 7, 2019.

“My Ex-Life” by Stephen McCauley. In paperback.  May 7, 2019.

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik. Staff recommended. In paperback. May 7, 2019.

“The Word Is Murder” by Anthony Horowitz. In paperback. May 7, 2019.

“The Truths We Hold: An American Journey (Young Readers Edition)” by Kamala Harris. May 7, 2019.

“The Mars Room” by Rachel Kushner. In paperback. May 7, 2019.

“Dear Mrs. Bird” by A. J. Pearce. In paperback.  May 7, 2019.

”The Night Window” by Dean Koontz. Jane Hawk’s one-woman war comes to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent gambles everything against a terrifying conspiracy, for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity’s freedom. May 14, 2019.

“Disappearing Earth” by Julia Phillips. Spellbinding, moving–evoking a fascinating region on the other side of the world–this suspenseful and haunting story announces the debut of a profoundly gifted writer. May 14, 2019.

“Once More We Saw Stars: A Memoir” by Jayson Greene. A moving, transcendent memoir of loss and a stunning exploration of marriage in the wake of unimaginable grief. May 14, 2019.

“Orange World and Other Stories” by Karen Russell. From the Pulitzer Finalist comes a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases her extraordinary, irresistible gifts of language and imagination. May 14, 2019.

“The Scent Keeper” by Erica Bauermeister. The bestselling local author of staff favorite “The School of Essential Ingredients,” presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. May 21, 2019.

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

Happy reading!

Elaine Mattson

— 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!”

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