The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

Looking for something new to read?

Finished once again with that Harry Potter novel?  What if I told you that I have an old-school novel with fantastic animals, including a greedy dragon, a talking boar, and a giant killer falcon? If that sounds fun, try The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. It’s a story of magic, romance, and revenge. It also has one of the strongest female protagonists I’ve seen yet.

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Robot for Hire: Made to Kill

Take your favorite retro-futuristic movie. Now take the robot that’s inevitably in that movie, and put him in The Maltese Falcon. Give him a private investigator’s license and make sure his secretary-with-the-sass is actually a supercomputer (and definitely the shot-caller in the operation). Then add some vintage Hollywood scenery and glamour to the mental picture and you’ve got the feel of Made to Kill by Adam Christopher.

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Once upon a time, there was a young boy who had no family, no home, and no friends. All the boy had were the clocks of the train station in Paris and the silent automaton sitting in his little garret. Day after day, he would wind the clocks and steal his dinner. At night, he would work on the mechanical figure with parts pocketed from a wind-up toy shop. One day, he is caught by the shop owner, one day he makes friends with the shop owner’s granddaughter. One day, his precarious life is thrown upside down and changed.

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