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If you like . . .Harry Potter, but are ready for the next evolution of the hero’s journey from wayfaring child, cunning orphan, clever student, brilliant musician, thief, assassin, and the best magician of all time . . . read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss! It’s the best fantasy book written in the past decade, in my humble opinion, and John Scalzi agrees! The tale begins with a storyteller who finds the self-exiled Kvothe, nicknamed the Bloodless, the Arcane, Kingkiller, Six-string, and Lightfinger. This book is told on the first day, where the storyteller draws out and records Kvothe’s early life. There’s not much more I can say because this book is so fantastic, I am rendered speechless!
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The characters Harry Potter and Christopher Robin, and you believe in the universal power of stories over our culture and consciousness, then you will like The Unwritten series by Mike Carey. This eleven-volume graphic novel series follows Tom Taylor, son of Wilson Taylor, the famous novelist of the popular Tommy Taylor boy wizard series. Tom shares the name of the famous protagonist and lives off the celebrity, but he soon gets wrapped up in a series of horrors and adventures that forces him to go on the run because he may not just be plain old Tom Taylor, but the character brought to life by his father’s pact with an immortal adversary. Tom, surrounded by characters resembling Tommy’s own friends and villains, quests to find out he is real, or a figment of imagination destined to save the world.
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card . . . read Red Rising by Pierce Brown! Darrow is a Red, on the lowest caste of society run by the godlike Golds. After his wife is killed by the Golds for singing a forbidden song, Darrow is saved from the same death by the Sons of Ares, a secret group seeking to overthrow the Golds. They change Darrow into a Gold to infiltrate the Gold command school, fight to rise to the highest level, and destroy them from the inside. But as a Gold with near godlike power, and discovering that not all Golds are the monsters he believed them to be, can Darrow retain the spirit of vengeance that made him undertake the task?
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S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C. by Ruben Castaneda . . . read Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon and The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood by David Simon and Edward Burns. Simon spent a year with the Baltimore City Homicide Unit in 1988 after writing for the Baltimore Sun police beat during 1980s crime epidemic. Homicide follows a year in the lives of detectives and their cases, plus tells the complex history of Baltimore that is still relevant today in the wake of Freddie Gray.
The Corner was written by Simon and Edward Burns, who was a former Baltimore homicide detective. They spent three years around the same Baltimore city corner, interviewing and interacting with the people who lived or spent time there. They wrote a compelling story of the inner city drug market, community residents, addicts, their families and children, teenage dealers, detailing their troubled pasts, hopeful futures, and vice versa. This book is not only a snapshot of the effect of the drug trade on an inner city neighborhood, but also the poverty and failed policies that made it flourish.