Four days ’til Christmas!! Ahh! I’m so excited! Today’s post will be books that I hope Santa brings (because he’s real, I don’t care what you say).
The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
This is my most wanted book currently. I asked my inlaws for it (because they’re all ’emily give us a list if you don’t we’ll just guess anyways’, so I did :P)
I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and it’s a nice, big book so I’m hoping if I get it I can nestle in on my armchair (that I have yet to buy) in my book room and read it!
Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
Orange: The Complete Collection vol 2 by Ichigo Takano
This one, I asked my parents for (they too demanded a list, those goofies). I read the first volume earlier this year and really enjoyed it. I’m hoping the second one will be just as good.
Goodreads synopsis of volume 1:
A Plea From the Future
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson
This one I didn’t actually ask for. I figured with my book buying ban lifting after Christmas and me liiiiikely getting a book gift card or two, I’ll get it myself! 😀 I really liked Stephenson’s book Snow Crash when I read it a while ago, and the synopsis of this one looks to be right up my alley!
When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.
Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world “jams” the “frequencies” used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.
And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.
And that’s it! By no means are these the only books I want, but these are definitely the top three! If Santa doesn’t bring them, I’ma buy them myself! 😀