5 Books I Bought Last Week – Labor Day 2017

Before I got into reading I was addicted to music. Each week I got on iTunes, checked out the new releases, and looked for new artists. But that was then. Now reading is my new addiction. Like many people, I am subscribed to several book deal newsletters. Whenever I go into a store I have to check out their book section. I love finding a new story that grabs my attention.

All that means that my TBR list keeps growing, and I want to help you grow yours as well. Below are a few books that I discovered this past week and bought for myself. Maybe one of them will grab your attention as well. Unfortunately, I now have to decide which one I will read first. Have you already read any of them? I’d love to hear what you think of it.

What books did you discover this week? Let me know in the comments below.

Most of these books this were brought to my attention through friends and groups on Facebook, through emails like BookBub, and author newsletters.


Cursor Blink (Roko Book 0)
by Michael Blackbourn

How dangerous would it be to communicate with a super-intelligent AI? Could it reach out through a text terminal, control you, and have you act in its best interest?

Piya Johar, a university researcher acts as AI warden, midwife, and executioner. Her role is to determine if AI trapped in the special isolated system would be a curse to humankind or its savior. She knows the risk of engaging with the AI and the university constantly tests and drills her. No one is more prepared to battle the wits of machine intelligence than Piya.

After an urgent message draws Dr. Johar back to her lab, it becomes clear something is different this time. Ensnared in the strings of a puppetmaster she discovers a costly mistake, one that puts herself and the future of the human race at risk. The AI she faces off against has – unique – capabilities. Capabilities she herself has given it. It’s an adversary she could have never prepared for.

Genre: Science Fiction
$.99 as of 9/3/17


Exigency
by Michael Siemsen

Nine brilliant scientists travel light years on a one-way trip to an Earth-like planet. Their mission is to study from orbit the two species of intelligent lifeforms on the surface. The first: an isolated people embarking on civilization and building their world’s first city. The second: a brutal race of massive predators, spread thick and still growing across the dominant landmass—destined to breed and eat their way to extinction within a few centuries.

After eight years of observation, disaster strikes the orbiting station and only two crewmembers eject successfully. Drifting down through a dark alien sky, the pair realizes their escape pod launched not toward the safety of the city, but to the other side of the planet, touching down deep inside a land no human could possibly survive.

Genre: Science Fiction
$.99 as of 9/3/17


Nokyo Rising: A Short Story
by Eamon Ambrose

Nokyo, a downtrodden, mischievous and slightly psychotic office robot hatches a scheme to escape from the drudgery of office life with deadly consequences, setting in motion a chilling cycle of events.

Genres: Science Fiction
$.99 as of 9/3/17


Darktown: A Novel (The Darktown Series Book 1)
by Thomas Mullen

In the tradition of our most acclaimed suspense writers, the author of The Last Town on Earth delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in Atlanta, a ripped-from-the-headlines depiction of a world on the cusp of great change involving race relations, city politics, and police corruption.

Responding from pressure on high, the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948. The newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers and their authority is limited: They can’t arrest white suspects; they can’t drive a squad car; they can’t even use the police headquarters and must instead operate out of the basement of a gym.

When a black woman who was last seen in a car driven by a white man turns up fatally beaten, no one seems to care except for Boggs and Smith, two black cops from vastly different backgrounds. Pressured from all sides, they will risk their jobs, the trust the community has put in them, and even their own safety to investigate her death. Their efforts bring them up against an old-school cop, Dunlow, who has long run the neighborhood like his own, and Dunlow’s young partner, Rakestraw, a young progressive who may or may not be willing to make allies across color lines.

Set in the post-war, pre-civil rights South, and evoking the socially resonant and morally complex crime novels of Dennis Lehane, and Walter Mosley, Darktown is a vivid, smart, intricately plotted crime saga that explores the timely issues of race, law enforcement, and the uneven scales of justice.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
$11.99 as of 9/3/17


What I Am Currently Reading

Anomaly
by Peter Cawdron

Anomaly examines the prospect of an alien intelligence discovering life on Earth. The technological gulf between humanity and the alien species is measured in terms of millions of years. The only way to communicate is using science, but not everyone is so patient.

Humanity’s first contact with an alien intelligence is far more radical than anyone has ever dared imagine. With a technological gap of millions of years, mankind is barely able to recognize the arrival of an alien space craft outside the gates of the United Nations in New York.

Genres: Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, First Contact
$4.99 as of 9/3/17

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