Friends, April and May have simply been too busy, and that is clearly reflected in the fact that I am currently, actively reading not one, not two, but FIVE books at the same time…and haven’t managed to finish any of them yet. Here’s what I’m working on, and hopefully you’ll get some great reviews in the April wrap-up:

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (in print)

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan (ebook)

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Goliath: the 100-year war between monopoly power and democracy by Matt Stoller (audiobook)

In Goliath, Matt Stoller explains how authoritarianism and populism have returned to American politics for the first time in eighty years, as the outcome of the 2016 election shook our faith in democratic institutions. It has brought to the fore dangerous forces that many modern Americans never even knew existed. Today’s bitter recriminations and panic represent more than just fear of the future, they reflect a basic confusion about what is happening and the historical backstory that brought us to this moment.

The Wires of War: technology and the global struggle for power by Jacob Helberg (audiobook)

From the former news policy lead at Google, an “informative and often harrowing wake-up call” ( Publishers Weekly ) that explains the high-stakes global cyberwar brewing between Western democracies and the authoritarian regimes of China and Russia that could potentially crush democracy.

…plus one unpublished manuscript for a friend.

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