This time of year is great, Gift Guides and Best Of lists filling your social media feeds. We here at Fox Force Five News don’t want to disappoint, so without further ado, here is a different portion of the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, NOVELS BY COMIC WRITERS. Here are a couple great novels authored by some of our favorite comic writers.
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BLACK STAR RENEGADES
St. Martin’s Press – Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, Battlestar Galactica, Curse)
Cade Sura holds the future of the galaxy in his hands: the ultimate weapon that will bring total peace. He didn’t ask for it, he doesn’t want it, and there’s no worse choice to wield it in all of space, but if he doesn’t, everyone’s totally screwed. The evil Praxis kingdom is on the cusp of having every star system under its control, and if that happens, there’ll be no contesting their cruel reign. Especially if its fanatical overlord, Ga Halle, manages to capture Cade and snag the all-powerful weapon for herself.
Cade can’t hide from Praxis, and he can’t run from the destiny that’s been shoved into his hands. So he only has one option:
He has to fight.
Cade’s not going to let destiny send him on a suicide run, though. With some help from his friends—rebels and scoundrels alike—Cade’s going to use this weapon to chart a new destiny for the galaxy, and for himself. He just has to do so before everyone around him discovers that he’s a complete and total fraud.
THE DARK NET
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Benjamin Percy (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Teen Titans)
The Dark Net is real. An anonymous and often criminal arena that exists in the secret, far reaches of the Web, some use it to manage Bitcoins, pirate movies and music, or traffic in drugs and stolen goods. And now, an ancient darkness is gathering there as well. These demons are threatening to spread virally into the real world unless they can be stopped by members of a ragtag crew:
Twelve-year-old Hannah, who has been fitted with the Mirage, a high-tech visual prosthetic to combat her blindness, wonders why she sees shadows surrounding some people.
A technophobic journalist named Lela has stumbled upon a story nobody wants her to uncover.
Mike Juniper—a one-time child evangelist who suffers from personal and literal demons—has an arsenal of weapons stored in the basement of the homeless shelter he runs.
And Derek, a hacker with a cause, believes himself a soldier of the Internet, part of a cyber army akin to Anonymous.
They have no idea what the Dark Net really contains.
HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING
Riverhead Books – Ryan North (Adventure Time, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jughead)
Have you ever wondered what you’d do if you were sent back in time? Wonder now longer. With HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING, you’ll have all the science, art, engineering, philosophy, math, and music required to build a technological civilization – from scratch – all on your own. It’s the hilarious, educational, and awesome new book from Ryan North (from Dinosaur Comics, Squirrel Girl, Adventure Time, and more), and you can get it… right now, right here.
If you ever get sent back in time, you’ll be ready. And if you ever just wished you knew more about the inner workings of the technological world we live in today – well, we’ve got you covered in that case too.
After all: you, my friend, are about to make history… better.
THE ORACLE YEAR
Harper Perennial – Charles Soule (Curse Words, Letter 44, Poe Dameron)
Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.
He’s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it’s come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it’s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.
Dorchester Lovespell – Marjorie M. Liu (Monstress, X-23, Black Widow)
He looks out of place in Dela Reese’s Beijing hotel room- exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he’s like nothing from her world. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul and knows this warrior will obey her every command.
Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela’s eyes- and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where once he only knew hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key. For Dela, he will risk all.
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