Have You Heard About... Armada

… the aliens attacking the Earth? It’s almost like a videogame! In fact, most people in Ernest Cline’s Armada think it is a videogame. The only people who believe that games are being used to train people to fight real aliens are paranoid weirdos … and the secret world-wide organization behind the training program.

Have You Heard About... World War Z

… the zombie novel that’s become one of the most noteworthy examples of recent horror fiction?

Have You Heard About... The Magpie Lord

… the lord who loved a magician? KJ Charles starts off the excellent Charm of Magpies series* with The Magpie Lord. Lucien Vaudrey is the new Lord Crane, now that his (completely unlamented) father and brother are dead.

Have You Heard About... Heartsick

… the female serial killer who gives Hannibal Lecter a run for his money? Chelsea Cain’s novel Heartsick follows Gretchen Lowell, who was one of the country’s most notorious serial killers until she turned herself in to the police.

Have You Heard About... The Imitation Game

… one of the fathers of modern computer science? Alan Turing is the subject of the movie The Imitation Game, with a focus on his work on cryptanalysis and computing machines during World War II. Turing’s work was pivotal in decoding German messages and helped the Allies win the war. He also did groundbreaking work with mathematics and artificial intelligence.

Have You Heard About... The Alienist

… the unknown assailant brutally murdering young cross-dressing male prostitutes in 19th century New York City?

Have You Heard About... The Stranger Beside Me

… the true crime author who was friends with one of America’s most infamous serial killers? Ann Rule, the queen of true crime, made a name for herself with The Stranger Beside Me, which told the story of Ted Bundy and her personal relationship with him, both before, during, and after his terrifying killing sprees.

Have You Heard About... The Passage

… the terrifyingly realistic vampire apocalypse that destroyed 98% of the world? It’s a bit misleading to refer to Justin Cronin’s epic novel, The Passage, as a vampire novel, since these are not like any vampires I’ve read about before. In fact, this novel is really like nothing else I’ve read before either.

Have You Heard About... Dead Ice

… the horrors that humans inflict on zombies? The latest of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake* books, Dead Ice, takes a bit of a twist by making zombies the victims.

Have You Heard About... Wilder Mind

… Mumford and Sons’ new, edgier sound? If you’re like me, you were probably drawn to their brand of foot-stomping, banjo-heavy folk rock from a few years ago, so it’s no surprise that fans were shocked when Mumford & Sons announced Wilder Mind, a new, banjo-less album for 2015.

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