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Odysseus was the man of many minds and many ways, according to his Homeric epithets. And among the many minds of Odysseus, there's room for a space queen.

Odyssia is warlike, merciless, "witchjack and wanderer," "starminded," '"wolfclever," "lightspeed," a "wolfwitch." Written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Christian Ward, ODY-C is a beautifully colored space Odyssey, both graphic and novel, which makes Homer new.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin dines with the girls in Judith Keim’s Fat Fridays.

Title: Fat Fridays

Author: Judith Keim

Pages: 310

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 978-1503940666

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin looks for laughs in Jennifer Worick’s blog-turned-audiobook, Things I Want to Punch in the Face.

Title: Things I Want to Punch in the Face

Author: Jennifer Worick

Runtime: 2 hours, 53 minutes

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

AISN: B00A0WG0NE

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins the quest for survival with the plane crash survivors in author Bill Rancic’s First Light.

Title: First Light

Author: Bill Rancic

Pages: 308

Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons

ISBN: 978-1101982273

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

There's a tendency to approach a posthumous collection of work by an esteemed "writer's writer" with respectful courtesy, but Stanley Elkin's essays demand a rowdier response from readers. They're weird and spirited, full of literal piss and vinegar. Pieces of Soap is the name of this collection and writer Sam Lipsyte, in his introduction, rightly says that reading Elkin makes you realize "how lazy most writing is."

This is how it begins.

Somewhere out there beyond the cordons, beyond the fields and marshes, abandoned machines roamed like stray dogs. They wandered about impatiently, restless in the new wind sweeping through the country. They smelled something in the air, something unfamiliar. Perhaps if we had listened closely, we would have heard it. We may have heard the sound rising from the forgotten and sealed caverns in the depths: the muffled pounding from something trying to get out.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin goes into hiding with the daring kids in author Gregg Hurwitz’s The Rains.

Title: The Rains

Author: Gregg Hurwitz

Pages: 272

Publisher: Tor Teen

ISBN: 978-0765382672

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Sex is a fraught subject in April Ayers Lawson's impressively polished debut collection of stories. The audacious but vulnerable young Southerners who populate these five tales live in a world where the ordinary uncertainties of relationships and physical intimacy are amplified and distorted by their devout, fundamentalist Christian upbringing, and in several cases, a history of childhood sexual abuse. Despite her limpid, supple prose, there's a creepy cast to Lawson's vision, with shades of Flannery O'Connor's dark humor and Southern Gothic sensibility.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin gets cold feet with the stressed-out bride in Karen King’s I Do...or Do I?

Title: I Do...or Do I?

Author: Karen King

Runtime: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

AISN: B01JJ779U8

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin moves into an eerie apartment with the Japanese thriller The Graveyard Apartment by author Mariko Koike.

Title: The Graveyard Apartment

Author: Mariko Koike

Pages: 324

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 978-1250060549

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin makes some difficult choices in Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays.

Title: Choose Your Own Misery: The Holidays

Author: Mike MacDonald and Jilly Gagnon

Pages: 179

Publisher: Diversion Publishing

ISBN: 978-1682303191

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to Arcanum for more supernatural adventures in Josef Matulich’s Power Tools in the Sacred Grove.

Title: Power Tools in the Sacred Grove (Arcanum Faire #2)

Author: Josef Matulich

Pages: 204

Publisher: Post Mortem Press

ISBN: 978-0692399309

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Based on the Paula Hawkins' bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is a whodunit constructed through an ornate latticework of multiple narrators, temporal jumps, blackouts, constant misdirection, and out-and-out red herrings. There are a good four or five possible suspects, each waved at the audience like a red cape in front of a bull, with the lance awaiting on the other side.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels back through the magic mirror to visit with Sleeping Beauty in author Sarah Mlynowski’s Dream On.

Title: Dream On (Whatever After #4)

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Runtime: 3 hours, 2 minutes

Publisher: Scholastic Audio

AISN: B00HZ6NCH0

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

From the ground, flying is a wonderfully loose metaphor — for freedom and speed and ambition, for superhuman ease and laborless achievement. But Fran Wilde's Bone Universe series makes flying a fatal and real technical science. It isn't magic, but a controlled harnessing of something terrifyingly strong: the wind. The taut violence of flight — catching gusts, snapping wings, shaving the air — is the best and most real part of the novels. Not a broomstick whoosh or the effortless flutter of a superhero's cape, but groaning joints, deadly winds, an awful void below.

When The Three-Body Problem, the first installment of Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, it drove home a big point: Science fiction from other countries has been overlooked too long here in the U.S., and it's to everyone's benefit to fix that.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin digs for answers with a disgraced journalist in author Mark Hosack’s The Good Spy Dies Twice.

Title: The Good Spy Dies Twice (Bullseye, #1)

Author: Mark Hosack

Pages: 301

Publisher: Wide Awake Books

ISBN: 978-0997850512

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to Otter Lake for more murder and mayhem with Pumpkin Picking with Murder by Auralee Wallace.

Title: Pumpkin Picking with Murder (Otter Lake Mysteries #2)

Author: Auralee Wallace

Pages: 338

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

ISBN: 978-1250077783

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin joins a young woman on the rocky road to recovery in author Colleen Hoover’s It Ends with Us.

Title: It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 367

Publisher: Atria Paperback

ISBN: 978-1501110368

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

Mara Wilson says that the most complicated relationship she has ever had is with a fictional 6-year-old girl. That's because you probably know Wilson best as Matilda, from the 1996 film adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic.

"I wanted to be her so badly ... " Wilson tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "She's kind of like my big sister overshadowing me."

Wilson, now 29, was a successful child actress — you may also recognize her from her starring roles as Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire, or as Susan Walker in Miracle on 34th Street.

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