Now Read This! September 2021: Science Fiction & Fantasy Recommendations

Our Now Read This! newsletters offer suggestions for your next favorite read, from hidden gems to the latest hot pick. Available in six genres, these newsletters include:

  • a featured book of the month
  • a special event worth checking out
  • a curated selection of newly acquired and upcoming titles
  • booklists for further reading

Whether you prefer epic fantasies or hard sci-fi, your friendly BPL Reader Services Librarians have recommendations for every reader.

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Q1: Technological Breakthroughs or Fantastical Family Secrets? Tech → Q2: Death Predictions or Human Cloning? → Death Predictions: Dare to Know by James Kennedy | Human Cloning: Constance by Matthew Fitzsimmons | → Family → Q3: Werewolves or Magical Powers? Werewolves → No God, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull | Magical Powers: The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova.

This Month's Recommendations:

Dare to Know

After surviving a near-death encounter, an employee at a renowned death prediction company breaks the rules and forecasts his own death day... only to learn that he apparently died 23 minutes ago, and the only person who can confirm the prediction is his ex-girlfriend.


After being gifted a clone of herself, Constance D'Arcy regularly uploads her consciousness to the clone. When a routine upload goes wrong, Constance wakes up months later and is told that her original self is dead. What happened?

No Gods, No Monsters

Laina learns that her brother has been killed by the police, but what appears to be a straightforward case of police brutality is much stranger. Monsters are real, and they're emerging from the dark... but what frightened them out of hiding?

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

Alternating between the life of Orquídea Divina and those of her descendants, this spellbinding work of magical realism reveals the story of a fractured family, the secrets they keep, and the mystical powers that bind them all together.