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30 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out March 2 - 8

By Kobo • March 02, 2021New & Hot Reads

Welcome back to New & Hot Reads, where we talk about some of the most anticipated books coming out now

It was disappointing to learn a few weeks ago about the cancellation of the new TV series Trickster, based on Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. But now we at least have the conclusion of the Trickster trilogy exactly as the author intended, even if we won’t be seeing it on-screen anytime soon. In Return of the Trickster, Jared Martin’s troubled life doesn’t get any easier or any less complicated, and he’s still the sweet (if misunderstood) kid fans of the series have grown to love. He enters this last book knowing a little more about his family than he did before: he’s gained some clarity around the nature of the supernatural powers he inherited from his father, his mom Maggie loves him more than ever and will destroy any evil spirit that so much as looks at her boy, and his grandmother definitely wants to consume him to steal his powers. We’re delighted to have Jared back, and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

Though at first glance Klara and the Sun, the story of an “Artificial Friend” named Klara designed to keep teenagers company, seems a departure from anything Kazuo Ishiguro has written before, it echoes his 2005 novel Never Let Me Go in how it slowly parcels out information about the world. The novel’s central science fiction conceit is revealed through a series of glimpses and conversation fragments that readers get through Klara’s limited and highly idiosyncratic perspective as she waits to be purchased, and then later acclimates to her new home. And as in the earlier novel, it’s a conceit that says something grim about how humans make value judgments, and how we shield ourselves from the consequences of those judgments. Of course as with any good science fiction, it’s merely an exaggerated view of the present and we can take comfort in our discomfort, believing we’d make different choices. But another way to look at Klara and the Sun is, as we all begin to take the most tentative (and vaccinated) steps back towards “normal life” maybe we’re all a little bit like Klara, uncertain of how to deal with people after having been shut away for so long.

One thing that’s been constant through the pandemic and seems to be destined to stick around until long after it’s a thing of the past is email. The FYIs from the boss, the innocent one-line requests that you can’t imagine answering with anything less than three paragraphs, the colleagues helpfully “looping you in” while your inbox strangles your ability to concentrate. In A World Without Email, Georgetown University computer science professor Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, lays out guidelines for creating a more productive world without email. Newport argues that because digital communication means we can ask anybody anything anytime, we’ve come to allow work to depend on doing exactly that. The end result is that everyone is constantly sending or answering emails, and nobody’s actually doing anything. A world without email may seem impossible from where we stand now, but it’s necessary if we’re ever going to get anything done.

More books coming out March 2 - 8

💭 Big Ideas

🗣 True Stories

💘 Romance

🗡️ Thrillers, Action, and Crime fiction

🖊️ Literary Fiction

✨ Fantastical tales of Other Worlds and Other Times

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