Mary Sue Book Club November 2021: Black Mermaids, Cyberpunk!

As there are only a few weeks left in the year, several excellent books will be released in November and December for the Mary Sue Book Club!

Despite some eagerly awaited sequels like A psalm of storms and silence by Rosanne Brown and Go tell the bees that I’m gone by Diana Gabaldon, this list is dedicated to new titles, new series, and new translations, things we anticipate you might like too, but don’t get big marketing budgets either. Some of these writers are making their debut, while others are staples of any geek feminist TBR.


(Image: Graphic Mundi.)

This graphic novel thesis asks: “Who becomes a refugee? After Hakim’s trip from Syria after 2011 through several countries, we see him leaving as he yearns to return home – the home of his family, friends, home herself, and more. . From what I could understand, this is one of two volumes that will tell the story of his physical journey. Some of my favorite graphic novels (March, When they call us enemy, Persepolis, etc.) were non-fiction memoirs so this was a must see for this list.

Hakim’s Odyssey releases November 2.

"A wonderful light" by Freya Marske (Image: Tordotcom)

(Image: Tordotcom.)

This queer urban fantasy follows Robin Blyth who, in addition to growing problems in his life, becomes a liaison with a hidden magical society after an administrative error. Both impressed and terrified of this new world just beyond his own, Robin begins to rack up enemies, including Edwin. Robin soon discovers that his predecessor has mysteriously disappeared and must work with Edwin to stay alive after they both uncover a bloody plot that, if discovered, will result in their deaths (among many, many others).

A wonderful light releases November 2.

"Sinopticon: a celebration of Chinese science fiction" translated by Xueting Ni (Image: Solaris.)

(Image: Solaris.)

Thirteen stories from the greatest Chinese science fiction and speculative writers in present day China. Some of the writers are no strangers to translating their work, while others will experience it for the first time. Even though you’ve heard of one of the writers, none of the stories in this book have been translated into English so far, by Ni. Award-winning writers, playwrights, philosophers and computer scientists are Gu Shi, Han Song, Hao Jingfang, Nian Yu, Wang Jinkang, Zhao Haihong, Tang Fei, Ma Boyong, Anna Wu, A Que, Bao Shu, Regina Kanyu Wang and Jiang Bo.

Sinopticon the anthology comes out on November 9.

"Sea skin" by Natasha Bowen.  (Image: Random house for young readers.)

(Image: Random house for young readers.)

This historic YA fantasy stars Simi, a mermaid whose duty it is to collect the souls of those who drown at sea and bless their journey back to their homeland. However, Simi breaks the code when she finds a young boy still alive after being thrown overboard and saves his life. After being summoned by the Supreme Creator for breaking a major rule, Simi learns that the boy knows more about their world than he suggests and that danger is imminent.

This book is already called something between Blood and bone meets The little Mermaid, and while I like it for her, take it with a grain of salt (water). Because i read this The little Mermaid description before (for another book), and it was nothing like it although I enjoyed it.

Sea skin releases November 9.

"A net for small fish" by Lucy Jago (Image: Flatiron Books.)

(Image: Flatiron Books.)

Based on a real scandal at the turn of the 17th century, this historic start follows the friendship of two women at the Jacobean court. Frances Howard, the hapless wife of an earl, discovers that she has a lot in common with Anne Turner, a woman who is tied up by a man and tries to feed her six children. Where Howard offers Turner connections and helps build his confidence, Turner serves as a confidante for Howard’s infidelity. Together, the women craft a plan for a better future for themselves and navigate the increasingly dangerous Tansy Court.

A net for small fish releases November 16.

"Love in the big city" by Sang Young Park and translated by Anton Hur (Image: Grove Press.)

(Image: Grove Press.)

Told in four parts, Love in the big city presents Seoul’s nightlife entertainment and tomorrow’s work for college student Young and his best friend, roommate, and rocker Jaehee. Cynical and living in a hazy mess between party, school, and sex, Young doesn’t realize how much he depends on Jaehee until she leaves. When Jaehee leaves to settle down, Young tries to fill that hole with Tinder matches, with varying degrees of success. Park’s novel explores both millennial loneliness and the joy of queer life.

Love in the big city releases November 16.

"Noor" by Nnedi Okorafor (Image: Daw Books.)

(Image: Daw Books.)

african futuristic Okorafor’s latest novel is about an artificial organism (AO) named Anwuli who, despite being born with multiple disabilities (made worse by a car accident years later), doesn’t consider himself to be the monster or the devil the rest of the world is doing. One day while shopping at the local market, Anwuli’s life really changes in unexpected ways. After meeting a Fulani shepherd named DNA, she embarked on an adventurous race against time and across northern Nigeria. This book is perfect for fans of cyberpunk and stories examining the future of genetic engineering.

Noor releases November 16.

(Image: Tordotcom, Random House for young readers, and Solaris.)

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