Angela Mann was raised and educated in England, worked in publishing companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is now the youth events director for Kepler’s. She reads voraciously and eclectically, usually falling for whatever calls loudest from her bookshelf despite all other obligations, searching for things either funny, offbeat, apocalyptic, provocative, beautiful, or true.
A disillusioned former prison guard/failed CEO and a corporate spy find their paths cross as they take jobs at The Cloud - an online big box monopoly with immense power. We also hear from Gibson Wells, The Cloud CEO who is dying and wants to give his side of the story. This very possible near-future dystopia is like a contemporary 1984 - a wake-up call to look around and see the path we are treading. --Angela
This is one of the most beautiful, creative, poetic pieces of writing I've read in a long time, where poetry solves math and letters are written in seeds and tea leaves. Red and Blue, who both present as female, are enemy agents in a time war. They are always in different places, in different timelines, and although they don't meet, they leave each other messages, getting closer and closer with each message. As soon as I turned the last page, I wanted to start rereading immediately. Really, this is one of a kind. And so romantic! --Angela
What would you do if you woke up to find you had memories of another life? And so did other people. It’s driving people to the point of madness. How do you know what really happened? It’s more than a disease. Are neuroscientist Helena Smith and NY cop Barry Sutton too late to stop this? Think Back to the Future meets Black Mirror. Every bit as mind blowing as Dark Matter. If you only read one book this summer, read this one. I lost a weekend to this book as I simply could not put it down. --Angela
Imagine an inn on the Thames near Oxford one dark evening where people have gathered to tell stories. The door opens and in staggers an injured stranger holding a child, who appears to be dead.
But half an hour later the child opens her eyes. Is this magic or a miracle? Several people claim her but she does not speak. This gorgeously told tale is part mystery, part fairy tale, part historical fantasy that I could not love more. --Angela
A heist novel set in an alternate 19th century Paris – yes please!
The Order of Babel are looking for an ancient artifact and they want Severin to find it for them. The prize? His true inheritance. Will it be worth the risk? My first read of 2019 and I absolutely loved it. --Angela