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Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

This week a customer bounded across the store, clutched a book to her chest, and with a yelp of glee exclaimed, "Oh my god, how did I not know this was out???" Such is the excitement when a new book in Brandon Sanderson's "The Stormlight Archive" series hits shelves. Book Three, "Oathbringer" is here and it's every bit as good as previous entries.

If you're not familiar with Sanderson, he's the best epic fantasy writer out there who, ya know, actually gets his books out on a regular schedule. And damn, they're good. Each book's backstory is dedicated to a particular character, so "Oathbringer" belongs to Dalinar. If you haven't been keeping up, that means nothing—so consider this a plea to catch up with the rest of us starting with book one, "The Way of Kings."

The series is projected to run for 10 books, and at his current pace I'll be collecting Social Security when the final book arrives. Nonetheless, given the never-ending wait for new books from George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, I'm happy we have Brandon Sanderson to help pass the time.

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Artemis by Andy Weir

Ok, I'll start with the bad. Andy Weir's follow-up to his best-selling book "The Martian" can at times feel like you're reading the outline of a movie studio spec script. Weir's prose can be hard to stomach; Nabokov he's not. Sometimes you wish he didn't feel the need to explain everything that has a scientific angle. "Artemis" can seem a lot like "The Martian," only we've swapped Mars for the Moon, and the protagonist, Jazz, a foul-mouthed teenage smuggler, isn't exactly an original creation.

You know what? Who cares. "Artemis" puts its foot on the gas pedal from the get-go and never lets up. If you liked "The Martian" (book, movie or both), you know what you're in for and you'll love it. I read it in two huge late-night gulps and loved every minute of it. It may be candy... but don't feel guilty about eating the whole bag.

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