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Dead Astronauts: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374276805
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Published: MCD - December 3rd, 2019

A new sector, branch, (dimension?) of the world Vandermeer created in Borne and The Strange Bird: a challenging, poetic, psychedelic, (lyricsergic maybe?) scifi-eco-horror experimental/philosophical novel which takes the scientific & envirionmental concerns of Margaret Atwood's Oryx & Crake, the surreal language gnarls of William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, the futuristic despair of J.G. Ballard's Drowned/Burning Worlds, and the formal invention of Danielewski's House of Leaves, and sprinkles in a little bit of Watership Down style animal fable, creating a unique, maddening, and gloriously strange experience for those readers brave enough to take this wild ride.


Little Bird: The Fight for Elder's Hope Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781534313453
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Published: Image Comics - November 19th, 2019

Little Bird is a treat for fans of dark fantasy and weird dystopian worlds. There are shades of a His Dark Materials style totalitarian theocracy in Darcy Van Poelgeest's story, mixed with brutal, Mad Maxian violence and an almost Dune-like combo of science fiction and mysticism. Ian Bertram's visuals are wild, gorgeous, grotesque, and eye-poppingly otherworldly in a Princess Mononoke meets Moebius kind of way. Book one comes to a somewhat satisfying stopping point, yet definitely whets the appetite for a book 2, 3 or more.


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Quichotte: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593132982
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Published: Random House - September 3rd, 2019

It's easy to take a late career master for granted, but Quichotte is not to be missed as it stands with Rushdie's best. This totally wild de/reconstruction of Don Quixote is an extremely funny satire on the bizarro monster of contemporary American culture, and a metafictional tornado of "fake news", pulp fiction, big pharma, climate change, alternate dimensions, family, love, and mastodons?!


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Rusty Brown (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375424328
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Published: Pantheon - September 24th, 2019

At 350 pages, one could be forgiven for wishing that Chris Ware's dense, macro/micro-scopic graphic novel take on 20th C. American life was... um, complete, but it ends with an "intermission". So there is more yet to come, however, more of Ware's work should always be welcomed, and Rusty Brown is only really incomplete in the way that Proust's Swann's Way is part of the larger In Search of Lost Time. And that comparison is not too elevated: Ware makes the richest, deepest, most humane, and visually beautiful work in comics. Rusty Brown makes the mundane milieu of suburban, mid-western, mid-size city, USA the site of universal struggles, wrenching pathos, and sweet-sad tragi-comedy, while Ware's absolute mastery of the comics form allows him to craft a structure so intricate and gorgeous that it eventually lifts the reader away from the edge of misery into a transcendent sense of human connection and perseverance.  Solid gold literature.


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CoDex 1962: A Trilogy Cover Image
By Sjón, Victoria Cribb (Translated by)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250238122
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Published: Picador - September 10th, 2019

This complex fabulist tapestry sometimes feels like the whole history of storytelling compressed into one volume, jumping from genre deconstruction and mythic visions to earthy humor and grounded human emotion with astounding grace: Icelandic literary magic in the tradition of Calvino's Invisible Cities, Bulgakov's Master And Margarita, Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.


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Inland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780812992861
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Published: Random House - August 13th, 2019

Readers who loved  Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife are sure to enjoy this similarly mesmerizing mix of gritty historical tale and subtle fantastical elements, albeit in an entirely different setting. The deep characters, lyrical prose, and mysterious plotting make it a must for fans of literary westerns. Think Toni Morrison's Beloved crossed with True Grit!


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Melmoth: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062856401
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Published: Custom House - October 1st, 2019

Just in time for the season of all things dark and creepy comes this riveting gothic novel for the 21st century. Perry takes typically buried themes from classic ghost stories (guilt, shame, the cycle of violence) and fully unearths them, casting a rich, heady story-spell that asks where humankind's demons really come from. Melmoth with enchant fans of Eco's Name Of The Rose as much as Shirley Jackson's Haunting Of Hill House, A.S. Byatt's Possession as well as Poe's macabre tales.


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A Cosmology of Monsters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781524747671
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Published: Pantheon - September 17th, 2019

A wickedly engrossing read for fans of literary horror. This is indebted to, and should appeal to fans of, Stephen King classics like The Shining, The Talisman and It, as well as Lovecraft fans (lots of "in story" references), and more recent crossover creepers like Victor LaValle's The Changeling, Brain McGreevey's Hemlock Grove and the Welcome to Night Vale universe.


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Moonshadow Cover Image
By J.M. Dematteis, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Kent Williams (Illustrator), Kevin Nowlan (Illustrator), George Pratt (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781506709468
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Published: Dark Horse Originals - June 25th, 2019

This underappreciated gem from the 1980s graphic novel big bang (Maus, Watchmen, Love & Rockets) is finally back in print in a big, beautiful hardcover edition! J.M. DeMatteis' Douglas Adams meets William Blake writing and Jon J. Muth's flowery, allusive watercolors tell a coming-of-age sci-fantasy fable full of adventure, laughter, love, and death. Think: Kurt Vonnegut rewrites Don Quixote, The Little Prince filtered through Dickens, or Ziggy Stardust meets Hesse's Siddhartha.


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This Is How You Lose the Time War Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534431003
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 16th, 2019

A tragic love story between two post-human agents of warring far future societies of the multiverse/timestream. Poetry as science fiction. Socio-mythic fictional history. A dissection of duty, power and belonging. An examination of individuality vs. culture. If you like your SFF lyrical, or your thrills spiced with romance and philosophy, grab this up! Imagine a cross between Madeline Miller's Song of Achilles and John Crowley's Engine Summer. Ursula Le Guin and Gene Wolfe fans should check this out too. Fabulous.


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Clyde Fans Cover Image
By Seth
$54.95
ISBN: 9781770463578
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 30th, 2019

Seth masterfully uses the style and idioms of mid-20th century illustration and comic strips to slowly build up an incredibly subtle, layered portrait of the common human struggle against loneliness, and toward meaning and memory. A true graphic novel to stand alongside Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, Art Spiegelman's Maus, Bellow, Steinbeck, and Yates.


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Theory of Bastards Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609454371
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Published: Europa Editions - April 24th, 2018

Provocative, suspenseful, and startlingly original, Theory of Bastards explores speculative science and technology of the near-future while grounding the story in the intimate relationships between people and animals, in all combinations. Both thrilling and character driven, this novel should please fans of Margaret Atwood and Ann Patchett as well as William Gibson and Neil Stephenson lovers, and it has the best primate characters this side of Planet of the Apes!


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World Receivers: Georgiana Houghton - Hilma af Klint - Emma Kunz Cover Image
By Karin Althaus (Editor), Matthias Mühling (Editor), Sebastian Schneider (Editor)
$49.95
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Published: Hirmer Publishers - May 15th, 2019

Three visionary female artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who all engaged with the metaphysical, and created unique personal symbologies and abstractions that were groundbreaking and outside the art establishment. A fascinating and beautiful collection.


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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781524732011
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Published: Knopf - June 11th, 2019

The creator of Netflix's brilliant Bojack Horseman debuts with this utterly hilarious, cleverly imaginative, and deeply thoughtful story collection, laser-focused on the theme of romantic foibles. Bob-Waksberg finds a fertile valley between the emotional tragicomedies of David Sedaris or Jenny Lawson and the humane surreality of Karen Russell or George Saunders.


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Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Ted Chiang is quite unprolific, but perhaps the trade-off is that basically every story he writes is a near or full-on masterpiece of speculative fiction: perfectly sculpted prose crystallizing mind-expanding ideas about the possible socio-technological roads humanity may travel into deeply moving, personal parables for the future. Straight-up genius.


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BTTM FDRS Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683962069
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Published: Fantagraphics - June 25th, 2019

Daniels and Passmore mash up Spike Lee, Dan Clowes, David Cronenberg, and The Boondocks for this candy coated trip to the twilight zone of race, art, urban housing, and hipsterdom. Imagine a Lovecraftian take on TV's Atlanta. The horror of Gentrification is real!


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Figuring Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748135
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Published: Pantheon - February 5th, 2019

This miraculous book constructs a gorgeous web of illumination around the lives and work of a mostly feminine, and sometimes queer, group of scientists and artists who altered the shape of the world's knowledge and the texture of our culture (Johannes Kepler, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Hosmer and Rachel Carson among others.) Popova's major celestial bodies of astronomy, poetry, ecology and feminism are surrounded by a glittering constellation of philosophy, history, politics, music, art (and much more), all circling love and human connection at the center. Beautiful and inspiring!


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Triangulum Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781937512774
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Published: Two Dollar Radio - May 14th, 2019

Ntshanga mixes gritty realism with twisty, layered sci-fi to create a South African coming-of-age/mystery hybrid that should appeal to fans of Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves and other genre benders like Nick Harkaway's Gnomon, Colson Whitehead's Intuitionist, or Victor Lavalle's afro-Lovecraftian literary horror.


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Gingerbread: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594634659
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019

Oyeyemi outdoes herself with Gingerbread, spinning literary gold from age old fairy tale/fable tropes once again, but arriving at a story more striking and original than her already strong previous work (Mr. Fox, Boy Snow Bird). Gingerbread mixes the magical, archetypal, and gothic (cursed food!) with very real and au courant themes of  class, capitalism, and gender roles. Oyeyemi officially joins the pantheon of femme-centric literary fabulists with Margaret Atwood, Ursula LeGuin and Angela Carter!


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The Old Drift: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101907146
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Published: Hogarth - March 26th, 2019

This incredibly ambitious debut takes the reader on a picaresque journey through time and family trees: from the racism and class struggles of colonial era Northern Rhodesia to a speculative future Zambia full of insect sized drone-bots! Serpell takes on the scope and magical realist touches of Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude or Rushdie's Midnight's Children with aplomb, delineating the human loves and socio-political strife that make up the fabric of a place and time. Fans of Richard Powers' The Overstory or David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas should enjoy the epic multi-thread story structure and sweeping themes.


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The Bird King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

This beautiful and adventurous hybrid of historical novel and magical fantasy explores freedom, power, faith and love across the lush background of 15th century Spain and its epic cultural clashes. Fans of Wilson's Alif The Unseen will not be disappointed, nor readers that enjoyed Helene Wecker's The Golem And The Jinni or Salman Rushdie's more fantastical side.


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

I think Black Leopard Red Wolf is going to leave its big, bloody paw prints all over the fantasy genre: probably in terms of influence, and hopefully in terms of sales figures as well. This African myth based epic of mayhem and magic will be refreshingly different yet fulfilling for adventurous readers looking for something new in the territory of Game of Thrones or N.K. Jemisin's books, but I'd say James' work is actually closer in style and effect to slightly more challenging, left-of-center worldbuilders like Gene Wolfe (Book of The New Sun), Clive Barker (Imajica), or China Mieville (The Scar). It's a supremely visceral volume, but sprinkled with wonders, humor and deep questions about truth, morality, and power. Superb!


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Upgrade Soul Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781549302923
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Published: Oni Press - September 18th, 2018

A dark and creepy, yet also oddly sweet, scifi tale of love and cloning. The body horror and unsettlingly fleshy art in this graphic novel is leavened by suspenseful plotting and nice moments of humor. For fans of Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan), Charles Burns (Black Hole) & David Cronenberg movies (Existenz, Videodrome).


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The Sky Is Yours: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451496270
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Published: Hogarth - January 29th, 2019

Wow! This is a very bold, fresh, hilarious, and smart combination of literary satire and apocalyptic Scifi. It manages to combine elements of a futuristic Austenesque marriage plot with a Vonnegut/Saunders style blackly humorous take on "reality TV" celebrity culture, set in a strange decaying metropolis a la Philip K. Dick rewriting Escape From New York. And Dragons!? Should be great for fans of Jonathan Lethem's Chronic City, Kirsten Bakis' Lives of the Monster Dogs, or Nick Harkaway's Gone-away World.


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Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250160126
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Published: Picador - March 13th, 2018

Tharoor is an old-school tale teller with an amazing range of style and subject at his command. From Genghis Khan's army to an elephant in 1970s Morocco, from Alexander the Great's ancient myths to a near-future orbital space hotel, this collection immerses the reader in fascinating worlds and twisty plots brought to life with poetically lush but razor-precise language. A great pick for fans of Marquez, Rushdie, Helen Oyeyemi or Karen Russell.


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Your Black Friend and Other Strangers Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781945509209
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Published: Silver Sprocket - April 15th, 2018

Passmore's short comics stories pack a big punch, bringing a sharp socio-political awareness to his satirical sci-fi / fantasy, and adding a surreal humor to his thorny personal memoirs and commentary on race issues, all wrapped in rubbery, neon-soaked artwork that vibrates with manic energy. A must for fans of Adjei-Brenyah's Friday Black, TV's Atlanta, or the movie Sorry To Bother You.


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Gnomon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525432937
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Published: Vintage - December 4th, 2018

This extreme mind-bender is going to appeal hugely to those that love David Mitchell's puzzle box structure in Cloud Atlas, the paranoid/philosophical reality shifts of Philip K. Dick, the encyclopedic adventurousness of Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon & Baroque Cycle, William Gibson's razor-edged futuristic social dread, and perhaps even more so the epic literary tapestries of Thomas Pynchon, or Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. Harkaway paints a cautionary future, an uncertain present, and a bloody past, all together in one hallucinatory mindscape of incredible storytelling bravura!


The Rosewater Redemption (The Wormwood Trilogy #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316449090
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Published: Orbit - October 15th, 2019

Tade Thompson brings in volume three of this trilogy for a home run with all the fireworks: a fantastic capper to this epic story of alien contact, government power, cultural identity, and metaphysical espionage. Fans of N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy or classic William Gibson should get into this tout suite!


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Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316449052
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Published: Orbit - September 18th, 2018

The first volume of this trilogy from Afro-British author Tade Thompson comes roaring out of the gate with a very original take on an alien first contact story, set in Nigeria, and mixed with elements of the noir/crime genre. Imagine Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis (Lilith's Brood) mixed with Stanislaw Lem's Solaris, and a bio-punk twist on William Gibson's Neuromancer. Awesome stuff!


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The Rosewater Insurrection (The Wormwood Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316449083
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Published: Orbit - March 12th, 2019

Surprises abound in the second volume of this fabulously original trilogy. Thompson dives deeper into the amazing world of Rosewater with its government assassins, virtual psychic space, power struggle conspiracies, and gargantuan parasitical alien being. This series thrills, chills, and makes you think; like Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis books crossed with Stanislaw Lem's Solaris, and dusted with a bio-punk twist on Gibson's Neuromancer. FANTASTIC!


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Moderan Cover Image
By David R. Bunch, Jeff VanderMeer (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681372549
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Published: NYRB Classics - September 11th, 2018

NYRB has really found a lost gem in this one! Obscure even in their time (1960s/70s) and long out-of-print, David Bunch's interlinked Moderan stories present a startling, grim, bordering on absurdist future world of hyper-gendered society, fields paved in plastic, bodies merged with metal, and endless pointless warfare, all written in a gnarly poetic language that immerses the reader in the mind of a "Moderan man". This is Literary science fiction of the highest order, for readers that appreciate Stanislaw Lem, Jeff Vandermeer, LeGuin, Sam Delaney, Calvino & Kafka.


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His Dream of the Skyland: The Walled City Trilogy (Book One) Cover Image
By Anne Opotowsky, Aya Morton (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781603094290
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 28th, 2018

Hong Kong's notoriously lawless Kowloon walled city in the 1920s is the center of this dynamic, sprawling, tragicomic story of ambition, survival and family among gangsters, thieves and wild youth. Painted in gorgeously fluid, lush, and elegant colored inks, this first volume of a sweeping graphic novel trilogy is satisfying on its own, but promises great things to come!


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Sand Cover Image
By Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr (Translated by), Michael Maar (Afterword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681372013
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Published: NYRB Classics - June 12th, 2018

Delillo and Pynchon lovers should scoop up this brilliant literary thriller which submerses the reader in a darkly comic and slightly surreal 1970s North Africa full of hippie cults, shadowy agents, and existential investigation. Great for fans of Catch-22, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Tin Drum.


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Cloud Hotel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781603094252
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 10th, 2018

This wonderfully strange tale is both a down-to-earth evocation of growing up in 1980s England, and an otherworldly exploration of death, dreams, and other altered states of reality. It's something like a comics version of David Lynch and Wes Anderson collaborating on a movie.


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Summerland Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250178923
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Published: Tor Books - June 26th, 2018

A spectacular genre-bender that mixes a John LeCarre style byzantine espionage plot with an alt-history "ghost punk" 1930s setting that's something China Mieville might dream up. In Rajaniemi's world, life and death are two dimensions fighting a cold war that just might turn hot! Blazingly fun and thrillingly unique.


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Sabrina Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781770463165
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 22nd, 2018

A powerful graphic novel that takes difficult, even controversial, subject matter (murder, PTSD, emotionally stunted masculinity, destructive internet culture) and paints it with a very subtle brush. Drnaso's clear, stark artwork strengthens a tone of compassion for humanity, even in it's worst problems. Meditative, yet provocative: something like Chris Ware illustrating an Ian Mcewan novel. Note: Sabrina is now the first ever graphic novel to be nominated on the Booker Prize long list!


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The Cloven: The Vorrh (3) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972748
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Published: Vintage - July 17th, 2018

The Vorrh trilogy is a literary fantasy like no other: Brian Catling combines myriad far-ranging influences (surrealist painters, Heart Of Darkness, Holdstock's Mythago Wood, early Terry Gilliam films, the Bible) and characters both reality-based (photography pioneer Edward Muybridge, poet-artist-mystic Willliam Blake, naturalist Eugene Marais) and completely fantastical (A cyclops! Possibly fallen angels! Insectoid robots!) into a dense, poetic, slow-burning-yet-explosive epic that rewrites 20th century history, interrogates capitolism, war, and Euro-African colonialism, and reinvents mythology, art, and the natural world. It's a stunning, genre-defying work that lies somewhere between the realms of John Crowley's Aegypt cycle, Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, Clive Barker's Imajica, and Vandermeer's Area X trilogy (Annihilation).


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The Erstwhile: The Vorrh (2) (The Vorrh Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972724
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017

The Vorrh trilogy is a literary fantasy like no other: Brian Catling combines myriad far-ranging influences (surrealist painters, Heart Of Darkness, Holdstock's Mythago Wood, early Terry Gilliam films, the Bible) and characters both reality-based (photography pioneer Edward Muybridge, poet-artist-mystic Willliam Blake, naturalist Eugene Marais) and completely fantastical (A cyclops! Possibly fallen angels! Insectoid robots!) into a dense, poetic, slow-burning-yet-explosive epic that rewrites 20th century history, interrogates capitolism, war, and Euro-African colonialism, and reinvents mythology, art, and the natural world. It's a stunning, genre-defying work that lies somewhere between the realms of John Crowley's Aegypt cycle, Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, Clive Barker's Imajica, and Vandermeer's Area X trilogy (Annihilation).


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The Vorrh (The Vorrh Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101873786
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Published: Vintage - April 28th, 2015

The Vorrh trilogy is a literary fantasy like no other: Brian Catling combines myriad far-ranging influences (surrealist painters, Heart Of Darkness, Holdstock's Mythago Wood, early Terry Gilliam films, the Bible) and characters both reality-based (photography pioneer Edward Muybridge, poet-artist-mystic Willliam Blake, naturalist Eugene Marais) and completely fantastical (A cyclops! Possibly fallen angels! Insectoid robots!) into a dense, poetic, slow-burning-yet-explosive epic that rewrites 20th century history, interrogates capitolism, war, and Euro-African colonialism, and reinvents mythology, art, and the natural world. It's a stunning, genre-defying work that lies somewhere between the realms of John Crowley's Aegypt cycle, Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow, Clive Barker's Imajica, and Vandermeer's Area X trilogy (Annihilation).


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Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062463708
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 12th, 2018

This dazzlingly informative & supremely entertaining critical history of American popular music has an epic sweep (from 19th C. New Orleans dance halls through punk, funk & hiphop, and right up to Beyonce & Gaga) but also a fascinating focus specifically on popular music as a cultural mirror/barometer/catalyst for sex and race relations. Sharply written with brilliant insights, Ann Powers has added a new classic to the music criticism canon and created a must-read for any music head.


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Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr Cover Image
By John Crowley, Melody Newcomb (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481495608
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 24th, 2018

This deep and beautiful literary fantasy may be the finest example of an "animal protagonist" novel that I've ever read. It's an exquisitely crafted fable of a crow's journey through life, death and beyond. Ka will delight fans of Watership Down, Lord of the Rings, and Arthurian legend literature. Crowley is truly a master of otherworldly yet deeply human storytelling. Poetic and moving!


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Spoonbenders: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525432418
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Published: Vintage - June 26th, 2018

This rip-roaring American family story bounces between the 1960s & 1990s, encompassing shadowy government agencies, psychic abilities, the mob, and mental illness along the way. The balance of humor and pathos, as well as realistic and fantastical, is just about percfect! Reminded me of Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay or Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex mixed with bits of Salinger's Glass family or Wes Anderson's Tennenbaums.


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The New World: Comics from Mauretania Cover Image
By Chris Reynolds, Seth (Editor), Ed Park (Foreword by), Seth (Designed by)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781681372389
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Published: New York Review Comics - May 1st, 2018

This beautiful new collection of Welsh comics artist Chris Reynolds' very difficult to find work is a revelation: lovely, strange, subtle and poetic stories with light touches of surrealism and scifi. Think Jim Jarmusch films, Chris Ware's mundane-meets-fantastic style (Reynolds might be an influence?), Twin Peaks, Samuel Beckett... but this stuff is truly unique, like a dream made of white paper and black ink.


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The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393356687
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

Perhaps the masterpiece of a writer who's had many near-masterpieces. Powers is known for bringing a human angle to scientific and artistic subjects. With The Overstory he's written an ode to the natural world, an envirionmentalist plea, and a beautiful, symphonically structured, multi-branched story that depicts people's deep-rooted connection to trees across the expanse of time and place from antebellum New York to the Vietnam War to a Northwest eco-topia of the future. As lofty as that sounds, this is also a very human novel with rich characters, vivid settings, loads of information and thrilling flights of imagination that will deeply satisfy fans of Don Delillo's Underworld, Annie Proulx's Barkskins, Edward Jones' Known World, or Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.


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The One-Eyed Man: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143110453
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Published: Penguin Books - April 3rd, 2018

In the brutally funny, yet warmly human tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, this sharp eyed satire explodes American culture and reassembles the pieces into a crazy quilt of politics, celebrity, crime, love, and death that makes perfect sense. Fans of Don Delillo's White Noise and John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces are 99.9% sure to enjoy!


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The Book of Joan: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062383280
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 13th, 2018

A futuristic-dystopian-feminist retelling of the Joan of Arc story, yes, but also so much more: a meditation on creation and destruction, nature and technology, gender and the body, politics and mythmaking. Put this on your literary scifi shelf with Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx & Crake, Children of Men, and Jeff Vandermeer's Area X/Southern Reach trilogy. Bold, bruising, visceral, psychologically shocking, and philosophically searching.


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Borne: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374537654
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2018

Vandermeer further refines his unique brand of psycho-philisophical literary fantastic with Borne, presenting themes of love, parenting, biology, identity, evolution, and power, in poetic language that turns an eco-pocalyptic scifi setting into the stuff of dreams (and nightmares). For fans of Kafka, Atwood's Madaddam trilogy (Oryx & Crake, Year of the Flood), Ursula Le Guin, and China Mieville. Imagine Watership Down cross-bred with a David Cronenberg movie!


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In a Lonely Place Cover Image
By Dorothy B. Hughes, Megan Abbott (Afterword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781681371474
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 15th, 2017

Dark like a city in blackout, hard and sharp like gun metal and knife blades, this is a pure 1940s noir lost classic of crime fiction, but also a before-it's-time oddity: an examination of evil from it's point of view that seems influential of later "mind of a killer" books like Highsmith's Talented Mr. Ripley, Thompson's Killer Inside Me, Suskind's Perfume, and Harris' Hannibal.


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Mrs. Caliban Cover Image
By Rachel Ingalls, Rivka Galchen (Introduction by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811226691
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Published: New Directions - November 28th, 2017

Occupying a unique literary landscape somewhere between Angela Carter's feminist fairy tale reworkings and George Saunders' humanist satire, this lost gem from the 1980s is a masterfully droll "Beauty and the Beast" twist whose spare elegance belies it's complex take on gender roles, romantic relationships, and societal norms.


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Landscape with Invisible Hand Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763687892
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

This superb novella ingenously dissects the classic alien invasion set-up and rebuilds it as a hot-rod satire ripping straight through the heart of consumerism, racism, nostalgia, power, art, and love; a fresh and darkly funny scifi parable, like Douglas Adams scripting a Black Mirror episode!


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Norma: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451493521
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Published: Knopf - September 5th, 2017

An utterly strange and beguiling magic-realist mystery that creates a feminine compliment to Kafka's fiction: a woman blessed/cursed with fantastically powered hair unravels the enigmatic death of her mother. A thoughtful meditation on body & beauty that's also a clever, dark, fun contemporary folk tale. For fans of Helen Oyeyemi (Boy, Snow, Bird)  & Lydia Yuknavich (Book of Joan).


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The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781626726765
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Published: First Second - September 19th, 2017

This incredible true story of crime and punishment, family and secrets, explores a troubled father-son relationship, brutal mid-20th-century prison systems, blindness, the life of the mind, and a friendship with notorious killer Nathan Leopold! The richly detailed drawings enhance both the gritty realism as well as the symbolic and philosophical touches in the narrative. Shocking, truthful, and redemptive; fans of Maus, Persepolis, and Epileptic should gobble this up!


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

A great start to this highly entertaining and potentially amazing series. Bancroft utilizes some classic old-timey adventure lit elements: a reluctant, fish-out-of-water hero; mysteriously important objects; a missing/in peril love interest; an exotic land full of things strange and wondrous... but he takes pains to breathe new life into them. The tower setting makes a fantastic microcosm of human power structures, and the mash-up of 17th/18th/19th century European & Middle Eastern culture with steampunk-ish elements allows Bancroft to make a story/world that feels grand, adventurous, retro and fun, while still retaining gravitas and plenty of humane, contemporary perspective on gender, power, violence, and love. Senlin and cohorts are wonderful characters that I look forward to following on further up the tower!


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Arm of the Sphinx (The Books of Babel #2) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517959
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Published: Orbit - March 13th, 2018

Book two in this extravagently entertaining series does not disappoint! A lovably reluctant hero, an exotic and mysterious setting, and a perfect balance of action-adventure and humanistic fantasy. Bancroft takes the best elements of old school pulp fantastic lit and mixes it with steampunkish elements to create a fresh, contemporary tale for fans of Pat Rothfuss' Kingkiller books and Terry Pratchett's Discworld.


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The Hod King (The Books of Babel #3) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517980
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Published: Orbit - January 22nd, 2019

Book three of this blazing series! Our lovably reluctant hero and his unlikely band of compatriots further explore the mysterious Tower in a wondrous blend of old school pulp adventure and more contemporary steampunkish elements. Perfectly balanced fun and gravitas for fans of Pat Rothfuss' Kingkiller books and Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.


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Gray Hampton: A Suite of Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780996012010
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Published: Louisville Review Corp. and Fleur-de-Lis Pres - May 1st, 2017

This beautiful collection of interconnected stories knits together into a novel-like whole that paints a vivid portrait of rural American life in an unflinchingly naturalistic yet subtly poetic style; something like Bobbie Anne Mason crossed with William Faulkner. A sample: "Even the milkweed and briars that skirted our borrowed house keeled over in disgrace."


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Time Travel: A History Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804168922
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Published: Vintage - September 5th, 2017

This far reaching exploration of the idea of time travel finds the intersection of science (from Newton to wormholes), philosophy (from Leibniz to Wittgenstein), and the arts (from Woolf's Orlando to Bruce Willis in Looper). Gleick locates a concept that has resonated through our culture in countless ways, and is sure to delight Dr. Who fans and physics nerds alike.


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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2017

A coming-of-age graphic novel that explodes off the page with creativity and feeling. Late 1960s Chicago, and the pop culture iconography of horror/monster obsessed youth comes alive in this diary of an urban misfit girl and her mysteriously dead neighbor. If Lynda Barry and R. Crumb teamed up it still wouldn't be as awesome as this! Ghost World meets The Outsiders?


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Fearless: Post-rock 1987-2001 Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781911036159
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Published: Jawbone Press - June 6th, 2017

A wonderfully detailed account of the strange musical cross currents that connected certain 1990s underground rock from the U.K. (Talk Talk, Stereolab, Disco Inferno, Mogwai) to Chicago (Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, The Sea & Cake, June of 44) and our own Louisville scene (Slint, Rodan, Rachel's, The For Carnation), birthing a sub-genre in the process. 


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Night of the Animals: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062400802
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Published: Ecco - April 25th, 2017

Come along with Cuthbert Handley, an unforgettable 90 year old lunatic/saint in the Don Quixote mold, on a desperate quest to save the animals as the world falls apart. At once a humanist fable and an elegiac adventure into our potential future: The Fisher King meets Children of Men?


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All the Birds in the Sky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
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Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

Science vs. magic and love will either save or destroy the multiverse in this fantastically fun and touching genre-bender. Readers who like stuff like Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, or Neil Gaiman's American Gods should definitely pick this one up!


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How Music Works Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780804188937
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Published: Three Rivers Press - May 2nd, 2017

Former Talking Head frontman David Byrne takes readers on a panoramic yet personal journey through music as an artform, an experience, and a product, hitting upon music hall architecture, digital technology, studio experimentation, stage performance, songwriting, corporate music biz, psycho-acoustics, and the psychology of listening and fandom. Unique and essential for music lovers! 


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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594634642
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 7th, 2017

A gorgeous collection of intertwined stories with "keys" as the theme. Mysterious, moving, beautifully crafted, and always surprising, these stories are somehow as contemporary as they are classical. For fans of Shirley Jackson, Kelly Link, O. Henry, Le Guin, Marquez and Maupassant.


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The Will to Battle: Book 3 of Terra Ignota Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765378057
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Published: Tor Books - January 22nd, 2019

The third volume in the Terra Ignota quartet ramps up the tension in this incredibly ambitious politcal/philosophical science fiction epic. Already a huge achievement in the genre, this just brings the series that much closer to masterpiece status. If Games of Thrones style power struggles and mysteries set in a futuristic progressive "utopia" sounds good to you... DIVE IN!


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Seven Surrenders: Book 2 of Terra Ignota Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765378033
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Published: Tor Books - November 28th, 2017

Book 2 of Palmer's Terra Ignota series (started with Too Like The Lightning) expands and deepens this fascinating, exciting, and thought-provoking story. Destined to stand with the best Scifi epics like Hyperion, Dune, and Banks' Culture series.


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Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra Ignota Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765378019
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Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2017

This incredibly rich novel of the future is as erudite, imaginative, and convincing, as any I've ever read. Scifi fans will file this alongside classics like Foundation, Dune, and The Left Hand Of Darkness. The exploration of "utopia" and individuality herein is deep. Star Trek meets Umberto Eco?!


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The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780345804327
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Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Whitehead takes on America's original sin in a powerfully imaginative, literary way: this is not a straight historical novel; this is a prismatic antebellum South where the railroad is a physical one and the different states are strangely twisted but true versions of the facets of racism, a brutally enlightening hologram of the most horrific and ever haunting parts of the African-American experience. Deserves all the awards.


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Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812985405
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 6th, 2018

A psychological, metaphysical, a-historical historical novel that transforms American culture into a dazzling rumination on life's biggest questions. Unquestionably one for the ages.


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The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780316259170
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

Greenberg injects new life into ancient mythological tropes in this literary fable. Gorgeous woodcut-like artwork and a story full of bravery, tragedy, magic and heart will please fans of Miyazaki's anime films (Princess Mononoke), Craig Thompson's comics (Habibi), Star Wars and Harry Potter.


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Version Control: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950352
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Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

A very smart, fresh, and emotional twist on the time travel story: a couple struggles with grief, technology, and obsession in this clever combination of human drama and scifi thriller. If Jonathan Franzen and William Gibson collaborated on a novel it might be something like this.


Band For Life Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781606999547
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 25th, 2016

A hysterical, candy-colored, rock-and-roll adventure that stuffs 80s punk, Archie style soapy hijinx, Ghost World-ish pop cultural irony, musician skewering a la Spinal Tap, and some loopy, surreal touches into a blender, and whips up a warm, frothy, nutso delight! Anyone who digs Love & Rockets, Ladies & Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains, or Rock-N-Rule should grab this up.


Delicious Foods: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316284936
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 19th, 2016

As brutal as it is beautiful! This tragicomedy takes racism, drug addiction and crumbling rural America as jumping off points for a stunning story where crack cocaine is a devilish narrator, a food company runs a modern day slavery ring, and the love between a mother and child struggles to survive it all. File along side Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad and Paul Beatty's The Sellout, or imagine Confederacy of Dunces meets Beloved!


A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633942
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015

This stunner of a novel spins an ambitiously encompassing portrait of late 20th century Jamaica out of the real life incident of reggae singer Bob Marley's attempted assassination: a gripping, propulsive, violent, and deeply felt crazy quilt of power, politicians, CIA agents, crime, gangsters, thieves, art, music, DJs, and everyday life. Great for fans of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Don Delillo's Underworld, or Garth Hallberg's City On Fire.


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

This year's much deserved Hugo award winner! Those looking for the detailed world building and unbridled imagination of the best fantasy literature need look no further. Jemisin creates an extremely well thought out, and utterly fascinating, story of cyclical near-apocalypse and racial/cultural struggle that is simply STUNNING.


The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316229265
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Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2016

This second volume of the Broken Earth trilogy lives up to the incredible high bar set by The Fifth Season. Jemisin's absolutely compelling world of natural disasters, intricate cultural struggles, and strange magic (?) makes the fantastic as down to earth and human as possible. Beautiful and painful.


The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316229241
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Published: Orbit - August 15th, 2017

This third and final volume is a majestic and magesterial wrap-up that cements the Broken Earth Trilogy as a future classic of fantasy literature. The stakes are high as can be, the ideas are thought provoking, the characters deep, tragic, admirable, alien, and human. Masterpiece!


The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

A tour-de-force of mind expanding concepts and gripping situations where people (as well as non-humans!) are pushed to the edge. This is scifi and fantasy at its most poetic, philisophical, hard-hitting, and exploratory. Truly amazing. For fans of Brian Aldiss, Gene Wolfe, and Ursula Le Guin.


City on Fire Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780804172950
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Published: Vintage - July 26th, 2016

WOW. This mega-novel of 1970s New York City is dense and sprawling in the best way: a rich tapestry of high and low culture, rich and poor, power, crime, art, music, love and family, expertly woven together. Fans of The Wire and Bonfire Of The Vanities take note!


I Am Radar: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143107910
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Published: Penguin Books - March 29th, 2016

A massively entertaining tragi-comic bildungsroman in the tradition of prime John Irving (Garp, Owen Meany) with touches of Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) and Pynchon (V.) Radar is an unforgettably larger than life character whose adventures will thrill you and touch your heart equally.


Patience Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781606999059
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Published: Fantagraphics - March 21st, 2016

The master of retro cartoon satire takes on love, crime, obsession, and time travel in his latest brilliant graphic novel.


Mirror: The Mountain Cover Image
By Emma Rios, Hwei Lim (Artist)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781632158345
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Image Comics - September 20th, 2016

A mysterious asteroid hosts a collection of strange creatures - man-animal hybrids, mythological creatures made flesh, guardian spirits, cursed shadows - and the humans who brought them to life. But this strange society exists in an uneasy truce, in the aftermath of uprisings seeking freedom and acceptance, that have only ended in tragedy.


The Peripheral Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425276235
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Published: Berkley - October 6th, 2015

The New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer and Agency presents a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that takes a terrifying look into the future...


Harrow County Volume 1: Countless Haints Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781616557805
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Published: Dark Horse Books - December 15th, 2015

Gorgeously creepy country-gothic-horror comic book series for fans of Twin Peaks, Cormac McCarthy, and Hellboy.


The Buried Giant (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307455796
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Published: Vintage - January 5th, 2016

A strange, gorgeously written, and intriguingly mysterious take on an Arthurian or "high fantasy", Tolkienesque world, from the viewpoint of regular old non-heroic characters. Ishiguro hits on some of his favorite themes (memory and identity) in a fresh way.


Thus Were Their Faces: Selected Stories (NYRB Classics) Cover Image
By Silvina Ocampo, Daniel Balderston (Translated by), Jorge Luis Borges (Preface by), Helen Oyeyemi (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781590177679
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Published: NYRB Classics - January 27th, 2015

An incredible new collection of this 20th centuray master storyteller from Argentina: if you like Calvino, Borges, or Marquez's tales, READ THIS NOW! These are haunting modern fables, shot through with magic and surrealism, but always landing on down-to-earth themes of love, death, and human nature.


Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1975-1981 Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781606996904
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Published: Fantagraphics - December 6th, 2013

This retrotastic old skool comic series will take you N 2 the deep cut dawn of rap music: MCs and DJs, beatz, rhymes, and life from the Bronx 2 South Central. Piskor's art lets Grandmaster Flash and RUN-DMC practically leap off the page and N 2 yo' face! Reprazent sucka'.


The Pier Falls: And Other Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101970133
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

This consistently gripping story collection takes readers from ancient Greece to contemporary England to outer space, following ordinary people through extraordinary situations. Haddon's tales are sharply crafted, funny, exciting, and always moving.


The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345504975
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2011

A stellar epic of societal fall and rebuilding that will appeal to fans of Stephen King's The Stand, The Walking Dead, and Matheson's I Am Legend. A great mix of deep character building, intense action, and large-scale storytelling scope. READ THE WHOLE TRILOGY!


Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

An award-winning book from the author of Exhalation, this short story collection “blend[s] absorbing storytelling with meditations on the universe, being, time and space. . . . raises questions about the nature of reality and what it is to be human.” —The New York Times


The Greatest of Marlys Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770462649
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 16th, 2016

Welcome to the world of Marlys and Maybonne

"Lynda Barry's comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She's been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. [The Greatest Of Marlys] is raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant." --Raina Telgemeier, Smile & Drama


A Million Heavens Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781938073342
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Published: McSweeney's - July 16th, 2013

On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter--strangers in search of answers, a brush with the mystical, or just an escape. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. Just beyond this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, protecting and threatening, learning too much. And above them all, a would-be angel sits captive in a holding cell of the afterlife, finishing the work he began on earth, writing the songs that could free him. This unlikely assortment--a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all the unseen desert lives--unites to weave a persistently hopeful story of improbable communion.
Upon the release of John Brandon's last novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury. Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism--a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.


Babayaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250050298
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Published: Picador - August 26th, 2014

The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.

We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there's the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks—and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).


Alif the Unseen Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

Comic book series/graphic novel writer G. Willow Wilson makes an explosive prose debut: a seamless blend of propulsive action, otherworldly fantasy, youthful romance, and gritty, au courant Arab Spring hacktivism. Themes of love, revolution, and the limits of human perception swirl around a hurtling plot chock full of adventure and suspense, beauty and violence, human pain and  transcendental thrills... and one unforgettably cool genie!


Luminarium Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616951832
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Published: Soho Press - May 8th, 2012

After a great story collection and first novel (The Savage Girl,) Alex Shakar really hits his stride with this one. A head-spinning mix of metaphysical mystery, technological thriller, intimate family struggle, and wry comedy. The recipe: equal parts Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon, a couple dashes of Woody Allen, well shaken, garnish with zest of Inception. Enjoy!


The Great Night: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250007384
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Published: Picador - May 8th, 2012

Adrian makes this book feel wild, epic and almost out-of-control, but still precise and incredibly well crafted. A phantasmagorical reinvention of A Midsummer Night's Dream in contemporary San Francisco that is gorgeous, heartbreaking, sexy, magical and real.


Angelmaker (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307743626
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Published: Vintage - October 23rd, 2012

Harkaway cements his place as the preeminent literary genre smasher. Explosive fun, eye-popping strangeness, and mutant-hybrid story has never been so securely welded to relatable characters, nuanced themes, and beautiful prose. A hilarious, exciting, moving, unpredictable, retro-futuristic fantasy/comedy/espionage/romance! Whoa.


The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812982626
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

This truly stunning literary dance puts a human face on the mind-bogglingly weird dystopia that is contemporary North Korea. It follows a young man's Dickensian adventures through covert military ops, star-crossed love, state intrigue, and with the Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il himself. Masterpiece.


Embassytown: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345524508
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Published: Del Rey - January 31st, 2012

Mieville is becoming the undisputed master of breathing gritty, visceral life into ingeniously mind-bending concepts. This may be his best: part political thriller, part chronicle of human/alien culture clash, part examination of the nature of language and thought, and one of the best science fiction novels of the last ten years.


The Flame Alphabet (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739971
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2012

This devilishly inventive and quite disturbing "what if?" novel places an average family man into a world where language has become poisonous. It brings to mind Jose Saramago's "Blindness" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" but with a more satirical, absurdist edge a la "Catch-22".


Saga Book One (Saga DLX Ed Hc #1) Cover Image
$49.99
ISBN: 9781632150783
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Published: Image Comics - November 25th, 2014

The closest thing to a "new Star Wars" that I've ever found. Saga is an amazingly fun comic book series chock full of propulsive plotting, spectacular settings, and amazing adventure. War, aliens, space, romance, creatures, planets, comedy, tragedy... it's all here in glorious full-color illustrations.


MIND MGMT Volume 1: The Manager Cover Image
By Matt Kindt, Matt Kindt (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781595827975
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Published: Dark Horse Originals - April 9th, 2013

Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the topsecret Mind Management program.


Sweet Tooth The Deluxe Edition Book One Cover Image
By Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401258719
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Published: Vertigo - September 8th, 2015

Kids like Gus have a price on their heads.

Seven years ago, the Affliction raged like a forest fire, killing billions. The only children born since are part of a new breed of human-animal hybrids. Gus is one of these children, a boy with a sweet soul, a sweeter tooth-and the features of a deer.


Habibi (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780375424144
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Published: Pantheon - September 20th, 2011

Thompson's long-awaited third graphic novel is a stunning achievement: a heartrending epic of the triumph of love over suffering in a mythical Middle East. His brush and ink work wonders as lyrical and moving as any prose by Marquez, Saramago, or Rushdie.


Zero History (Blue Ant #3) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425240779
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Published: Berkley - August 2nd, 2011

Gibson has perfected his own genre: cutting edge technology and social trends, downbeat, paranoid atmosphere, complex intrigue, and dryly humorous satire layered together with minimalist precision.


Citrus County (McSweeney's Rectangulars) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936365098
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Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2011

A first rate novel of Southern adolescence painted in shades of deep purple and blood red-- a weeping willow with razors for leaves. Graham Greene's Brighton Rock collides with To Kill A Mockingbird in spectacular fashion!


The Great Frustration: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593764166
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Published: Soft Skull Press - May 1st, 2011

This incredibly impressive debut story collection is guaranteed to surprise you with its nerve & originality, stuff your brain-belly with food for thought, and bust your guts wide open with wickedly funny satire. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders: grab this one!


Lazarus Book 1 (Lazarus Hc #1) Cover Image
By Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Artist), Owen Freeman (Artist)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781632151834
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Published: Image Comics - December 2nd, 2014

"Lark's artwork is fabulous, capturing both the scenes of violence and those of introspection, in which Forever tries to accept who she is and how she feels about it. It's top-notch SF worldbuilding. With an introduction by Warren Ellis." - Publishers Weekly


Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780061351327
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Published: It Books - December 21st, 2010

An uncommon fusion of startlingly affecting images and precise, poetic writing, telling the utterly fascinating romantic biography of two scientific geniuses and the far-reaching effects of their work, from x-rays to electric guitars. A wondrous, poignant, and literally incandescent piece of work.


The Universe in Miniature in Miniature Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780982580813
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Published: Featherproof Books - November 16th, 2010

A stellar story collection featuring psychic helmets, bizarre art, confusing emotions, narrative hijinks, dumb aliens, possible apocalypse, pain, sadness, hilarity, and love. Fans of the stories of George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Steven Millhauser, or Jim Shephard shouldn't be disappointed.


3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man Cover Image
By Matt Kindt, Various (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781595823564
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Published: Dark Horse Comics - September 29th, 2009

A complex, emotional slice of Americana told with spare, natural writing and gorgeous, flowing, watercolored drawings. Kindt creates a multi-layered portrait of a strange and tragic life seen through the eyes of three women, punctuated with some truly heart-stopping and memorable images.


In Persuasion Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594482427
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 6th, 2007

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.


Darwin's Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow Cover Image
By Zsuzsi Gartner (Editor), William Gibson (Contribution by), Yann Martel (Contribution by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781553654926
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - April 27th, 2010

Fantastic collection of literary futurism! A wild ride through strange and entertaining "what if" scenarios guided by great writers like Yann Martel, Douglas Coupland, William Gibson, Sheila Heti and Pasha Malla. Freaky, fun, and thought provoking...


The City & The City: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345497529
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Published: Del Rey - April 27th, 2010

Wow. This deserves praise just for being unique. One of those books that will live or die for the reader depending on how interesting you find the central conceit of the story: a city where every square inch of real estate is divided up into two separate, yet intermingled, nations. It's hard to explain, but just imagine two countries, somewhat hostile to each other, sharing the same space, yet forbidden to interact, or even acknowledge each other's existence in any way, lest they bring the wrath of the mysterious enforcers of this strange system: Breach. It's a brilliant set-up for a neo-noir police/murder mystery. Reminded me of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union (another high concept detective story). It also bears traces of Kafka's paranoid existential dread and the mind-bending concepts of Phillip K. Dick's Sci-fi novels. I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks they'd like a dark, moody mystery with a thought-provoking twist to it.


Asterios Polyp (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9780307377326
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Published: Pantheon - July 7th, 2009

This gorgeously designed graphic novel unfolds like literary origami! Follow a lovably pompous art snob through love, failure, comeuppance, and redemption. It's sharply observant, acidly funny, yet still humane and bursting with bold colors and sweeping lines.


Epileptic (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780375714689
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Published: Pantheon - July 4th, 2006

Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe’s most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.


The Gone-Away World (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307389077
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Published: Vintage - August 11th, 2009

A rambunctious comic adventure tale that brims with life as it tells of two longtime buddies in a world gone mad. Inventive, clever, funny and exciting. . ., imagine Mad Max as envisioned by John Irving, or a British Hunter S. Thompson doing a post-apocalyptic romp!


A Fraction of the Whole: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385521734
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 23rd, 2008

A gut-bustingly funny satire of father/son relationship problems taken to outrageous extremes. At once a comic adventure and a melancholy rumination of family and growing up. Reminded me of John Irving's best novels.


The Somnambulist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061375392
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 6th, 2009

A cracking good old-timey thriller! This Victorian comedy/fantasy/murder-mystery is like Arthur Conan-Doyle collaborating with Michael Chabon on the script for a Tim Burton movie. Dark and quirky!


BodyWorld (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780307378422
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Published: Pantheon - April 13th, 2010

This innovative, visually dazzling book is a true graphic novel. It presents a dense, fantastical world of the future where weird science and the perils of youth collide in a stunning satire of love, sex, freedom and control. Fearless, funny and thought provoking.


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Sharp Teeth: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061430244
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2009

An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.


Chronic City (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307277527
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Published: Vintage - August 24th, 2010

A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year.

A searing and wildly entertaining love letter to New York City from the bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude
 


The Children's Hospital Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802143334
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Published: Grove Press - October 23rd, 2007

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the most revelatory novels in recent memory . . . Cleverly conceived and executed brilliantly," The Children's Hospital is the story of a hospital preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water, and a young medical student who finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.


Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel (FSG Classics) Cover Image
By Kirsten Bakis, Jeff VanderMeer (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374537142
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 9th, 2017

The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction


Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375725845
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Published: Vintage - February 13th, 2001

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.


Cloud Atlas: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize


The Fortress of Solitude (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375724886
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Published: Vintage - August 24th, 2004

A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE. 


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (with bonus content): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 12th, 2012

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
 
The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.
 


Middlesex: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312427733
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Published: Picador - June 5th, 2007

"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."


The Intuitionist: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor - January 4th, 2000

This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life.


The Blind Assassin: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780385720953
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Published: Anchor - August 28th, 2001

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE


Geek Love: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780375713347
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Published: Vintage - June 11th, 2002

National Book Award finalist


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: A Novel (Vintage International) Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679775430
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Published: Vintage - September 1st, 1998

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is a tour de force—and one of Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed and beloved novels.


The Name of the Rose Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544176560
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Published: Mariner Books - April 22nd, 2014

Now a series starring John Turturro as William of Baskerville airing on SundanceTV

An international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awards

The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.


The Dream of Perpetual Motion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312680534
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Published: Picador - February 1st, 2011

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.


The Satanic Verses: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812976717
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 11th, 2008

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “[A] torrent of endlessly inventive prose, by turns comic and enraged, embracing life in all its contradictions. In this spectacular novel, verbal pyrotechnics barely outshine its psychological truths.”—Newsday

Winner of the Whitbread Prize


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