Science Fiction/Fantasy

There is no adequate way to describe this book in the short space I have, or to fully impart how excited I am for it. I’m burned out on dystopic fiction but can’t wait for Borne because I love Jeff VanderMeer’s unsettling, descriptive writing, the mind-bending ways his books make me think, and his worlds—in many ways recognizably ours, yet alien, altered, weird. If you want something different, look no further. - Flannery

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure. - Jocelyn

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American Gods: Author's Preferred Text Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2013

Jacqueline Carey is second-to-none in world building and this book is no exception. Phedre, a child marked by destiny, is sold into indentured servitude at a young age, but soon finds herself being trained in the courtly arts of intrigue and seduction. Stuck as a pawn of greater families, she struggles to find her own path and protect those she holds dear. - Ivy

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Kushiel's Dart (Kushiel's Legacy #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765342980
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2002

Hilarious shenanigans, diva superheroes, and catty bloggers made this a fun read. I devoured this urban fantasy and not just because of the demon cupcakes. Evie Taneka is the best reluctant-assistant-turned-superhero ever. It's the first of a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. - Karena

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$15.00
ISBN: 9780756410841
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Published: Daw Books - July 5th, 2016

This sci-fi comedy is British humour in top form still referenced today in pop culture around the world. The characters are zany, locations wild, and plot outlandish. Yet, when all is said and done, it still ends in a fitting way. A true classic of the craft. - Ian

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey Books - September 27th, 1995

This beautiful novella combines historical fiction with a dash of magic to produce a fascinating story about queer women in 1940's San Francisco. Klages has woven a soft and surreal tale of art, romance and forbidden love into a vivid setting, with compelling characters, that will enchant and delight you. - Trey

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Passing Strange Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765389527
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 24th, 2017

Part sci-fi, part philosophy, and set in the semi-near future where many tasks are done by robots governed by three laws, this meditation on best laid plans constantly questions the reader about how rules are communicated and then ultimately interpreted. As relevant today as it was when published, this is a timeless collection for any questioning reader. - Ian

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Spectra Books - April 29th, 2008

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. It’s intensely smart and fascinating. It completely blew my mind. - Jax

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By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

All of your favorites—Aesir, Vanir, giants, dwarves, elves, and big bad wolves—try once again to fit in as many adventures as they can before Ragnarok descends to destroy them all. Translated by master of the fantastic Neil Gaiman, this updated version is reminiscent of the classic Edith Hamilton collection, but with a tang of Gaiman’s dark sense of humor. - Aric

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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

I enjoyed all of the many little nods to other works from the Cthulhu Mythos in this story. For those of you familiar with the mythos, it’s like coming home to familiar ground. Emrys treats the mythos with respect and fondness, and has certainly invested her time in crafting a compelling story from a perspective I never expected to sympathize with so utterly. This is my favorite book thus far this year. - Ian

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Winter Tide (Innsmouth Legacy #1) Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9780765390905
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - April 4th, 2017

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