Science Fiction

Staff Pick: John Dies at the End by David Wong

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Have you ever wanted to know what a bad acid trip feels like? Great! This is the book for you. It's scary, gross, and kind of terrible. You are going to love it.

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From the publisher:

STOP.

You should not have touched this book with your bare hands.

NO, don’t put it down. It’s too late.

They’re watching you.

My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours.

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Staff Pick: Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

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The first in a series, this is an addictively gritty dystopian sci-fi noir that's short enough to read in one go. The perfect endcap to your summer reading list.

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Staff Pick: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

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The first installment of the Thursday Next series. Thursday Next, Swindon literary detective extraordinaire and proud dodo owner finds that she has inherited the ability to jump inside books. Shenanigans ensue...

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Staff Pick: Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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I am generally opposed to the zombification of our modern world. Having said that, Zone One is an excellent reading experience. Terse, tense, funny, and original in spite of its genre origins, it is Whitehead at both his loosest and most ruminative. Lower Manhattan as safe zone? Need I say more? Get reading.

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Staff Pick: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente

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An often overlooked novel, this is the charming tale of September, a young girl who catches a lift to Fairyland on the Green Wind. Valente uses all the tropes of traditional fairytales, but a heady dose of wit and irony makes the story at once subversive and enchanting for readers of all ages.

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Staff Pick: The Time Traveler's Almanac edited by Jeff Vandermeer

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960 pages of mostly unfamiliar time travel stories, chosen by the editors of The Weird. “Time keeps on slippin’…”

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Staff Pick: Kindred by Octavia Butler

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Kindred, a terrifyingly realistic journey through time, is brought to you by Octavia Butler, a MacArthur, Nebula and a two time Hugo Award winner. The protagonist Dana, a 21st century black woman, is drawn back to the antebellum south to save a prominent white ancestor repeatedly throughout the course of the novel. Butler has a incredible ability to make the reader believe in the impossible. Kindred is a prefect introduction to her fantastically executed science fiction novels. ENJOY!

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Staff Pick: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

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A tremendously detailed fantasy novel set in a reimagined France, this first in a series also happens to be fabulously sexy. Phèdre nó Delaunay is a believable and sympathetic courtesan, spy, and divinely-ordained masochist who puts her many talents to all possible use. Join the many fans who have cosplayed in "that dress" (you'll know the one), fantasized about the virginal male bodyguard Joscelin and the intensely dangerous villain Melisande, or even gotten a replica of Phèdre's iconic tattoo.

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Staff Pick: Fiend by Peter Stenson

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This novel is not for the faint of heart, or for those who are easily offended. Just when Chase thought his life was over… it only just began.

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There's more than one kind of monster. When Chase first sees the little girl in umbrella socks disemboweling the Rottweiler, he's not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he's no stranger to such horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.

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Staff Pick: The City & the City by China Mieville

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Equal parts science fiction and detective noir, The City & The City follows a murder investigation that spans two cities with mysterious boundaries.

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