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The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812982626
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 7th, 2012

"A stand-alone masterpiece of modern fiction. There is so much in this story that is relevant – an inside look at the culture of North Korea to begin with. And the main character is something of an enigma – is he in fact a dissident disguising himself as a loyal party member or the exact opposite? What will affect you most is that even in his disingenuous ways, you will sympathize and cheer for him anyway. Certainly a book you will come back to and pass along to friends and family." --Raul

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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316129084
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

"Space opera that is both sublime and visceral – also the most fun reading you’ll have this summer! The story combines elements of science fiction, mystery and horror, and the dialogue between the characters draws you in: you want to be there with Capt. Holden and Det. Miller as they struggle to save humanity from a danger millions of years old. The trilogy is finished (Caliban’s War is next followed by Abaddon’s Gate), so if you want, you can get all three and get lost in this story that is full of suspense." --Raul

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The Magician's Land: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670015672
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: Viking - August 5th, 2014

"Grossman's new book concludes his Magicians cycle - a tale that connects threads from the first two books and sweeps you away with some unexpected insights into the magical land of Fillory and the lives of Quentin and other magicians from the storyline. What starts as a heist novel when Quentin is tapped to steal a mysterious briefcase for a talking bird connects to the Apocalypse that will end Fillory forever. With the help of old friends and new, Quentin will try to save all he cares about, but will the effort take from him more than he expects?" --Raul

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Queen of the Dark Things: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062190451
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Harper Voyager - May 13th, 2014

“Colby Stevens has got a major problem: a young woman from his past has become something unearthly and menacingly dangerous. She is aggressively recruiting all the evil things of the night into an army. As their queen, she is leading them to Austin, Texas to unleash her vengeance upon Colby. He has only one chance to save himself and his friends, but it will lead him down a very dark path – he will have to traffic with the worst demons and wager his life and very soul. This is the follow-up to Cargill’s other great book, Dreams and Shadows.” --Raul

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Afterparty Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765336927
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - April 22nd, 2014

“The underlying idea of what people seek in religion is exactly what makes this story so powerful: is God real or just a thought in our heads? Afterparty will make you puzzle and probe your own beliefs, whatever they are, and even the staunch atheist will find things to ponder on a philosophical basis. A truly mind-bending novel by an intelligent and creative novelist – one that will break down boundaries in the science fiction genre.”

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The Steady Running of the Hour: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476704586
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 15th, 2014

“Go’s debut novel is a dynamic illustration of what people will do for love. Through Tristan’s European quest for the the truth behind his ancestor’s love story, we get a tale of love found and lost and found again that is compelling. Ashley’s and Imogen’s story has a powerful theme that is played out in the clues that Tristan comes across in his quest to find proof for his inheritance; additionally, slipping back to the actual events of the time gives the reader greater detail than Tristan can discover. It is the passions that burn brightest that flare the swiftest and we are reminded that with the passing of time, everything changes and the hopes one holds in one’s youth must be tempered by circumstances over which one has little control despite what one wishes. A remarkable debut that will engage and delight readers the world over.”

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804139021
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Crown - February 11th, 2014

“This book should serve as a manual for survival on Mars for any future missions to the Red Planet. It should be required reading for all crew members, administrators and staff of NASA. Weir creates not only a gripping man v. Mars survival story, but he includes all the associated minutiae that comes with space exploration: innovation, intelligence, courage, and administrative obfuscation and deniability. For a first novel, this work is relevant to the problems associated with space travel and creates a wonderfully entertaining and sarcastic character in Mark Watney.”

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Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062307552
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - February 11th, 2014

"In 1915, while Europe was in the throes of the Great War and America was wholly committed to keeping itself neutral, the Imperial German Intelligence services launched a savage and very secret war on American soil to curtail the shipments of artillery shells and ammunition that the Allies were buying from the United States. In this absorbing book, Harold Blum casts a light on a forgotten time in American history – a time of great treachery and deceit that not many people are aware of. Blum's book reads like a combination of police procedural and white knuckle thriller – that is all factual makes it all the more shocking." --Raul

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ISBN: 9781452821580
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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 21st, 2010

Lovecraft’s account of the Miskatonic University’s doomed expedition to the Antarctic is a clever scientific pastiche. Nothing like a geology professor trying to describe strat that does not correspond to the familiar nor a biologist describing fauna that should not exist. Even though this story was written in the ‘30s, it wasn’t until the ‘50s that the Russians discovered a vast mountain range buried under miles of ice in the Antarctic. Prescient? Perhaps. There’s been talk of drilling to explore the Gamburstevs; I would advise against that since things did not go so well for Professor Lake and his party.

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The King in Yellow: Special Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479408900
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Wildside Press - November 4th, 2014

Imagine a book so horrific that its very existence causes a miasma of despair spread over the earth. A book of such compelling evil that merely knowing the location of a copy insures that you will want to possess it, hold it, and read it. Imagine a book so monstrous that actually reading a copy will drive you to madness, to homicidal mania, to suicide. Curious? Chambers’ classical horror fantasy is about such a book – and the people whose lives it left in ruins.