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I often give books as gifts, but they're usually selected specifically for their recipients. I couldn't answer this question for a while because there's no one book that will do for everyone, not even The Lord of the Rings or Cyteen or Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary. I realized I'd have to think of a specific person before I could think of a specific book. So I'm imagining you as somebody who has read Among Others and wants to know what new science fiction or fantasy book I'd like to give you. And after a lot of thought, I've decided it would be M. J. Locke's Up Against It (2011).