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Redshirts
Redshirts
by John Scalzi
Staff Pick
I don't reread books often; I just don't have the time. But this is one book that will get reread annually, if not more often. While the bulk of Redshirts is a comedic romp that gleefully skewers the conventions of sci-fi television, the three codas at... (read more)

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The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
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Partial spoiler: the part with the cannibals comes out of nowhere and is utterly terrifying. I had planned to get out of bed and brush my teeth before going to sleep that night, but once I had read that part of the book, I was just too scared (to my... (read more)

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Habibi
Habibi
by Craig Thompson
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In Habibi, Craig Thompson strides into a minefield and emerges with an abundance of love, presenting a graphic novel of such dazzling scope, it took nearly seven years to create.... (read more)

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Castles Ever After #1: Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After
Castles Ever After #1: Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After
by Tessa Dare
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In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . . Growing up as the daughter of famed author Sir Henry Goodnight, Isolde spun romantic tales of knights and maidens. But now... (read more)

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Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
by Brandon Sanderson
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Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut Elantris, dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge?... (read more)

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Fevre Dream
Fevre Dream
by George R. R. Martin
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A THRILLING REINVENTION OF THE VAMPIRE NOVEL BY THE MASTER OF MODERN FANTASY, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN   Abner Marsh, a struggling riverboat captain, suspects that something’s amiss when he is approached by a wealthy aristocrat with a lucrative... (read more)

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The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories
by Angela Carter
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From familiar fairy tales and legends – Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss-in-Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires, werewolves – Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.... (read more)

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Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer
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What's so remarkable about Cinder is how well Marissa Meyer translated this very old fairy tale into modern and futuristic terms. She takes a character that is often pigeonholed as being too compliant, too nice, and makes her into a fiery heroine who you... (read more)

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The Blazing World
The Blazing World
by Siri Hustvedt
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With The Blazing World, internationally best­selling author Siri Hustvedt returns to the New York art world in her most masterful and urgent novel since What I Loved. Hustvedt, who has long been celebrated for her “beguiling, lyrical prose... (read more)

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Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
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Three hours after midnight, one week before Halloween, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show rolls into Green Town, Illinois. A carnival like no other, it feeds on the dreams and weaknesses of those drawn to its eerie attractions, destroying every... (read more)

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Mona Lisa Overdrive (Bantam Spectra Book)
Mona Lisa Overdrive (Bantam Spectra Book)
by William Gibson
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William Gibson, author of the extraordinary multiaward-winning novel Neuromancer, has written his most brilliant and thrilling work to date... The Mona Lisa Overdrive. Enter Gibson's unique world — lyric and mechanical, erotic and violent... (read more)

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A Naked Singularity
A Naked Singularity
by Sergio De La Pava
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A Naked Singularity is easily the funniest and most heartbreaking book I read this year. Told from the point of view of Casi, a 24-year-old public defender in Manhattan, its contents range from court transcripts to abstract philosophical discussions to... (read more)

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Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume
Worlds of Exile and Illusion: Three Complete Novels of the Hainish Series in One Volume
by Ursula K Le Guin
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Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the greatest science fiction writers and many times the winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. her career as a novelist was launched by the three novels contained in Worlds of Exile and Illusion. These novels, Rocannon's world,... (read more)

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The Intern's Handbook
The Intern's Handbook
by Shane Kuhn
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JOHN LAGO IS A HITMAN. HE HAS SOME RULES FOR YOU. AND HE’ S ABOUT TO BREAK EVERY SINGLE ONE. John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked... (read more)

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Avengers vs. X-Men (Avengers Vs X-Men)
Avengers vs. X-Men (Avengers Vs X-Men)
by Brian Michael Bendis
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The Avengers and the X-Men-the two most popular super hero teams in history-go to war This landmark pop culture event bringing together Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more in the... (read more)

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Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio)
Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editio)
by Philip Pullman
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The acclaimed retelling of the worlds best-loved fairy tales by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Golden Compass—now in paperback, and with 3 new tales! Two centuries ago, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published their first volume of... (read more)

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Child of God (93 Edition)
Child of God (93 Edition)
by Cormac Mccarthy
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Bird Box
Bird Box
by Josh Malerman
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“This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes-it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration. Josh Malerman does the job like a fast-talking, wised-up angel.”... (read more)

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The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary (P.S.)
by Simon Winchester
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The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary — and literary... (read more)

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I Am Legend
I Am Legend
by Richard Matheson
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Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone.  An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a... (read more)

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