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Hobie


Can't read enough. Has little patience for self-absorbed, true-to-life crap. Wants a little imagination in his writing, without turning the book into a scrapbook or picture book. Loves graphic novels. Loves science fiction and fantasy. (No vampires, unless they are horrific, blood-sucking fiends without morals.)

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Dune
Dune
by Frank Herbert
Staff Pick
I'm sure other Powell's employees have chosen Dune as a staff pick, and for good reason: It's a science fiction classic. It is densely written and almost prophetic in nature. The spice, and the desert wars over it, sound so very much like our current... (read more)

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The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
The Blade Itself (The First Law: Book One)
by Joe Abercrombie
Staff Pick
I will freely admit that I love dark fantasy, and this is dark fantasy. If you're looking for a series that isn't G-rated like so may fantasy stories are, this is it. The usual fantasy character types are present, but how they play their roles is very... (read more)

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Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer
Assassin's Apprentice: Farseer
by Robin Hobb
Staff Pick
Assassin's Apprentice is a great, enjoyable reads. Assassins, intrigue, magic, and an interesting world — what's not to love? Usually I don't like coming-of-age stories, but this one is very well done and steers clear of many of the traps that fantasy... (read more)

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Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Staff Pick
Snow Crash is one of my favorites. It's an epic cyber-punk tale that contains elements that are both fantastical and very realistic. The characters are richly imagined, even the villains. It is fast paced and well embellished, containing elements of... (read more)

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Gardens of the Moon: Malazan  Book of the Fallen #01
Gardens of the Moon: Malazan Book of the Fallen #01
by Steven Erikson
Staff Pick
Gardens of the Moon is the first book in one of my favorite fantasy series. Unconventional in its characters and scope, this series rocks. The world and the races in it aren't your average Tolkien-derived orcs and elves. Everyone in these books is tinted... (read more)

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Perdido Street Station
Perdido Street Station
by China Mieville
Staff Pick
Perdido Street Station is an excellent tale. The characters are realistic, as is the city they live in (even though it is a far-fetched fantasy land). The story is well paced and carries the reader forward — it will keep your interest piqued till the... (read more)

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Expanse #1: Leviathan Wakes
Expanse #1: Leviathan Wakes
by James S A Corey
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I grew up reading classic science fiction — science fiction that included science. Leviathan Wakes is in that same vein. Set the day after the day after tomorrow, when mankind has finally freed itself from the bonds of earth and has begun to... (read more)

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A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)
A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5)
by George R. R. Martin
Staff Pick
For more than half of a decade, fans of George R. R. Martin's New York Times-bestselling series Song of Ice and Fire have been crazy with anticipation, their minds racing with burning questions and open-ended theories. Days have been spent rereading the... (read more)

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Dune (05 Edition)
Dune (05 Edition)
by Frank Herbert
Staff Pick
I'm sure other Powell's employees have chosen Dune as a staff pick, and for good reason: It's a science fiction classic. It is densely written and almost prophetic in nature. The spice, and the desert wars over it, sound so very much like our current... (read more)

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Virtual Light
Virtual Light
by William Gibson
Staff Pick
I'm sure most people have heard of William Gibson. But they may not know Virtual Light — his sleeper novel (and my favorite novel). This intriguing tale of espionage and survival in a near-future dystopia has realistic characters in a very realistic... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #04: Unstoppable
Astonishing X-Men #04: Unstoppable
by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #02: Dangerous
Astonishing X-Men #02: Dangerous
by Joss. Whedon
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #01: Gifted
Astonishing X-Men #01: Gifted
by Joss Whedon
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #05: Ghost Box
Astonishing X-Men #05: Ghost Box
by Warren Ellis
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems
by Fritjof Capra
Staff Pick
The Web of Life is a very succinct explanation for the interstices between chaotic math systems and Gaia theory. This book explains the concepts of autopoetic networks and the theories of AI without becoming mired in the incredibly dense math associated... (read more)

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Dreadnought
Dreadnought
by Cherie Priest
Staff Pick
I thoroughly enjoyed Dreadnought. It's fast paced, action packed, and filled with believable characters in unbelievable situations. Cherie Priest is a talented writer. She surprised me again and again with her ability to combine tragic humanity and... (read more)

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Revelation Space
Revelation Space
by Alastair Reynolds
Staff Pick
Revelation Space is very good "high sci-fi," written by an author who has a real background in physics and interesting ideas about how our science could progress, especially the possible evolution of cybernetics and post-humanism. The book posits a... (read more)

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Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
Gardens of the Moon (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
by Steven Erikson
Staff Pick
Gardens of the Moon is the first book in one of my favorite fantasy series. Unconventional in its characters and scope, this series rocks. The world and the races in it aren't your average Tolkien-derived orcs and elves. Everyone in these books is tinted... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #06: Astonishing X-Men - Volume 6: Exogenetic
Astonishing X-Men #06: Astonishing X-Men - Volume 6: Exogenetic
by Phil Jimenez
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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Astonishing X-Men #03: Torn
Astonishing X-Men #03: Torn
by Joss Whedon
Staff Pick
I have to give it to Joss Whedon. He has rebooted the X-men, again, in a very enjoyable way. Undoubtedly a fan-boy himself, he has attempted to take the X-men seriously. Not to say that the story isn't as outlandish as any other X-Men — it just tries... (read more)

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