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Ready Player One
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
Staff Pick
I had many books on my to-read list, but this one jumped straight to the top as soon as I got my hands on a copy. It has everything I love about video games and cartoons and anime from the '80s. The pacing of the book is great, and it quickly became one... (read more)

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Fahrenheit 451: The Temperature at Which Book Paper Catches Fire, and Burns
Fahrenheit 451: The Temperature at Which Book Paper Catches Fire, and Burns
by Ray Bradbury
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Fahrenheit 451 is probably one of the most important books ever written. If the world of this novel comes to pass, I will be this book. (You'll have to read it to see what I mean.)... (read more)

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The Night Circus
The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern
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Touted as an adult's version of Harry Potter, The Night Circus actually lives up to its hype. It's the story of a couple of magicians, a circus, and a duel. And, of course, it's so much more. Morgenstern's creation is astounding and intricate, delicate... (read more)

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
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Neil Gaiman at his fantastical best! The story of a man discovering that his childhood may have contained more than he ever imagined possible, The Ocean at the End of the Lane will enchant from the very first sentence. It is the sort of tale you can read... (read more)

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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 Alchemist
The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho
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"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer." the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky. "Tell your heart that the far of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes... (read more)

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Left Hand of Darkness (69 Edition)
Left Hand of Darkness (69 Edition)
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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When The Left Hand of Darkness first appeared in 1969, the original jacket copy read, "Once in a long while a whole new world is created for us. Such worlds are Middle Earth, Dune—and such a world is Winter."  Twenty-five years and a Hugo and... (read more)

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The Alchemist (Insight)
The Alchemist (Insight)
by Paulo Coelho
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Whether you want to take a journey or to be reassured that life is filled with wonder and magic, this beautifully optimistic book is for you. Follow Santiago, a shepherd who follows a dream to find treasure hidden under the pyramids, but ends up finding... (read more)

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
by George R. R. Martin
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If you're a "read-the-book-first" type, you might want to get started now on George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. HBO has optioned the first book, A Game of Thrones, as a series, and 10 episodes are slated to begin filming in Ireland in... (read more)

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Lathe of Heaven (08 Edition)
Lathe of Heaven (08 Edition)
by Ursula K. Le Guin
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In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William Haber, a psychiatrist who immediately grasps the power George... (read more)

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Silmarillion, 2nd Edition
Silmarillion, 2nd Edition
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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A number-one New York Times bestseller when it was originally published, The Silmarillion is the core of J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative writing, a work whose origins stretch back to a time long before The Hobbit. Tolkien considered The Silmarillion... (read more)

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Stranger in a Strange Land
Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
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NAME: Valentine Michael Smith ANCESTRY: Human ORIGIN: Mars Here is Heinlein's masterpiece — the brilliant spectacular and incredibly popular novel that grew from a cult favorite to a bestseller to a classic in a few short years. It is the... (read more)

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Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy)
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy)
by C S Lewis
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The first book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal... (read more)

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Earthsea Cycle #01: A Wizard of Earthsea
Earthsea Cycle #01: A Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K Le Guin
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Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guins A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and... (read more)

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Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
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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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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
by George R. R. Martin
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The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again
by J. R. R. Tolkien
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THE GREATEST FANTASY EPIC OF OUR TIME Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves... (read more)

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Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower
by Octavia E. Butler
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When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communities are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected... (read more)

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Dark Tower #01: The Gunslinger
Dark Tower #01: The Gunslinger
by Stephen King
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This heroic fantasy, set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace, features one of Stephen King's most powerful creations-The Gunslinger.... (read more)

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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One
by Robert Silverberg
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The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929-1964. This book contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those... (read more)

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