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2016 Bestsellers

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

We sold a lot of books last year. More than in 2015, which was a better year than 2014 (which was better than 2013): this is a trend of which we heartily approve. What follows are our bestsellers from 2016, arranged by format.

How many did you read?

Hardcover
Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer*
Children Of Earth And Sky, Guy Gavriel Kay*
True Born, L.E. Sterling*
Company Town, Madeline Ashby*
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson*
Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley
Inheritance Of Ashes, Leah Bobet*
SW: Ahsoka, E.K. Johnston*

Trade Paperback
Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
Lilith’s Brood, Octavia Butler
Haunting Of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Embassytown, China MiƩville
Uprooted, Naomi Novik
VN, Madeline Ashby*
Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie
Wizard Of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin

Mass Market
Neuromancer, William Gibson*
Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor
Name Of The Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
His Majesty’s Dragon, Naomi Novik
Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer*
Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss
Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
Pet Sematary, Stephen King

* means Canadian (we’re totally claiming Madeline)

Recommendations, Part 4: Middle Grade and Young Readers

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Darkest Dark, by Chris Hadfield
My eyes are not leaking: YOUR eyes are leaking. Ok, maybe it’s both of us. But it’s a lovely true book for space kids and space adults, and for kids afraid of the dark and their wide-awake parents. Gorgeously illustrated by the Fan brothers, this is a true Canadian gem.

King Baby, by Kate Beaton
Anyone who has ever been around a small tyrant will recognize King Baby and his loyal (if exhausted) subjects. Beaton brings the skill and humour from her ‘Hark, A Vagrant’ cartoons to bear in this charming story.

Mighty Jack, by Ben Hatke
Unlike most kids, Jack doesn’t love summer vacation. His mom takes a second job, and Jack is left to watch over his non-verbal sister Maddy. But at a flea market one day, Maddy speaks for the first time, and tells Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. Zaniness ensues. If you liked Hatke’s wonderful Zita books, you’ll like Mighty Jack.

Narwhal: Unicorn Of The Sea, by Ben Clanton
Your early reader will love this sweet, goofy, imaginative story about a narwhal and his jellyfish best friend, with deep sea factoids. Narwhals are great! (And jellyfish too!)

Witch’s Vaccum Cleaner, by Terry Pratchett
This collection spans decades. Most of the stories are from the earliest part of Pratchett’s career, but some are more recent. All have his trademark humour and warmth. If you miss Pratchett as much as we do, this book is not to be missed.

Recommendations, Part 3: Young Adult

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, by Rosamund Hodge
I was seriously impressed by this, the first truly original retelling of the Romeo and Juliet mythos I’ve read. Viyara is the last city left in the world, made safe from the Ruining by the blood sacrifice of the Sisters of Thorn. But there is a necromancer loose in the city who could doom them all, unless Juliet, Romeo, Paris, and Runajo can stop it. Lush, gorgeous, bloody, and imaginative.

Keeper Of the Mists, by Rachel Neumeier
As the illegitimate daughter of her country’s Lord, Keri knew it theoretically possible she might inherit her father’s magic, but she never expected it to actually happen. But when her father dies, and the magic that conceals their country from its enemies fails with him, Keri’s going to have to figure out what to do – and who to trust – fast. Lovely prose and an interesting new world.

Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
Faith might act like modest and well-mannered, girl, but she is also fiercely intelligent and observant. She knows the real reason her family has relocated; she also know her father’s death was not an accident. The answer might lie with the strange tree she finds among his possessions: a tree that will reveal hidden truths when fed lies. A powerful story about truth, lies, family, and the great and terrible things we do for (and to) them. Astonishingly good.

Long Way To A Small Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
Chambers simultaneously scratches the itch for Bujoldian, galaxy-spanning space opera and creates a universe that’s modern, diverse, and joyful. The Wayfarer’s crew tackle boarding parties, red tape, messy families, queer relationships, imminent galactic war, and interspecies workplace misunderstandngs with the same uncynical energy: each are equally important and vital parts of their lives. Delightful, ebullient, and kind.

The Skids, by Ian Donald Keeling
Like all the Skids in the Skidsphere, Johnny Drop has only five years to live. Live fast; die fast; eat sugar in between – that’s the Skid way. But Johnny’s about to discover that not only is the world bigger and stranger than he’d ever imagined, but it’s also in serious danger. And he can’t save it alone. Smart, funny, action-packed, and compulsively readable.

Recommendations, Part 2: Fantasy

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Accident Of Stars, by Foz Meadows
A great, chewy Big Fat Fantasy that asks questions like “What if the Worldwalker and her allies back the wrong horse?” Gwen Vere, late of Australia, has regretted putting Leoden on the throne of Kena for years. Now a new generation of Worldwalkers and allies has arisen, and it may be time to make things right. Very enjoyable!

Edge Of Worlds, by Martha Wells
Wells widens the view with her newest book, moving away from the Reaches, and the courts, and friends (and enemies) the Raksura know. Which is fine, because Moon, Jade, Stone, and the rest are perfectly able to make friends (and yes, enemies) wherever they go. I cannot get enough of Wells’ Raksura books; this one is adventure on an epic scale.

Spells Of Blood And Kin, by Claire Humphrey
Alternately following Lissa, who’s taken over her just-deceased Russian grandmother’s responsibilities as a witch; Maksim, whose leashed curse comes roaring back with the witch’s death; and Nick, whose bloody encounter with Maksim brings out the very worst in him, Spells builds tension beautifully while staying thoughtful about the legacies we pass down to each other for good or ill, and what they cost. It’s a curiously compassionate, atmospheric look at violent conflict, and never what I expected.

Stiletto, by Daniel O’Malley
In many ways, Stiletto is about the diplomatic aftermath of an almost-war, in which the supernatural Chequy and the scientifically advanced Grafters have to figure out how to get along. Since each group has been culturally inculcated to hate and fear the other for centuries, the process is… tense. But when the peace talks are threatened, it’ll take the combined efforts of Chequy agent Felicity and Grafter Odette to save the whole process. And, hopefully, the world. Action-packed and very moving, punctuated by a number of quite funny moments.

Summerlong, by Peter S. Beagle
Simple on the surface — a retired professor and airline stewardess’s lives blow apart then come back together after they take in a mysterious young woman — Summerlong is anything but. It’s a beautifully crafted Persephone tale that goes headfirst into the full implications of what a spring rebirth means, and captures all the terrifying, exhilarating power of a brush with deity. This is a book suffused with awe in the oldest sense of the word: beauty, and safety, and terror. A masterpiece.

Recommendations, Part 1: Science Fiction

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

There’s nothing we like better than matching people to books they’ll love. Over the course next week, we’ll post a (very) few of our category recommendations here. For more (and/or more personal) recommendations, drop in or give us a call.

Today’s category: Science Fiction

Company Town, by Madeline Ashby
Hwa is strong, well-trained, and one of the few non-augemented residents of New Arcadia, a giant oil rig just offshore in the Maritimes. When Lynch Ltd. buys the rig, Hwa is hired to guard Joel, the youngest member of the Lynch family. Which turns out to be a much tougher job than she anticipated, especially when a series of local murders might turn out to be linked by more than just geography. Smart, fast-paced, and satisfying.

Death’s End, by Cixin Liu
The final book in the series (following Three-Body Problem and Dark Forest) begins fifty years later. Earthlings and Trisolarans exist in an uneasy detente, each beginning to adopt the technology and habits of the other. But when scientist Cheng Xin wakes from a long hibernation, she brings with her knowledge that might upset that delicate balance for good. An epic conclusion to a groundbreaking series.

Take Us To Your Chief, by Drew Hayden Taylor
The stories in this collection contain many familiar SF tropes: aliens, both peaceful and hostile; voyages into outer space; time-travel; nascent artificial intelligence — all framed by a First Nations outlook. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving, and always smart, the stories in this collection are an invigorating blend of classic SF and modern First Nations discourse.

Too Like The Lightning, by Ada Palmer
Mycroft, a criminal sentenced to be as useful as he can to anyone he encounters, meets Carlyle, a spiritual minster to a world which has outlawed religion. Theirs is a world of technology-driven abundance and control. But when they come across young Bridger, they discover the wild card that might send their whole system crashing down. Inventive and wildly interesting.

Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson
In the near future, technology opens doors to the past, or at least to a version of the past that stops being our past when it meets the future now. The doorways become tourist destinations for the rich of both times, and time-native economies spring up to cater to the growing communities. Jesse, one such native of the past, is in love with a woman from our time and determined to follow her back home. But there are secrets from the past, present, and future in his way. Thoughtful and written with real sensitivity.

NAKED HEART – The LGBTQ Literary Festival

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

It’s been a tough few days. But this weekend, Glad Day books is hosting a literary festival that might help lift spirits.

NAKED HEART is largest and most diverse LGBTQ literary festival in the world. And this year, Samuel R. Delany is one of the guests of honour!

You can get tickets to specific events or a pass for the whole festival. The program looks terrific: you should check it out.

 

 

Signed Books

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

In addition to all our recent events*, we’ve been lucky enough to have authors drop by and sign their recent titles. Like:

Don Bassingthwaite
Ian Donald Keeling
Michelle Sagara
Victoria Schwab
Kevin Sylvester

*Recent launches featured Erin Bow, James Bow, and Drew Hayden Taylor.

 

Ben’s Birthday Sale

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Ben’s birthday is coming up next week. To celebrate, we’re having a sale!

We’re bringing back our $5/bag clearance table (you give us five bucks; we give you a bag to fill). This year, all graphic novels will also be 25% off.

The sale will run all week, July 24th-30th, and we’ll replenish the clearance table as often as necessary.

Tomorrow Night…

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Three Things To Remember This Long Weekend

Friday, May 20th, 2016

1) Madeline Ashby will be here on Saturday May 21st to launch her new novel Company Town. Cyborgs! Conspiracies! Cookies! Join us at 3pm.

2) Lake Ontario is still too cold to swim in. Trust me on this.

3) Only morons drink and drive. Be safe.