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Recommendations (Part Two)

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Up today, Science Fiction

An Ancient Peace, Tanya Huff
Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr is back, and taking a run at civilian life. Sort of. Pragmatic, practical, she does the job that needs doing and she gets it done. But she doesn’t have the weight of the Confederate Army at her back anymore, and she’s landing planetside on worlds in which the occupants are trying to kill her or her crew. You can read this as a kind of non-stop rollercoaster ride, or you can read it and note the things that Torin’s beginning to notice about her own instinctive reactions and her place as an ex-soldier in a civilian universe. Either way, read it!

The Expanse Series (5 books and counting), James S.A. Corey
Space opera meets noir mystery in this exciting series (now a major TV series on Space!). Start with Leviathan Wakes, and meet Holden and Miller. The former makes runs from Saturn’s rings to the Asteroid Belt and is in possession of a dangerous secret; the latter is a detective looking for a missing girl with wealthy and influential parents. Together, they have to tread the gossamer-thin line between the Earth government, powerful corporations, and a rebellion about to happen.

The Martian, Andy Weir
NASA astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars, left for dead after an emergency forces his team to abort the mission. He can McGyver the hell out of anything, but will it be enough to keep him alive through the four years it’ll take another team to pick him up? Assuming he can   figure out how to tell Earth he survived…?
A fantastic book — the best kind of hard SF, where the science meshes with the story and both are good enough to get you excited and keep you reading for hours.

My Real Children, Jo Walton
Simultaneously the anatomy of one dementia-stricken woman’s choice between histories – and lives, worlds, children – and not one but TWO subtley alternate histories, My Real Children‘s simplicity belies how skillfully it’s balanced. There are a lot of balls in the air here, and yet they don’t feel overly complex or overwhelming. The end result is seamless. Recommended for fans of subtle alternative history, literary SF, and strong craft.

Transferral, Kate Blair
Talia Hale’s father is running for Prime Mister of a Britain where everything from a cold to a life-threatening disease can be transferred to another human host, and illness has become the criminal sentence of choice. After Talia saves a young girl from a violent man, she’s hailed as a tough-on-crime campagn hero. But the attack is more complex than it seems, and in searching for the girl, Talia realizes her whole world is, too. Brimming with subtle worldbuilding and deft characterization, it’s a slim little book that punches way above its weight and balances commentary with an emotionally satisfying, fast-paced story.

Recommendations (Part One)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

We’re often asked for recommendations at this time of year. Which we love — there’s nothing we like more than talking about books. Here are some of our go-to Fantasy picks this year.

Foxglove Summer, Ben Aaronovitch
Peter Grant is off-balance. Not only is he still reeling from the consequences of his last encounter with an evil magician, but he is also physically removed from London, neither of which states bears thinking about. But he’s still a cop. So Peter’s determined to contribute both his professional skills and his, erm, more esoteric talents to help the local police find two missing girls. Of course, it’s his magical talents that will help the most. With luck, they might even keep him alive. Maybe.
The latest in Aaronovitch’s funny and moving ‘Rivers Of London’ series.

Inheritance of Ashes, Leah Bobet
Sisters Hallie and Marthe own Roadstead Farm. Marthe’s husband Thom went to war. The war was won, but Thom’s still gone, and might never return. Those who do return rarely come back whole. Roadstead Farm is struggling, and the conflicts on the homestead are as immediate to Hallie and Marthe as the war was to the soldiers who fought it. Bobet’s charcters are both flawed and more than the sum of their flaws; they’re real people, struggling in difficult times to become better people. It’s about the very human ways we make stories out of life, and the way those stories can hurt us. And it’s also about hope, and family.

Pen Pal, Francesca Forrest
12-year-old Emlee sends a message in a bottle from her floating community off the Gulf coast — and it reaches Kaya, a political activist who’s imprisoned over a volcano crater for fomenting revolution.They are both, in their slight and nuanced ways, talking to their gods. And that doesn’t sound life much, but the book has a diverse cast of three-dimensional people who spill off the page, thoughtful politics, a vibrant world, a real point, and an involving plot.
Thoughtful, beautiful, quietly earth-shaking fiction for fans of literary fantasy.

Scorpion Rules, Erin Bow
In the near future, Talis, a sentient AI, has created an era of glabal peace by the dual threat of Earth’s entire nuclear arsenal, and the Children of Peace, the heirs to the world’s nations, kept hostage in his shcool. Bow understand systems of control and people both, and there are no easy answers. The prose is so clear and sharp it glitters, but is never intrusive; the consequences are absolutely gut-wrenching, but never gratuitous. A brilliant, gorgeous rethink of the interplay between dystopian worlds, systems of power, and very flesh-and-blood people.

Uprooted, Naomi Novik
The wizard named Dragon protects all the towns within reach of the dangerous and magical Wood. Every ten years he chooses a young woman from one of those towns to live in his remote tower. Agnieszka knows it will be her dearest friend Kasia, the bravest and brightest of her cohort. But Kasia is not Dragon’s choice. And nothing will be the same again; not Agnieszka, not Dragon, not the Wood, not even Polnya itself.
A gorgeous moving, magical folk tale, half-familiar and half-dream, full of magic, friendship, sacrifce, and family. Wonderful!

Signed Books

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We’ve worked with a lot of amazing authors this year (and we mean A LOT). Which means we’ve also had many, many books signed for us (see earlier parenthesis). And you know what makes a cool gift? A signed book. Just saying…

We have signed books from the following authors:

Saladin Ahmed
Kate Blair
Leah Bobet
Erin Bow
Christian Cameron / Miles Cameron
Cecil Castellucci
Charlene Challenger
Elaine Chen
Larry Correia
Megan Crewe
Julie E. Czerneda
Charles de Lint
A.M. Dellamonica
Cory Doctorow
Chadwick Ginther
Ed Greenwood
Rachel Hartman
Tanya Huff
E.K. Johnston
Adrienne Kress
Lesley Livingston
Jonathan Llyr
Gregory Maguire
D.J. McIntosh
Patrick Ness
Michelle Sagara / Michelle West
Karl Schroeder
Karina Sumner-Smith
Caitlin Sweet
Daniel Scott Tysdal
Jo Walton
Peter Watts
Robert J. Wiersema
Robert J. Wilson

We also have signed copies of:
Welcome To Night Vale, Joseph Fine & Jeffrey Cantor
Aickman’s Heirs, Simon Strantzas, editor
Carbide Tipped Pens, Eric Choi & Ben Bova, editors


Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Next Tuesday, Michelle Sagara‘s new book Cast In Honor will hit shelves. She’ll be in the store Monday, if you’d like a signed copy.

I mean, we plan to put her nose to the grindstone make her sign many, many copies for the store anyway, but if you’d like one personalized*, let us know and we’ll make it happen.

*If you’ve reserved a copy, you’re already covered.

Tanya Huff Is Coming To Town!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

On Saturday! Yes, this Saturday, October 10th, Tanya Huff will be here at the store to launch An Ancient Peace, the first book in her new ‘Peacekeeper’ series.

Join us at 3pm for a chance to talk to Tanya (which is never a chance to be missed), to pick up a copy of her new book, and generally fill up on enjoyment so as to make it through the Thanksgiving weekend with the extended family.

Can’t make the event but want a signed copy? Just let us know.

Two Great Authors: One Great Afternoon

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

It’s happening this weekend!

Please join us at the store on Sunday October 4th for an event with two Canadian YA authors. E.K. Johnston will be on hand to launch her new book A Thousand Nights, along with special guest Erin Bow, with her newest title The Scorpion Rules.

The event is free and open to everyone. We’ll put the cookies out at 2pm: we’d love for you to be here.

Kate Blair

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

This is a friendly neighborhood reminder:  on Saturday October 3rd, author Kate Blair will be at the store to launch her new book Transferral. Join us here at 3pm to meet the author, get books signed, and imagine a world in which the rich can transfer their ailments to the  poor.


It’s Here.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett’s final book, has arrived.

I cried a little bit, opening the boxes. Not just because he’s gone, but because of everything he gave us before he went.


Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

This is hard to say. But here goes:

The new Terry Pratchett book is not, in fact, available today.

It just arrived in the warehouse, and will be shipped out to stores later this week. We should have it by early next. But hey, originally the book wasn’t due in stores until September 30th. So we’re all still ahead of the game.

Robert Charles Wilson

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

This Saturday, April 25th, we’re truly pleased to be launching The Affinities, the newest book by Robert Charles Wilson.

We’d love to have you join us here at the store at 3pm. Come for the cookies; stay for the conversation!

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