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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 Miéville
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)

New Books: Crappy Weather

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Harcover
Silver Gate, Kristin Bailey
Kindred: Graphic Novel, Octavia E. Butler
Roseblood, A.G. Howard
Shadows Of The Lost Sun, Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
Bear And The Nightingale, Katherine Arden
Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman

Trade Paperback
Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer
Dragon Springs Road, Janie Chang
Everything Box, Richard Kadrey
Little Heaven, Nick Cutter
Welcome To Night Vale, Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
City Of The Lost, Kelley Armstrong
Version Control, Dexter Palmer
Arcadia, Iain Pears
Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman
Children’s Home, Charles Lambert

Mass Market
My Diary From The Edge Of The World, Jody Lynn Anderson
City Of Ice, K.M. Mckinley
Dreams Of The Eaten, Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

 

First New Books Of The New Year

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

And just in time, too. If this weather doesn’t make you want to stay in with a good book, you’re prolly at least 38% fish.

Hardcover
Heart Of What Was Lost, Tad Williams
Dead Man’s Steel, Luke Scull
Defiant, Dave Bara
Cursed Queen, Sarah Fine
Golden Gate, Robert Buettner
1636: Ottoman Onslaught, Eric Flint
Ever The Hunted, Erin Summerhill

Trade Paperback
This Census Taker, China Miéville
Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman
Glittering World, Robert Levy
Imposter Queen, Sarah Fine
Unhooked, Lisa Maxwell
Boss Fight, Annie Bellet
Idealist, Justin Peters
Last Sacrifice, James A. Moore
Iron Ghost, Jen Williams

Mass Market
Battle Hill Bolero, Daniel José Older
Silverwolf, Jacey Bedford
Starbound, Dave Bara

And To All, A Good Night

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Whether your plan is to welcome the New Year with open arms or just set a match to the old year and walk away, be safe out there tonight. The TTC is FREE from 7pm onwards, so there’s no excuse not to be. Remember, only morons drink and drive.

Happy New Year, friends.

Counting Down

Friday, December 30th, 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday December 31st, we’ll close at 4pm. We’ll be closed all day Sunday January 1st. Then we’re back to our regular hours as of Monday January 2nd.

Which means you still have most of two days left to take advantage of our Boxing Time sale!

Last New Titles Of The Year

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Lots of sad news today. Here are a few last new titles, just so we can think about something else for a while.

Hardcover
Take Back The Sky, Greg Bear
SW: Rogue One, Alexander Freed

Trade Paperback
Barsk, Lawrence M. Schoen

Mass Market
If This Goes Wrong, Hank Davis, editor
Nine Of Stars, Laura Bickle
Mission: Tomorrow, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, editor

We’re Baaaack!

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

And we’re on sale!  All week, everything in store is 10% off.

Except graphic novels, which are 25% off.

 

Have fun!

 

Our Holiday Hours

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Here’s our schedule for the upcoming week.

Friday December 23rd:  11-7
Saturday December 24th:  11-4

Sunday December 25th:  Closed
Monday December 26th:  Closed

Tuesday December 27th – Friday December 30th:  11-7 (regular hours)

Yes, we’ll be closed on Boxing Day. But we’ll open up as usual the following day, and be here all week with bargains for you.

Right, Sorry: New Releases

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Sorry. Forgot to post the new releases yesterday — sorry about that. There aren’t many, but they deserve to be seen.

Hardcover
The Gradual, Christopher Priest
The Passenger, F.R. Tallis
Moshi-Moshi, Banana Yoshimoto

Trade Paperback
Pantomime, Laura Lam
Shadow Queen, C.J. Redwine
Dead Living, Glenn Buillon

Mass Market
Insurgence, Ken MacLeod
Assassin’s Creed, Christie Golden

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.