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Time Bandits!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Tomorrow, Saturday February 18th, the Friends of the Merril will screen Time Bandits, the 1981 Terry Gilliam film about exploring fantastic places, and the power of imagination. There’ll be a short discussion afterwards, with related book recommendations. Also: popcorn!

They’ll start at 7pm in the basement of the Lilian H. Smith branch at 239 College Street (at Huron). The event is free and open to everyone.

Today We Are Valiant!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Okay, possibly not today, but on Thursday Feb. 23rd we definitely will be!

And you can be, too! Please join us at 7pm on the 23rd at The Dominion (500 Queen St. East) for the launch of Lesley Livingston‘s newest book The Valiant. Come for the books; stay for the gladiatorial combat!

New Books For This Thaw

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Hardcover
The Valiant, Lesley Livingston*
Gilded Cage, Vic James
Angel Catbird: To Castle Catula, Margaret Atwood
Last Day On Mars, Kevin Emerson
Winter Of The Gods, Jordanna Max Brodsky
Miranda And Caliban, Jacqueline Carey
People’s Police, Norman Spinrad
Not Quite Narwhal, Jessie Sima
Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly
Crossroads Of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer
Wintersong, S. Jae-Jones

Trade Paperback
Closed And Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
Company Town, Madeline Ashby
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff
Monstrous Commotion, Gareth Williams
Rebel Of The Sands, Alwyn Hamilton
Unfortunate Decisions Of Dahlia Moss, Max Wirestone
Arkwright, Allen Steele
Return Of The Witch, Paula Brackston
Lost Time Accidents, John Wray
Tiger And The Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky

*Help Lesley launch The Valiant! Join us at 7pm on Thursday February 23rd at The Dominion (500 Queen St. East). There’ll be live music! Reading! Books! Gladiatorial fights to the death!**

**Or not. Only if you’re good.

Readers Rock

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Friends and customers help bookstore move across the street

This is how we moved, too: dozens of customers hefted books into and out of boxes, boxes into and out of trucks; furniture into and out of buildings.

TL;DR: people who shop at independent bookstores are the best.
PS: Don’t worry, we’ll never move again. NEVER.

 

Okay, It’s Officially Gross Outside

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

It’s getting really slippery out. Please be careful on your way home, especially those of you who are driving. For anyone who decides to stay in, we have lots of new books to keep you company.

Hardcover
Grave, Michelle Sagara
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
With Blood Upon The Sand, Bradley P. Beaulieu
Sloppy Wants A Hug, Sean Julian
Burning World, Isaac Marion
House Of Months And Years, Emma Trevayne
Kill Before Dying, Travis S. Taylor
Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley
Black Wolves Of Boston, Wen Spencer
The Turn, Kim Harrison
All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai
Darkness Absolute, Kelley Armstrong
Powers Of Darkness, Hans De Roos

Trade Paperback
Caine’s Mutiny, Charles E. Gannon
Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn
Dawn Study, Maria V. Snyder
Perdition Score, Richard Kadrey
Ravenous, MarcyKate Connolly
Imprudence, Gail Carriger
Winter Be My Shield, Jo Spurrier
The Familiar #4, Mark Z. Danielewski

Mass Market
Pilgrims, Will Elliott
Execution Channel, Ken MacLeod
Elisha Mancer, E.C. Ambrose
Hungry Ghosts, Stephen Blackmoore
Marked In Flesh, Anne Bishop
Night Shift, Charlaine Harris
Revisionary, Jim C. Hines
Saturn Run, John Sandford & Ctein
Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show, Eric Scott Fischl
Perfect Machine, Brett Savory
Age Of Myth, Michael J. Sullivan
SW: Bloodline, Claudia Gray
Archmage, R.A. Salvatore

Yeah, I Think We Could All Use Some New Books

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Hardcover
Rage Of Ares, Christian Cameron
Exo, Fonda Lee
Blood Of Wonderland, Colleen Oakes
Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman
Caraval, Stephanie Garber
Edge Of Everything, Jeff Giles
Last Harvest, Kim Liggett
Martians Abroad, Carrie Vaughn

Trade Paperback
Girl On The Liar’s Throne, Den Patrick
Bookburners, Max Gladstone, creator
Criminal Magic, Lee Kelly
Adventures Of Lettie Peppercorn, Sam Gayton
2084: The End Of The World, Boualem Sansal
Binti: Home, Nnedi Okorafor
Beauty Of Destruction, Gavin G. Smith
Bigfootloose And Finn Fancy Free, Randy Henderson
Only The Stones Survive, Morgan Llywelyn
New Worlds, Old Ways, Karen Lord, editor
F*ck This Journal, Dale Shaw
One Fell Sweep, Ilona Andrews
Dusk Or Dark Or Dawn Or Day, Seanan McGuire

Mass Market
Hanging Tree, Ben Aaronovitch
Fire Touched, Patricia Briggs
Sword Of The South, David Weber
The Seer, Sonia Lyris
Ghoul Vendetta, Lisa Shearin

Water Problems… Yes? No? Maybe?

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Due to some emergency pipe repairs on Harbord today, we may (or may not) experience some periodic water shut-offs today. Thus far it hasn’t happened, but they haven’t ruled out the possibility.

Just so you know.

Also: the street’s a mess, and the traffic’s pretty backed up. If you’re coming here today, consider walking.

Bright New Books For Dark Dull Days

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Hardcover
Empire Games, Charles Stross
Conversations In Blood, Paul S. Kemp
Death’s Mistress, Terry Goodkind
Skill Of Our Hands, Steven Brust & Skyler White
Windwitch, Susan Dennard
Arthur And Sherlock, Michael Sims

Trade Paperback
Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel
Too Like The Lightning, Ada Palmer
Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones
Mr. Splitfoot, Samantha Hunt
Sudden Appearance Of Hope, Claire North
Passing Strange, Ellen Klages
Shadowplay, Laura Lam
Truthwitch, Susan Dennard
David Brin Presents: Chasing Shadows, Stephen W. Potts, editor
Wildwitch: Oblivion, Lene Kaaberbol
Department Zero, Paul Crilley
Anno Dracula 1899, Kim Newman
Planet Of The Apes: Tales From The Forbidden Zone, Rich Handley & Jim Beard, editors
Fortress At The End Of Time, Joe M. McDermott
Gathering Of Shadows, V.E. Schwab
Toaster On Mars, Darrell Pitt

 

A Small Selection of New Titles

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

We’re missing a few titles as we sloooowly get back into our regular schedule after the holiday, but here are some to get you started.

Hardcover
Frostblood, Elly Blake
Wizard’s Dog, Eric Kahn Gale
Carve The Mark, Veronica Roth
Freeks, Amanda Hocking
Recluce Tales, L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
XO, OX, Adam Rex

Trade Paperback
Snakewood, Adrian Selby
The Withered, Amy Miles
Blade Of Black Steel, Alex Marshall
Rise Of The Rocket Girls, Nathalia Holt
The Trap, Steven Arntson

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)