Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Ignore everything about the cover, I promise this book is the fantasy book of your dreams. Zosia fought her war with a band of misfits, won her crown, but in the end everything turned out worse than expected. Each character is incredibly fleshed out and the story takes the tropes of the genre and smashes them to pieces. I was mad I didn't pick it up sooner. - Ivy

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A Crown for Cold Silver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316379410
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Published: Little Brown & Co - September 15th, 2015

What does society mean when no one lives there? Through the life of a cop on the failing Moon Colony with only a few wards, this book explores just that. The art is playful, but each line purposeful. The entire package from story to artwork delighted me and it definitely earns its Eisner nomination. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

A moving story about a woman who gives up her own ornithological studies to follow her husband to his secret assignment at Los Alamos. But when she meets a Vietnam vet, she comes to realize there are choices she never thought possible. I really liked this one! - Clytia

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ISBN: 9781616206901
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Published: Algonquin Books - March 7th, 2017

This is one of those books that is hard to remember was totally groundbreaking because it feels so essential it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Gaiman, a Jewish Brit living in Minnesota, took a road trip through America and then wrote this unique exploration of plurality, religion, identity, and home. An amazing, engrossing epic adventure. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780062080233
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

Jacqueline Carey is second-to-none in world building and this book is no exception. Phedre, a child marked by destiny, is sold into indentured servitude at a young age, but soon finds herself being trained in the courtly arts of intrigue and seduction. Stuck as a pawn of greater families, she struggles to find her own path and protect those she holds dear. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765342980
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Published: Tor Books - March 15th, 2002

Sometimes you just need to escape from the real world for a while. Sometimes, that escape might be classic literature. Sometimes, it might be humor. Sometimes, it might even involve a little bit of murder. Lucky for you, this has all three. No prior experience with Jane Eyre required – just a tolerance for Edwardian England and a little bit of blood. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

This was recommended by a close friend and I have to say Englander is now my favorite new author despite how long he’s been around. His writing leaves just enough unsaid to guess at surreal interpretations before grounding the reader in hard reality. And he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary dialogue, leading to poignant lines of action and arresting commentary. - Ian

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For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375704437
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Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2000

Winner of the Nobel Prize, Naipaul is one of the great writers of the 20th century. In my opinion, this is his best book, the story of an Indian man who buys a store in the middle of the Congo and tries (and mostly fails) to make a living while the world around him is falling apart. The story of both a single human being and an entire continent, this is a flat-out masterpiece. - Rico

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ISBN: 9780679722021
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

This graphic novel has everything I want: friendship, feminism, and shenanigans. It’s the story of three young girls starting college while they navigate the tricky world of dating, parties, and—oh yeah—actually attending classes. This book is like a walking advertisement for the Bechdel test. The art is wonderfully stylistic. I love it so much I just want to squish it forever. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: Boom Box - December 1st, 2015

Hilarious shenanigans, diva superheroes, and catty bloggers made this a fun read. I devoured this urban fantasy and not just because of the demon cupcakes. Evie Taneka is the best reluctant-assistant-turned-superhero ever. It's the first of a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780756410841
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Published: Daw Books - July 5th, 2016



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