Science Fiction/Fantasy

A cynical society, where terrorism is almost as banal as the political marketing machines that address it—were it not for the few who still believe they can make a difference, hiding desperate passion and machinations equally behind official masks. Set in a near- future cosmopolitan world, Persona focuses less on technology than on the social and political developments we point towards, sneaking up and lingering with its threat—and its hope.

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Jocelyn
$24.99
ISBN: 9781481425124
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Published: Saga Press - March 10th, 2015

I absolutely loved this fast paced, steampunk adventure! Jax is a Clakker, a clockwork robot with a soul, albeit one that is bound to serve humans. He is sent on a mission that may free all of his kind, but how can you rebel against your very nature? Luscious, excellent world-building, political intrigue and memorable characters combine to make a really fun book that still thoughtfully questions the the nature of free will.
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Jax
$17.00
ISBN: 9780316248006
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Published: Orbit - March 10th, 2015

Finn has just moved into a sleepy New England town to escape the haunting memories of her sister’s suicide. Rather than finding peace and quiet, she meets the menacingly beautiful Fata family, including the charming Jack. While she uncovers magical (and sinister) connections between them and her sister, she finds herself still drawn to him. Beautiful writing and chock full of literary quotes, with good pacing and action to keep the whole thing flowing.

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Jax
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062286734
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Published: Voyager - March 10th, 2015

At the end of the 19th century, young James leaves for Oxford and his sister Charlotte stays behind in their country home. Then James finds love unexpectedly—and disappears the next day. Charlotte sets out to find him and must contend with the persuasive and seemingly ageless gentlemen of the Aegolius Club. This dreamy tale pays tribute to epistolary novels like its predecessor Dracula and will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and vampires.

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Andrea
$16.00
ISBN: 9780812983432
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Published: Random House Trade - February 24th, 2015

This is the first book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, a strange, literary sci-fi series. While Annihilation can stand alone, the books build off each other in interesting ways, so I recommend reading them all. But be warned: don’t expect many answers to your questions—these books are all about falling through a rabbit hole to a mysterious destination.

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Flannery
$13.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

If you like language and thrillers and haven't read Lexicon yet, I'm stoked for you because it means you get to read it for the first time! It takes place in two timelines—one at a school for young people trained as "poets" to manipulate others through subtle spoken words, and one after a remote desert city has become a bloodbath. You won't foresee the incredible final twist. 

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Andrea
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2014

The author of the fantastic Kingkiller Chronicles is finally back, this time with a novella told from Auri’s point of view, giving us a window into the university and the people within whom we’ve never seen before. Rothfuss’ writing is brilliantly paced, full of gorgeous language and bittersweet truths. Console yourself as you wait for the next Kvothe book with one of my favorite characters in the whole series!
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Jax
By Patrick Rothfuss, Nate Taylor (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780756410438
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Published: Daw Books - October 28th, 2014

Blackthorn has promised to withhold her revenge and provide healing in exchange for her release from prison. She and former fellow inmate Grim are hired by a prince who suspects that his betrothed is not at all what she seems, and it may be difficult for Blackthorn to keep her promise. Marillier’s breathtaking fantasy novels always bring me to tears with gorgeous prose, and she works wonders in her favored setting of early medieval Ireland.
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Andrea
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451466990
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Published: Roc - November 4th, 2014

This is the master of horror seen in a whole new and terrifying way. A beautiful and impressive book, it provides context by adding historical background and biographical information to each story. Chock-full of footnotes, excellent information, and exquisite illustrations, this book gives a new appreciation to Lovecraft’s genius. It makes a sumptuous gift for the horror fan in your life and is a necessity for any Lovecraft collector.
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Jax
By H. P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Editor), Alan Moore (Introduction by)
$39.95
ISBN: 9780871404534
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - October 13th, 2014

I adore Leckie’s writing: thought provoking, page turning, and epic all at once. So I’m excited beyond words for this sequel to her first novel, Ancillary Sword, which won both the Nebula and the Hugo awards. Breq is on a quest amidst a civil war and continues to wrestle with identity, morality, and politics. Check out Ancillary Justice if you haven’t yet, and if you already have, you know this writer is not to be missed.
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Jax
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316246651
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Published: Orbit - October 7th, 2014

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