Science Fiction/Fantasy

One might imagine a book about demon-hunting bartenders and cocktails that infuse the drinker with magical abilities to be fantastically fun and full of hijinks, and Last Call certainly is that. But it’s also about growing into the adulthood that has been thrust upon you and finding the strength to take control of your life. I became ridiculously fond of Bailey and her team of mixologists and can’t wait to share her story. Cheers!   —Jax

 

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Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781594747595
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Published: Quirk Books - June 7th, 2016

A mysterious watch in the pocket of Nathaniel Steepleton makes its way through Victorian London, leading its owner toward his destiny. On the way, Steepleton meets the watch’s mysterious owner, Keita Mori, and an Oxford physicist, Grace Carrow. The story is fascinating and keeps you guessing, while the Victorian-style prose creates a picture of a city in turmoil. Even with the book’s dark overtone, I couldn’t help but be charmed.  —Ivy

 

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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620408346
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 3rd, 2016

I had a conversation with some booksellers about the term “literary science fiction.” I’m reluctant to separate this book from the genre for fear of being a pretentious snob. To me—an outsider who laments reading hours that are not spent nose-deep in epic fantasies and unsettling futures—literary sci-fi like Chiang’s is akin to the writing of a less-manic David Foster Wallace but has more traditional sci-fi elements than George Saunders would use, though Chiang has the level of mastery of both of those writers.  —Louise

 

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Stories of Your Life and Others Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101972120
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Published: Vintage - June 14th, 2016

First, let me say I was skeptical of this book about the pivotal captain of the USS Enterprise—so much could go wrong here. But I am so, so glad I gave The Autobiography a chance. It exemplifies everything I love about Star Trek: it’s fun and endearing, surprisingly poignant and intelligent while still being action packed. I enjoyed the heck out of this book and fell in love all over again with Starfleet’s favored son.  —Jax

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The Autobiography of James T. Kirk Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781783297467
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - September 8th, 2015

If you were as obsessed with M.R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts as our staff was, you’ll be curious about Fellside. Don’t expect a reprise of Girl, because it’s a completely different creature, but if you can take Fellside on its own terms, you’re in for a hell of a ride. Prison life and ghosts take center stage in this creepy, thought-provoking novel that I read in three breathless sittings.  —Flannery

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ISBN: 9780316300285
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Published: Orbit - April 5th, 2016

Though a small island, world powers—real and mystical—have wanted to tame Ireland’s wild people for time immemorial. The faeries, or sidhe, protect its people, but rely on the appearance of the Morrigana, a goddess in human form, when in dire straits. Aisling, the current incarnation, is expected to save her people, but her power has been halved by tragedy and betrayal. Impeccably researched, this blend of history and magic made me long to visit Ireland’s dew soaked greens. —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780525429531
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Published: Viking - March 1st, 2016

Ken Liu is a master—of words, of worlds, of our human condition past, present, future. This short story collection runs a gamut of speculative fiction from hard sci-fi out in the stars, to literary magical realism where folded paper expresses a mother’s love. Exploring history and looking to the far ends of the future, you will constantly discover the new while finding immediate, intimate familiarity with his characters. I can’t wait to read more. —Jocelyn

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Cover Image
By Ken Liu
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ISBN: 9781481442541
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Published: Saga Press - March 8th, 2016

Millie is a compelling, original, funny, and sometimes downright obnoxious new protagonist in modern SciFi. She’s an urban film school dropout with no legs (but great prosthetics); a mental illness for which she offers no apologies (ever); and a sense of ironic humor which ties together a completely unexpected storyline. Mishell Baker’s faerie-driven explanation of Hollywood movie making is such a well-built world that, as Millie says, “Walt Disney would be peeing right now.”  —a.c.

 

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Borderline Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481429788
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Published: Saga Press - March 1st, 2016

This gorgeous book exemplifies the best of science fiction, where a journey to a new planet is also a quest for meaning, for identity, for love. It asks, what would you sacrifice in pursuit of your dreams, or in service to your God? If you’re looking for a deeply moving book that will make you laugh, cry, and search your soul, this is the one you have been searching for. —Jax

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ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

The Passage is an epic, sprawling story that spans time and place, starting in the depths of the Amazon and weaving many threads together into a rich, layered tapestry. It’s a gripping, thrilling ride you become swiftly immersed in. Plus, vampires! I loved this book – seriously LOVED – and am unbearably excited to read the final book in the trilogy, which is coming out in May 2016! --Flan

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The Passage: A Novel (Book One of the Passage Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345504975
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 17th, 2011

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