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Science Fiction & Fantasy from the 2012 Summer Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2012_Summer_Newsletter_... width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2012-summer-newsletter">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

A fortune at stake, an evil corporation to defeat, a girl to win, and more than one world to save. Wade Watts has his work cut out for him, and the competition just blew up his trailer. This book is a veritable “nerdacopia” of references and nostalgia. If you’ve ever played a video game or an RPG, or are even vaguely conscious of the 1980s, this is the book for you!

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Erin
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ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

After I finished Book 7 in 2004, I wasn’t ready for the Dark Tower series to be over—and neither, it seems, was Stephen King! In this eighth Dark Tower novel, which takes place between Books 4 and 5, King explores his fascination with storytelling. Roland tells his ka-tet a story from his youth, when he was sent to investigate a slaughter by a shape-shifting “skin-man” witnessed by one terrified young man, Bill Streeter. Young Roland in turn tells Bill a story to calm his nerves: the story of The Wind Through the Keyhole. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.” I’ve read the first pages and I cannot wait to read the rest!

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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ISBN: 9781451658903
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Published: Scribner - April 24th, 2012

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

In a sexy thriller full of Stephenson’s excellently nerdy wit, bad guys are chased across the globe and through cyberia. A mildly annoying virus in the world’s most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game sets off a chain of events that leads to terrorists, explosions, and a kidnapping. Richard Forthrast, creator of the online world, must use his draft-dodging and drug-smuggling past to rescue his adopted niece. The high-octane ending is incredibly satisfying, proving once again that Stephenson deserves all the adulation we give him.

Reviewed by: 
Nici
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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062191496
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2012

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Whether you’re on the fence or have long scaled its height, Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel is the treat you’ve been waiting for. Equal parts poetry and philosophy, 2312 offers a wild, aching, ever-evolving vision of space, peppered with environmental stress in a future far beyond Earth. Turn on your most finely tuned brain cells. This story rocks, and its long and loving ride with math, science, and the classics as companions will take your breath away.
Reviewed by: 
Johansson
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ISBN: 9780316098120
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Published: Orbit - May 22nd, 2012

The Killing Moon by N. K. Jemisin

World building, in the hands of N. K. Jemisin, is an art that creates something so incredibly fresh and new and yet so familiar and telling. The ancient city-state of Gujaareh is so real you can taste the spices; Jemisin’s characters are so vivid you can smell their perfume; and her writing is so beautiful you’ll gladly surrender to her magic. Deftly working both on political and supernatural angles, this is an excellent start to a promising series.
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Nici
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ISBN: 9780316187282
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Published: Orbit - May 1st, 2012

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