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Science Fiction/Fantasy from the 2011 Winter Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2011WinterNewsletterCov... align=right hspace=5 />These recommendations from our staff were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2011-winter-newsletter">2011 Winter Newsletter</a>.

Reamde by Neal Stephenson

A thrilling, action-packed adventure, complete with sexy special agents, misfit computer geniuses, and Stephensons’ excellently nerdy wit—this book made me think Ian Fleming crossed with Cory Doctorow. Reminiscent of his bestselling Cryptonomicon, this book is that combination of great storytelling, intelligent explanations, and technological thrills that made me love Stephenson in the first place.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780061977961
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Published: William Morrow - September 20th, 2011

In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood

Intelligent and insightful, Margaret Atwood is the perfect author to write about the science fiction genre. This collection includes personal reflections, lectures, and essays on specific books. I found the last section to be the most interesting, and very enjoyable even though I had not read the title she was discussing. In Other Worlds is a great read for all fans of Atwood’s or of the genre.

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ISBN: 9780385533966
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 11th, 2011

Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Any release by Pratchett gets me super excited, but the books featuring Commander Vimes are always my favorites. In this 39th Discworld novel we’re promised a vacation that just won’t take, “sly shout-outs to Jane Austen and gritty police procedurals” (Publisher’s Weekly), and the kind of in-the-gutter investigations at which His Grace Sir Samuel, the Duke of Ankh is so adept.

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ISBN: 9780062011848
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Published: Harper - October 11th, 2011

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

If you love really interesting systems of magic and you haven’t yet discovered Sanderson, you owe it to yourself to check him out. The Alloy of Law is a stand-alone novel set in the world of his amazing Mistborn series, but a little bit into the future. We still have the fascinating Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy that drove the original trilogy, but now it’s translated into more of a Wild West setting. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Part Sherlock Holmes, part X-Men, this exciting stand-alone adventure is full of close shaves, shootouts, and witty banter.” —Nici

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ISBN: 9780765330420
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Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2011

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