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Ivy's Reviews

Ivy grew up very close to Santa Cruz and is a UC Santa Cruz graduate. She is the head of the Hardback section, History, and helps with Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Her voracious reading appetite can include anything from history, fiction, graphic novels, and anything in between.

 

 

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

This wonderful book paints an incredibly lush and wildly imaginative world, one I wanted to live in for much longer than the book lasted. At its heart, it is a tale of relationships: the ever married forces of nature and technology, past and future, and, most importantly, the relationship between two people marked by the past as they attempt to save the future.  --Ivy

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$25.99
ISBN: 9780765379948
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Published: Tor Books - January 26th, 2016

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves is part disaster novel, part Science Fiction. It starts with the heart-stopping moment when the moon explodes and takes us through a rough and tumble ride to save the human race. It is an epic that spans thousands of years and takes many surprising turns along the way. It is definitely one I recommend.

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$37.50
ISBN: 9780062190376
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Published: William Morrow - May 19th, 2015

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

Carolyn is a librarian under the tutelage of a mysterious man known only as Father. She was orphaned at a young age along with several other children. Father adopted them and trained each as a librarian with different specialties--things such as Language, War, or Futures That Might Have Been. The Library at Mount Char is the best book I have read this year, possibly in quite some time. It takes all the elements of a fantasy novel and turns them on their head. Wherever you think this story is going, you're wrong.

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780553418606
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 16th, 2015

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Atwood has a rare talent for pulling at the heartstrings and breaking us to pieces, and still we ask for more. This is a gorgeously written dystopian story that takes all the current ills of society to their logical conclusion and shows us just how far we still have to fall. At once beautiful and tragic, this is a book not to be missed.  —Ivy

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$26.95
ISBN: 9780385540353
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 29th, 2015

Star Wars, Volume 1 by Jason Aaron

Star Wars revolutionized science fiction, so it’s no wonder people continually return to its mythos. This Star Wars comic fills in missing scenes from the original trilogy. I loved dropping back in with Leia, Luke, and Han. They’re on a mission to cripple the Empire, but were not expecting to be in Darth Vader’s path long before Luke was ready to face him. The artwork and writing perfectly characterize our old friends, paying homage to the original stylizing with a modern sleekness.  --Ivy

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By Jason Aaron (Text by), John Cassaday (Illustrator), Laura Martin (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780785192138
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Marvel - October 6th, 2015

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

Night Vale is a quiet town in the middle of the desert. It’s just like every other town. Every other town run by a Vague Yet Menacing Government Agency and librarians who are out to get you. Just like every other town except when it’s not. Fans of the podcast will recognize fun in-jokes, but there is plenty to enjoy even if you’ve never heard Night Vale. Darkly funny, a great read for lovers of Lovecraftian horror.  --Ivy

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$21.99
ISBN: 9780062351425
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 20th, 2015

Atlas of Cursed Places by Olivier Le Carrer

As a history lover and a fan of the macabre, this book is incredibly exciting for me. It combines beautiful antique maps with the great disasters and mysteries of the human race. Places where the ground burns with fire constantly to those where bats black out the sky to the most popular suicide location in the world. This beautiful tome makes history so enticing.  —Ivy

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781631910005
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 6th, 2015

Zero World by Jason Hough

Zero World is a super spy thriller with a major twist. Peter Caswell is an assassin with a distinct advantage. He can’t remember his missions after they’re completed, wiping his deeds from his conscience. That doesn’t mean the past can’t haunt him. When he finds himself sent through a hole in space to an alternate Earth, he must team up with a native, Melni, before his memory is automatically wiped and he’s stranded on an alien world.  --Ivy

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780553391268
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Published: Del Rey Books - August 18th, 2015

The State of Play by Daniel Goldberg

The gaming world is very much in a state of crisis. No one can quite decide the best direction to take this burgeoning art form. Sixteen major players in the industry have some ideas. It was incredibly refreshing to read essays where no one treats the community like glass. We’re big kids, we can take some criticism. At its heart, this collection is a labor of love for a space we all hold dear.  --Ivy

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ISBN: 9781609806392
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Published: Seven Stories Press - October 20th, 2015

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

When the Lusitania sank near Ireland, it took 1,200 dead souls with it. The disaster pulled America into an already roiling World War I, shifting history's course in its wake. His lush backgrounds create the illusion of standing on the doomed deck or looking over Churchill's shoulder. He paints rich characters and keeps you in suspense until the bitter end.
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ISBN: 9780307408860
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Published: Crown - March 10th, 2015

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