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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.



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)
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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ISBN: 9780062351425
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
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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ISBN: 9781631910005
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
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

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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The State of Play: Creators and Critics on Video Game Culture Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609806392
Availability: Hard to Find - Believed to be Out of Stock Indefinitely
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
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - March 10th, 2015

Rival Queens by Nancy Goldstone

When Elizabeth I and Philip II sat on their thrones it seemed the whole world was split between Catholics and Protestants. Most people are aware of the Spanish Inquisition, even if only through Monty Python. Lesser known is the internal struggle of the French. Goldstone takes it and manages to make it rather hilarious and relatable. Never have I laughed so much at footnotes.
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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The story starts with a young woman walking along a highway, covered in blood. The acolyte of a mysterious man known only as Father, she was orphaned at a young age along with several other children, each of whom was trained by Father as a librarian with different specialties—Language, War, Futures That Might Have Been. The best book I have read in quite some time.
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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Marya Morevna had three sisters who in turn had three suitors, but only she knew their secret. They weren’t men at all, but birds. This secret forged her path anew. She was thrown headlong into the arms of Koschei the Deathless and the watchful eye of Baba Yaga. Valente beautifully retells this ancient Russian folktale against the backdrop of Stalin’s regime.   —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765326317
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2012

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

This was the first “adult” book I read as a child. It scared the pants off me, but still kept me reading. With the shiny new movie—Jurassic World—just released out, it’s good to remember where the gory magic began. Before the hype, Jurassic Park was a captivating, page-turner filled with chills and thrills waiting to take its place in Sci-Fi/Fantasy history.   —Ivy

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ISBN: 9780345538987
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012


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