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My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones never misses. My Heart is a Chainsaw is for those of us who have a life-long love for horror, putting us behind the wheel with protagonist Jade and her knowledge of all things chainsaw and jumpscare when blood splatter metaphorically (and physically) hits the fan. If you loved Mongrels or The Only Good Indians, please do yourself a favor and read this book! —MJ

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ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Grievers by adrienne maree brown

Grievers depicts an unyielding virus, H-8, which attacks only the Black citizens of Detroit, and sends its hosts into a catatonic state of mourning. Dune is our sharp-witted and brooding protagonist, who is determined to find answers after her mother becomes patient zero. It’s no surprise that adrienne maree brown is a dedicated student of Octavia Butler—this novel reads with the same level of intensity, grief, and hope found in Parable of the Sower. —Holly

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ISBN: 9781849354523
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Published: AK Press - September 7th, 2021

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Moreno-Garcia transplants the tropes and trappings of the classic European gothic romance to 1950s Mexico, creating a vivid novel that comments on the genre while standing on its own as a modern fable. Mysterious, lovely, creepily chilling—but driven by the determination of its indomitable heroine to carry through to the last page. Every person I've recommended this to has likewise devoured it, and immediately called me up to discuss it. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780525620808
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Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Torn between following their passion for painting by working for the Razanei government and upholding their duty to their sister and the rebellion, Gyen Jebi becomes embroiled in the political and magical power of their art. As an artist myself, I found Gyen Jebi's passion and angst all too relatable! This fantastical steampunk world is wholly original with a slew of great characters. - Eli

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ISBN: 9781781087947
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Published: Solaris - October 15th, 2020

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Lauren has "hyperempathy syndrome," rendering her incapable of witnessing pain. This is complicated by the fact that her world is nothing but pain: the novel is set against a dystopian backdrop in which water is reserved for the rich and suffering is rampant. To cope with her reality, Lauren is creating a new religion, wherein God is Change. - Holly

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ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

This debut space opera makes me remember why I love the genre. Interstellar politics, murder, espionage, and the ethics of empire and technology collide in a fascinating world where memory and heritage are suspect in the face of longing for a culture and place not your own. Martine’s characters pull you into a compelling narrative that’s both philosophical and thrilling. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Anna works for a temp agency as a “hench”—a low-paid sidekick for super-villains. After she gets badly injured by an indestructible superhero named Supercollider, she vows to take revenge, and soon becomes The Auditor, a super-villain whose power is vengeful thinking. This is great for comic book fans and anyone who likes funny science fiction. - Jason

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

Mongrels follows a family of outlaw werewolves as journey across the American South (think Kathryn Bigelow’s film Near Dark, but with werewolves). Like much of Jones’s work, Mongrels strikes a delicate balance between disturbing and hilarious, making this absolutely unforgettable. Be cautious, though, because you will never look at French fries or pantyhose the same again. - Travis

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ISBN: 9780062412706
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 24th, 2017

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

This is an intricate, unique, action-packed military sci-fi with a touch of space opera. Space battles line up next to political intrigue, while characters both living and dead wrestle with conscience and ideals. Yoon Ha Lee has created something that is familiar but at the same time unlike anything else I’ve ever read, which lingers long after the last page. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9781781084496
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Published: Solaris - June 14th, 2016

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

In this award winning afro-futurist trilogy, Binti, a young heroine of earth, must battle and befriend both humans and aliens of all forms to forage her own success at an intergalactic university. Thrilling, adventurous and imaginative, Binti is a star you will follow to the ends of the universe. Recommended for anyone who would like to begin reading sci-fi fantasy! - Juj

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ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tordotcom - September 22nd, 2015


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