Science Fiction/Fantasy

The existence of magic does not make Grossman’s dysphoric characters any more capable of dealing their own unhappiness. This book perfectly so captures the soul crushing ennui of emotional purposelessness; I want to hate Quentin and his pals, but there is too much of myself in there to do so. Littered with Narnia and Harry Potter homages, The Magicians is a realist take on the magical world.
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Kimberly
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ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

Thousands of men converge on an insignificant hill, just to fight one three-day battle in the seemingly eternal struggle between the Union and Black Dow's armies. The story's focus isn't on the war so much as on the men: a cast of flawed, fascinating characters making desperate decisions in tight spots. No other wartime novel I've read can hold a candle to this multifaceted, stunningly executed, and entertaining tale.
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780316193566
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Published: Orbit - October 21st, 2011

Suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal? Leap into the fantastically intricate and treacherous world of The Engineer Trilogy. A brilliant mechanic is sentenced to death for breaking a tiny guild law, but he escapes and allies himself with the kingdom that has just declared war on his people. The death toll that follows is enormous, the dialogue is witty as all get-out, and there are no "good" or "bad" guys—just an amazing cast of characters all trying to betray each other (while simultaneously being betrayed themselves).
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Andrea
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ISBN: 9780316003384
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Published: Orbit - October 25th, 2007

It's a simple idea: what a machine existed that told you how you were going to die? Not when, just how. Not even specifics. Not a prediction, an incontrovertible fact, misleading or literal, of how you will die. Each of these stories, by professionals and laymen, was submitted and selected from hundreds; visions of the people and worlds this machine produces. What would you do, if you knew what your death would be?
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Jocelyn
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By Ryan North (Editor), Matthew Bennardo (Editor), David Malki (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780982167120
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Published: Bearstache Books - October 13th, 2010

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: Broadway Books - June 5th, 2012

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!

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Andrea
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ISBN: 9781451658903
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Published: Scribner Book Company - April 24th, 2012

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.

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Nici
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ISBN: 9780062191496
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 15th, 2012

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.
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Johansson
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ISBN: 9780316098120
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Published: Orbit - May 22nd, 2012

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

An earthy bar that welcomes anyone to call it home. A tough businesswoman, trying to keep home, community, business, and family intact. A panoply of humanity, from struggling farmers, to conmen and cowboys, to the heart-of-gold businessman, and the Company threatening to end it all. A small-town story of struggle and triumph, the kind that could happen anywhere--here on Mars.

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Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780765325518
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Published: St. Martins Press-3pl - February 16th, 2010

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