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Borne Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374537654
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Published: MCD - February 27th, 2018

This is a book about relationships wrapped in the a guise of apocalyptic-landscapes, strange biotech, nameless cities, and survival-horror.

Come for the 5-story tall bear and feral, ruthless children.

Stay for the soul-crushing exposition of personal connections torn apart by guilt and distrust.


Review by Ashley

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Jagannath Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973974
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Published: Vintage - February 6th, 2018

If you enjoy the fiction of Ursula Le Guin, and seek something new, read Karin Tidbeck. Her novel Amatka is powerful but Tidbeck's short stories are nigh perfect, perfectly weird.


Review by Alex

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Unearthed Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484758052
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - January 9th, 2018

A sci-fi bender that details what would happen if Lara Croft and Indiana Jones reluctantly teamed up to decode and ancient alien message in an ancient alien temple. 

Read while waiting for OBSIDIO, the final book in the Third Place bookseller-beloved Illuminae trilogy.


Review by Niki

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Provenance Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316388672
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Published: Orbit - September 26th, 2017

LOVE this book. 

What do you do when you are part of a family you know you can't live up to? Spring a criminal from an impenetrable prison and let the chaos ensue, of course! 

Leckie has added to her fantastic universe endearing and complex characters (both human and alien) and created a compelling story that is satisfying to the very end!


Review by Ashley

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A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062569400
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Published: Voyager - March 14th, 2017

Although Chamber's second book is set in the same universe as her first, it is far from a sequel. She switches perspectives between an AI trying to hide her identity among organics, and a young clone-girl born to slave away in a scrapped-tech factory. She covers issues of body dysphoria and perseverance in the worst situations, as well as what it means for each of us to live our lives on our own terms. I loved it even more than her first book!


Review by Ashley

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062444134
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Published: Voyager - July 5th, 2016

Sci-Fi can be... dark. Gritty. A dramatic sequence of hard choices and unforeseen events.

This is none of that.

Reminiscent of Firefly and Star Trek, it is filled with top-notch characterization, questions of morality, and fascinating clashing of culture dynamics. I fell in love with all the characters, both human and alien, and was glad for a reprieve from the heavy stories normal for this genre.


Review by Ashley

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All Our Wrong Todays Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781101985137
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Published: Dutton Books - February 7th, 2017

Tom Barren is a screw-up. He knows this because he's lived two difference lives in 2016 and he's incompetent in both. In fact, if he hadn't tolen his father's time machine and traveled back to 1965, we would all be driving hover cars and wearing biodegradable clothing. Instead, he corrupted the timeline, killed billion of people and caused the utopian version of 2016 to never exist.

He did, however,  create a new loving family for himself and discover his soulmate. Now the Tom's of ever possible today must decide which yesterday to save and which tomorrow they'll create.


Review by Deborah

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Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1 Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062468611
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

Have you been lost to another dimension? Has this caused you to be wary of so-called "podcasts"? Never fear! You can now experience all the terror, humor, oddity, and terror again associated with Welcome to Night Vale, in good, old-fashioned book form! It may even tempt you to tune in and listen to Cecil's bewitching voice, but don't worry, it will only partially confuse, and wholeheartedly delight, you.


Review by Ashley

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Binti Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765385253
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Published: Tor.com - September 22nd, 2015

Binti is a young Himba woman who embarks on a journey unprecedented by her people, to attend the prestigious Oomza University. On her way there, disaster strikes and she must use her amazing skills and people's wisdom to prevent further tragedy. This novella is a beautiful example of how less is often more!


Review by Ashley