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The Saint of Bright Doors By Vajra Chandrasekera Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250847386
Published: Tordotcom - July 11th, 2023

All you Jeff VanderMeer and Sofia Samatar freaks out there (rise up!!) will love this one. Chandrasekera's dreamlike postcolonial intrigue is a spy story, the tale of a Chosen One post-heel turn, a novel about gods and devils, a terrifying exposition on political violence, and so much more, rolled up into a huge, fascinating Katamari ball of a book. I loved this and think it deserves a place in conversation with the best speculative fiction books from the past decade.

Review by Christina

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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism By Amanda Montell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062993151
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harper - June 15th, 2021

This book moves beyond the spectacle of the 'cult' in order to desimplify and expand our understanding of the cult phenomenon. From Jonestown to Crossfit to Instagram influencers, Montell looks at the linguistic tools utilized to appeal to and shape ones thinking. An accessible and fascinating book full of information that proves useful in times like these, when so many voices are calling for followers.