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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

If a charming repressed polar explorer pulled out of his own timeline doesn't call me a horrid cat right now, I WILL DIE. 


Review by Sarah C.

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In Ascension By Martin MacInnes Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802163462
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - February 27th, 2024

A mysterious slow burn novel about the enigma of life on earth. Sci-fi for those not usually drawn to the genre. A character study about both exploration and escape. JG Ballad by way of Sebald. Utterly unique and transfixing.

 


Review by Trevor

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No One Will Come Back For Us By Premee Mohamed Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781988964423
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Published: Undertow Publications - May 16th, 2023

Haunted kids, ancient horrors in the garden shed, mad science gone wrong - this short story collection does it all. Mohamed writes dark fantasy and horror with a deft, captivating hand. Creepy fun!


Review by Kit

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Legends & Lattes: A Novel of High Fantasy and Low Stakes By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886088
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Published: Tor Books - November 8th, 2022

I read this book over Thanksgiving and that is exactly what "Legends & Lattes" is about, being thankful for the people (or hobs, rattkins, succubi...) in your life.

Viv is a retired orc with a love of coffee, a magic stone and her life savings-enough, she hopes, to make a new life for herself.  But new lives don't come easily without the help of others and it will take employees and neighbors, rivals and old friends to make Viv's dreams come true.


Review by Deborah

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Nona the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #3) By Tamsyn Muir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250899132
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Published: Tordotcom - September 12th, 2023

Nona broke my heart.

Like any fan of the Locked Tomb Series, my gaze was focused on Alecto, the anticipated final book of the trilogy with its shifting publication date and promise of answers to all our questions.  I did not expect Nona with her enormous heart, her love of dogs (all shapes and sizes!) and her gang of school friends. Nona with her vaguely familiar features, extremely familiar “family,” disturbing dreams and shocking role to play in all this.

When I thought I could not care more about Gideon, Harrow and the others, I met Nona. And she broke my heart.


Review by Deborah

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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) By Arkady Martine Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

"This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever fallen in love with a culture that was devouring their own."

If you like Dune you need to read this, if you like Ann Leckie books you need to read this, if you like language or court intrigue or spy novels you need to read this, if you like action movies that are actually mostly incisive barbs and diplomacy - you need to read this. Picture a delicate mashup of the Giver and the Expanse series but set in an ancient empire (one could also call it a militaristic death cult) that names its warships after poetry.

Arkady Martine absolutely deserves to be up there with science fiction greats like Herbert, Leckie, and Tepper.


Review by Anje

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Ice Planet Barbarians By Ruby Dixon Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593546024
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Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2021

This is the kind of campy sci-fi smut that Fox Mulder would be reading in a motel room as Scully tries to convince him (unsuccessfully) that it's not aliens.

Read it and squeal.

 


Review by Anje

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Terminal Boredom: Stories By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by) Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
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Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Dystopian, sci-fi inflicted short stories, with moody feminist speculations about technology, gender, queer identity, violence... Written 30 years ago but only published this last year! What a privilege to read a time-capsule, yet be absolutely terrified at the realization that her foreshadowings were not far off from coming true. I will forever hold love and grief for Izumi.


Review by Javi

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
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Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

There is so much warmth, hope, and humanity between the covers of this book. Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in.



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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250217394
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Published: Tor Books - January 31st, 2023

This book...oh goodness, this book! One second Charons Crossing will lure you in with its quirky characters, slapstick humor and calm contemplation of life (and afterlife) philosophies. You and your curiosity will be content to cozy up by the fire with the perfect cup of tea, watching ghostly mysteries unfold. Then BAM--you'll find yourself crying on the couch, eating a sorrow-baked scone and checking in with loved ones. The power of this story will sneak up on you much like a visit from The Manager, but the importance of the gentle, considerate light it shines on human challenges cannot be overstated.


Review by Katelynn

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