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Monsters Born and Made By Tanvi Berwah Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781728247625
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 6th, 2022

Koral is a sixteen-year-old hunter living on a small farm with her brother, mother, father, and her ill younger sister. On the farm Koral and her brother capture and raise the monstrous and dangerous Maristags to train them for the Glory Races. With a major debt hanging over her family’s head and lack of funds to help care for her sister, Koral decides to enter herself into the Glory Race which is something Hunters are normally not allowed to do! This book is gripping, fun, and exciting from page one and would be perfect for anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games!

-Zach


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What Moves the Dead By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$19.99
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ISBN: 9781250830753
Published: Tor Nightfire - July 12th, 2022

This is a brilliant re-telling of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher. Alex Easton is a retired solider and is sent a letter saying that his childhood friend, Madeline Usher, is dying so he heads to their ancestral home. What Alex finds there is a mass of strange fungal growth, and rabbits that seem to be acting very strange. What affliction is killing Madeline? This was a wonderfully gripping story that I could not stop reading once I started!

-Zach


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The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316368766
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Published: Orbit - May 17th, 2022

Loulie al-Nazari and her “bodyguard” are jinn relic hunters and sellers. Rumors of their abilities to find these relics are brought to The Sultan, who in turn blackmails Loulie into adventuring to find an ancient lamp that will rid the land of all jinn. This debut by Chelsea Abdullah is a page turning fantasy! Once I started this book I could not stop! This is the first novel of what will become a trilogy so if you are looking to start a new series this is a great one!

-Zach


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Hide By Kiersten White Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593359235
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Published: Del Rey - May 24th, 2022

$50,000 can really change someone’s life, and all you have to do to win it is play hide and seek! At least that’s what Mack and her competitors are made to believe. This book is filled to the brim with suspense, horror, and something dark! The pages of this novel are filled with suspense and twists! If you are a fan of Squid Game or Hunger Games, but also love some horror elements, this is a book for you!

-Zach


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Just Like Mother By Anne Heltzel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250787514
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 17th, 2022

Maeve is a somewhat well adjusted woman working for a publishing company in New York City. The only problem is she was born and raised in a cult for the first 8 years of her life! Now an adult, her cousin who also grew up in the cult has reappeared in her life. The two catch up and decide they want to be in each other’s lives again, but is that the right call for Maeve? This horror novel by Anne Heltzel is a truly gripping tale from start to finish!

-Zach


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The Sandman Book One By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779515179
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Published: DC Comics - April 12th, 2022

Morpheus is the king of Dreams, but he has just been captured by an occult group and he is their prisoner for 70 years! Morpheus eventually escapes, takes his revenger on his captors, and then sets on repairing his now distressed kingdom. This is an early writing from Neil Gaiman, and it is the beginning of his incredible career in the world of fantasy!

-Zach


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August Kitko and the Mechas from Space (The Starmetal Symphony #1) By Alex White Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316430579
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Published: Orbit - July 12th, 2022

Jazz pianist Gus Kitko plans to spend the final moments of his life playing piano at a massive end of the world party. Just as the impact of the Vanguards (super strong evil mechs meant to destroy humanity) is about to take place and put an end to humanity, Gus is saved by one of the Vanguards and they become one. Gus and the Vanguard work together with a specialized group of trader Vanguards to save humanity! This first instalment of The Starmetal Symphony is a fun space opera full of action and romance.

-Zach


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Mazebook By Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Lemire, Jeff Lemire (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781506723662
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Published: Dark Horse Books - July 5th, 2022

A lonely building inspector lives his life one day at a time, lost in a deep depression triggered by the loss of his maze-loving daughter and his now ex-wife. One night he receives a phone call from his daughter saying that she is still alive and that he needs to come find her at the end of the maze! This graphic novel by Jeff Lemire is truly heart wrenching, beautiful and a wonderful short series for any comic book fan!

-Zach

-Zach


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Ordinary Monsters: A Novel (The Talents #1) By J. M. Miro Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250833662
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 7th, 2022

This is a wonderful debut of the new “The Talents” series! Two young boys with strange powers are collected by two detectives that are tasked to escort them to safety in the north. Once moved to safety these boys meet other children with powers and end up on an exciting adventure full of magical realism, world building and Victorian England! If you enjoy stories such as Marvel’s: X-Men, or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, this is definitely a novel for you!

-Zach


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Stardust: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063070714
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

Tristran Thorn promises his unrequited love that he will go and find a falling star that they watch fall together, little does Tristran know that this falling star is not just a star but something far stranger…but this discovery doesn’t stop Tristran from bringing the star to his hopeful beloved. This is a truly wonderful fairytale for adults written in the incredible prose that Gaiman has become known for! I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever thought about reading Neil Gaiman because who doesn’t love a fairytale?

-Zach


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Under the Whispering Door By TJ Klune Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

A wonderful story hidden within discussions about mortality, life, and mental health. Wallace, a lawyer, a curmudgeon, and most recently a ghost, is on a journey into the afterlife. This afterlife begins for Wallace in a Tea shop. Which is run by a ferryman, a reaper, an elderly ghost as well as a ghost dog. Wallace is tasked with discovering his true self before moving on. Klune has found a perfect spot between serious and silly, as well as fantasy and reality in this best-selling novel.

-Zach


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Daytripper By Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781401229696
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Published: Vertigo - February 8th, 2011

What would happen if you were to die during different massive events in your life? Would you be happy with the decisions you had made up to that point or would you wish you had done more? This graphic novel, written by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, explores this idea in a non-chronological anthology story about an obituary writer dealing with massive events throughout his life and at the end of each story he dies. If you are looking for a beautifully written, albeit somewhat experimental work this is for you!

-Zach


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American Gods: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063081918
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 16th, 2021

Shadow Moon has just been released from prison. Sadly, the same day of his release he discovers his wife has died and the first thing he has to do as a free man is attend her funeral. On his way to the funeral, he meets a strange, larger than life, man named Mr. Wednesday who immediately offers him a job. This story is a masterful tale of mythology, and fantasy while taking place in the modern day America. Gaiman uses his incredible voice and love for mythologies to create a tale of loss turned discovery!

-Zach


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The Master and Margarita: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), Boris Fishman (Foreword by), Christopher Conn Askew (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by), Boris Fishman (Foreword by), Christopher Conn Askew (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143108276
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 3rd, 2016

One warm spring day, the devil arrives in Moscow. That is the beginning of a wonderful Russian classic by one of Russia’s most underrated authors, Mikhail Bulgakov! This story features what one has come to expect from a Russian classic, but within a magical realism world, accompanied by a massive, talking cat that enjoys chess and vodka. If you have a taste for classics, but also love works of fantasy taking place in an unsuspecting real world this is very much a book for you!

-Zach


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Bluebeard: A Novel By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333511
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

This novel is a cynical yet heartwarming story about an elderly ex-painter telling his fictional autobiography to a voluptuous young woman, when all he wants is it be left alone. Vonnegut’s only true love story, but a platonic love between two characters learning things about themselves while learning things about each other. If you have not read any Vonnegut this is a wonderful place to start!

-Zach


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Nothing to See Here By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020

A young woman with no aspirations finds meaning in her life when a friend from her past reaches out to ask if she would become her children’s care giver. This seems like a fairly bland plot until you discover that the children have a rare defect that causes them to spontaneously combust whenever they become agitated in any way! This novel was the first novel I have ever sat and read in one day, and I absolutely loved it, I laughed out loud at times and cried at others!

-Zach