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Horror Movie: A Novel By Paul Tremblay Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780063070011
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Published: William Morrow - June 11th, 2024

A cursed movie filmed in the early 90s yet never completed is rebooted by a major studio. Told from the point of view of the actor who played the original movie’s ‘monster' (dubbed the Thin Kid in the script), Tremblay moves us through shifting narratives, from the screen play that was shot at the time, to the story of a producer and director trying to connect with the Thin Kid in the present, and finally, to the Thin Kid’s life after the movie became cursed. This book really messed with my head, and I loved every minute of it. 


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Nicked: A Novel By M. T. Anderson Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593701607
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Published: Pantheon - July 23rd, 2024

Okay, here's the opening: a priest, a thief, and a dog-man go on a job to steal the bones of a saint. Stop me, have you heard of this one? Why steal bones of a saint? The city of Bari feels like it is losing out to other cities with Christian relics that have boosted their tourism prospects. The crew finds out (from a monk’s dream, no less) that the bones of St. Nicholas (ho-ho-ho) are in the city of Myra. Obviously, they must go rescue them from abandonment and bring them to Bari. At times hilarious, shocking, thrilling, and insightful, M.T. Anderson delivers an amazing adventure like none I've read recently.  


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$23.19
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

The U.K. government has harnessed the power of time travel. Oddly, they are experimenting by bringing people from the past to the present. They are grabbing individuals just before they are supposed to historically perish. The main character is the 'bridge' for one of these individuals, and her historical person is Commander Graham Gore, who was brought forward from an ill-fated Franklin expedition. The leap in time is quite something to get used to. I really enjoyed how Kaliane Bradley handled the rules of time travel and the consequences of using it, plus the musings of Gore and his other historical anomalies really paint a picture of what seems off to them about our time. They're not wrong! There's a lot of debating and talking, some behind the scenes intrigue, and a very exciting ending that Bradley whips up at a fantastic rate. Can't wait to see what else she has coming in the future!


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The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the Civil War By Erik Larson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385348744
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Published: Crown - April 30th, 2024

Erik Larson informs us about the opening volleys of the Civil War. From the moment Lincoln wins the presidency, the South is already at DEFCON 1, and it will only get worse. The whole secession crisis centers around Charleston, and more importantly, Fort Sumter. The rabble rouser Edmund Ruffin delighted in the South's secessionist movement. He traveled from convention to convention in the south (from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to Virginia) trying to help in any way he could. He would end up writing a terrible book about how slaves loved being slaves, and he was also present and fired cannons at Fort Sumter. Before that, however, Lincoln had to wait to do anything until his inauguration. He fretted about how much would be misinterpreted before he was president, and the nation was not being guided well by James Buchanan, who wanted to be out of office before anything catastrophic occurred. For instance, Major Robert Anderson moved his small group of Union soldiers from a base in Charleston, out in the open, to Fort Sumter, a move that allowed the Union to be a bit more secure. After Lincoln is sworn in, states began to secede like crazy, and all the while Secretary of State William Seward was sowing discord between Lincoln and the Southern delegates. Northerners wanted Lincoln to respond forcefully and not back down. The Civil War really came down to a general misunderstanding of the state of the world they lived in; first, Lincoln wasn't going to do anything to existing laws in the South, and two, slavery was being abolished all over the world, but someone forgot to tell the South. Their miscalculation would cost the U.S. at least a half a million citizens. Sadly, reading a book about 1860-61 that masterfully brings about the anxiety and fears of the era, it all feels a bit like the world we are living in today. 


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Murder Road By Simone St. James Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593200384
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Published: Berkley - March 5th, 2024

Michigan, 1995: a married couple traveling to a modest honeymoon take a wrong turn and drive down Atticus Line toward Cold Lake Falls. This a stretch of highway has seen numerous hitchhikers killed and dumped over the last 20ish years. Soon they find a woman hobbling down the road. They offer her a ride into town, though the couple really have no idea where they are. As they drive to town, the woman says she needs a hospital. Before they get there, the woman dies, and it's revealed she was stabbed. From here, Simone St. James takes us on a roller coaster of creepy and sinister situations. Everything is more connected than it seems, and the couple attempts to discover what has really been happening on Attic Line so they can clear their names. Could they be the next victims? Such a spooky read!


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The Day Tripper By James Goodhand Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780778369646
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Published: Mira Books - March 19th, 2024

It’s way back in 1998, and Alex Dean is having the perfect day (and first date!) with Holly. Then, as he’s crossing the bar with drinks in his hands, he sees a person he had trouble with when he was younger. A fight ensues, and Alex is dumped in the Thames river. Cut to 2014, when Alex awakens, confused by everything. His body is recovering from a drunken night, and he doesn't recognize his environment. He has no idea how or why, but his life has become unstuck - he jumps around every day to a new part of his life. Things doesn't end up the way he believed they would: homeless, alcoholic, and spurned by his family as a deadbeat. On top of all that, no Holly. Alex must attempt to correct what went wrong, hoping that time isn't written in stone and that we all have some agency over our future. 


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The Britannias: An Archipelago's Tale By Alice Albinia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393608557
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 27th, 2024

Such an interesting history of the isles. Alice Albinia treats Great Britain as the islands and provinces that they are. England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland are the first and foremost that comes to mind, but in this book, islands from Thanet and Westminster (that don't exist anymore) to Shetland and isles of Scilly come into play, shaping the rich tapestry of the histories of the Britainnias. Be prepared to spend time going down rabbit holes of research (have a good map cued up) because of this wonderful and richly treated history. 


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The Daughters' War (Blacktongue) By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
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Published: Tor Books - June 25th, 2024

The story of Galva is one of loss. And of horrific brutality. Galva lands in a war-torn country that has been ravaged by Goblins and is on the brink of collapse. Since the Goblins have poisoned and rid the world of horses, Galva joins an experimental group that directs magically designed birds called Covids. They are crazy strong and frightening and are the brightest hope to stop a Goblin victory. As they trample and fight their way to breaking the sieges, Galva finds love, heartache, sorrow, and betrayal that bites right down to her core. Christopher Buehlman has added another amazing chapter in this brutal world. I am eagerly anticipating more to follow. 


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The Mysterious Case of the Alperton Angels: A Novel By Janice Hallett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668023396
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Published: Atria Books - January 23rd, 2024

Amanda is a crime writer assigned to look into the 18-year-old cold case of the Alperton Angels You, the reader are assigned the task of deciding whether to go forward with all the research documents inside of a lockbox. Begs the question: What happened to Amanda? As we find out in emails, WhatsApp messages, transcripts, newspaper articles, book excerpts, letters, and even parts of a screenplay, Amanda was attempting to locate a baby that was meant to be sacrificed by a cult. The very same cult that committed a murder/suicide when their plan to stop the coming apocalypse failed. Amanda digs deeper and discovers something much more active than previously thought. Janice Hallett's intriguing style invites the reader into the story and yet, I still didn't see how the ending would unfold. Highly rec!!


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The Book Censor's Library By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator) Cover Image
By Bothayna Al-Essa, Ranya Abdelrahman (Translator), Sawad Hussain (Translator)
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Published: Restless Books - April 30th, 2024

Throw in some 1984, add a dash of Fahrenheit 45, and put in a whole bunch of original Big Brother content that has flowed from Bothayna Al-Essa's imagination, and you have the magic that is The Book Censor's Library. The unnamed protagonist works as a book censor at a bureau that attempts to kill all creativeness and imagination in the books that get published. Obviously, this is only one aspect of a society where the ruling elite attempt to suppress the population. When he is charged with reading and listing all the wrongs in a newly translated copy of Zorba the Greek, he starts to awaken to the power and beauty of reading actual books. He falls down the rabbit hole and starts helping to smuggle books doomed to be burned to safety. His family suffers for his choices, even though his daughter has needed these stories and her imagination to be used. A surprising, haunting, twisty ending left me flabbergasted and wanting the story to continue.


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All This and More: A Novel By Peng Shepherd Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063278974
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Published: William Morrow - July 9th, 2024

Marsh's life is not where she thought it would end up. Her marriage has completely collapsed after years and years of erosion, and her career as a lawyer never actually got off the ground. Thankfully, there is a show, All This and More, which takes the latest in quantum theory to let contestants sample many realities and pick the best one. A real-life makeover! Marsh is surprised that she is selected to be a third season contestant. She has the chance to improve her life and have all her dreams become reality. Can and will she find her perfect life? Well, you the reader have a bit to say. Peng Shepherd designs her book so the reader can choose which direction Marsh takes at key moments in the story. It's fun and enlightening to see the different ways that Peng Shepherd saw the book progressing. I loved it and ran through every possibility I could!


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Plastic: A Novel By Scott Guild Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593316764
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Published: Pantheon - February 13th, 2024

Erin is made of plastic, living in a world made up of plastic, living people, people who look like waffles, and many others that float through the story. Her life has been radically exposed to tragedy during various eco-terrorist attacks. When her job at Tablet Town is bombed, she helps and befriends another survivor who has lost someone. Can she move on? Can she reconcile her past with her future hopes and dreams? The more foreign Scott Guild makes Erin's world, the more familiar it feels.    


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Everyone on This Train Is a Suspect: A Novel By Benjamin Stevenson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063279070
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Published: Mariner Books - January 30th, 2024

Ernest is back! After the tumultuous and deadly happenings in Everyone in My Family has Killed Someone, Ernest is at an Australian Mystery Writer’s Festival. Which, as the title gives away, is on a train. Not just any train, but a train that cuts through a huge swath of Australia and cuts in and out of cell phone range at various points. And as Ernest tells us, “Seven writers board a train. At the end of the line, five will leave it alive. One will be in cuffs.” Another locked room mystery in which Ernest attempts to teach us the finer points of writing a mystery novel. Highly entertaining and hilarious - I had to race through to know who did it! 


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The Wolves of Eternity: A Novel By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by) Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Martin Aitken (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593490839
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Published: Penguin Press - September 19th, 2023

This is an 800-page meditation on the briefness of life. The story revolves around a brother, Syvert, and a half-sister Alevtina. From the banalness of Syvert’s daily routines to Alevtina’s studies on death, KOK has written a slow, meandering book that fits well right next to The Morning StarA sublime look into what family means and what our lives seek to explain in their brief time on this planet. If you are a fan of Knausgaard, then this will tick all the boxes and have you contemplating the end for weeks to come.   


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Monsters We Have Made: A Novel By Lindsay Starck Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - March 26th, 2024

Nine-year-old Faye and her best friend attack their babysitter and leave her bleeding with several knife wounds in the woods. When unraveled, her parents and the community find out that the girls were attempting to appease and gain the favor of the Kingman. Think of the Kingman as Slenderman, and the crimes are somewhat the same. Ten years later, a knock on Sylvia's door. Sylvia, Faye's mother, delivers a granddaughter and reports that her daughter is missing. Sylvia sets off to find her, which brings back the Kingman dilemma from so long ago. Fearing that something awful will occur again, she strikes out and tracks down the people from the past, who sometimes have a difficult time helping, as they would rather forget about everything from before. The power of a story to change a life, for good or for ill, lays at the heart of this family's desire to heal from a past they can't move on from nor forget.  Lindsay Starck has crafted a masterful and suspenseful novel of love and fear and family, both estranged and new.


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A City on Mars: Can we settle space, should we settle space, and have we really thought this through? By Kelly Weinersmith, Zach Weinersmith Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Press - November 7th, 2023

The Weinersmiths take a deep dive into the realm of space travel and colonization. They want to pump the breaks on the expectations of leaving a climate-ravaged Earth in hopes of a better future. We have forgotten to consider a couple of points that are necessary. One, space is not full of life, and it wants to kill us. Two, the human race still doesn't know enough to predict what will happen to prolonged living in space; that’s not even consider babies and future generations, though that's a serious issue to consider as well. There's the great emptiness and vacuum of space, solar radiation, inhospitable planets, plus the small living quarters that could lead you to annoying your fellow travelers. And, if that wasn't enough, even if we are able to conquer all the technological and health problems, then we will have to contend with laws and corporations fighting for control of land on these planets – and premium interplanetary land is scarce. This all seems like so much to complete in a short amount of time; it will probably take generations. This book is insightful and hilarious and will easily interest armchair science enthusiasts everywhere in the solar system.


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Magus: The Art of Magic from Faustus to Agrippa By Anthony Grafton Cover Image
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Published: Belknap Press - December 5th, 2023

A serious look at those individuals in Medieval Europe that styled themselves as natural magic practitioners. They were alchemists, astrologers and such that focused on the laws of nature and how to use them to their benefit. This book charmed me with its window into the ways these magicians moved about the world and used what would later be described as science - however they would mix it with a bit of theater and showmanship (thinking of you, Faustus!).  


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Judgment at Tokyo: World War II on Trial and the Making of Modern Asia By Gary J. Bass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947104
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Published: Knopf - October 17th, 2023

Everyone knows the Trial at Nuremberg, but the other trial, the one in Tokyo, is not known as well. What was achieved? Parts of the trial have been forgotten in a very calculated way. Bass outlines all the moving parts of the trial, from the crimes of war that Japan committed to the crimes the Allies did that were glossed over in the actual trial. It's dark time in global history and probably will shed light on where we are now. Such an enlightening read.  


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The MANIAC By Benjamin Labatut Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593654477
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Published: Penguin Press - October 3rd, 2023

Labatut’s The Maniac offers up an in depth exploration of the causes and effects of math and science’s transition from theory to practical applications (ie, the nuclear bomb) and the influence of individual madness. Labatut tells the story of Jon von Neumann, from his beginnings to his immigration to the US as he fled Nazism to the Manhattan project to his ultimate death. He also follows a British boy-genius, bored with being a chess master, who, upon reading von Neuman's thesis, goes on to help create Deepmind and the beginnings of AI. Benjamin Labatut explains the complex evolution of AI through the 20th Century, from exceptional math breakthroughs to mayhem, and he makes it compulsively readable to boot!


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The World: A Family History of Humanity By Simon Sebag Montefiore Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525659532
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Published: Knopf - May 16th, 2023

This is not a book to be rushed. I savored it, reading it sparingly on the weekends. Every section led me to new ideas and books. Simon Sebag Montefiore has written a world history focused on the family units found in each of those periods. It can be saucy or bloody, awe inspiring or vomit-inducing, but rest assured, this book will delight almost any reader of history.


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The Future By Naomi Alderman Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 7th, 2023

Naomi Alderman writes a world of the near future on the brink of environmental cataclysm. Alderman ties together the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media platforms; the way they can manipulate and change the subconscious of the world at lightning speed is truly frightening. If the heads of those platforms don’t have the best intentions for the world in their ethos, then the world is truly doomed. Which is where this book takes place. At the beginning, three tech giants and their families are alerted that that a cataclysmic event is in the process of happening. They extract themselves and head to one of their bunkers to wait out the end of the world. Alderman then takes us back to show us all the behind-the-scenes action that happened before the lead up. It is a wild ride, and I wish that the outcome could happen to our world as well.


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Rouge: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982169695
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - September 12th, 2023

At the heart of this cerebral, hallucinogenic, and haunting new novel lies a relationship story of Mother and Daughter. And beauty and beauty products. Belle comes home to bury her mother, who accidentally fell into the ocean. It all begins innocently enough, but when Belle begins to pack up her mother's things, her mother's pair of red heels seem to guide her to an opulent, strange spa called Rouge. Trust in Mona Awad to take you on a bizarre, fairy-tale story that has seriously horrible things to say about the beauty industry. It’s also a wonderful story about miscommunications and missed moments between parent and child. Rouge never let me go - this is Mona Awad's best yet!


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The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet By Jeff Goodell Cover Image
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 11th, 2023

Looking at Texas at this point, I think we can all agree that heat is going to be a real problem for the rest of our lives. Jeff Goodell does a good job of weaving personal stories with digestible explanations of complex systems and topics. This is a warning call for us to prepare now, as the temperature isn’t going down anytime soon. There are ways for us to mitigate dying from the heat without contributing to overall carbon output. I’m naturally pessimistic, and I hate the heat, so this book completely depressed me on the outlook of this world. Goodell highlights the fact that heat will not affect us all equally – it’s the poor, impoverished countries will suffer the most. A sobering, necessary read.


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The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial By David Lipsky Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393866704
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 11th, 2023

David Lipsky chronicles climate change, from the beginning of our awareness of it all the way to the screeching of its deniers. With humor (I laugh because it hurts to cry after reading some of these sections) and exhaustive research, Lipsky does not hide the fact that he is a strong believer in human-caused climate change. He points out how climate change (and denialism) became very, very political. Deniers took their lead from the tobacco industry (they lost, right? but I still see people smoking) and repeated the phrase, 'We need more research on this.' Even though climate change has been talked about since the 1880s, we still need more research. Right? Our newspapers from earlier in the 20th century heralded climate change in our future - yet fast-forward a few decades to find them backtracking as special interest groups took control. As Lipsky points out more than once in this book, 19 of the 20 hottest years have happened since 2000. Sobering, but still not enough for the deniers. 


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The Memory of Animals By Claire Fuller Cover Image
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Published: Tin House Books - June 6th, 2023

Claire Fuller gave me PTSD at the very outset of this book as Neffy went into a vaccine trial to combat a pandemic. When virus mutates rapidly (cue more PTSD), and Neffy wakes up from fighting off the virus with the experimental vaccine, the world is gone. But there are other people trapped with her in the medical building, and this is the heart of the story: how they relate to and end up relying on one and other. It's a novel about the human condition during a crisis, but Claire Fuller also looks at the trip Neffy took to get to this point. The future is a frightening place, but we can't live in the past. 


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Black Ball: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Spencer Haywood, and the Generation that Saved the Soul of the NBA By Theresa Runstedtler Cover Image
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Published: Bold Type Books - March 7th, 2023

In 1967, the ABA was formed to compete against the NBA and give basketball players the possibility of a voice, particularly Black athletes. This was the era when the Black athlete began to be the face of basketball and, in the NBA, owners were trying to keep any form of socio-economical compensation from them. We've been trained to think of 1970s basketball as the ‘dark ages,’ which so unfairly mars what contributions those players made and fought for. The cases in the book are well researched, but the Connie Hawkins chapter is probably the most damning and wrenching story of abuse of power over high school athletes. A great social history of sports and how it affects more than just the game.


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The Scythian Empire: Central Eurasia and the Birth of the Classical Age from Persia to China By Christopher I. Beckwith Cover Image
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 17th, 2023

In his new book, Christopher Beckwith's main argument is that Scythians were everywhere and were, in fact, the cause of civilization happening. They were not just a collection of savage tribes as history sometimes portrays them, but a group of people with a shared root language and religion. There are a number of ideas about the Scythian’s reach, including the rise of Persian, Indian and Chinese cultures all the way to the Greeks. A lot the basis for this is linguistics, which I am not so versed in, but Beckwith's arguments seem to hold some weight. And the Zoroastrian parts are intriguing, particularly the suggestion that monotheism may have started in this ancient civilization, a thought that will lead me to many more hours of reading. Such a fascinating read!


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Armada: The Spanish Enterprise and England’s Deliverance in 1588 By Colin Martin, Geoffrey Parker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300259865
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Published: Yale University Press - February 7th, 2023

Martin and Parker chronicle a little-known attempt by Spain's Phillip II to invade England. In theory, with all the details that Martin and Parker offer, the Spanish fleet has everything stacked in their favor, money and ships-wise. However, the proof is in the pudding. Innovation in English naval warfare far outstripped anything the Spanish fleet could handle. While the English stymied the Spanish fleet, mother nature also unleashed its fury upon them and pushed their inept fleet all over the North Sea. Communication, or lack thereof, factored in as well; it was slow and unreliable. The Spanish fleet would sit around waiting for new orders or for a meetup (the infamous Gravelines) that had changed but was never successfully conveyed. At the end of the day, this marked the beginning of Spanish decline.


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The Amazing Camel Toe By Claire Duplan, Claire Duplan (Artist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781990521119
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Published: Black Panel Press - May 16th, 2023

I know I'm not the target audience for this book, but on a whim, I opened up Claire Duplan's graphic novel because I thought the artwork had an interesting, DIY punk vibe that looked like something from the nineties. Who is this for? Twenty-something feminists with a strong bent toward political and social consciousness who still hope for radical change in our world. Especially on a personal level, Constance has some reservations about taking her own feelings and pleasures into account over her boyfriends or other male-aggressive types. On the surface, this book has a message that I think will ring true with a lot of other people, but the art style is what really drew me into the story and help land the message better.


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The Ferryman: A Novel By Justin Cronin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525619475
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2023

Proctor is a Ferryman, an individual who helps citizens ‘retire’ to a mysterious island when their time comes. On the island, they become reborn as a younger version of themselves, ready to join the world anew. The first day we meet Proctor, he is called in to help his father ‘retire,’ and things pretty much going bonkers afterwards. Justin Cronin has crafted a strange world that has connections to our own (both historically and philosophically), but then he veers off into a dystopian/utopian world hidden behind leagues and leagues of brilliant blue ocean. This is by far my absolute favorite book by Cronin, from the surprises he unleashes, the trippy sequences that he lulls you into, to the frenetic, anxiety-driven ghost chases.


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Counterweight: A Novel By Djuna, Anton Hur (Translated by) Cover Image
By Djuna, Anton Hur (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780593317211
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Published: Pantheon - July 11th, 2023

This book was an outright trip to read. So many red herrings and mind swaps that I had to read several passages more than once. Great near-future imagery with space elevators and neuro-implants created by a Korean tech business and its single-minded CEO, who has perished before the story starts. The space elevator holds the keys to the future, but the dead CEO’s memories are needed to find them. Using a ‘worm,’ the CEO's memories are melded into a simpleton who loves studying butterflies. He quickly becomes the most sought-after individual. Yes, this is one crazy trip.


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All's Well: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - August 2nd, 2022

Miranda’s brilliant career as a stage actor was halted by a fall that broke her hip.  After surgeries and therapy, she is still in chronic pain. Hobbled, she has become a teacher for a theater department, and they put on a Shakespeare play every year. Everyone seems to have written off Miranda’s pain as in her head, and they (her ex-husband, her best friend, and her physical therapist) can barely hide their disbelief that she has any pain. After a mutiny lead by student who wants a different Shakespeare play, Miranda is distraught and in pain. She drowns her sorrows at the pub, where she meets three mysterious men who know all about her and her pain. After a golden drink, Miranda is able to start transferring her pain to others, and her life takes on a new light. Much like Mona Awad’s Bunny, All’s Well starts to get more and more surreal and fantastical. I loved every minute of this crazy, amazing novel - Mona Awad is madly creative and inventive. Bravo.


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Lone Women: A Novel By Victor LaValle Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525512080
Published: One World - March 28th, 2023

I can barely contain myself when a Victor LaValle book is announced, and Lone Women doesn't disappoint at all. Adelaide is running away from a horrifying situation in California; she treks to Montana with a secret and a big, locked trunk. Montana is a huge land with few people, and Adelaide hopes that she can hide her secret away, until the secret escapes to terrifying consequences. She meets people who aren't who they say they are and don't have her best interests at heart. Who can she trust? Does she really understand her burden that she has been saddled with? This brilliant historic, horror novel will bring questions like these into focus.


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The Boy and the Dog: A Novel By Seishu Hase, Alison Watts (Translated by) Cover Image
By Seishu Hase, Alison Watts (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593300411
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Published: Viking - November 15th, 2022

In this novel, we follow Tamon, a dog displaced by the earthquake and resulting Tsunami that hit Japan in 2013. Each section he has a new person who needs to help Tamon and also needs Tamon's help. Seishu Hase has written a tale about the hard journey it takes to come back from tragedy, the sacrifice and will, and the knowledge that what’s happened will never be erased, but family helps. 


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The Passenger (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307389091
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Published: Vintage - September 26th, 2023

Bobby Western is at a crossroads when we meet him, diving in the Gulf of Mexico and trying to find a sunken airplane. He is haunted by the memories of his sister, who committed suicide some time ago, and whom he harbors some unbrotherly feelings for. Cormac McCarthy introduces us to a plethora ingenious and complex characters that philosophically propel Bobby towards making a decision that he can't bear to consider. This is an amazingly original story that McCarthy weaves together, one that will have me thinking for quite a long time.    


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Stella Maris (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307389107
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Published: Vintage - September 26th, 2023

Now we get Bobby Western's sisters tale. Alicia commits herself to a psychiatric hospital because, as we know from The Passenger, she has had delusions for most of her life. In a series of discussions with her psychiatrist, we are dazzled by clever wordplay, math, and the relationship between a sister and brother. This is a fast and challenging read. Cormac McCarthy has deftly fleshed out a brilliant mathematician in Alicia, who struggles with the world and how it works.


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Appleseed: A Novel By Matt Bell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063040151
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Published: Mariner Books - July 5th, 2022

This story was amazing. Told through three alternating timelines: 1) In the 1790’s with a pair of brothers (one is a faun) trying to make their fortune by planting apple orchards ahead the coming expansion of humanity into the Ohio Valley; 2) one of the founders of a corporation attempting to save the planet from humanity basically cooking it to death, attempting to stop said corporation from playing god; 3) and way in the future, most of North America is covered in ice, there is a lonely person keeping watch and ready to reprint the world. Have we gone too far down the climate change path that our only option is to store up the natural world in computers in hopes of one day being able to repopulate? Have we ignored all the warnings that the world has sent us? I loved the way each of the stories played off the others, thematically and directly. It was pure brilliance. This will be on my list as one of my favorite reads of the year.


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The Kaiju Preservation Society By John Scalzi Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250878533
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Published: Tor Books - January 24th, 2023

This book was thrilling, crazy, and pure fun. Using COVID as the starting point, we follow Jamie Gray as he’s ousted from his tech job only to become a delivery person for that same company. Then he delivers to an old friend who offers him a job of a lifetime - a dangerous and unbelievable job. An easy choice for Jamie; he takes it! I couldn't put this book down - it was exactly the book I needed right now.


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River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile By Candice Millard Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525435648
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Published: Anchor - May 23rd, 2023

Candace Millard delves into the history of the expeditions of Burton and Speke as they try to discover the source of the White Nile. The logistics were mind-boggling, and the amount of supplies and the number of people it took to make the trek seemed like overkill - until it wasn't. And then the food began to run out. The amount of illness and its severity visited upon everyone made me wonder what form of insanity these explorers had to have suffered. The individual personalities and vistas are fascinating. Candace Millard follows the fortunes of these two British fellows along with Sidi Mubarak Bombay, who was brought in to handle working with local African groups. Bombay is the real reason this expedition didn't fail spectacularly as the two Europeans worked against each other. Another great historical adventure that opens our eyes to an era that I just don't understand anymore but found amazing.


The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250799975
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2022

Christopher Buehlman hasn’t just written a really good epic fantasy; he has taken the reader and dunked them into a world full of joy, wonder, heartbreak, foulness, horror, and hope. Once I started the book, I couldn’t put it down. The prose! And the dialogue was so perfect, I was laughing out loud from the snark that Kinch Na Shannack narrated his story with, and I was cringing from vicious, nasty goblin attacks or towering giants tossing trees. Kinch owes the Takers Guild for his education, and when they tell him to accompany a knight on her quest, he has no other option – he must go. Know that there is so much to this book; Buehlman will take you down crazy paths that will delight and fright, but I will not say any more about the surprises that are in the book. Go read it now! 


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982137649
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - March 29th, 2022

Okay, so Stephen Graham Jones has written his love story to slasher films. This has it all: gore, suspense, red herrings, and a Final Girl. However, this book has more in it than just another horror novel - it has underlining message about trust. Who is safe to trust? Are they trustworthy? Is there anyone to open up to and trust? Because trust has been shattered and is never able to be reformed. Jade is a half-Indigenous girl of 17 who is obsessed with slasher films. She knows them all, knows their individual story arcs. And now she feels like she is living in one and knows who the Final Girl is. Her job is to prepare her for the bloodbath that is destined to come. Perhaps. I've come late to the Stephen Graham Jones game, but his last two books have been real gems.


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Hawk Mountain: A Novel By Conner Habib Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781324064862
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 1st, 2023

Todd, a high school teacher and single Dad, runs into Jack; his high school bully. Todd is hesitant to interact with him, but his son really takes to Jack. Remembering his high school days, Todd begins to seethe with pent-up emotions and feelings. His ex-wife is attempting to get a hold him (she misses her son and wants to reconnect), Jack reminds him of the humiliations and uncomfortable situations of the past, and his son is bonding with the man who made his life miserable. It's all too much, and what comes next is dark and horrific but only takes a moment. The spiral of the story whips the reader down and down until the final resting place is revealed in all its shocking and damaged depths. Hawk Mountain consumed me with its brutality and wonder. 


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Ghost Eaters: A Novel By Clay Chapman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781683693789
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Published: Quirk Books - June 6th, 2023

Erin's on-again-off-again boyfriend Silas finds a drug that allows him to see the dead. When he suddenly dies one day, Erin and her friends attempt to contact him. Clay McLeod Chapman amps up the anxiety and suspense in this drug-fueled horror novel about love and loss. Both Erin's friends and the Richmond scenery that they inhabit have storied pasts with sins in abundance. When the end came, it leveled me - such a great book!


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The Nineties: A Book By Chuck Klosterman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735217966
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Published: Penguin Books - January 31st, 2023

WOW - this was one amazing flashback of a read. I got hooked into Chuck Klosterman's prose as he walked us all through the decade's touchstones: from Nirvana to Garth Brooks (my Mom was a huge fan), from Reality Bites to American Beauty, from George HW Bush to, um... George W Bush, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the fall of the Twin Towers. It's that and so much more. Klosterman really delves into what it meant to live during the Nineties, an era with virtually no internet, no cell phones, or cable choices, and why so many things are impossible to happen again. I learned so much I ignored on my first go around through the decade! Such a great read!


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When Ghosts Come Home: A Novel By Wiley Cash Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062313096
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 27th, 2022

Winston Barnes, Sheriff of a tiny North Carolina community, is awoken one night in 1984 to news of an unknown airplane coming in at the local airport. Upon investigating, he finds the plane is empty, barely contained to the runway, and there’s a dead body near it. Wiley Cash spins his tale out from this tight moment in time to explore everything from racial tensions to drug smuggling to families being upended by tragedies. This is more than just a mystery or whodunit, it’s a story about relationships between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and brothers and sisters. This seven-layer salad of a novel surprises with each unfolding scene, and the last layer has the punch to your gut that will leave you mute. I am such a fan of Wiley Cash, and you should be too.


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The Paradox Hotel: A Novel By Rob Hart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984820662
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 7th, 2023

January Cole works at the Paradox Hotel across the way from a time terminal. Yes, the super-rich can now travel back in time (though not to the future, for various reasons). January used to monitor the timeline to make sure that nobody tried anything disruptive, like maybe trying to kill or help Hitler. Or bring dinosaurs back. She had to stop when she began displaying symptoms of becoming 'unstuck,' meaning at random times she would be thrown back into her own timeline to relive random events. So now she runs security at the hotel, while the government is trying to sell it. Sadly, her disease ramping up, she thinks there is a dead body that only she can see. So many moving parts, this was one fantastic time travel mystery.


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Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA Champion By Mirin Fader Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780306924118
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Published: Hachette Books - April 12th, 2022

Mirin Fader lays out the unlikely, hollywood-esque story of the rise of Giannis, from living in poverty in Greece to the top of the NBA as a two-time MVP of the league. This is a look at how Giannis is Giannis. How Milwaukee was the perfect city to fit his blue collar work ethic and humbleness. It's about how family is the most important thing to him, and where you come from doesn't define you but can be a spring board to fight for a better life. Mirin Fader did hundreds of interviews, far and wide, to cast the largest possible net. Reading some sections of the games Giannis played, I remember being there, sitting in my seat, cheering and watching it unfold. Now, though, I have more perspective. I am even more in awe of Giannis and his family. At the end of it all, one major takeaway for me from this book is that nothing else matters if your family is not there supporting you and you lifting them up, too.


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2 A.M. in Little America By Ken Kalfus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781639550777
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 13th, 2022

American refugee Ron Patterson fled the country as the U.S. descended into civil war. Kalfus doesn't expound upon the causes or the specifics of the conflict; rather, he boils it down to us versus them, which seems like what is ready to happen about a million times every year. No other nation wants America's castoffs, so Ron has to keep his head down and not draw attention to himself. It's a very uncomfortable turning of the tables, seeing our emigrants treated the way we treat the immigrants coming into our country. There is a very unfinished quality to the book that I loved. Nothing is overly detailed, Ron could be any American, and we are left wondering what becomes of him at the end. An interesting thought experiment that casts American exceptionalism in its true colors.


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Just Like Mother By Anne Heltzel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250787521
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Published: Tor Nightfire - May 9th, 2023

Anne Heltzel has put a disturbing ring to the term Mother in this book. Maeve is born into a cult called The Mother Collective, which has extreme views on motherhood. Maeve’s best friend is her cousin, Andrea, who makes Maeve promise she will never leave. When Maeve is caught in a tight spot, she flees and enters foster care. Years later, Andrea reaches out to reconnect with Maeve, and that is when some real creepiness reintroduces itself. There are some very graphic scenes that left me squeamish, but Heltzel does an amazingly dark job of weaving a perfect trap for her character and not triggering it until Maeve is almost too far inside. Really looking forward to what twisted ideas she can come up with for what should be normal, comforting life experiences. Mother will never mean the same thing to me. 


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Woman, Eating: A Literary Vampire Novel By Claire Kohda Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063140899
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Published: HarperVia - April 4th, 2023

Claire Kohda has written a coming-of-age story, but it's about a vampire. Lydia is a young vampire living on her own for the first time, having just put her mother in home for her signs of dementia. Lydia doesn't know any vampires except her mother, so that is where all instruction has come from. Her mother taught her the vampire side of them was evil and needed to be suppressed. Their food of choice: pigs blood, never human. Out into the world, by herself for the first time, Lydia navigates a new job at the Otter, a new studio that she has all to herself. She befriends new people awkwardly. As it becomes harder to source her food, and her job becomes less interesting than hoped for, Lydia struggles with her human half versus her vampire half; her constant hunger versus social conventions. A brilliant book about an outsider trying to fit into a community that doesn't exactly fit who they are or who they hope to become.


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Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons & Dragons By Ben Riggs Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250819475
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - November 21st, 2023

A good portion of my youth was spent playing D&D and reading Dragonlance and Forgetten Realms novels. I went to Gen Con and ate up all that was RPG culture at the time. Before reading this book, all I ever knew of TSR was their initials on the spines of their products. Ben Riggs has done a deep and extensive dive into TSR history, charting their beginnings in Gary Gygax's basement all the way to Wizards of the Coast rescuing their legacy with an epic buyout. He discovered that it was not just one mistake or symptom that caused the unraveling of the Lake Geneva gaming company but a series of them that over time trapped them in a corner with no way to free themselves. First, though, Riggs tells the story of the rise of TSR, how they broke ground and started something that people desperately wanted. Then TSR doubled down on their ingenuity to start a publishing book line to help deepen the lore of their products, which brought us some of the greatest writers in their genre and era. That small town in Wisconsin housed some of the greatest creatives and artists working in the gaming industry. Riggs does an amazing job of highlighting both the success and failure of one of the great iconic gaming companies. 


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End of the World House: A Novel By Adrienne Celt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982169497
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 18th, 2023

After terrorist attacks quiet and travel bans are lifted, Bertie and Kate take a trip to Paris to see the Louvre. They meet a stranger who tells them he can get them into the Louvre on a day that it is closed. So they enter the museum and are soon stuck in a time loop. They lose each other, but only Bertie realizes it. This is a quiet and disturbing view of how relationships change, happen, and end. A really brilliant novel.


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Upgrade: A Novel By Blake Crouch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593157527
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 27th, 2023

Logan Ramsey is attempting to live a life that makes up for his Mom's ultimate failure, which caused a massive famine and killed millions. Twenty years later, he is part of a government organization that hunts down scientists and others modifying DNA. On a mission to recover an illegal package which they think contains altered DNA of some form, Logan is caught in a bomb blast. The blast introduces a virus into his system that begins changing his DNA. Logan's life is about to turn upside down as he must flee from family and friends for their safety. Blake Crouch uses this novel as a platform to express our collective anxiety of the future of homo sapiens and Earth. The science is fascinating as always with his books, and the dire warnings are completely well researched and accurate. Another blast of a book from Blake Crouch.


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You Are My Sunshine: A Story of Love, Promises, and a Really Long Bike Ride By Sean Dietrich Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780310355786
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Published: Zondervan - October 11th, 2022

At the start of Covid, Sean and his wife are battling both a health scare (the math teacher, as Sean calls her often, was in recovery from breast cancer) and lack of jobs. Jamie (her actual name) gets it into her head to bike the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Towpath Trail. Sean steadfastly refuses, yet he still ends up in Pittsburgh on his trike looking for the start of the journey. Told with great humor that will have you laughing out loud, Sean also has a way of making himself the butt of his own jokes. 


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Sleepwalk: A Novel By Dan Chaon Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250871138
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2023

Bill Bear lives in a future that has gone through several Covids and Ukraine War-like instances. The US is a bit of a disaster, and Bill makes a living as a courier. He mostly moves people and objects and does the odd cleanup and assassinations if called upon. He is a master of living on the fringes, outside the system, a ghost with no real identity. So, when he is in the middle of a contract job and one of his burner phones goes off, it freaks him out. Nobody should have any of the numbers of his phone at this point, but that's when more of them go off, with a very insistent person on the other end about to change Bill's outlook on life and royally piss off Bill’s employer. Dan Chaon provides a road novel, a rundown, and a harsh future world. While I don't want to live there, I loved reading this bleak future of ours. 


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One's Company: A Novel By Ashley Hutson Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393866643
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 14th, 2022

Ashley Hutson's absurd debut novel is a revelation. Bonnie wins the lottery, and not just a little win - think the biggest win you can remember, then triple it. She suffered some major trauma which has blended into the background of her life. Upon winning the lottery, she buys a remote piece of land and builds a replica of her dream sitcom show, Three's Company. Bonnie wants to disappear so completely into the sitcom, and she has every little detail replicated that she possible can. From the decor to the TV shows, Bonnie spares no expense for historical accuracy. This book is a deep dive into a person's mental illness brought on by life's many dangers and her attempt to escape from them.  


Three Pianos: A Memoir By Andrew McMahon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781648961816
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - September 13th, 2022

I am a relative newcomer to Andrew McMahon's music career. I only discovered his amazing music when “Cecilia and the Satellite” was released. I was hooked, listening to everything he produced, from his earlier bands to his newest stuff on constant repeat. Now I’ve seen him in concert at least a dozen times, and while the music has some difficult material being sung about, Three Pianos really gives the fans a backdoor glimpse at what he experienced in his life while the music was happening. Take a dive with Andrew and experience this heart-wrenching and painful memoir of a life that led to such inspirational music.


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Project Hail Mary: A Novel By Andy Weir Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780593135228
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 4th, 2022

Did you like Mark Watney? Then, you will absolutely love Ryland Grace. Who is he? Waking up in a strange environment, Ryland can remember little about his life other than his name. He’s in a bed with tubes running into pretty much every bodily opening he has, and the other two other beds have dead people in them. In short order, he figures out that he is humanity’s last hope to save Earth. The writing is funny and pitch perfect, the science is wildly creative and carefully explained. This is the book I was not expecting to be blown away, by and I loved every second of it. 


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The Only Good Indians: A Novel By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982136468
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - January 26th, 2021

One day, four Native Americans  go off hunting where they shouldn't have been. They slaughter a bunch of elk. One was pregnant at the wrong time of year, and Lewis has a hard time of it. He moves off the rez and tries to leave the past behind. He finds out the past is never too far away and that it can hold grudge forever -  even off the rez. The other hunters have similar fates in-store that befall Lewis. They all see the Elk-Head Woman and know what it means. Stephen Graham Jones depicts Native Americans on and off the rez; the hardness, the bleakness and briefness of life there. There's some beauty in there, too. The sweat lodge scene and the meaning behind it was really engaging and great, until the killing started. This book will kick out at you when you least expect it to, and you will love it. 


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The Book of Accidents: A Novel By Chuck Wendig Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399182150
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2022

Nate and Mads move to rural Pennsylvania with their son, Olly, after he has some unfortunate breakdowns at his school in Philadelphia. Not so bad until you find out that they are moving into the house where Nate grew up with an abusive, evil father. On top of that, this area has some real scary history - serial killers, a haunted tunnel, an old mine disaster, and a park filled with weird moving boulders. Olly meets an older kid named Jake, and from there stuff starts to get real creepy as the past starts to catch up to the family. So much happens in this twisty tale - I loved this book, it took me back to horror of the eighties, from King to McCammon to Koontz.


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Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

There's a cafe, and in that cafe there's a seat, and from that seat a person can travel in time. There are a lot of rules (you can't leave your seat or you are instantly transported back), a time limit (you must finish your coffee before it gets cold) and you must except that you can't change the present, no matter what you do. Before the Coffee Gets Cold is a story told in four parts, four different people have a desire to travel in time for various reasons. There are some seriously sad moments in this book, but overall it's really a story about these characters having a moment they wanted back just so they can move on in their life without the a huge what-if weighing on them. The story is simple, the emotions complex, and I really enjoyed my time spent in the hole-in-the-wall cafe.  


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Tender Is the Flesh By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by) Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982150921
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

After a virus put animals on the brink of extinction (humanity helped by killing all animals they thought could get them sick, too!), you would think we would become Vegans. Guess again. Cannibalism has become state sanctioned, and Marcos heads up one of the meat processing plants. Agustina Bazterrica takes us brutally by the hand and drags us through the entire process, from the ranchers that raise the ‘cattle’ to the meat processors and tanneries. To say that some of the descriptions are disturbing is putting it mildly. The story really kicks off when Marcos gets a gift from El Gringo, a female FGP. Not understanding what to do with her (as he says, 'he kills head, he doesn't breed them'), he ties her up in the barn and goes off to work. Through Marco's eyes we see and hear all the horrific ways humanity has created 'special meat' for the world to eat, and how that meat is treated, hunted, and used. This book is not for the squeamish - I LOVED IT!


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Leonard and Hungry Paul By Ronan Hession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612199085
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Published: Melville House - May 11th, 2021

Here’s a story of two best friends who are attempting to move beyond the bubble they have kept themselves inside with the same routines ruling them. Leonard’s mother has passed away, and he is caught a bit off guard when he realizes a woman has taken an interest in him. Hungry Paul is comfortably still living with his parents, though his sister is getting married and attempting to get him to move on with his life. Through their friendship with each other (and Hungry Paul’s parents and sister) these two socially insecure men are able to move onward without changing who they are or what they believe. A heartwarming tale that will cause you to smile and laugh as you read. It did for me.