This rip-roaring American family story bounces between the 1960s & 1990s, encompassing shadowy government agencies, psychic abilities, the mob, and mental illness along the way. The balance of humor and pathos, as well as realistic and fantastical, is just about percfect! Reminded me of Michael Chabon's Kavalier & Clay or Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex mixed with bits of Salinger's Glass family or Wes Anderson's Tennenbaums.
A coming-of-age graphic novel that explodes off the page with creativity and feeling. Late 1960s Chicago, and the pop culture iconography of horror/monster obsessed youth comes alive in this diary of an urban misfit girl and her mysteriously dead neighbor. If Lynda Barry and R. Crumb teamed up it still wouldn't be as awesome as this! Ghost World meets The Outsiders?
In the brutally funny, yet warmly human tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, this sharp eyed satire explodes American culture and reassembles the pieces into a crazy quilt of politics, celebrity, crime, love, and death that makes perfect sense. Fans of Don Delillo's White Noise and John Kennedy Toole's Confederacy of Dunces are 99.9% sure to enjoy!
A wonderfully detailed account of the strange musical cross currents that connected certain 1990s underground rock from the U.K. (Talk Talk, Stereolab, Disco Inferno, Mogwai) to Chicago (Tortoise, Gastr Del Sol, The Sea & Cake, June of 44) and our own Louisville scene (Slint, Rodan, Rachel's, The For Carnation), birthing a sub-genre in the process.
Come along with Cuthbert Handley, an unforgettable 90 year old lunatic/saint in the Don Quixote mold, on a desperate quest to save the animals as the world falls apart. At once a humanist fable and an elegiac adventure into our potential future: The Fisher King meets Children of Men?
Science vs. magic and love will either save or destroy the multiverse in this fantastically fun and touching genre-bender. Readers who like stuff like Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy, Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, or Neil Gaiman's American Gods should definitely pick this one up!
Former Talking Head frontman David Byrne takes readers on a panoramic yet personal journey through music as an artform, an experience, and a product, hitting upon music hall architecture, digital technology, studio experimentation, stage performance, songwriting, corporate music biz, psycho-acoustics, and the psychology of listening and fandom. Unique and essential for music lovers!
A gorgeous collection of intertwined stories with "keys" as the theme. Mysterious, moving, beautifully crafted, and always surprising, these stories are somehow as contemporary as they are classical. For fans of Shirley Jackson, Kelly Link, O. Henry, Le Guin, Marquez and Maupassant.
This incredibly rich novel of the future is as erudite, imaginative, and convincing, as any I've ever read. Scifi fans will file this alongside classics like Foundation, Dune, and The Left Hand Of Darkness. The exploration of "utopia" and individuality herein is deep. Star Trek meets Umberto Eco?!
Book 2 of Palmer's Terra Ignota series (started with Too Like The Lightning) expands and deepens this fascinating, exciting, and thought-provoking story. Destined to stand with the best Scifi epics like Hyperion, Dune, and Banks' Culture series.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
A psychological, metaphysical, a-historical historical novel that transforms American culture into a dazzling rumination on life's biggest questions. Unquestionably one for the ages.
Greenberg injects new life into ancient mythological tropes in this literary fable. Gorgeous woodcut-like artwork and a story full of bravery, tragedy, magic and heart will please fans of Miyazaki's anime films (Princess Mononoke), Craig Thompson's comics (Habibi), Star Wars and Harry Potter.
A very smart, fresh, and emotional twist on the time travel story: a couple struggles with grief, technology, and obsession in this clever combination of human drama and scifi thriller. If Jonathan Franzen and William Gibson collaborated on a novel it might be something like this.
A hysterical candy colored feminist rock and roll comic book adventure that stuffs Archie, Ghost World, 80s punk girls movie The Fabulous Stains, Spinal Tap, and animated animal music-pocalypse flick Rock-n-Rule into a blender and whips up a frothy, nutso delight!
As brutal as it is beautiful! This tragicomedy takes racism, drug addiction and crumbling rural America as jumping off points for a stunning story where crack cocaine is a devilish narrator, a food company runs a modern day slavery ring, and the love between a mother and child struggles to survive it all. File along side Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad and Paul Beatty's The Sellout, or imagine Confederacy of Dunces meets Beloved!
This stunner of a novel spins an ambitiously encompassing portrait of late 20th century Jamaica out of the real life incident of reggae singer Bob Marley's attempted assassination: a gripping, propulsive, violent, and deeply felt crazy quilt of power, politicians, CIA agents, crime, gangsters, thieves, art, music, DJs, and everyday life. Great for fans of Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, Don Delillo's Underworld, or Garth Hallberg's City On Fire.
This year's much deserved Hugo award winner! Those looking for the detailed world building and unbridled imagination of the best fantasy literature need look no further. Jemisin creates an extremely well thought out, and utterly fascinating, story of cyclical near-apocalypse and racial/cultural struggle that is simply STUNNING.
This second volume of the Broken Earth trilogy lives up to the incredible high bar set by The Fifth Season. Jemisin's absolutely compelling world of natural disasters, intricate cultural struggles, and strange magic (?) makes the fantastic as down to earth and human as possible. Beautiful and painful.
This far reaching exploration of the idea of time travel finds the intersection of science (from Newton to wormholes), philosophy (from Leibniz to Wittgenstein), and the arts (from Woolf's Orlando to Bruce Willis in Looper). Gleick locates a concept that has resonated through our culture in countless ways, and is sure to delight Dr. Who fans and physics nerds alike.
A tour-de-force of mind expanding concepts and gripping situations where people (as well as non-humans!) are pushed to the edge. This is scifi and fantasy at its most poetic, philisophical, hard-hitting, and exploratory. Truly amazing. For fans of Brian Aldiss, Gene Wolfe, and Ursula Le Guin.
WOW. This mega-novel of 1970s New York City is dense and sprawling in the best way: a rich tapestry of high and low culture, rich and poor, power, crime, art, music, love and family, expertly woven together. Fans of The Wire and Bonfire Of The Vanities take note!
A massively entertaining tragi-comic bildungsroman in the tradition of prime John Irving (Garp, Owen Meany) with touches of Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) and Pynchon (V.) Radar is an unforgettably larger than life character whose adventures will thrill you and touch your heart equally.
The master of retro cartoon satire takes on love, crime, obsession, and time travel in his latest brilliant graphic novel.
A mysterious asteroid hosts a collection of strange creatures - man-animal hybrids, mythological creatures made flesh, guardian spirits, cursed shadows - and the humans who brought them to life. But this strange society exists in an uneasy truce, in the aftermath of uprisings seeking freedom and acceptance, that have only ended in tragedy.
The New York Times bestselling author of Neuromancer and Zero History presents a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that takes a terrifying look into the future...
"solid storytelling and clean, gorgeous artwork will keep readers engrossed and eager for more." - Publishers Weekly (Starred)"Gillen's penchant for fast, sharp dialogue and McKelvie and Wilson's razor-lined, intensely colored visuals keep things popping up to the cliffhanger ending." - Booklist
Gorgeously creepy country-gothic-horror comic book series for fans of Twin Peaks, Cormac McCarthy, and Hellboy.
A strange, gorgeously written, and intriguingly mysterious take on an Arthurian or "high fantasy", Tolkienesque world, from the viewpoint of regular old non-heroic characters. Ishiguro hits on some of his favorite themes (memory and identity) in a fresh way.
An incredible new collection of this 20th centuray master storyteller from Argentina: if you like Calvino, Borges, or Marquez's tales, READ THIS NOW! These are haunting modern fables, shot through with magic and surrealism, but always landing on down-to-earth themes of love, death, and human nature.
This retrotastic old skool comic series will take you N 2 the deep cut dawn of rap music: MCs and DJs, beatz, rhymes, and life from the Bronx 2 South Central. Piskor's art lets Grandmaster Flash and RUN-DMC practically leap off the page and N 2 yo' face! Reprazent sucka'.
This consistently gripping story collection takes readers from ancient Greece to contemporary England to outer space, following ordinary people through extraordinary situations. Haddon's tales are sharply crafted, funny, exciting, and always moving.
A stellar epic of societal fall and rebuilding that will appeal to fans of Stephen King's The Stand, Brin's The Postman, and Matheson's I Am Legend. A great mix of deep character building, intense action, and large-scale storytelling scope. READ THE WHOLE TRILOGY!
Includes Story of Your Life the basis for the major motion picture Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and directed by Denis Villeneuve.
Shining, haunting, mind-blowing tales . . . Ted Chiang is so exhilarating, so original, so stylish he just leaves you speechless. Junot Diaz
Welcome to the world of Marlys and Maybonne
"Lynda Barry's comics were my YA, before YA really even existed. She's been writing teen stories with an incredibly clear voice since the early 80s. The Greatest Of Marlys] is raw, ugly, hilarious, and poignant." --Raina Telgemeier, Smile & Drama
On the top floor of a small hospital, an unlikely piano prodigy lies in a coma, attended to by his gruff, helpless father. Outside the clinic, a motley vigil assembles beneath a reluctant New Mexico winter--strangers in search of answers, a brush with the mystical, or just an escape. To some the boy is a novelty, to others a religion. Just beyond this ragtag circle roams a disconsolate wolf on his nightly rounds, protecting and threatening, learning too much. And above them all, a would-be angel sits captive in a holding cell of the afterlife, finishing the work he began on earth, writing the songs that could free him. This unlikely assortment--a small-town mayor, a vengeful guitarist, all the unseen desert lives--unites to weave a persistently hopeful story of improbable communion.
Upon the release of John Brandon's last novel, Citrus County, the New York Times declared that he joins the ranks of writers like Denis Johnson, Joy Williams, Mary Robison and Tom Drury. Now, with A Million Heavens, Brandon brings his deadpan humor and hard-won empathy to a new realm of gritty surrealism--a surprising and exciting turn from one of the best young novelists of our time.
The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.
We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there's the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).
Comic book series/graphic novel writer G. Willow Wilson makes an explosive prose debut: a seamless blend of propulsive action, otherworldly fantasy, youthful romance, and gritty, au courant Arab Spring hacktivism. Themes of love, revolution, and the limits of human perception swirl around a hurtling plot chock full of adventure and suspense, beauty and violence, human pain and transcendental thrills... and one unforgettably cool genie!
After a great story collection and first novel (The Savage Girl,) Alex Shakar really hits his stride with this one. A head-spinning mix of metaphysical mystery, technological thriller, intimate family struggle, and wry comedy. The recipe: equal parts Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem, and Michael Chabon, a couple dashes of Woody Allen, well shaken, garnish with zest of Inception. Enjoy!
Adrian makes this book feel wild, epic and almost out-of-control, but still precise and incredibly well crafted. A phantasmagorical reinvention of A Midsummer Night's Dream in contemporary San Francisco that is gorgeous, heartbreaking, sexy, magical and real.
Harkaway cements his place as the preeminent literary genre smasher. Explosive fun, eye-popping strangeness, and mutant-hybrid story has never been so securely welded to relatable characters, nuanced themes, and beautiful prose. A hilarious, exciting, moving, unpredictable, retro-futuristic fantasy/comedy/espionage/romance! Whoa.
This truly stunning literary dance puts a human face on the mind-bogglingly weird dystopia that is contemporary North Korea. It follows a young man's Dickensian adventures through covert military ops, star-crossed love, state intrigue, and with the Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il himself. Masterpiece.
Mieville is becoming the undisputed master of breathing gritty, visceral life into ingeniously mind-bending concepts. This may be his best: part political thriller, part chronicle of human/alien culture clash, part examination of the nature of language and thought, and one of the best science fiction novels of the last ten years.
This devilishly inventive and quite disturbing "what if?" novel places an average family man into a world where language has become poisonous. It brings to mind Jose Saramago's "Blindness" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" but with a more satirical, absurdist edge a la "Catch-22".
The closest thing to a "new Star Wars" that I've ever found. Saga is an amazingly fun comic book series chock full of propulsive plotting, spectacular settings, and amazing adventure. War, aliens, space, romance, creatures, planets, comedy, tragedy... it's all here in glorious full-color illustrations.
Reporting on a commercial flight where everyone aboard lost their memories, a young journalist stumbles onto a much bigger story, the topsecret Mind Management program.
Kids like Gus have a price on their heads.Seven years ago, the Affliction raged like a forest fire, killing billions. The only children born since are part of a new breed of human-animal hybrids. Gus is one of these children, a boy with a sweet soul, a sweeter tooth-and the features of a deer.
Thompson's long-awaited third graphic novel is a stunning achievement: a heartrending epic of the triumph of love over suffering in a mythical Middle East. His brush and ink work wonders as lyrical and moving as any prose by Marquez, Saramago, or Rushdie.
Gibson has perfected his own genre: cutting edge technology and social trends, downbeat, paranoid atmosphere, complex intrigue, and dryly humorous satire layered together with minimalist precision.
A first rate novel of Southern adolescence painted in shades of deep purple and blood red-- a weeping willow with razors for leaves. Graham Greene's Brighton Rock collides with To Kill A Mockingbird in spectacular fashion!
This incredibly impressive debut story collection is guaranteed to surprise you with its nerve & originality, stuff your brain-belly with food for thought, and bust your guts wide open with wickedly funny satire. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders: grab this one!
"Lark's artwork is fabulous, capturing both the scenes of violence and those of introspection, in which Forever tries to accept who she is and how she feels about it. It's top-notch SF worldbuilding. With an introduction by Warren Ellis." - Publishers Weekly
An uncommon fusion of startlingly affecting images and precise, poetic writing, telling the utterly fascinating romantic biography of two scientific geniuses and the far-reaching effects of their work, from x-rays to electric guitars. A wondrous, poignant, and literally incandescent piece of work.
A stellar story collection featuring psychic helmets, bizarre art, confusing emotions, narrative hijinks, dumb aliens, possible apocalypse, pain, sadness, hilarity, and love. Fans of the stories of George Saunders, Haruki Murakami, Steven Millhauser, or Jim Shephard shouldn't be disappointed.
A complex, emotional slice of Americana told with spare, natural writing and gorgeous, flowing, watercolored drawings. Kindt creates a multi-layered portrait of a strange and tragic life seen through the eyes of three women, punctuated with some truly heart-stopping and memorable images.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.
Fantastic collection of literary futurism! A wild ride through strange and entertaining "what if" scenarios guided by great writers like Yann Martel, Douglas Coupland, William Gibson, Sheila Heti and Pasha Malla. Freaky, fun, and thought provoking...
Wow. This deserves praise just for being unique. One of those books that will live or die for the reader depending on how interesting you find the central conceit of the story: a city where every square inch of real estate is divided up into two separate, yet intermingled, nations. It's hard to explain, but just imagine two countries, somewhat hostile to each other, sharing the same space, yet forbidden to interact, or even acknowledge each other's existence in any way, lest they bring the wrath of the mysterious enforcers of this strange system: Breach. It's a brilliant set-up for a neo-noir police/murder mystery. Reminded me of Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union (another high concept detective story). It also bears traces of Kafka's paranoid existential dread and the mind-bending concepts of Phillip K. Dick's Sci-fi novels. I'd recommend this book to anyone who thinks they'd like a dark, moody mystery with a thought-provoking twist to it.
This gorgeously designed graphic novel unfolds like literary origami! Follow a lovably pompous art snob through love, failure, comeuppance, and redemption. It's sharply observant, acidly funny, yet still humane and bursting with bold colors and sweeping lines.
Hailed by The Comics Journal as one of Europe’s most important and innovative comics artists, David B. has created a masterpiece in Epileptic, his stunning and emotionally resonant autobiography about growing up with an epileptic brother. Epileptic gathers together and makes available in English for the first time all six volumes of the internationally acclaimed graphic work.
A rambunctious comic adventure tale that brims with life as it tells of two longtime buddies in a world gone mad. Inventive, clever, funny and exciting. . ., imagine Mad Max as envisioned by John Irving, or a British Hunter S. Thompson doing a post-apocalyptic romp!
A gut-bustingly funny satire of father/son relationship problems taken to outrageous extremes. At once a comic adventure and a melancholy rumination of family and growing up. Reminded me of John Irving's best novels.
A cracking good old-timey thriller! This Victorian comedy/fantasy/murder-mystery is like Arthur Conan-Doyle collaborating with Michael Chabon on the script for a Tim Burton movie. Dark and quirky!
This innovative, visually dazzling book is a true graphic novel. It presents a dense, fantastical world of the future where weird science and the perils of youth collide in a stunning satire of love, sex, freedom and control. Fearless, funny and thought provoking.
An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year.
A searing and wildly entertaining love letter to New York City from the bestselling author of Motherless Brooklyn and Fortress of Solitude.
Hailed by the "San Francisco Chronicle" as one of the most revelatory novels in recent memory . . . Cleverly conceived and executed brilliantly, "The Children's Hospital" is the story of a hospital preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water, and a young medical student who finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny.
The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction
An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion--his sense of smell--leads to murder.
By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks - Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.
"I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974. . . My birth certificate lists my name as Calliope Helen Stephanides. My most recent driver's license...records my first name simply as Cal."
This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer.
A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's TaleWINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE
National Book Award finalist
Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.
Umberto Eco's first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Medicis Etranger awards
Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane.
One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight.