Hilton's Picks

Staff Pick Badge
My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 Cover Image
By Kohei Horikoshi (Created by), Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781974701599
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 3rd, 2018

An offshoot of the main series MY HERO ACADEMIA, VIGILANTES focuses less on registered super heroes/villains and focuses well, on vigilantes; individuals with/without Quirks (super-powers) who go out and try to save the world in their own way.

The series is set 7 years prior to MHA, and does fun nods to the more popular characters in the series, but the story is set on a young man named Koichi is just trying to enjoy his early 20s, but learns he has a quirk; he becomes a nightly helpful vigilante, nothing too serious. 

Eventually, he teams up with two other vigilantes; with the power of friendship, a new drug on the streets being pushed by a strange villain, this origin story takes off with humor and a grit that the main series doesn't show until later in the series. 


Staff Pick Badge
King City Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607065104
Availability: The book is not currently in stock at our stores. Please call us for price and availability.
Published: Image Comics - March 20th, 2012

A zany comic that follows two friends with separate quests in a city full of strange tech and dark magic; Joe is a Catmaster, using his cat to aid him on his spy missions and is thrust into working for some suspicious people while his best friend Pete is trying to rescue an alien woman he was forced to sell into green slavery.

The comic is chock full of nostalgic longing for bigger metropolises like LA and the subcultres within; this book is reminiscent of the Scott Pilgrim series with how loose reality can play out in the story. The omnibus also includes fun little puzzles that you can accomplish after reading or while you are going through the comic!


Staff Pick Badge
Blankets Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770462182
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 13th, 2015

An autobiographical account of a cartoonist's childhood growing up in rural Wisconsin; Craig Thompson crafts his life story with a blend of nostalgia and self-reflection. Dealing with bullies and religious fundamentalism in childhood, facing anxiety during his teen years, and his first forray into adulthood, this book holds nothing back.

The artwork flourishes between a rough cartoonish style and binging upon realism; recounting his childhood adventures of creating worlds and characters alongside his younger bother, Thompson's work speaks volumes on the brotherly relationship with love and wit.

An excellent read for those who are growing up or have already grown up, and have to look back.


Staff Pick Badge
The Windup Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781597808217
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Night Shade - May 5th, 2015

The oil wars are over, and the currency has become calories-if that doesn't hook you, then I don't know what else will.

In this sci-fi tale, we follow a young woman engineered to serve the wealthy & elite members of the city; the New People aren't seen as human and so she is forced to work, all while man-made plagues continue to pop up around the world, caused by corporate greed.

An engaging story with unexpected turns and dips; the book does take some nods to various subgenres of sci-fi.
A solid gift for anyone who is wanting to dive into a new world that has the familiarity of our times but with a darker and complex future.


Staff Pick Badge
How to Survive a Human Attack: A Guide for Werewolves, Mummies, Cyborgs, Ghosts, Nuclear Mutants, and Other Movie Monsters Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780762472543
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Running Press Adult - September 7th, 2021

Sometimes, monsters need help surviving human attacks, in field guide form.
Inside, find insightful tips on how to avoid dogs, large crowds, and how to properly identify human anatomy and societal norms.

This book contains illustrations & diagramsd that feel as if they've been pulled from the pulp-comic days; fun and lighthearted, this book is a perfect short read.


Staff Pick Badge
Snow Crash: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553380958
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Del Rey - May 2nd, 2000

A 1992 sci-fi classic that surpasses Zuckerburg's idea of the Metaverse.

Following a young pizza delivery man who moonlights in his freetime as a warrior prince in the Metaverse; a simulated reality where you can be anyone and do anything.
A new computer virus begins stricking down hackers, and our hero races to find the shadowy and elusive villain trying to destroy it all.

Mythology, a bit of satire, and an interesting peek into a world that is fast coming, SNOW CRASH will entertain and make you think.


Staff Pick Badge
Paper Girls: The Complete Story Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matt Wilson (Artist)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781534319998
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Image Comics - November 2nd, 2021

Writer Brian K. Vaughan is no stranger to writing comics, and without fail, he pulls you in. The story begins as you follow a young twelve year old paper girl doing a morning delivery in 1988; she meets three other paper girls on her route, and quickly makes friends. After a scuffle with some rowdy teens, the girls end up following the delinquents to an abandoned house and find a time machine. Accidentally setting it off, the story really starts cooking with gas; our heroines will travel all across time and meet their future selves. Doing their best to get back home and stop a time-war, PGs is full of heart and is a very strong coming of age story. Sidenote: you may wish that you had a paper delivery job as a kid after reading this!


Staff Pick Badge
Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$44.95
ISBN: 9781888963144
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Cartoon Books - November 1st, 2010

Indie comic creator Jeff Smith started BONE back in 1994 and concluded the series in 2004; a sprawling fantasy epic that mixes Pogo-esque protagonists with hardboiled humans and situations. We follow three cousins from Boneville who are kicked out and have been wandering a desert and end up getting seperated; however, the cousins do end up reuniting in the Valley, and are taken in by Thorn (a strange local girl) and her headstrong Grandmother. The Valley isn't just full of kind people and good times; a deep and pervasive evil lurks (The Lord of Locusts), and he won't rest until he gets what he seeks. This story has plenty of humor to go around, but Smith knows when to temper it during more serious moments in the story. BONE is a strong recommendation for kids and adults.


Staff Pick Badge
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501143519
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

Stephen King is well known for his horror prowess, but another fun fact is that he can also write fantasy just as well.
THE GUNSLINGER is the first book in a series titled THE DARK TOWER; an epic that encompasses all of King's fiction.

The story starts off as so:

"The man in black fled across the desert while the gunslinger followed close behind."

A story that starts off as innocent as a man chasing a wizard leads to some of the best, dense speculative fiction I've read in years. You'll meet characters from various worlds and points of time, and while it is a lot, never feels like too much.

 If you've read any of King's other works, you'll know that he isn't afraid to show life in its light and darkness. This first book is a great introduction to King's style of writing, and I suggest it to anyone who is wanting to read Stephen King.

 


Staff Pick Badge
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Mariner Books - June 5th, 2007

Looking back upon childhood and familial dynamics can be rough, but it does help to realize that your own experiences are not that dissimiliar to another's.

Bechdel carefully and extravagantly leads the Reader through the tapestry of her own complex experieces growing up; expectations from both parents, dealing with anxiety and using art as a form of escape and pleasure, and the ups and downs of all of the above.

Detailed pages (of art and prose) will have you re-reading bits and pieces, and you will be returning to this book.


Staff Pick Badge
Terminal Boredom: Stories Cover Image
By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781788739887
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

A collection of short fiction written by a Japanese writer, actress, model, and counter-culture icon near the end of her life.

This speculative collection delves deep into issues such as gender, race, and hierarchy, across time and other planets. These stories feel like home if you're familiar with Phillip K Dick, and other writers who have written in the dystopic genre.

This book will haunt you; a brief read but a strong presence of a reminder that the society we live in isn't all that far apart as one that may exist out beyond the stars.


Staff Pick Badge
Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas Cover Image
By Henry Dumas, John Keene (Introduction by), Eugene Redmond (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781566896078
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Coffee House Press - May 4th, 2021

A coworker mentioned for a few weeks a couple months back that I should read this book, and I wouldn't be disappointed.
She was right, and I was hooked from the beginning.

An anthology of short fiction, written by a Black man in the early 20th Century about Black experiences and the African American dispora throughout varying subgenres of fiction and essays; afro-futurism, satire, and many more.
This is a book you should buy if you're interested in seeing creative writing being influenced by time and vice versa.

"Aba, I consecrate my bones.
Take ny soul up and plant it again.
Your will shall be my hand.
When I strike you strike.
My eyes shall see only thee.
I shall set my brother free.
Aba, this bone is thy seal."

-From "ARK OF BONES"


The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

This is the type of book I recommend to people who want to read a book that deals with death, considering Death is the sole narrator of the story. Centered around an orphan German girl trying to hold onto the little sparks of light the world has through imagination and reading while her nation falls into fascism.

Although the book doesn't have magc in it, this book is a dark fantasy about what it means to be alive and joyful in the moment, even if you're hiding out from Nazis. Descriptions of human emotions described as colors, as seen by Death and his fascination with a mortal species. Zusak weaves the story together with a great sense of magical realism. This is a great book to gift to anyone, regardless of age.


Staff Pick Badge
His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass; Introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Introduction by), Philip Pullman (Preface by)
$38.00
ISBN: 9780307957832
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Everyman's Library - December 6th, 2011

This trilogy has everything a young adult needs in their lives; magic, a dash of theology, philosophy, and even some quantum level physics.
Welcome to Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS, a trilogy where two young adults must face off against the perils of both their worlds, as well as the reality outside of them. This is a book meant for those who are growing up, but even adults can find solace in these stories as well.

Without giving too much away, readers will fall quickly in love with Lyra's wit and fast nature. Pullman does an excellent job creating a large and diverse cast of characters (from an armored bear king who must regain his throne, a Texan aeronaut with hot air balloon and a quick shot, a maternal figure who is wealthy but is deeply flawed, and many many others).

Whether you're just getting into these books because of the fantastic HBO adaptation or just out of curiousity, you will not be disappointed by the joyride of HIS DARK MATERIALS.

 


Staff Pick Badge
Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick: A Novel (Zoey Ashe #2) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250195791
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: St. Martin's Press - October 13th, 2020

I initially picked up the book just based off the title alone; who wouldn't want to read a story about a woman named Zoey punching The Future in the dick?

This novel carries that similiar raw and often-times crass energy that Wong's previous work JOHN DIES AT THE END has, however, don't just assume that "ZOEY" isn't a book without some decent themes. This book is the second in the series, the first being Futuristic Violence & Fancy Suits.

Our protagonist is charged with running a super-villain city, and has to deal with a lot of dangers at every turn. Wong definitely has fun in this chaotic future society, and it shows not just through the descriptions of these characters, but you get the feeling (as one does vistiing any metropolis in the real world) that Tabula Ra$a is as much a living, breathing organism as any of the sci-fi heroes and villains that run on its surface.

Enjoy this violent, but fun story! I promise you won't get bored.


Staff Pick Badge
A Scanner Darkly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547572178
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Harper Voyager - October 18th, 2011

I started reading this book in 2014 right before I took a work trip to Greece.
There was a beach that I finished the book on; the sand warm and crisp beneath me and the ocean's water was cold to the touch but pleasant once acclimating to.

A SCANNER DARKLY is like a hot beach mixed with cold water; you'd think that wouldn't be a fun or good comparison, but bear with me. The plot, characters, and themes will all come at you fast but once you're in, you're in.

A story told by a man who is surrounded by drugs and an overwhelming presence of the state. It's a book that'll make you second guess a lot of people or decisions you've made in your life.

A classic through and through, Philip K. Dick will take you on a psychoactive ride. Just remember to wear your seatbelt.


Staff Pick Badge
Specimen Days: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312425029
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
This book cannot be returned.
Published: Picador - April 18th, 2006

This was a fun read back when I first read the book in middle school; some of the adult topics went over my head but I still argue that this book is worth it no matter the age.

The novel is three short stories all tied together across time and genre.
The first pertains to a "ghost in the machine" dynamic during the early Industrial Revolution; the second a murder thriller, and the third a sci-fi escapade.

The three characters are essentially a man, a woman, and a child. In each story, they all serve and have different purposes; however the connections are strong and palpable throughout the text.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy differing genres in one over-arching story, as well as anyone who enjoys Walt Whitman (trust me, he plays an intregal role for the novel).
Once started, it'll be hard to put down!


Page Term :