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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
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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
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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.


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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) Cover Image
By Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Introduction by), Philip Pullman (Preface by)
$36.00
ISBN: 9780307957832
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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.

 


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Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick: A Novel (Zoey Ashe #2) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250195791
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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.


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A Scanner Darkly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547572178
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Published: Mariner Books - 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.


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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501143519
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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.

 


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Specimen Days: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780312425029
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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!


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