Hilton's Picks

who is this Man?
No one knows.
We call him Gramps, and he's been wandering the Plains of Existence long before this world was a speck in the Eyes of All.

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Who Will Make the Pancakes: Five Stories By Megan Kelso Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683966708
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Published: Fantagraphics - November 1st, 2022

Five stories on motherhood that'll make you cry, laugh, and get to understand the physical, mental and spiritual stakes of being a mother and a child. The art style for the book continuously changes as each story is set within a different time period; starting off in the Era of Nixon, to touching on a woman who has an affair with a soldier during WW1 all while raising two girls, to a young girl who loves rock-climbing and deals with the pain of the past. A sobering book, one I will want to return to again.


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Where Black Stars Rise By Nadia Shammas, Marie Enger Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250750174
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 18th, 2022

This graphic novel follows a Lebanese immigrant and therapist-in-training working with her first patient, who deals with schizophrenia and has an obsession with Robert Chamber's THE KING IN YELLOW; after a meeting gone sour, our heroine walks the city trying to find her patient, but ends up falling into another dimension. A comic that deals succinctly with how schizophrenia effects a person, and how important it is to not fall for the illusions. The art style is erratic, yet calming; Shammas' use of light and color to display not just the outer world but a human inner-world as well.


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Marvel Meow By Nao Fuji Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781974726035
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 12th, 2021

Super hero comics are fun, but what's even better is a seemingly normal cat(Chewie is an alien cat, however) just hanging out and going on wild adventures with the heroes of the Marvel Comic Universe . Playful, light, and full of laughs this comic has no serious plot aside from a cat being a cat (causing mischief across the book). The colors of the book are relaxing, even when Chewie is being too much. A perfect book for readers of all ages.


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The Sculptor By Scott McCloud Cover Image
$35.99
ISBN: 9781250856906
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Published: First Second - November 1st, 2022

This is a book that I couldn't put down once I started it.

The plot is simple: a young man lives in New York City, and is a struggling sculptor. He makes a deal with Death (giving his life for his art), and only has 200 days to fulfill his goal. Along the way, he finds friends, love, and a new desire for life & the everyday experience.

McCloud does a wonderful job crafting characters that feel as real as blood and bone; seeing yourself in the characters is interesting and telling. How one approaches their art and life is a very strong theme throughout, and had me questioning how I should approach my own work.

A coming of age adult fairy-tale, THE SCULPTOR doesn't hold back. A perfect book for the holidays, and for anyone who just needs a boost in life.


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Rabbits: A Novel By Terry Miles Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984819673
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Published: Del Rey - February 8th, 2022

This book was a whirlwind, and a game-changer in terms of speculative fiction.

Rabbits is an alternative reality game (across the world) in which the winners are never publicized, and the rewards are rumored to be so extreme (immortality, money, etc). It all began in 1959, and no one knows the creator, or what the purpose for the game is.

Years pass, and a young fan of the game finds who they believe is the current runner of Rabbit; given a task to fix the game, K ends up failing, a new player is chosen, and the "creator" disappears.

Conspiracies abound (fictionally and literally). The game gets more and more convoluted and dangerous as the levels go on; you'll be anxious yet excited while reading the book.

The story is well written, and any fan of sci-fi and mysteries will love the book.


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Tuki: Fight for Fire By Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Smith, Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9781888963755
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Published: Cartoon Books - December 7th, 2021

I've been a fan of Jeff Smith for many years now, and again, he knocks it out of the park with TUKI.

Set during the early days of humanity, the world is filled with spirits and powerful natural forces. As time passes, the humans choose Fire, and it changes the world. We follow an enigmatic traveler named Tuki, and he is joined by three orphaned children, all of whom are seeking the Motherherd of Buffalo.
Dangers ensue over the journey, and Tuki must use his knowledge to keep himself and the children safe.

It's rare to see stories set during earlier periods of human history, but Smith does a great job keeping close to actual hominid species and letting loose to create new animals. Smith bends these both to create a recognizable yet alien planet Earth.

A great read for anyone who loves fantasy, and a bit of questioning on the early parts of human history.


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All-Star Superman By Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781401290832
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Published: DC Comics - December 4th, 2018

It's refreshing to read a comic book that makes you feel more positive about the world, and humanity.

Morrison's ALL-STAR SUPERMAN is perfect for any Superman fan; the author does a deep dive back into the character's history and true drives, filtering out other writer's attempt to truly understand this great character.

I will add that this book will make you laugh, and you will cry. In one story, Superman talks down a young woman who was about to put herself in some serious danger, in another, he's fighting large clunky robots (an homage to the early days of Superman).

It shouldn't seem so hard to write a great Superman story, and Morrison makes it seem like the easiest thing in the world. This is a true classic, and honestly, my favorite Superman story.

 


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Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52) By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781401235420
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Published: DC Comics - March 26th, 2013

A series of murders has Batman and the Batfam working harder than before to figure out who and why; a mysterious and ancient organization as old as Gotham behind the scenes, orchestrating order & chaos. Snyder does a great job utilizing heroes and foes in Gotham's legacy to build a compelling mystery-thriller combo. BCOO reads a bit more maturely then some other Batman arcs, but it's still fun nonetheless. A perfect comic for Batman oldheads and plenty of fun for new comic readers.


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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401284770
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Published: Vertigo - October 30th, 2018

Can you truly capture a force of the universe? Our story begins with a magician trying to capture Death; however, he captures Dream instead. For decades, Dream is imprisoned and his tools of power are taken away. Consequences arise in terms of humans falling into deep sleeps to never wake again, and Dream's own realm soon falls to sunder. Once freed, his journey begins; to find his helms and take back his realm and in the meantime, try to learn and understand humanity even after being imprisoned. A daring and existential comic worth the time to read and philosophize over. Gaiman's writing is lyrical and flows with such freedom, the reader will be captured from the first page.


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Moon Knight By Lemire & Smallwood: The Complete Collection By Marvel Comics Cover Image
$34.99
ISBN: 9781302933630
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Published: Marvel - March 8th, 2022

Marc Spector believes he is the vigilante Moon Knight, destined to help the travelers of the night and save New York City. However, he's in an asylum, powerless, and must reconcile his identities to truly figure out what's going on. Lemire & Smallwood do a impressive job detailing dissociative identity disorder, showing the readers how fragile Marc (and his other identities) are, and what makes them strong as well. The authors aren't shy from the action in this comic either; it's hard to put down this collection and I will be returning to it.


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Rasl By Jeff Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781888963373
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Published: Cartoon Books - September 17th, 2013

A strange title always gets me, and so we begin RASL; the plot essentially follows a physicist turned inter-dimensional art thief as he is being hunted by a shadowy government agency and is haunted by his past, present, and future. 

A brilliant mixture of noir & sci-fi blends keeps the story feeling fresh; the cast is pretty self contained but I never felt bored. A perfect book for those who enjoy some light philosophical tinglings, the mathematics of the multiverse and mystery!


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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume By Douglas Adams Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345453747
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Published: Del Rey - April 30th, 2002

The perfect compendium for a beloved sci-fi classic, THE ULTIMATE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY holds five novels that follow the adventures of a British man (Arthur Dent) as he's whisked away through the galaxy with a strange set of comrades to save the Earth, the Galaxy and themselves. 

Adams balances humor, wit, and some scientific insight in this series; be amazed to read about sentient dolphins who have their own language and singing ablilties, a supercomputer who finally figures out the meaning of life and many other zany characters. 

 


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Batman: Zero Year By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779510365
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Published: DC Comics - August 31st, 2021

It's pretty easy to get me into a Batman comic, and Snyder's turn at the helm for these stories brought me some joy. 

In ZERO YEAR, we are able to see a bit more into Bruce's past before donning the cowl, and how he uses these memories to help him save Gotham. Expect run-ins with The Riddler and other foes as Bruce does his best to work alongside Jim Gordon.

The art blends a cartoonish look with a gritty realistic purpose. I enjoyed the artistic detail of the comic, as well as how it helped with the story overall. 

The story takes place during the New 52 (a DC reboot of their properties), so it's available for new and old comic-heads to enjoy. 


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Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? By Eric Powell, Harold Schechter, Eric Powell (Illustrator) Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781949889048
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Published: Albatross Funnybooks - August 24th, 2021

If you're a fan of true-crime literature/podcasts, or just enjoy TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, this graphic novel is for you.

A telling biography of Ed Gein's life as to how and why he killed. Schechter and Powell did amazing research to accurately portray the protagonist, without any fluff or Hollywood grandstanding. A painful life was led by Ed, and the authors capture how the community felt once the news of his crimes came to light.

The artwork is done well; the graphic novel moves between greys, dark greens, and depressing hues that hide the somber truth.

You will be impressed and repulsed, but in the end happy that you read this.


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The High Desert: Black. Punk. Nowhere. By James Spooner Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780358659112
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Published: Harper - May 17th, 2022

An autobiographical tale of a black teen growing up in the early 90's, who would late go on to create Afropunk!

This memoir focuses on his time living with his mother in California, and finding community through the punk scene of the early '90s. A wonderful scene of Spooner's ability to write about his past while also being aware of who he is now; having to deal with racist skinheads as a teen all while calling them out in the sidenotes, recognizing his fears/flaws as a teenager, and being able to come to terms about his relationship with his divorced parents.

A good read for those who are interested in the punk culture, and especially Black punk culture.


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100% By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Artist) Cover Image
By Paul Pope, Paul Pope (Artist)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781534313613
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Published: Image Comics - March 10th, 2020

One of the few books I've read that had me cry at the darkness of the world, and smile at the light in this dystopic alternate New York.

100% weaves six different characters, and their experiences in this mega-city; sex-work, MMA street fighting, and urban decay/rebirth is all shown in this story. The stories are heartbreaking, but worth the pain. Each character gets enough focus, and New York becomes its own character, fleshed out by the six.

Wonderful & stylistic art graces the pages; truly, this comic is a trip.
A good recommendation for those wanting more adult stories, and not focused on superheroes in a comic.


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My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, Vol. 1 By Kohei Horikoshi (Created by), Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kohei Horikoshi (Created by), Hideyuki Furuhashi, Betten Court (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781974701599
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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. 


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King City By Brandon Graham, Brandon Graham (Artist) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781607065104
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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!


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Blankets By Craig Thompson Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770462182
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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.


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The Windup Girl By Paolo Bacigalupi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781597808217
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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.


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How to Survive a Human Attack: A Guide for Werewolves, Mummies, Cyborgs, Ghosts, Nuclear Mutants, and Other Movie Monsters By K. E. Flann Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780762472543
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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.


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Snow Crash: A Novel By Neal Stephenson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553380958
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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.


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Paper Girls: The Complete Story By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matt Wilson (Artist) Cover Image
By Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Artist), Matt Wilson (Artist)
$49.99
ISBN: 9781534319998
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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!


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Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume By Jeff Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
$44.95
ISBN: 9781888963144
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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.


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The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger By Stephen King Cover Image
$16.99
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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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic By Alison Bechdel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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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.


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Terminal Boredom: Stories By Izumi Suzuki, Polly Barton (Translated by), Sam Bett (Translated by), David Boyd (Translated by), Daniel Joseph (Translated by) 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
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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.


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Echo Tree: The Collected Short Fiction of Henry Dumas By Henry Dumas, John Keene (Introduction by), Eugene Redmond (Editor) 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 By Markus Zusak 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; Introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series) By Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Introduction by), Philip Pullman (Preface by) Cover Image
By Philip Pullman, Lucy Hughes-Hallett (Introduction by), Philip Pullman (Preface by)
$38.00
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) By David Wong, Jason Pargin 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 By Philip K. Dick Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780547572178
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - 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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Specimen Days: A Novel By Michael Cunningham 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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