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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781419706196
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - October 1st, 2012

Author-artist Deutsch not only delivers a great story & strong heroine, he also creates an entire family of great characters and a fantasy world I couldn't get enough of. Packed with little insights about Jewish culture and language, as well as irresistible humor, this is one graphic novel I can't wait to see sequel-ized!


Review by Adam

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories Cover Image
By Susanna Clarke, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596913837
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 2nd, 2007

This story collection is not only utterly charming but also a rare and refreshing outbreak of old fashioned fantasy storytelling, complete with a winsome high Victorian tone. Never does Clarke allow herself to indulge in modern anachronisms of theme and "social conscience" that mar so many contemporary fantasies and that suspect new genre, the revisionist fairy tale.


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I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project Cover Image
By Paul Auster (Introduction by), Paul Auster (Editor)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780312421007
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Picador - September 7th, 2002

For my money, this is the ultimate vacation, read-anywhere, pick-up-and-put-down book. It also has a nearly universal appeal, so it's also the ultimate gift book. Many of these very short, true stories have Twilight Zone-like eeriness to them, and every story gives you something unexpected, whether that is a gut-wrenching poignancy or an episode of laugh-out-loud humor.


Review by Adam

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The Night Country: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312424077
Availability: Out of print
Published: Picador - October 1st, 2004

Like Jonathan Lethem & Michael Chabon, O'Nan here gives a literary gloss to genre fiction. And O'Nan mutes the horror-novel overtones of his story to follow a sort of mystery-novel structure (peeling back various narrative layers to finally reveal what happened That Night). In addition to all of this, a neo-Americana atmosphere underlies everything: Norman Rockwell meets Ray Bradbury meets the 21st century.


Review by Adam

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Lucky Jim Cover Image
By Kingsley Amis, Keith Gessen (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781590175750
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: NYRB Classics - October 2nd, 2012

It's funny because it isn't happening to me. That's what you tell yourself when you watch Fawlty Towers, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, or when you read Lucky Jim. You root for Jim Dixon to come out on top because he really isn't a bad guy -- he just has such bad instincts ... and his greatest talent is for making any bad situation worse!


Review by Adam

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