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A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) By Arkady Martine Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250186447
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

"This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever fallen in love with a culture that was devouring their own."

If you like Dune you need to read this, if you like Ann Leckie books you need to read this, if you like language or court intrigue or spy novels you need to read this, if you like action movies that are actually mostly incisive barbs and diplomacy - you need to read this. Picture a delicate mashup of the Giver and the Expanse series but set in an ancient empire (one could also call it a militaristic death cult) that names its warships after poetry.

Arkady Martine absolutely deserves to be up there with science fiction greats like Herbert, Leckie, and Tepper.


Review by Anje

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Ice Planet Barbarians By Ruby Dixon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780593546024
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Berkley - November 30th, 2021

This is the kind of campy sci-fi smut that Fox Mulder would be reading in a motel room as Scully tries to convince him (unsuccessfully) that it's not aliens.

Read it and squeal.

 


Review by Anje

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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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Dystopian, sci-fi inflicted short stories, with moody feminist speculations about technology, gender, queer identity, violence... Written 30 years ago but only published this last year! What a privilege to read a time-capsule, yet be absolutely terrified at the realization that her foreshadowings were not far off from coming true. I will forever hold love and grief for Izumi.


Review by Javi

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A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) By Becky Chambers Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

There is so much warmth, hope, and humanity between the covers of this book. Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in.



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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
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verso Fiction - April 20th, 2021

Recently translated into English for the first time, Izumi Suzuki's strange and disconnected prose creates a meandering trail of science fiction vignettes with apathetic and drug-addled characters, bored to death with life, or as one teenager addicted to television puts it, "tangled up in fatalistic resignations." The perfect beach read for anyone who really hates the beach and loves Black Mirror.


Review by Sarah C.

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Winter's Orbit By Everina Maxwell Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250758835
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Tor Books - February 2nd, 2021

A delightful queer romance with a fun sci. fi. setting. There's a nice balance between cute relationship moments and unraveling an interplanetary mystery full of political intrigue. I listened to the audiobook on Libro.fm and it was top notch.

If you want something that will pull you in and be a great time, pick this one up, you'll thank me later.

P.S. Your heart is NOT ready for Prince Kiem and Count Jainan <3 <3



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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) By Patrick Rothfuss Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: DAW - April 1st, 2008

Here is a narrator that I will always love! Storytelling is the heart of this book, and Kvothe is the ultimate storyteller. Our hero is cocky and confident, but rightfully and satisfyingly so. Rothfuss has nested tales within fantastical tales in this epic world, complete with its own deep lore, history, and mythology. The Name of the Wind is overflowing with tavern tables, tearful ballads, murder, magic school, and true love-- everything you want from a fantasy novel and so much more. It is my top pick in this category. I regret devouring this book too quickly on my first read. What I wouldn't give to experience it once again for the first time!


Review by Jessie