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September 17

Book: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world. — Amazon [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger at 9:42 AM - 10 comments

September 11

Book: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography.
posted by latkes at 11:12 AM - 6 comments

September 3

Book: Wicked

A megalomaniac has taken over the nation and launched pogroms against its most vulnerable members. Civic faith is at an all-time low, bringing the country to the brink of disunity. Party loyalists have been installed at the head of public schools, and the military is being built up anew for no reason known to the public. Not that anybody seems to care about any of that, except for the girl with no soul and green skin. Welcome to the land of Oz, roughly forty years B.D. (Before Dorothy). [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse at 8:26 AM - 8 comments

August 31

Book: The Stone Sky

The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:49 AM - 12 comments

Book: Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy

The sequel to the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, this is an epic fantasy that offers a twisted look at our modern-day world--a reality that exists in another dimension of time and space that may be closer than we think.
posted by frimble at 4:15 AM - 1 comment

July 24

Book: Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud

In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, cultural critic Anne Helen Petersen has written her own catalog of unruly women: celebrities and other cultural figures who have been called too strong, too fat, too gross, too slutty, too old, too pregnant, too shrill, too queer, too loud and too naked for uncomplicated cultural acceptance. She ranges from Serena Williams (too strong) to Lena Dunham (too naked) and shows how each woman defies norms while still staying close enough to the edges of respectability to achieve mainstream success.
posted by ellieBOA at 9:37 AM - 7 comments

July 19

Book: Punisher Max Complete Collection Vol. 1

Experience the gritty and uncompromising Punisher MAX from the very beginning! When a mob hit killed his beloved wife and children, Frank Castle became the Punisher - an unstoppable one-man army waging war on every piece of criminal scum plaguing New York's streets. But do the Punisher's origins trace back even further? In 1971 Vietnam, Captain Castle's platoon faces a Viet Cong attack...and to survive, he must make a grim choice. [more inside]
posted by KMH at 1:35 AM - 2 comments

July 11

Book: The Delirium Brief

Someone is dead set to air the spy agency’s dirty laundry in The Delirium Brief, the next installment to Mefi's Own Charles Stross’ Hugo Award-winning comedic dark fantasy Laundry Files series! [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 6:41 PM - 18 comments

Book: V for Vendetta

V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet. In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts.
posted by latkes at 10:44 AM - 8 comments

July 6

Book: On Such a Full Sea

In a future where US society has segmented rigidly into rich consumers, the poor, and a labor class who have occupied the buildings of former cities, one of these laborers sets out on a quest... [more inside]
posted by latkes at 8:13 AM - 1 comment

May 8

Book: Before the Fall

On a foggy summer night, eleven people - ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
posted by komara at 12:37 PM - 1 comment

May 3

Book: Wizard and Glass

The fourth volume in Stephen King's bestselling Dark Tower series. Roland, The Last Gunslinger, and his band of followers have narrowly escaped one world, and slipped into the next. It is here that Roland tells them a long-ago tale of love and adventure. [more inside]
posted by nubs at 3:44 PM - 7 comments

May 2

Book: JSA Omnibus Vol. 1

Known for his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern, in 2000 Geoff Johns brought Justice Society of America characters rooted in the Golden Age of comics back to the forefront of comics.  Mixing younger, edgier characters with the elder statesmen of superheroes, Johns created an action-packed series with compelling storylines that are now collected here in the JSA Omnibus Vol. 1
posted by KMH at 2:43 AM - 3 comments

May 1

Book: Saga, Vol. 3

Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple's multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets. (Issues 13 - 18) [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 8:43 PM - 0 comments

Book: All the Birds in the Sky

Hugo and Nebula Award short-listed novel about the end of the world―and the beginning of our future. A sort of coming of age novel, philosophical exploration of nature and technology, action/adventure/romance with some bittersweet humor on top. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 1:43 PM - 6 comments

April 20

Book: It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news. [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom at 6:31 AM - 1 comment

April 19

Book: It

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers.
posted by komara at 7:48 AM - 15 comments

April 17

Book: American Gods

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is the story of Shadow—released from prison just days after his wife and best friend are killed in an accident—who gets recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So begins Shadow’s dark and strange road trip, one that introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:59 AM - 24 comments

Book: Saga, Vol. 2

After escaping on a rocketship, Hazel meets the grandparents and we meet Gwendolyn. (Issues 7 - 12) [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 5:26 AM - 2 comments

April 11

Book: Wyrd Sisters

Wyrd Sisters - Book 6 in our Publication Order read through of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:55 AM - 5 comments

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