Murray's Picks

Murray reads a lot of scifi and fantasy and even more comics, with some smatterings of "actual" literature and a steady diet of picture books courtesy of his young kids.

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The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101986615
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Published: Dutton - February 27th, 2018

A lovely debut short story collection. Every story is unique, odd, and beautifully written, and the collection as a whole explores human emotions of all kinds.


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An Unkindness of Magicians Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481451208
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Published: Saga Press - June 5th, 2018

Magicians in New York City are part of the "Unseen World", a society with its own rules and heirarchy, completely unknown to all but a few non-magical NYC citizens. When the Turning starts, the entire society is shaken to its core as leading participants question the very basis for their lifestyle. A fresh take on urban fantasy that kept me turning the pages.


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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
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Published: Orbit - January 16th, 2018

I took a chance on an author unknown to me, and it was well worth it! It's a great sci-fi/fantasy twist on the classic naive travelogue. Thomas Senlin, after losing his wife to the crowds of the Tower of Babel just a few hours into their honeymoon, must ascend the tower with all its bizarre trappings.

Bancroft originally self-published this title, and it's no wonder that Orbit snapped it up to give it the wide audience it deserves.


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The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345549341
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Published: Del Rey - February 4th, 2014

Thoughtful scifi at its best. Lord has written a beautiful love story set against an anthropological exploration of alien culture. This is not your typical action packed scifi, so instead of edge of your seat action expect a rich world & excellent character development.


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

So good I've been waking up at 5am just to read it before the rest of the family is up. Jemesin's writing is amazing - a mix of magical realism, "Wyrd fiction", and straight ahead literary storytelling - and her characters compelling. I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.

--Murray


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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware The Kitten Holy Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781608866878
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Published: BOOM! Box - April 7th, 2015

These Hardcore Lady Types are having anything but a normal summer camp experience. Who knew that earning your Lumberjane badges would involve warnings from 3-eyed foxes to "Beware the Kitten Holy", a cave full of traps and magic, or hipster yetis guarding a mysterious tower?

Lumberjanes is a great series for all ages (well, at least ages 3 to 36) and features wonderful, varied, empowered female characters. Girls, boys, and grown-ups alike will find someone to relate to.


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The Road (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

McCarthy is, perhaps, my favorite author of all time. Any of his books could be on my staff picks at any time, but The Road is a good compromise between the darkness of Blood Meridian and the love story of All The Pretty Horses. It's a great first step into his writing, though as with all of his books I must say it's not for everyone. Picture a collaboration between Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jose Saramago, and Haruki Murakami, but distinctly American in tone.

--Murray


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Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

At first glance this looks like another scifi action comic, but just a few pages in it becomes clear it's so much more. At its core, Saga is a story of family, friendship, racism, love, and the messiness of life. I encourage you to give it a try even if science fiction isn't your usual thing, and even if you don't normally read visual stories.

--Murray


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Cat's Cradle: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

I know, I know, Vonnegut doesn't really need to be called out as a staff pick. Still, this book is so good it just HAS to be on my list. If even one person discovers him because of this review it's been worth it.


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Bad Monkeys: A Novel Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780061240423
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 12th, 2008

A strange, compelling psychological thriller from a wonderful local author.


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