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 Fifth Season (Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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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Senlin Ascends (Books of Babel #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316517911
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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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Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607066019
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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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The Road (Oprah's Book Club) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
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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The Monster Next Door Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525427834
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - September 6th, 2016

My daughter adores this book! "Motter Nes Dor" Daddy! It's a beautifully illustrated story of friendship and spoke to me as much as it did to my daughter.

If you like this, check out David Soman's other series, "Ladybug Girl".


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