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Meet Hetty and Benjy, a married couple who investigate crimes in post-Civil War Philadelphia, where celestial magic and sorcery exist amid ordinary, everyday life. When an old friend is murdered and marked with a dark magical symbol, the couple uncovers a web of secrets and lies within their own group of friends. Expertly combining history, magic, and murder, this debut introduces a world and characters that will intrigue and keep you guessing until the end.
The Conductors (A Murder & Magic Novel) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358197058
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Published: Mariner Books - March 2nd, 2021

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Mary Doria Russell is an anthropologist by profession and her academic background shows in her brilliant first novel, which sends a Jesuit mission to space in search of the source of haunting musical broadcasts from the Alpha Centauri system. Starting after the rescue of Emilio Sandoz— priest, linguist, and lone survivor of the expedition—the unfolding horror of what happens to the mission is at all times present in the narrative but contrasts with the heartbreaking beauty of the relationships formed between the explorers on the alien world of Rakhat. Russell gracefully balances questions of faith, love, and family with a speculative premise of awful and magnificent scope.

The Sparrow: A Novel (The Sparrow Series #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780449912553
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 8th, 1997

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A Taiwanese science fiction novel published in 1995, The Membranes is both a novel of and outside of its time. It extrapolates a future where humanity retreats underwater not due to the effects of global warning, but to escape deadly holes in the ozone layer. It's a future where the world's most powerful company sells its wares on computer discs. Yet in other respects-- its matter-of-fact approach towards sexuality, its narrative of young adulthood rebelling against parental and corporate control, and its last-minute twist that turns the whole book on its head--this is as modern a novel as you'll find published today. Whether as time capsule or prophecy, this novel holds up.                                                   

The Membranes (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan) Cover Image
By Ari Larissa Heinrich (Translator), Ta-Wei Chi
$17.00
ISBN: 9780231195713
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Published: Columbia University Press - June 1st, 2021

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