Staff Pick

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth (Tor.com, $25.99) is science fiction, fantasy, a locked creepy castle mystery, an aesthetic, and a dozen Halloween costume ideas, all in one. This mashup might seem too wild to be good, but Muir perhaps possesses her own brand of magic, an ability to disregard any and all genre conventions and combine all these elements into something truly incredible. Gideon the Ninth is about a solar system of political intrigue, necromancers, secret knowledge, and martial arts. It is intricately wrought, with a full mythology behind it. It comes with wonderful characters and complex relationships, including the central one between Gideon and Harrow that will bring you both tears and joy. The dialogue is a giddy mix of modern-day language, stupid jokes, sarcasm, dark humor, and sharp comebacks. This is the perfect gift for that friend who thinks Halloween should be a year-round holiday. Or perhaps, if your soul is cynical, morbid, and queer, this is the perfect book for you.
 

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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Staff Pick

Finally, someone has combined all my interests in one book: queer longing, death, kinky art, and taxidermy. Mix in grief and big questions about how one loves and fits in with their family, and you have Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett. This is a visceral (often with actual viscera) and physical book, filled with bodies and intimacy. And yet this physicality only serves to show that achieving emotional intimacy and openness is often much more difficult than creating a perfect peacock mount.

 

 

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781947793309
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Published: Tin House Books - June 4th, 2019

Staff Pick

This was my perfect queer book, part memoir, part essay about the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, part queer theory, plus thoughts on ice and how it shatters. It is a wandering book, often tender and funny, a book you will love if you list Maggie Nelson as one of your favorite authors. It is powerful and beautiful and deserves a careful read. 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895477
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Published: Coffee House Press - June 4th, 2019

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