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
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Tor.com - September 10th, 2019

Staff Pick

If you need a gift for the book lover that tends to fall head over heels into the fantastical and magical worlds of literature and stories, then The Starless Sea (Doubleday, $28.95) by Erin Morgenstern, author of the bestselling Night Circus, is the perfect pick. The intrigue begins when Zachary Ezra Rawlins discovers a mysterious book in his college library. It seems to contain a series of clues, which lead him to an underground society dedicated to the protection of the stories of the world. An epic tale of love and adventure, the narrative has everything bibliophiles crave: underground hidden libraries, pirates and sword fights, secret assassins, cats and owls, and lots of sweet honey. Bouncing back and forth between chapters in the found book and the action of the present day, The Starless Sea pays homage to the stories of our lives, and demonstrates how our destinies come to mirror those of the plot lines we read over and over.

The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019