Patrick Rothfuss's favorite books

  • Hyperbole and a Half

    Hyperbole and a Half

    Allie Brosh
    Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
    Humor

    Hilarious stories about life's mishaps from the creator of the immensely popular blog 'Hyperbole and a Half'. Fully illustrated with over 50% new material. Hyperbole and A Half is a blog written by a 20-something American girl called Allie Brosh. She tells fantastically funny, wise stories about the mishaps of her everyday life, with titles like 'Why Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving' and 'The God of Cake'. She accompanies these with naive drawings using Paint on her PC. Brosh's website receives millions of visitors a month and hundreds of thousands of per day. Now her full-colour debut book chronicles the many "learning experiences" Brosh has endured as a result of her own character flaws. It includes stories about her rambunctious childhood; the highs and mostly lows of owning a mentally challenged dog; and a moving and darkly comic account of her struggles with depression. Poignant and uproarious - think Cyanide and Happiness but with story-lines, cake and dogs.

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    Go and read some. You can thank me later.

    Dec 31, 2013 — Source

  • Cyrano de Bergerac

    Cyrano de Bergerac

    Edmond Rostand
    Drama

    ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP Edmond Rostand's classic romance tells the unforgettable story of one unique man's bravery, loyalty, and unspoken love. EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: • A concise introduction that gives readers important background information • A chronology of the author's life and work • A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context • An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations • Detailed explanatory notes • Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work • Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction • A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON

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    It's the best. If you're going to read one piece of drama before you die, read this.

    Apr 21, 2013 — Source

  • Death

    Death

    Neil Gaiman
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    Collects all of Gaiman's tales starring Death, including her first appearance in the "Sandman" series and a story in which, as a young mortal girl named Didi, she helps a 250-year-old homeless woman find her missing heart.

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    anyone could read this by itself and still enjoy it quite a bit.

    Jun 29, 2009 — Source

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    Gillian Flynn
    A Novel
    Fiction

    When a woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage, while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred.

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    trying to put into words how much I adore certain books ends up being prohibitively daunting.

    Oct 28, 2015 — Source

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    This book is among the best.

    Nov 20, 2015 — Source

  • Saga, Vol. 3

    Saga, Vol. 3

    Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples (Artist)

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    This comic is so good it's starting to piss me off.

    Apr 6, 2014 — Source

  • Welcome to Night Vale

    Welcome to Night Vale

    Jeffrey Cranor,Joseph Fink

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    This beautiful, stunning, delightful goddamn book.

    Oct 28, 2015 — Source

  • A Fault in Our Stars

    trying to put into words how much I adore certain books ends up being prohibitively daunting.

    Oct 28, 2015 — Source

  • The Sculptor

    The Sculptor

    Scott McCloud
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    The long-awaited magnum opus from comics superstar Scott McCloud: a spellbinding adult urban fable about a wish, a deal with Death, the price of art, and the value of life

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    trying to put into words how much I adore certain books ends up being prohibitively daunting.

    Oct 28, 2015 — Source

  • Steelheart

    Steelheart

    Brandon Sanderson
    Young Adult Fiction

    David Charleston will go to any lengths to stop Steelheart--the villainous, seemingly invincible Epic who killed his father and wreaks havoc on the city that was once Chicago. But to exact revenge in Steelheart's world, David will need the Reckoners--a shadowy group of rebels bent on maintaining justice in a world of chaos. And it turns out that the Reckoners might just need David too.

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    Absolutely worth your time.

    Mar 2, 2013 — Source

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

    The Lies of Locke Lamora

    Scott Lynch
    Fiction

    Vowing to bring down the crime boss running the city, a group of Gentlemen Bastards, led by Locke Lamora, sets out to beat the Capa at his own game, taking on other thieves, murderers, beggars, prostitutes, and thugs in the process.

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    There is nothing I don't like in this book. Seriously.

    Apr 22, 2010 — Source

  • Spinning Silver

    Spinning Silver

    Naomi Novik
    A Novel
    Fiction

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels” (NPR), an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted. NEBULA AND HUGO AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • NPR • Time • Tordotcom • Popsugar • Vox • Vulture • Paste • Bustle • Library Journal With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss. Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Praise for Spinning Silver “A perfect tale . . . A big and meaty novel, rich in both ideas and people, with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin.”—The New York Times Book Review “Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “Cool and clever and . . . dire and wonderful.”—Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer “The Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale has never been as captivating. . . . Spinning Silver further cements [Novik’s] place as one of the genre greats.”—Paste

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    One of the best books I've read all year. Maybe THE best.

    Nov 22, 2018 — Source

  • The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 4: Gorilla Warfare

    It's twice as good as everything that comes before it.

    Nov 4, 2018 — Source

  • The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 3

    This series is just as good as I remember it.

    Oct 27, 2018 — Source

  • The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 2.0

    If you liked the first one, you'll like this one more.

    Oct 26, 2018 — Source

  • The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 1

    It's fucking delightful stuff

    Oct 24, 2018 — Source

  • Waking the Monsters

    I'm loving this series

    Oct 23, 2018 — Source

  • Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

    Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

    Ben Hatke
    Juvenile Fiction

    Like a bolt from the blue, Jack's little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre. When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive. Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters—as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below. But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king! Ben Hatke, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl, concludes his latest middle-grade fantasy-adventure graphic novel series, Mighty Jack, with the energetic finale to his retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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    If that isn't a solid recommendation for a book, I don't know what is...

    Sep 30, 2018 — Source

  • Mighty Jack

    Mighty Jack

    Ben Hatke
    Juvenile Fiction

    Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made. In Mighty Jack, what starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything...a dragon.

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    Highly recommended, and doubly recommended if you have a kid.

    Sep 29, 2018 — Source

  • Saga, Vol. 6

    Seriously. This comic is like a master's class

    Jul 30, 2018 — Source

  • Saga, Vol. 5

    this comic is amazing....

    Jul 6, 2018 — Source

  • Here There Be Gerblins

    Here There Be Gerblins

    Carey Pietsch,Clint McElroy,Griffin McElroy,Justin McElroy,Travis McElroy

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    some of the finest storytelling I have ever experienced. In any genre. Ever.

    Apr 20, 2018 — Source

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

    Amazing book. Can't recommend it highly enough...

    Oct 24, 2017 — Source

  • Injection, Vol. 2

    Very worth your time

    May 7, 2017 — Source

  • Will Save the Galaxy for Food

    Will Save the Galaxy for Food

    Yahtzee Croshaw
    Fiction

    Space travel just isn't what it used to be. With the invention of Quantum Teleportation, space heroes aren't needed anymore. When one particularly unlucky ex-adventurer masquerades as famous pilot and hate figure Jacques McKeown, he's sucked into an ever-deepening corporate and political intrigue.

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    This is good stuff, and well-worth your time.

    Apr 26, 2017 — Source

  • Injection, Vol. 1

    Dammit. I love this premise so much.

    Dec 27, 2016 — Source

  • An Unattractive Vampire

    An Unattractive Vampire

    Jim McDoniel
    Fiction

    “A darned good read...finished it in one sitting. Charming characters I’d love to visit again.” — Lynsay Sands, New York Times best-selling author of The Argeneau series "Thought vampires were dead? Well of course they are, but Jim McDoniel proves that don't have to be boring. Or sparkly." — Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, Sword & Laser Jim McDoniel’s debut novel, An Unattractive Vampire, is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curséd One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?

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    I really wish I'd read it earlier

    Jun 15, 2016 — Source

  • Space Dumplins

    Space Dumplins

    Craig Thompson
    Juvenile Fiction

    "For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is big and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad has been swallowed by a giant, planet-eating whale. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together" --

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    I really liked it.

    May 17, 2016 — Source

  • The Drawing of the Dark

    The Drawing of the Dark

    Tim Powers
    Fiction

    An aging mercenary is the world's only hope to stave off evil forces, but first he must uncover the secret of Herzwesten beer, which is said to have saved the entire Western World from invading Turkish armies. Reprint.

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    I missed an entire night of sleep reading it.

    Dec 31, 2015 — Source

  • Astro City, Vol. 11: Private Lives

    More of the excellence I've grown to expect from this marvelous series.....

    Dec 31, 2015 — Source

  • Astro City, Vol. 4: The Tarnished Angel

    Possibly my favorite Astro City story.

    Dec 31, 2015 — Source

  • Astro City, Vol. 2: Confession

    The entire series is brilliant

    Dec 30, 2015 — Source

  • Astro City, Vol. 1: Life in the Big City

    I'll happily recommend it to people who don't read comics.

    Dec 30, 2015 — Source

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    Jeff VanderMeer
    A Novel
    Fiction

    Describes the 12th expedition to “Area X,” a region cut off from the continent for decades, by a group of intrepid women scientists who try to ignore the high mortality rates of those on the previous 11 missions. Original. 75,000 first printing.

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    Highly recommended.

    Dec 30, 2015 — Source

  • Good Poems

    Good Poems

    Garrison Keillor

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    A really interesting, varied assortment of poems, well-performed by a number of skilled readers.

    Dec 30, 2015 — Source

  • Foxglove Summer

    Foxglove Summer

    Ben Aaronovitch
    Fiction

    Cop, Londoner and magical apprentice Peter Grant is the only one willing to admit that there may be a supernatural element involved in the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire as he tries to find the truth. By the author of Broken Homes. Original. 25,000 first printing.

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    Really, there's nothing here I don't like.

    Nov 25, 2015 — Source

  • The Killer Inside Me

    The Killer Inside Me

    Jim Thompson
    Fiction

    Everyone in the small town of Central City, Texas loves Lou Ford. A deputy sheriff, Lou's known to the small-time criminals, the real-estate entrepreneurs, and all of his coworkers -- the low-lifes, the big-timers, and everyone in-between -- as the nicest guy around. He may not be the brightest or the most interesting man in town, but nevertheless, he's the kind of officer you're happy to have keeping your streets safe. The sort of man you might even wish your daughter would end up with someday. But behind the platitudes and glad-handing lurks a monster the likes of which few have seen. An urge that has already claimed multiple lives, and cost Lou his brother Mike, a self-sacrificing construction worker fell to his death on the job in what was anything but an accident. A murder that Lou is determined to avenge -- and if innocent people have to die in the process, well, that's perfectly all right with him. In The Killer Inside Me, Thompson goes where few novelists have dared to go, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American Serial Killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis's American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.

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    Really amazingly good book.

    Oct 25, 2015 — Source

  • The Beast of the Rails (The Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne Volume 1)

    And this one is GOOD from the very beginning

    Oct 24, 2015 — Source

  • The Princess Who Saved Herself

    The Princess Who Saved Herself

    Greg Pak,Jonathan Coulton

    The Princess Who Saved Herself reinvents the princess myth for a new generation of proactive girls, telling the story of an awesome kid who lives with her pet snake and plays rock 'n' roll all day to the huge annoyance of the classical guitarist witch who lives down the road. Hijinks, conflicts, and a fun reconciliation ensue, all showcasing determination, bravery, and understanding. Based on the beloved song by Jonathan Coulton.

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    It's a really great book

    Oct 13, 2015 — Source

  • Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

    I enjoyed so much that I bought multiple copies to give away as Christmas presents.

    Sep 27, 2015 — Source

  • The Authority, Vol. 2: Under New Management

    I ship it.

    Sep 26, 2015 — Source

  • The Authority, Vol. 1: Relentless

    Picked this one up and loved it.

    Sep 26, 2015 — Source

  • Astro City, Vol. 10: Victory

    was so irritated by how good it was

    Aug 12, 2015 — Source

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

    Felicia Day
    A Memoir
    Biography & Autobiography

    The instant New York Times bestseller from “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational” (Forbes.com) memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world. When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The Internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was. But if it hadn’t been for her strange background—the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, with Mom driving her to campus every day—she might never have had the naïve confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a math degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in show business understood that online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers. Felicia’s rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influen­tial creators in new media. Ever candid, she opens up about the rough patches along the way, recounting battles with writer’s block, a full-blown gaming addiction, severe anxiety, and depression—and how she reinvented herself when overachieving became overwhelming. Showcasing Felicia’s “engaging and often hilarious voice” (USA TODAY), You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

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    I'd recommend it to pretty much anyone

    Aug 11, 2015 — Source

  • Blood Runs in the Family

    So yeah. Highly recommended.

    Mar 4, 2015 — Source

  • The God Engines

    The God Engines

    John Scalzi
    Fiction

    Devoted to the Bishopry Militant and to his crew, ship captain Ean Tephe is given a secret mission to a hidden land.

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    Holy shit, this was a good book.

    Jan 27, 2015 — Source

  • Tom Strong, Book 2

    Everything that I said about the first book in the series holds true with this book.

    Jan 20, 2015 — Source

  • Tom Strong, Book 1

    Highly recommended for pretty much anyone.

    Jan 20, 2015 — Source

  • Top 10: The Forty-Niners

    Yes it's cool and clever and fun.

    Jan 13, 2015 — Source

  • Top 10, Vol. 2

    Read it. Read it ten times.

    Jan 12, 2015 — Source

  • Top 10, Vol. 1

    This is absolutely worth your time.

    Jan 11, 2015 — Source

  • Legend

    Legend

    David Gemmell

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    So... yeah. Highly recommended.

    Jan 1, 2015 — Source

  • Dream Thief Volume 1

    I enjoyed this book to a ridiculous degree.

    Dec 30, 2014 — Source

  • Paper Towns

    Paper Towns

    John Green
    Young Adult Fiction

    "Will slip equally well into a pocket as a Christmas stocking." - The Wall Street Journal, "What to Give," holiday gift guide. Introducing Penguin Minis! #1 bestselling author John Green like you've never read him before. * Featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC's "The World," Real Simple, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and more! The award-winning Paper Towns is now available as a Penguin Mini edition. Complete and unabridged, the book's revolutionary landscape design and ultra-thin paper makes it easy to hold in one hand without sacrificing readability. Perfectly-sized to slip into a pocket or bag, Penguin Minis are ideal for reading on the go. About Paper Towns: Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery New York Times bestseller USA Today bestseller When Margo Roth Spiegelman--plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge--beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night, he follows. Margo has always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she's always planned solo. But when day breaks, Margo has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they're for Q.

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    Highly recommended for anyone.

    Dec 30, 2014 — Source

  • War and XPs

    So... yeah. Read it. It's good.

    Dec 30, 2014 — Source

  • Dungeon Crawlin' Fools

    It's kinda ridiculous how many times I've read this book.

    Dec 30, 2014 — Source

  • Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft

    Highly recommended.

    Dec 30, 2014 — Source

  • The Doubt Factory

    The Doubt Factory

    Paolo Bacigalupi
    A page-turning thriller of dangerous attraction and unscrupulous lies
    Young Adult Fiction

    In this page-turning contemporary thriller, National Book Award Finalist, Printz Award winner, and New York Times bestselling author Paolo Bacigalupi explores the timely issue of how public information is distorted for monetary gain, and how those who exploit it must be stopped. Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that's what a mysterious young man who's stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses--and his radical band of teen activists--is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

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    I wish every kid in the US had to read this before they graduated high school.

    Dec 29, 2014 — Source

  • Butterfly Gate

    Butterfly Gate

    Benjamin Read
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    A Brother and Sister leave our world and its rules behind, journeying into legend through the Butterfly Gate, where every step they take will come at a price. Butterfly Gate follows the story of two siblings who, after throwing themselves headlong into another world, must face the brutal reality that lies beyond and find their place amidst an empire built after a revolution against the Gods. An ongoing, episodic, SF odyssey, Butterfly Gate is also a silent comic, conveying the story purely through its imagery.

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    I desperately hope it gets the attention it deserves

    Dec 29, 2014 — Source

  • We3

    We3

    Grant Morrison
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    A powerful tale from the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Morrison and Quitely deliver the emotional journey of WE3„three house pets weaponized for lethal combat by the government„as they search for -homeî and attempt to ward off the shadowy agency that created them. With nervous systems amplified to match their terrifying mechanical exoskeletons, the members of Animal Weapon 3 (WE3) have the firepower of a battalion between them. But they are just the programÍs prototypes, and now that their testing is complete, theyÍre slated to be permanently decommissioned, causing them to seize their one chance to make a desperate run for freedom. Relentlessly pursued by their makers, the WE3 team must navigate a frightening and confusing world where their instincts and heightened abilities make them as much a threat as those hunting them.

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    It's a great example of the amazing work Grant Morrison is capable of.

    Dec 29, 2014 — Source

  • Bone, Vol, 1: Out from Boneville

    It's worth your time.

    Dec 17, 2014 — Source

  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

    Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

    Neil Gaiman
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    Best-selling author Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) joins a murderer's row of talented artists in lending his unique touch to the Batman mythos for this collection! Spotlighting the story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" from Batman #685 and Detective Comics #852, Gaiman joins artist Andy Kubert and inker Scott Williams for a story that shines a new light on the Batman mythos. Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? also collects Gaiman stories from Secret Origins #36, Secret Origins Special #1, and Batman Black And White #2. This collection is not to be missed!

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    Every time I read it I just cry.

    Dec 15, 2014 — Source

  • Powers: Bureau, Vol. 1: Undercover

    Highly recommended.

    Dec 14, 2014 — Source

  • Through the Woods

    Through the Woods

    Emily Carroll
    Juvenile Fiction

    Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time. Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page. Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.

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    This freaked my shit out.

    Dec 7, 2014 — Source

  • Powers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?

    Powers, Vol. 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?

    Brian Michael Bendis,Michael Avon Oeming (Artist)

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    I enjoyed the hell out of this. Five stars.

    Nov 25, 2014 — Source

  • Ancillary Justice

    Ancillary Justice

    Ann Leckie
    Fiction

    The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie's New York Times bestselling trilogy. On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. In the Ancillary world: 1. Ancillary Justice2. Ancillary Sword3. Ancillary Mercy

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    If you're willing to work a little, this book is absolutely worth your time.

    Nov 16, 2014 — Source

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    I'd be tempted to read again in the future.

    Nov 9, 2014 — Source

  • Superman: Red Son

    Highly recommended. Even if you don't really give a damn about superheroes.

    Sep 12, 2014 — Source

  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    Catherynne M. Valente
    Young Adult Fiction

    "One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday. With exquisite illustrations by acclaimed artist Ana Juan, Fairyland lives up to the sensation it created when author Catherynne M. Valente first posted it online. For readers of all ages who love the charm of Alice in Wonderland and the soul of The Golden Compass, here is a reading experience unto itself: unforgettable, and so very beautiful. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction title for 2011.

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    This is the best book I've read all year.

    Aug 21, 2014 — Source

  • Skin Game

    Skin Game

    Jim Butcher
    Fiction

    Chicago wizard Harry Dresden must help a hated enemy, Nicodemus Archleone, break into a high security vault to steal something belonging to the Lord of the Underworld.

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    I'll just say that I loved it.

    May 18, 2014 — Source

  • Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska

    John Green
    Young Adult Fiction

    The award-winning, genre-defining debut from John Green, the #1 international bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down and The Fault in Our Stars Includes a brand-new Readers' Guide featuring a Q&A with author John Green Soon to be a Hulu limited series! Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award * A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist * A New York Times Bestseller * A USA Today Bestseller * NPR's Top Ten Best-Ever Teen Novels * TIME magazine's 100 Best Young Adult Novels of All Time * A PBS Great American Read Selection * Millions of copies sold! First drink. First prank. First friend. First love. Last words. Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words--and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet François Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young, who will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps. Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked #1 bestselling author John Green's arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.

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    Are all of John Green's books going to leave me feeling like I've had a hole kicked straight through my guts?

    Mar 30, 2014 — Source

  • Lucifer, Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway

    Is it worth your time? Absolutely.

    Mar 18, 2014 — Source

  • Bossypants

    Bossypants

    Tina Fey
    Humor

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon -- from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we've all suspected: you're no one until someone calls you bossy. (Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

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    The best audiobook I've listened to in a long, long time.

    Mar 1, 2014 — Source

  • The Song of the Quarkbeast

    The Song of the Quarkbeast

    Jasper Fforde
    Juvenile Fiction

    In an alternate United Kingdom, King Snodd aims to control the world by controlling magic, and only 16-year-old Jennifer Strange, acting manager of an employment agency for sorcerers, stands between Snodd and his plans, in the sequel to The Last Dragonslayer. 75,000 first printing.

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    I would be happy to read this to my little boy. And I would be happy to see him reading it himself when he gets old enough for that.

    Feb 28, 2014 — Source

  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

    Yeah. Now I'm a fan.

    Feb 24, 2014 — Source

  • Half a King

    Half a King

    Joe Abercrombie
    Fiction

    Heir to the throne Yarvi, prompted by the murder of his father, embarks on a kingdom-transforming journey to regain the throne, even though having only one good hand means he cannot wield a weapon.

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    Is it worth your time? Absolutely

    Feb 15, 2014 — Source

  • Casanova, Vol. 3: Avaritia

    Casanova, Vol. 3: Avaritia

    Gabriel Bá (Illustrator),Matt Fraction

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    this comic embodies some of the best characteristics of post-modern literature

    Feb 13, 2014 — Source

  • Season of Mists

    Season of Mists

    Neil Gaiman
    Biography & Autobiography

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    My mind was blown.

    Jan 24, 2014 — Source

  • Dream Country

    Dream Country

    Neil Gaiman
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    The third installment of Neil Gaiman's seminal series, THE SANDMAN VOL. 3: DREAM COUNTRY, celebrates its 30th anniversary with an all-new edition! The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus's son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor. Collects THE SANDMAN #17-20.

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    Dammit, Gaiman. Must you out-meta me as well?

    Jan 24, 2014 — Source

  • The Doll's House

    Oh you sweet boy, you have no idea what cool is yet. Just wait... just wait....

    Jan 24, 2014 — Source

  • Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward

    Criminal, Vol. 1: Coward

    Ed Brubaker,Sean Phillips

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    Story. Story. Story.

    Jan 7, 2014 — Source

  • Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others

    This is the book that forever sold me on how cool Hellboy is.

    Dec 28, 2013 — Source

  • Seed of Destruction

    Seed of Destruction

    John Byrne,Mike Mignola

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    I love this series. I have for years.

    Dec 28, 2013 — Source

  • Cut Here

    Cut Here

    Mike Carey
    Comics & Graphic Novels

    Set in present-day Nagasaki, Japan, a fantasy/horror series begins when two extraordinary twins are born--one before and one after midnight-- and one of them has access to a world filled with supernatural beings who can enter, and impact, the world as the commonly know it.

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    You should try it. Absolutely worth your time.

    Dec 27, 2013 — Source

  • Broodhollow Book 1: Curious Little Thing

    Absolutely. I loved it.

    Dec 26, 2013 — Source

  • The Eyre Affair

    The Eyre Affair

    Jasper Fforde
    A Novel
    Fiction

    In a world where one can literally get lost in literature, Thursday Next, a Special Operative in literary detection, tries to stop the world's Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping characters, including Jane Eyre, from works of literature.

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    I liked the book more.

    Nov 21, 2013 — Source

  • Red Seas Under Red Skies

    Red Seas Under Red Skies

    Scott Lynch
    Fiction

    "Thief and con-man extraordinaire, Locke Lamora, and the ever lethal Jean Tannen have fled their home city and the wreckage of their lives. But they can't run forever and when they stop they decide to head for the richest, and most difficult, target on the horizon. The city state of Tal Verarr. And the Sinspire"--P. [4] of cover.

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    I really enjoyed it.

    Oct 27, 2013 — Source

  • Last Words: A Memoir

    Last Words: A Memoir

    George Carlin,Tony Hendra

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    I loved it. My only regret is that I didn't listen to it sooner.

    Oct 5, 2013 — Source

  • Max Overacts, Vol. One: Hold on to Your Stubs

    I like it as much as any comic I've ever read in the history of forever.

    Oct 4, 2013 — Source

  • Dreamless

    Dreamless

    Bobby Crosby
    Young Adult Fiction

    10th anniversary edition! Dreamless is a World War II romance about an American girl and a Japanese boy who have seen each other's lives in their sleep since birth. This collection of the popular webcomic now celebrating its 10th anniversary is written by Bobby Crosby (author of Marry Me, recently adapted into a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lopez) and beautifully painted by Sarah Ellerton (Inverloch).

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    This rocked my socks.

    Jan 1, 2013 — Source

  • The Ocean At The End of the Lane

    I will gush about it to strangers.

    May 31, 2013 — Source

  • Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale

    Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale

    Benjamin Read
    Fiction

    Set within a world that’s a magical echo of our own, Porcelain is the story of Child, an urchin, who leaves behind the cold streets of a snowy city when she climbs the high wall into the Porcelain Maker’s garden. The Porcelain Maker discovers Child trespassing but, amused by her audacity, he offers her the chance to stay. He’s a lonely man, kept company only by his alchemically-powered automata, and he and Child form an unlikely friendship. Shut off from the world beyond the wall, Child wants or needs for nothing as the Porcelain Maker heaps affection and luxury upon her, indulging her like a daughter. In return, she can do as she pleases, except for one command, one rule that must never be broken, she must not look behind the workshop door.

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    This was really, really good.

    May 5, 2013 — Source

  • Penny Arcade Volume 5: The Case of the Mummy's Gold

    I would occasionally even chortle.

    Apr 16, 2013 — Source

  • Penny Arcade Volume 4: Birds Are Weird

    I consider it time well spent.

    Apr 15, 2013 — Source

  • Midnight Riot

    Midnight Riot

    Ben Aaronovitch
    Fiction

    When his ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates paranormal crimes, Probationary Constable Peter Grant is drawn into a world where an ancient evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of murder and dark magic. Original.

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    Great book. Urban fantasy. You should read it.

    Apr 14, 2013 — Source

  • Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    a story that holds my interest, engages my curiosity, and makes me laugh my ass off.

    Mar 14, 2013 — Source

  • Jam

    Jam

    Yahtzee Croshaw
    Fiction

    We were prepared for an earthquake. We had a flood plan in place. We could even have dealt with zombies. Probably. But no one expected the end to be quite so... sticky... or strawberry scented. Yahtzee Croshaw (Mogworld, Zero Punctuation Reviews) returns to print with a follow-up to his smash-hit debut: Jam, a dark comedy about the one apocalypse no one predicted. * The hilarious new novel by the author of Mogworld! * Croshaw's Zero Punctuation Reviews is the most viewed video game review on the web! * For lovers of bizarre horror and unforgettable characters! "[Croshaw is] able to pull off slapstick comedy in print, and that's no easy feat." –ComicsAlliance

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    But the truth is, it's a fucking good book. The best apocalypse stories I've read in ages.

    Feb 10, 2013 — Source

  • FreakAngels, Volume 6

    Thanks again, Warren Ellis. I wish there were two of you so I could keep one in my basement. Forever.

    Feb 6, 2013 — Source

  • FreakAngels, Volume 1

    If you like things that are good, you should read it.

    Feb 6, 2013 — Source

  • Saga, Vol. 1

    Saga, Vol. 1

    Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples (Artist)

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    Merciful Buddha, this was so good.

    Jan 15, 2013 — Source

  • Ignition City Volume 1

    Amazingly fun book.

    Dec 31, 2012 — Source

  • Sandman Slim

    Sandman Slim

    Richard Kadrey
    A Novel
    Fiction

    “An addictively satisfying, deeply amusing, dirty-ass masterpiece.” —William Gibson “A sharp-edged urban fantasy, drenched in blood and cynicism, tipping its hat to Sam Peckinpah, Raymond Chandler, and the anti-heroes of Hong Kong cinema….A bravura performance.” —San Francisco Chronicle “I couldn’t put it down.” —Charlaine Harris Sandman Slim has arrived—a wild and weird, edge-of-your-seat supernatural roller-coaster rider that propels author Richard Kadrey to the forefront of the fantasy, thriller, and a host of other literary genres. This spellbinding, utterly remarkable tale of a vengeful magician/hitman’s return from hell is part H.P. Lovecraft, part Christopher Moore, part Jim Butcher, and totally, unabashedly dark, twisted, and hilarious.

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    I enjoyed it to a ridiculous degree.

    Dec 29, 2012 — Source

  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven

    The Dirty Streets of Heaven

    Tad Williams
    Angels

    BOBBY DOLLAR ISN'T YOUR AVERAGE ANGEL. Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate - arguing the fate of the recently deceased - keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he's more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals. Until the day a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by 'the other side'. A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.

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    If you like good books, you should check it out....

    Jun 18, 2012 — Source

  • Daytripper

    Daytripper

    Fábio Moon,Gabriel Bá

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    Damn. This is probably the most profound story I've read in at least a couple of years.

    Mar 8, 2012 — Source

  • Men at Arms

    Men at Arms

    Terry Pratchett
    A Novel of Discworld
    Fiction

    A Young Dwarf's Dream Corporal Carrot has been promoted! He's now in charge of the new recruits guarding Ankh-Morpork, Discworld's greatest city, from Barbarian Tribes, Miscellaneous Marauders, unlicensed Thieves, and such. It's a big job, particularly for an adopted dwarf. But an even bigger job awaits. An ancient document has just revealed that Ankh-Morpork, ruled for decades by Disorganized crime, has a secret sovereign! And his name is Carrott... And so begins the most awesome epic encounter of all time, or at least all afternoon, in which the fate of a city—indeed of the universe itself!—depends on a young man's courage, an ancient sword's magic, and a three-legged poodle's bladder.

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    Excellent read, absolutely worth your time.

    Jun 29, 2009 — Source

  • Feet of Clay

    Feet of Clay

    Terry Pratchett
    Detective and mystery stories

    THERE'S A WEREWOLF WITH PRE-LUNAR TENSION IN ANKH-MORPORK. AND A DWARF WITH ATTITUDE AND A GOLEM WHO'S BEGUN TO THINK FOR ITSELF. But for Commander Vimes, Head of Ankh-Morpork City Watch, that's only the start... There's treason in the air. A crime has happened. He's not only got to find out whodunit, but howdunit too. He's not even sure what they dun. But soon as he knows what the questions are, he's going to want some answers.

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    Is this book worth your time? Yes. A thousand times yes.

    Jun 29, 2009 — Source

  • The Wee Free Men

    The Wee Free Men

    Terry Pratchett
    Aching
    Tiffany (Fictitious character)

    A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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    I will never be able to write a book as good as this.

    Jun 29, 2009 — Source

  • The Calculating Stars

    The Calculating Stars

    Mary Robinette Kowal
    A Lady Astronaut Novel
    Fiction

    "A Tom Doherty Associates book"--Title page.

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    I was expecting it to be good, but not *this* good.

    Aug 10, 2018 — Source

  • Witches Abroad

    Witches Abroad

    Terry Pratchett
    A Novel of Discworld
    Fiction

    Once upon a time there was a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had a good heart, a wise head, and poor planning skills—which, unfortunately, left the Princess Emberella in the care of her other (not quite so good and wise) godmother when death came for Desiderata. So now it's up to Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to ensure the servant girl doesn't marry the Prince. But the road to Genua is bumpy, and along the way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling house (well this is a fairy tale, after all). The trouble really begins once these reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and must outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll stop at nothing to achieve a proper "happy ending"—even if it means destroying a kingdom.

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    Whenever I'm having a rough time in my life, I read a Terry Pratchett novel.

    Aug 25, 2013 — Source

  • Reaper Man

    Reaper Man

    Terry Pratchett
    A Novel of Discworld
    Fiction

    They say there are only two things you can count on ... But that was before DEATH started pondering the existential. Of course, the last thing anyone needs is a squeamish Grim Reaper and soon his Discworld bosses have sent him off with best wishes and a well-earned gold watch. Now DEATH is having the time of his life, finding greener pastures where he can put his scythe to a whole new use. But like every cutback in an important public service, DEATH's demise soon leads to chaos and unrest -- literally, for those whose time was supposed to be up, like Windle Poons. The oldest geezer in the entire faculty of Unseen University -- home of magic, wizardry, and big dinners -- Windle was looking forward to a wonderful afterlife, not this boring been-there-done-that routine. To get the fresh start he deserves, Windle and the rest of Ankh-Morpork's undead and underemployed set off to find DEATH and save the world for the living (and everybody else, of course).

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    Whenever I'm having a rough time in my life, I read a Terry Pratchett novel.

    Aug 25, 2013 — Source

  • Master Assassins

    This book has everything I love.

    Mar 15, 2018 — Source

  • Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Neal Stephenson
    A Novel
    Fiction

    One of Time’s 100 best English-language novels • A mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous, you’ll recognize it immediately Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison—a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility to bring us the gigathriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Praise for Snow Crash “[Snow Crash is] a cross between Neuromancer and Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland. This is no mere hyperbole.”—The San Francisco Bay Guardian “Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the twenty-first century.”—William Gibson “Brilliantly realized . . . Stephenson turns out to be an engaging guide to an onrushing tomorrow.”—The New York Times Book Review

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • 1984

    1984

    George Orwell
    Drama

    April, 1984. Winston Smith thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new adaptation exploring why Orwell's vision of the future is as relevant as ever.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Dune

    Dune

    Frank Herbert
    Fiction

    Follows the adventures of Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke given up for dead on a treacherous desert planet and adopted by its fierce, nomadic people, who help him unravel his most unexpected destiny.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Neuromancer

    Neuromancer

    William Gibson
    Fiction

    Case, a nerve-damaged data thief, is recruited by a new employer for a last-chance run against a powerful artificial intelligence.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley
    Fiction

    Set far in the future, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World depicts a world where “Controllers” have achieved what they believe to be the ideal society. Through scientific and genetic breakthroughs the human race has been brought to perfection: humans have pre-assigned roles in society, and everyone happily fulfills their purpose. Bernard Marx, however, is different. He is disgusted by the predestined behaviour of his peers and has a strong desire to break free from social pressures, leading him to set off on a journey to visit one of the few remaining Savage Reservations—places where the old, flawed, and imperfect life still continues. Inspired by the popularity of utopian novels at the time Aldous Huxley created a dystopian vision of what our world might one day become—and readers will be terrified to discover that some of his predictions may have already come true. Brave New World has twice been adapted for film, most recently in 1998 as a television movie starring Peter Gallagher and Leonard Nimoy. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Beowulf

    Every book on this list has done two of these three things [I loved them very much, when/where/how they were written, so many people have read them]. Many have done all three.

    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • The Odyssey

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Robert Anson Heinlein
    Fiction

    The epic saga of an earthling, born and educated on Mars, who arrives on our planet with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • The Bloody Chamber

    The Bloody Chamber

    Angela Carter
    Fairy tales

    From familiar fairy tales and legends â Red Riding Hood, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Beauty and the Beast, vampires and werewolves â Angela Carter has created an absorbing collection of dark, sensual, fantastic stories.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Gun, with Occasional Music

    Gun, with Occasional Music

    Jonathan Lethem
    A Novel
    Fiction

    In a bizarre world shared by people and intelligent animals, Conrad Metcalf, a human private detective, finds out one of his cases has drawn him into a conflict between gangsters and the Inquisitor's office

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • Lord of the Rings

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Every book on this list has done two of these three things [I loved them very much, when/where/how they were written, so many people have read them]. Many have done all three.

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  • The Dresden Files

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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Ray Bradbury

    It's the week before Hallowe'en, and Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois. The siren song of the calliope entices all with promises of youth regained and dreams fulfilled . . . And as two boys trembling on the brink of manhood set out to explore the mysteries of the dark carnival's smoke, mazes and mirrors, they will also discover the true price of innermost wishes . . .

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  • The Chronicles of Narnia

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  • Dragonriders Of Pern

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  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

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  • The Chronicles of Amber

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  • Wizard of Earthsea

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  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy

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  • The Riddlemaster of Hed series

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  • Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath

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  • Cat’s Cradle

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  • Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon

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  • Midsummer Night’s Dream

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  • The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    William Goldman
    An Illustrated Edition of S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
    Fiction

    An anniversary edition of the classic story follows the adventure, romance, and off-kilter foibles of the faithful Westley, beautiful farm girl-turned-princess Buttercup, and their intrepid companions.

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    Jun 24, 2011 — Source

  • The Last Herald-Mage trilogy

    The Last Herald-Mage trilogy

    Mercedes Lackey
    Fiction

    The Last Herald-Mage Trilogy—three groundbreaking, Lambda Award-winning novels that established Mercedes Lackey as a fantasy tour-de-force and her Kingdom of Valdemar as a place millions of readers return to again and again. This Lambda Award-winning trilogy tells the story of Vanyel, persecuted and abused son of a Valdemaran noble, who finds acceptance at Haven when he is Chosen by the Companion Yfandes. Companions like Yfandes are magical horse-like beings with the power to communicate and bond with their Chosen, and trigger the potential for psychic abilities—and magic. But Vanyel discovers other things about himself at Haven as well…. He discovers love in an unexpected place, and loses it, and nearly his own life. With Yfandes and his aunt, Herald Savil, he will travel to the home of the mysterious Hawkbrothers in search of healing and training, and will grow from a troubled and heartbroken Trainee to become the most powerful Herald-Mage in the history of Valdemar—and the one hope for Valdemar against an implacable foe bent on eradicating magic from the Kingdom entirely

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  • River World Series

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  • One Thousand and One Nights

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  • The Dark Tower series

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  • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

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  • Belgariad series

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  • Michael Ende

    Michael Ende

    The Neverending Story

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  • The Dragonlance Chronicles

    The Dragonlance Chronicles

    Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman

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  • The Shannara Trilogy

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  • The Farseer Trilogy

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  • Gargantua and Pantagruel

    Gargantua and Pantagruel

    Francois Rabelais
    Fiction

    The dazzling and exuberant moral stories of Rabelais (c. 1471-1553) expose human follies with their mischievous and often obscene humour, while intertwining the realistic with carnivalesque fantasy to make us look afresh at the world. Gargantua depicts a young giant, reduced to laughable insanity by an education at the hands of paternal ignorance, old crones and syphilitic professors, who is rescued and turned into a cultured Christian knight. And in Pantagruel and its three sequels, Rabelais parodied tall tales of chivalry and satirized the law, theology and academia to portray the bookish son of Gargantua who becomes a Renaissance Socrates, divinely guided in his wisdom, and his idiotic, self-loving companion Panurge.

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  • Only Forward

    Only Forward

    Michael Marshal Smith

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  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M Miller
    Business & Economics

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  • Pretty much Anything

    Pretty much Anything

    Christopher Moore
    Business & Economics

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  • Time Enough for Love

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  • Stardust

    Stardust

    Neil Gaiman
    Courtship

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  • His Dark Materials

    His Dark Materials

    Phillip Pullman
    Business & Economics

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  • Black Company Series

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  • Shades of Grey

    Shades of Grey

    Jasper Fforde
    A Novel
    Fiction

    The New York Times bestseller and “a rich brew of dystopic fantasy and deadpan goofiness” (The Washington Post) from the author of the Thursday Next series and Early Riser Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.

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  • Lud in Mist

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  • The Red Magician

    The Red Magician

    Lisa Goldstein
    Fiction

    Winner of the National Book Award: In the shadow of the Holocaust, a young girl discovers the power of magic In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses Kicsi’s school for teaching lessons in Hebrew, the holy tongue, the possibility of adventure seems further away than ever. But when a mysterious stranger appears telling stories of far-off lands, Kicsi feels the world within her grasp. His name is Vörös, and he is a magician’s assistant who seems to have powers all his own. There is darkness growing at the edge of the village—a darkness far blacker than any rabbi’s curse. Vörös warns of the Nazi threat, but only Kicsi hears what he says. As evil consumes a continent, Vörös will teach Kicsi that sometimes the magician’s greatest trick is survival.

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  • Old Man’s War

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  • A Wrinke In Time

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  • Death is a Lonely Business

    Death is a Lonely Business

    Ray Bradbury
    Fiction

    Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s. Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter. Trying not to miss his girlfriend (away studying in Mexico), the nameless writer steadily crafts his literary effort--until strange things begin happening around him. Starting with a series of peculiar phone calls, the writer then finds clumps of seaweed on his doorstep. But as the incidents escalate, his friends fall victim to a series of mysterious "accidents"--some of them fatal. Aided by Elmo Crumley, a savvy, street-smart detective, and a reclusive actress of yesteryear with an intense hunger for life, the wordsmith sets out to find the connection between the bizarre events, and in doing so, uncovers the truth about his own creative abilities.

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  • Declare

    Declare

    Tim Powers
    A Novel
    Fiction

    As a young double agent infiltrating the Soviet spy network in Nazi-occupied Paris, Andrew Hale finds himself caught up in a secret, even more ruthless war. Two decades later, in 1963, he will be forced to confront again the nightmarethat has haunted his adult life: a lethal unfinished operation code-named Declare. From the corridors of Whitehall to the Arabian desert, from post-war Berlin to the streets of Cold War Moscow, Hale's desperate quest draws him into international politics and gritty espionage tradecraft -- and inexorably drives Hale, the fiery and beautiful Communist agent Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga, and Kim Philby, mysterious traitor to the British cause, to a deadly confrontation on the high glaciers of Mount Ararat, in the very shadow of the fabulous and perilous Ark.

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  • Icewind Dale Trilogy

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  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    J.K. Rowling
    Fiction

    'There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.' Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true. Having now become classics of our time, the Harry Potter ebooks never fail to bring comfort and escapism to readers of all ages. With its message of hope, belonging and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new readers.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    Richard Adams

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren - he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver's sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them. And so begins a long and perilous journey of a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, but here they face their most difficult challenge of all... Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival against the odds.

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  • Little, Big

    Little, Big

    John Crowley
    Fiction

    John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

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  • The Wheel of Time

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  • The Left Hand of Darkness

    The Left Hand of Darkness

    Ursula K. Le Guin
    Fiction

    The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary's mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose--and change--their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Exploring questions of psychology, society, and human emotion in an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of science fiction.

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  • Flatland

    Flatland

    Edwin A. Abbott

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  • House of Leaves

    House of Leaves

    Mark Z. Danielewski

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  • The Doomsday Book

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  • Fafhrd & Gray Mouser books

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  • The Gormenghast series

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  • Day of the Triffids

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  • The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters

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  • A Song of Ice and Fire

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  • The Forever War

    The Forever War

    Joe Haldeman
    Forever War Book 1
    Fiction

    Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero in an interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. But his greatest test will be when he returns home. Relativity means that for every few months' tour of duty centuries have passed on Earth, isolating the combatants ever more from the world for whose future they are fighting. Winner of the HUGO AWARD for best novel, 1976 Winner of the NEBULA AWARD for best novel, 1975

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  • The Mote in God’s Eye

    The Mote in God’s Eye

    Jerry Pournelle,Larry Niven

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  • Nova

    Nova

    Samuel R. Delaney

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  • Dhalgren

    Dhalgren

    Samuel R. Delany
    Fiction

    Nebula Award Finalist: Reality unravels in a Midwestern town in this sci-fi epic by the acclaimed author of Babel-17. Includes a foreword by William Gibson. A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there . . . In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound. So begins Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany’s masterwork, which in 1975 opened a new door for what science fiction could mean. A labyrinth of a novel, it raises questions about race, sexuality, identity, and art, but gives no easy answers, in a city that reshapes itself with each step you take . . . This ebook features an illustrated biography of Samuel R. Delany including rare images from his early career.

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  • The Uplift Trilogy

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  • The Fionavar Tapestry

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  • The Vorkosigan Saga

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  • Conan stories

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  • Lensman Series

    Lensman Series

    E.E. “Doc” Smith

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  • Malazan Books of the Fallen

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  • Tripod Trilog

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  • Howl’s Moving Castle

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