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The Magician King Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143131434
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Published: Penguin Books - November 29th, 2016

Atonement is an art of balance. In litereature it is the closes thing we'll find to a magical object. It causes strories to cohere, and infuses them with drama and insight. Atonement is the lodestone of the Sagas, and the Greek Tragedies equally. The Magician King, which follows Lev Grossman's The Magicians, employs atonement in a fresh and prodigal manner. Expelled from its pages, it is soon spotted lurking again in the margins, and hidden in the folds of every curtain. For Atonement requires rootedness and that is the very thing Quentin Coldwater, the central figure of Lev Grossman's Magicians book is motivated to avoid. The same might be said of the other central figure of the book, Julia, a peripheral character in the first book, who has achieved power outside the normal avenues of a magical college education.

The narrative alternates between carrying forward from the end of The Magicians, and telling Julia's history retrospectively. The world of illicit magic, far from the safety and more conventional methodology of the magical college, Brakebills, opens up a group of compelling new characters,  intimately involved in Julia's rise to power. Their heartbreaking combination of jaded worldliness, restive intellectual curiousity, and emotional naviete is what makes these books such a delight! What a pleasure it is to find characters immersed in dangerous certainty, and to be filled with uncertainty and mistakeness as a reader. The magic of these book lies in their use of inversion, a fantasy which deconstructs itself yet becomes magical, characters who spurn meaning and end up immersed in it.   One would have to search across many dimensions to find a book at once so philosophically challenging, emotionally astute, and flat out fun as the Magician King.  There are many different ways to get from one point to another. Quentin's path is as intricate, and engaging as anything you'll read.


The Little Paris Bookshop Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780553418798
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Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

The Resurrection of Joan Ashby Cover Image
$25.19
ISBN: 9781250081438
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 29th, 2017

Dark Matter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

Underground Airlines Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316261258
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 18th, 2017

Underground Airlines is truly a genre bending book, as exciting as it is socially penetrating. It is an alternate history, set in the present, which posits that the Civil War never happened.  Lincoln’s assassination, which occurred on the eve of his first inauguration, led to a compromise, enshrining slavery as a legal institution in the existing slave states. Four slave states, the Hard Four, remain in contemporary America. The story is presented by a remarkable first person narrator, an ex-slave bounty hunter whose equally rooted cynicism and honesty pulse through the book, tethered to his almost visceral intellectual acuity. Winters’ present-day America is terrifyingly credible and wonderfully inventive and the novel manages to work completely as both a thriller and as social commentary.


Uprooted Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

Our Endless Numbered Days Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781941040010
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Published: Tin House Books - March 17th, 2015

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143125679
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Published: Penguin Books - July 29th, 2014

The Night Circus Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

Every great story is an enchanted mirror, reflecting both the nature and action of its creation, and the varied experiences of its audience. The Night Circus, warm, brilliantly original, exciting and romantic, is such a book. Some follow the Night Circus as it travels from city to city, experiencing it many times. Others enter its gates only when the Circus appears in their neighborhood, while still others never seek admission. Anyone who does not enter the pages of this novel will be much the poorer for it. This magnificent tale of tales, of passionate contests, of adjoining rooms of wonder and intimacy is itself a wonder and a challenge to all who enter. Whether you call it magic or manipulation Morgenstern has employed her art to put on a literary spectacle from whose pages you will not wish to escape.


Seveneves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062334510
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 17th, 2016

The Shadow of the Wind Cover Image
By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

Jane Steele Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

The Remedy for Love Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616204785
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 30th, 2015

Lexicon Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125426
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1st, 2014

The Name of the Wind Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: Daw Books - April 1st, 2008