Staff Pick

Decades before Game of Thrones shook the fantasy genre in the 90s, Dorothy Dunnett was writing exciting and ambitious historical fiction set in the Renaissance era: starring her first creation and one of the great bad boys of the genre, Francis Crawford of Lymond. In the first of these books, The Game of Kings, Lymond returns to his homeland of Scotland and sets his mother's castle on fire. Why would he do this? Is he a traitor to his country or a secret bleeding-heart patriot? Sword duels, heart-rending melodrama and copious amounts of period detail await you in this series, a perennial favorite of authors ranging from George R. R. Martin to Ellen Kushner to Joanna Bourne.

 
The Game of Kings: Book One in the Legendary Lymond Chronicles Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525565246
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 2019

Staff Pick

Drawn by a nonbinary comics artist, Our Dreams at Dusk tackles adolescence, sexuality and gender head-on. Featuring explosive visual metaphors and lovable (if sometimes frustrating) characters, this is one of my favorite comics to be published in the US this year. Recommended to fans of "On a Sunbeam"!

 

 

 

 

Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781642750607
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Published: Seven Seas - May 7th, 2019

Staff Pick

I'd been meaning to check out Samatar's writing for a while, but this short story collection caught me off guard in its amazing stylistic range and flexibility. Dancing between heartfelt character study and chilling horror, Calvino homage and badly written (on purpose!) personal essay, each entry challenges the convention of the form while subverting the reader's expectations.

 

 

Tender: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781618731654
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Published: Small Beer Press - April 2nd, 2019

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