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For those attempting to tackle Pratchett’s enormous Discworld oeuvre who are unsure where to begin, try Small Gods! It follows Brutha, the slow but well-meaning Chosen One of the Great God Om, on a mission to prevent a holy war between the rigid theocracy of Omnia and its laid-back philosophical neighbor, Ephebe. The least of Brutha’s problems is that Om is trapped in the body of a tortoise and can’t persuade anyone to do as he says. Beloved by die-hard fans and casual readers alike, the novel takes on religion, ethics, and belief in Pratchett’s classic irreverent style.  

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780062237378
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Published: Harper - October 29th, 2013

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The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley is a live-wire of a novel. It sounds like a strange, potentially dry, premise -- Beowulf, but make it suburban, and yet Headley’s novel is an energizing, propulsive read. Willa Herot lives in a pristine neighborhood, where her reality has been carefully curated. Her home is the loveliest one on the block; she has a precious, well-behaved baby boy and an enviable marriage. It all hangs by a delicate thread. In a mountain cave overlooking the suburban haven lives Dana,  a veteran suffering from PTSD, and her son, Gren, who has never experienced life outside the safety of the cave. An innocent meeting between the two boys sets both worlds reeling. Headley’s take on the epic poem deals with topics like motherhood, womanhood, otherness, and modern-day monsters with searing intensity, her writing as beautiful as it is brutal.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781250214942
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Published: Picador - July 16th, 2019

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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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$27.99
ISBN: 9781250313195
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Published: Tordotcom - September 10th, 2019

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