Crime Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror

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BLACK LEOPARD RED WOLF
Spilling copious amounts of fresh warm blood, Marlon James' new fantasy dips into African Folklore and myth to breathe new life into a genre in danger of stagnation. -Daven
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PARABLE OF THE SOWER
Butler's 1993 classic only becomes more and more relevant as the years pass and this world continues to center on capitalism and greed. Truly a novel of these times. --recommended by Caitlyn
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Exhalation
Stories
Ted Chiang
Recommended by Daven

"Chiang produces a short story so rarely, each tale is a celebration of exactitude. With an architect's eye for structure, the patience and temperament of a chemist, and a physicist's understanding of the order and chaos that underlines our world and our lives."

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Scandinavian Noir
In Pursuit of a Mystery
Wendy Lesser
An in-depth and personal exploration of Scandinavian crime fiction as a way into Scandinavian culture at large.
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Poso Wells
Gabriela Alemán
Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first work to appear in English: a noir, feminist eco-thriller in which venally corrupt politicians and greedy land speculators finally get their just comeuppance!
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The Three-Body Problem
Remembrance of Earth's Past, Book 1
Cixin Liu
The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin. Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens.
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The Gunman
A Novel
Jean-Patrick Manchette
"Forget whatever you've read about the film. This is the darkest of dark noirs, in the tradition of Jim Thompson, and the last novel Manchette would publish before his early death. Every word Manchette wrote is worth your time, much as those of one of his predecessors in French minimalism, Georges Bernanos, is."— City Lights Books
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Annihilation
Southern Reach Trilogy Book 1
Jeff VanderMeer
In the tradition of the science fiction New Wave of the 60s and 70s, Jeff VanderMeer has written an impressionistic fever dream masquerading as a mystery adventure story, tackling issues of identity, biology and ecological disaster. A unique reading experience only found in speculative fiction --Recommended by Daven
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Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
If you are a geek for 80s popculture taking place in Virtual Reality in the futuretime of 2044, solving videogame mysteries to win the ultimate prize, then this book is for you. I loved it to bytes! —Recommended by Don, City Lights Books
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San Francisco Noir
Peter Maravelis
No trolley car stops at these dark, gritty San Francisco locales. The "other side of the postcard" brought to you by The City's best home-grown local writers. And edited by City Lights' own Peter Maravelis. —Recomended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers
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Bangkok 8
A Novel
John Burdett
Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered...
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Mygale
City Lights Noir
Thierry Jonquet
Mygale [MIG-uh-lee] n.: a genus of large tropical spiders. . . . Richard Lafargue, a well-known plastic surgeon, pursues and captures Vincent Moreau, who raped Lafargue's daughter and left her hopelessly mad in an asylum. Lafargue is determined to...
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The Prone Gunman
City Lights Noir
Jean-Patrick Manchette
"This is the darkest of dark noirs, in the tradition of Jim Thompson, and the last novel Manchette would publish before his early death. Every word Manchette wrote is worth your time, much as those of one of his predecessors in French minimalism, Georges Bernanos, is."— City Lights Books
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Three To Kill
City Lights Noir
Jean-Patrick Manchette
Businessman Georges Gerfaut witnesses a murder-and is pursued by the killers. His conventional life knocked off the rails, Gerfaut turns the tables and sets out to track down his pursuers. Along the way, he learns a thing or two about himself......

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