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The Tainted Cup By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781984820709
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Published: Del Rey - February 6th, 2024

Titans have been emerging from the sea floor and clambering over the concentric walls of the empire every wet-season for as long as the citizens of Daretana can remember. The corpses of these felled monsters are utilized to alter the biology of the empire's military class, leading to fascinating and terrifying abilities, as well as a Chernobyl-style catastrophe that wiped out an entire region. When a high-ranking officer is found murdered by a remnant of this disaster, it is up to Din, an altered assistant investigator to look into a string of murders and discover his place within an empire whose servants aims are not as noble as they may seem. Also this book RULES.


$75.00
SKU: 9798218262549N
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Never before seen in print, "The Meaning of Gravity" collects fifty years of collage works from the late San Francisco street photographer Ken Graves. Graves' collages examine the tension of societal roles with humor and wit–from intimate relationships, to duty, to one's sex or station–and masterfully reveal the hidden rituals that have been erected to create and maintain a set of social orders. This is cosmic, surrealist work lovingly printed in Spain and presented by new Los Angeles photobook publisher Luhz Press. ***Limited Print Run***


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A Luminous Republic By Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translated by), Edmund White (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translated by), Edmund White (Foreword by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781328589347
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Published: HarperVia - April 14th, 2020

There are only 7 copies of this on the west coast. Grab one now. Pass it amongst your friends like a forbidden and poisonous flower. Do you contain a curious and worrisome intellect? Are you concerned with the unnknowable nature of the human soul? Is your primary joy in thinking, daydreaming, or searching for connections between the abstract and sensory? Have you ever seen anyone "as peaceful as a tree" or witnessed "the arrogance of the sufferer"? No matter. It's just a book. It can't hurt you.


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A Shining By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator) Cover Image
By Jon Fosse, Damion Searls (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781945492778
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Published: Transit Books - October 31st, 2023

A heartbreaking place to begin reading the recent Nobel Prize winner’s work. In this slim volume, a traveler sets off into wintry woods and encounters a transcendent light. Know if you read this sequestered from your family, you will return to the bright warmth of their hearth with tears in your eyes and more love for them than ever before.


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Biography of X: A Novel By Catherine Lacey Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374606176
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 21st, 2023

X is an artist and revolutionary living in an alternate America who sheds her identity like skins in order to leave indelible marks in art, music, and literature under different aliases. But is she a charlatan or a genius? And what is the cost of loving someone whose entire life seems to be one desperate work of art?


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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765397539
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Published: Tordotcom - May 2nd, 2017

Welp. I guess you gotta hand it to her. I thought I’d just try it out and before I knew it I had ripped through five novellas before saving the Hugo-and-Nebula-award-winning novel for last. I’m delighted to see the series continue in a new full-length novel out in November, and I really gotta know what’s up with those alien remnants.


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The City & The City: A Novel By China Miéville Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345497529
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Published: Del Rey - April 27th, 2010

Mieville has written about this work as an "exaggeration of the logic of borders." Think Jerusalem, East/West Berlin, Budapest. There's a brilliant spatial cognitive-dissonance that the characters in the twin cities of Bezel and Ul Qoma inhabit, which operates like an extended metaphor, but is always grounded within its propulsive murder mystery. I'm not a fan of mysteries, but this is so much more-- its intriguing geopolitical design has a conspiratorial feel that feels entirely plausible given the surrealist absurdity of the world. For fans of Disco Elysium, topographic neologisms, and confounding anachronisms.


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Gospel By Will Morris, Will Morris (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Will Morris, Will Morris (By (artist))
$14.99
ISBN: 9781534325999
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Published: Image Comics - June 27th, 2023

I guess I'm on a comics kick this year. Gospel operates on multiple levels--it's a Medieval history adventure story that explores themes of faith and truth through diegetic storytelling.


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The Divers' Game: A Novel By Jesse Ball Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062676122
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Published: Ecco - October 13th, 2020

An enigmatic story set in a world adjacent to our own--fascist, tense, human-- and always affected by power, whether in quiet, daily, and individual ways, or in violent, societal expulsions of anger and grief. Its three linked sections follow different characters through vestiges of civilization; ghettos, strange and dangerous children's games, parades as exercises in justice where none can be found. Jesse Ball deftly explores class structure in this swift and intelligent portrayal of the poetry and hyperbole of human violence and will.


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Breasts and Eggs By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator) Cover Image
By Mieko Kawakami, Sam Bett (Translator), David Boyd (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609456702
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Published: Europa Editions - March 23rd, 2021

What does it mean to bring a life into this world? What is it to be a family? To want a family? An intimate and sensory delight that evokes female life across the seasons in urban Japan, following Natsuko and her family's journey through womanhood. A perfect book for languid summer days.


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Spa By Erik Svetoft, Melissa Bowers (Translated by) Cover Image
By Erik Svetoft, Melissa Bowers (Translated by)
$34.99
ISBN: 9781683966968
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 14th, 2023

Hilariously macabre cosmic horror set in a luxury spa in Northern Europe. Like Spirited Away on steroids. Demons arise from the darkest depths of these characters' souls, only, is their failure to see what befalls them tragedy or comedy? Is there absolution in destruction?


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The Notebook, the Proof, the Third Lie: Three Novels By Agota Kristof, Alan Sheridan (Translator), David Watson (Translator) Cover Image
By Agota Kristof, Alan Sheridan (Translator), David Watson (Translator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780802135063
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Published: Grove Press - June 23rd, 1997

I returned to The Notebook in anticipation of Agota Kristof's upcoming memoir, which details her childhood escape from Hungary during the suppression of the anti-communist revolution. Somehow, it inspired the 2006 video game "Mother 3," but I'll leave you to make that connection.


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The Foundation Pit By Andrey Platonov, Robert Chandler (Afterword by), Robert Chandler (Translated by), Elizabeth Chandler (Translated by), Olga Meerson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Andrey Platonov, Robert Chandler (Afterword by), Robert Chandler (Translated by), Elizabeth Chandler (Translated by), Olga Meerson (Translated by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590173053
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Published: NYRB Classics - April 21st, 2009

A contemporary of Vasily Grossman, Platonov's philosophical satire of Russian "Total Collectivization" depicts a sisyphean societal project, the construction of a massive edifice in which the proletariat will live out their utopian future. As the project drags on, however, the laborers begin to forget their purpose; the discovery of meaning and truth becomes mired in endless toiling. Platonov, with irony and tenderness, never forgets the beauty of memory, existence, and the human soul.


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Novelist as a Vocation By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by), Ted Goossen (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9780451494641
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Published: Knopf - November 8th, 2022

A perfect gift for the aspiring writer who may need one final bit of sage advice, or for those interested in craft, routine, and the writer’s life. An essential for the Murakami completionist, and for fans of What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.


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The Memory Police: A Novel By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101911815
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

A beautifully quiet and contained narrative that begins with the disappearance of objects, desire, language, and memory. A modern classic that explores the power of collective memory, kindness, and the work of the artist in the face of fascism.


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2120 By George Wylesol Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781910395653
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - August 1st, 2022

For fans of the TV show Severance, analog horror, and The Backrooms urban legend largely popularized by Kane Parsons on YouTube. Wylesol’s illustrations, which have been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Guardian, are hypnotic, humorous, and surreal. Embark on this “choose your own adventure” and see if you survive.


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Autoportrait By Jesse Ball Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781646221387
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Published: Catapult - August 16th, 2022

A collection of memories that heave and delight like a murmuration of starlings. Beneath these dark and humorous moments, which are all given equivalent weight, sometimes from morbid to mundane to moving all on the same page, a surreal subtext releases the hold of narrative on the reader’s life by revealing the beauty of the absurd.


$15.00
SKU: 9789187325533N
Availability: Out of Stock

A delightful, Eisner Award-winning anthology rendered in beautifully divergent styles, Peow Studio's Ex Mag has something for everyone. Their issues cover genres like Cyberpunk, Mecha, and Paranormal Romance. It's particularly interesting to see the influences of each artist in the interview cards at the back of the issue. Linnea Sterte and Valentine Seiche's work is my personal favorite in Volume 3.


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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250799975
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Published: Tor Books - May 10th, 2022

Written by a professional insultor on the renaissance festival circuit, Buehlman's foray into fantasy is a rollicking adventure to lose yourself in. The voice is quippy and sharp and the world is richly drawn; laid low by the miasmic poisons of the goblin wars which led to the extinction of horses and decimation of the patriarchy. Kinch Na Shannack sets out with a bawdry, charming, and violent band to pay off his student debt from the thieves guild. If you're looking for an untrustworthy bard to spin you a yarn, look no further.


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Pew: A Novel By Catherine Lacey Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250798534
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Published: Picador - July 20th, 2021

Catherine Lacey has written a staggering work of new American allegory in the tradition of Flannery O'Connor and mode of Herman Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener," that explores free will, the tension between social and individual identity, and theological stricture. Absolutely gorgeous and heartbreaking turns of phrase punctuate a growing sense of dread around a community's response to an unclassifiable visitor before a mysterious annual festival. Sure to be a classic, Pew is my favorite book in years.