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The  Sixth Gun Omnibus Vol. 1 By Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (Illustrator), Crank! (Letterer), Tyler Crook (Illustrator), Brian Churilla (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (Illustrator), Crank! (Letterer), Tyler Crook (Illustrator), Brian Churilla (Illustrator)
$39.99
ISBN: 9781637152386
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Published: Oni Press - May 7th, 2024

Not all guns destroy, some create. (I reckon this is my second favorite comic of all time.)


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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen By Brian Raftery Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501175398
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 31st, 2020

Can you believe we got "I know kung fu" and "Two chicks at the same time man" in the same year?


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Third Class Superhero By Charles Yu Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780156030816
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - September 5th, 2006

Justice for Moisture Man.


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Heart of a Dog By Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator) Cover Image
By Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg (Translator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802150592
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - January 21st, 1994

I shoulda been a dog.


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Island By Aldous Huxley Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061561795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - October 20th, 2009

The best book about a utopia that isn't actually about a dystopia. (For the person who would like to imagine a better world but lacks optimism.)


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Video Tonfa By Tim Goodyear (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tim Goodyear (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781942801931
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Floating World Comics - May 10th, 2016

The best book of movie reviews that's really just a journal/sketchbook reminiscing about video store staples. (For the person who shopped at Hollywood Video [or a mom and pop] instead of Blockbuster.)


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Snow Crash: A Novel By Neal Stephenson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553380958
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 2nd, 2000

The best book about a "wild" sci-fi future that we've more or less caught up with. (For the person who thinks reality could be improved by wielding samurai swords.)


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The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety By Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, MD (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Alan Watts, Deepak Chopra, MD (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307741202
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Published: Vintage - February 8th, 2011

The best book about learning to exist in a world that is (and always will be) chaotic. (For the person who thinks self-help books are gross but is also deathly afraid of philosophy.)


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Liminal States By Zack Parsons Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780806533643
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Citadel - April 1st, 2012

A real barn burner of a book that begins as a Weird Western, transitions into a paranoid 50's Sci-fi Noir, and finally coasts effortlessly into Cosmic Alien Horror. In a perfect world you'd be able to watch my mini-series adapation and praise me for how faithful I was to the source. Mayhap one day.


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Gun, With Occasional Music: A Novel By Jonathan Lethem Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780156028974
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2003

haiku 

listen, when this gun talks
a kangaroo punches back
and then things get weird


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Blueprints of the Afterlife By Ryan Boudinot Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780802170910
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - January 3rd, 2012

The kitchen sink approach to sci-fi. It's as if the writer thought they might never get another chance so they decided to cram in every single creative idea they've ever had into one book. The fact that it is not only readable but a bit of a masterful intricacy is evidence of a great writer. Hecko just give it a shot.


$16.99
SKU: 9780241966570N
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A southern (fried), gothic jam from the towering king of sinister (and oh so very cool), Nick Cave. It's got passages so deliberate and world shattering that it'll butter your bread and marry your sister before you can even hop a pig y'all.


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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel (Zoey Ashe #1) By Jason Pargin, David Wong Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250830548
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 5th, 2021

Listen up butthead! This here is book one in the zany-to-all-heck "Zoey Ashe" series and you don't wanna be caught goosed-up, slack-jawed and red-faced when book three drops later this year.


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The Sheriff of Yrnameer (Vintage Contemporaries) By Michael Rubens Cover Image
$21.00
ISBN: 9780307455147
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Published: Vintage - August 10th, 2010

If you're itchin' to fix your peepers on a comedic sci-fi western, then boy howdy this is the book fer ya. There ain't many books like it and by golly that's part of its charm.


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In the Miso Soup By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143035695
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

White guy goes on sex tour in Japan, insane(ly grotesque US of A levels of) violence ensues.


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Shit Cassandra Saw: Stories By Gwen E. Kirby Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143136620
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

Dang y'all, Cassadandra saw a lot and boy howdy is it funny AND enlightening.


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The Great Frustration: Stories By Seth Fried Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593764166
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Published: Soft Skull - May 1st, 2011

We read this book every year, and every year we are tickled anew. We laugh even though we anticipate it and we laugh at new moments despite knowing it nearly by heart. We do this because it lives in the Venn diagram of all of our favorite things. And we believe you ought to join us. For the person that likes their funny bone to be destroyed but also their brain bone and sometimes both at the same time.


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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories By Ken Liu Cover Image
By Ken Liu
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481424363
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - October 4th, 2016

I’ll tell ya straight, these stories are beautiful and life altering in the best of ways. Don’t believe me? Need proof? Okay, pal, prepare to be devastated. Head on over to Levar Burton’s podcast (Levar Burton Reads) and let him read the titular story to you. You’re welcome. For the person who refuses to acknowledge emotions and needs them pulled out of them with great effort.


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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella By George Saunders, Joshua Ferris (Introduction by) Cover Image
By George Saunders, Joshua Ferris (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987683
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 26th, 2016

What can be said about this book that hasn’t already been shouted from the mountaintops? Probably nothing. But look, it’s just that good. Never have I seen such a unique exploration of the mundane with such a wild perspective. His upcoming book continues this superhuman ability as well. The only contemporary equivalent I can think of is Charles Yu. I love ’em both but I can only have four picks so you’ll have to accept this stealth five pick. I’m a man of indulgence; I make no apologies. For the person who’s worked retail their entire life and can nod along knowingly.


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The Miniature Wife: and Other Stories By Manuel Gonzales Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594632273
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2014

You may have noticed that I frequently suggest short stories. Yes, I’m that guy. However, one might argue that the short story is so difficult to fully realize and encapsulate (second only to the novella) that you might wonder how anyone can do it. Now imagine you do so with wit and brevity. Such are the makings of all the stories within this collection. For the person who loves short stories (hey, let’s be friendos) and loves introducing a writer most don’t know about.


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Chainsaw Man, Vol. 1 By Tatsuki Fujimoto Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781974709939
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 6th, 2020

Read it to supplement the show or your brain. It's funny and worth it, mannnnnn.


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The Lathe Of Heaven: A Novel By Ursula  K. Le Guin Cover Image
$17.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781416556961
Published: Scribner - April 15th, 2008

A beautiful story about the nature of reality, control/corruption and the pursuit of a better life. All told with such brevity and class you wonder if it's some kind of concentrated fever dream you once had. Or a nightmare. One of my favorites and always worth revisiting every year.


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Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) By Edgar Cantero Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Vintage - May 29th, 2018

What if (analogs of) Scooby and the gang disbanded after a horrific incident that forever damaged them? And what if the event that broke them turned out to be a real, supernatural threat previously thought a hoax? Years later, their youth having turned to crippling adulthood, the gang reconnects to fix themselves and, quite possibly, the world. Welcome to the hilarious (and often disturbing) mind of Edgar Cantero.


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Sorry Please Thank You: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) By Charles Yu Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307948465
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2013

These stories are so funny, so delightful, so inspired that I wish Charles Yu was my friend just so I can confirm he's human and not some kind of god of the short story. If he's a minor diety I'll accept that. Also I'm definitely not jealous. Probably.