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Angel Killer: A Jessica Blackwood Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062348876
Published: Harper Paperbacks - September 23rd, 2014

In this self-published bestselling eBook by a real illusionist—the first thriller in a sensational series—now available in paperback, FBI agent Jessica Blackwood believes she has successfully left her complicated life as a gifted magician behind her . . . until a killer with seemingly supernatural powers puts her talents to the ultimate test.

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The Martian: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804139021
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 11th, 2014

Apollo 13 meets Castaway in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller-set on the surface of Mars.

Astronaut Mark Watney gets mistakenly stranded on Mars and has to use his ingenuity and determination to survive. Mark's wry, snarky sense of humor and can-fix-anything attitude make him a lot of fun to spend time with. By the end of this book, people will root for Mark Watney!

This story was scarily well-thought-out and researched. Some readers may find themselves scanning over some of the science in this book, because, boy howdy, there's a lot of it! However, I like a lot of science in my science fiction. If it's well done, I think it helps ground the story, for one thing. Stacey

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Charming (Pax Arcana #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316253390
Published: Orbit - September 24th, 2013

The launch of a new urban fantasy star who gives a modern twist to the Prince Charming tale.

John Charming isn't your average Prince...

He comes from a line of Charmings -- an illustrious family of dragon slayers, witch-finders and killers dating back to before the fall of Rome. Trained by a modern day version of the Knights Templar, monster hunters who have updated their methods from chain mail and crossbows to Kevlar and shotguns, John Charming was one of the best--until a curse made him one of the abominations the Knights were sworn to hunt.

That was a lifetime ago. Now, John tends bar under an assumed name in rural Virginia and leads a peaceful, quiet life. That is, until a vampire and a blonde walked into his bar...

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Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut that is part quest, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots and flying DeLoreans.

Fated (An Alex Verus Novel #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937007294
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Published: Ace - February 28th, 2012

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...

Almost tailor-made to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher.  Alex Verus is an entertaining new figure in the world of magic. Stacey

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Touch of Power (Healer #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778313076
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Published: Mira Books - December 27th, 2011


Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skill, she's hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

A Discovery of Witches: A Novel (All Souls Series #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670022410
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Published: Viking - February 8th, 2011


Deep in the heart of Oxford's Bodleian Library, scholar Diana Bishop requests a manuscript called Ashmole-82 in the course of her research. Coming from an old and distinguished lineage of witches, Diana senses that the ancient book might be bound up with magic---but she herself wants nothing to do with sorcery; and after making a few notes on its curious images, she banishes it quickly back to the stacks. But what she doesn't know is that the old alchemical text has been lost for centuries, and its sudden appearance has set a fantastical underworld stirring. Soon, a distracting horde of daemons, witches, and vampires descends upon the Bodleian's reading rooms. One of these creatures is Matthew Clairmont, an enigmatic and eminent geneticist, practitioner of yoga, and wine connoisseur---and also a vampire with a keen interest in Ashmole-82

Equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. A Discovery of Witches is a novel of epic scope, traveling from the cobbled streets of Oxford to the chateaus and mountains of the Auvergne to a small town in upstate New York. It also takes us into a rich fifteen-hundred-year history that spans Clovis and the Crusades, the Knights Templar, and the American Revolution. As Matthew and Diana's alliance deepens into intimacy, Diana must come to terms with age-old taboos and her own family's conflicted history---and she must learn where the modern woman she is meets the source of ancient power that is her legacy, With a scholar's depth and the touch of a great storyteller, Deborah Harkness has woven a tale of passion and obsession; the collision of magic, alchemy, and science; and the closely guarded secrets of an enchanted world.

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ISBN: 9780143036425
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006


The triumphant debut of a brilliant new mystery series - "A really good book" (Robert B. Parker)

In this outstanding first novel, Craig Johnson draws on his background in law enforcement and his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. Walt Longmire, sheriff of Wyoming’s Absaroka County, knows he’s got trouble when Cody Pritchard is found dead. Two years earlier, Cody and three accomplices had been given suspended sentences for raping a Northern Cheyenne girl. Is someone seeking vengeance? Longmire faces the most volatile and challenging case in his twenty-four years as sheriff and means to see that revenge, a dish that is best served cold, is never served at all.

Sherrif Longmire is the kind of character that you'd like to hang out with over a beer and just listen to his stories.  He's funny, tough and deeply human.  I'm addicted to this series! Stacey


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ISBN: 9780765350381
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Fantasy - July 31st, 2007


Brandon Sanderson, fantasy's newest master tale spinner, author of the acclaimed debut "Elantris", dares to turn a genre on its head by asking a simple question: What if the hero of prophecy fails? What kind of world results when the Dark Lord is in charge? The answer will be found in the Mistborn Trilogy, a saga of surprises and magical martial-arts action that begins in "Mistborn". For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity, " reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison. Kelsier "snapped" and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark. Kelsier recruited the underworld's elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel's plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she's a half-Skaa orphan, but she's lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed. Readers of "Elantris" thought they'd discovered someone special in Brandon Sanderson. "Mistborn "proves they were right.

A compelling mix between a coming-of-age story and a caper movie. Sanderson give a welcome twist to the traditional magic systems found in fantasy novels. This was an amazing book.

Something Missing: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780767930888
Published: Crown - July 14th, 2009


A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime scenes, Martin considers himself one of the best in the biz. After all, he's been able to steal from the same people for years on end--virtually undetected. Of course, this could also be attributed to his unique business model--he takes only items that will go unnoticed by the homeowner. After all, who in their right mind would miss a roll of toilet paper here, a half-used bottle of maple syrup there, or even a rarely used piece of china buried deep within a dusty cabinet? Even though he's never met these homeowners, he's spent hours in their houses, looking through their photo albums and reading their journals. In essence, Martin has developed a friendship of sorts with them and as such, he decides to interfere more in their lives--playing the part of a rather odd guardian angel--even though it means breaking many of his twitchy neurotic rules. Along the way Martin not only improves the lives of others, but he also discovers love and finds that his own life is much better lived on the edge (at least some of the time) in this hilarious, suspenseful and often profound novel about a man used to planning every second of his life, suddenly forced to confront chaos and spontaneity.

This is a quirky, fun mystery that's disturbingly well researched. Stacey
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