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Whether Sergio is braving the sand storms of Arrakis (basically Mesa) in search of a Dr. Pepper, or traversing the forests of Lothlorien (basically Flagstaff) in search of second breakfast, he always has a smile on his face and a song forever stuck in his head. He may look scary but he is always open to have a pleasant conversation about all things book or music related (he is a music major after all). So if you need to find an epic fantasy or science fiction novel to get lost in or if you are wondering why Sergei Rachmaninoff is the greatest romantic era composer of all time, Sergio will gladly help you with all of your questions and concerns!
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Tremendous: The Life of a Comedy Savage By Joey Diaz, Erica Florentine (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781637742617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: BenBella Books - May 2nd, 2023

If you ask some of the most popular comedians out there today who is their favorite comic, there is a very high likelihood they will say it is the one and only Joey "Coco" Diaz. With a life full of enough drugs to kill a rhino, theft all over the U.S. and prison time after being arrested for kidnapping, it is safe to say that Diaz has lived a full life and then some. Every page is heartfelt and sincere while still remaining gut bustingly hilarious. You just have to hear it all from the man himself to believe such outrageous story.

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Walking Practice: A Novel By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by) Cover Image
By Dolki Min, Victoria Caudle (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780063258617
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperVia - March 14th, 2023

I never thought I would form such an emotional attachment to a gender fluid, extraterrestrial, tentacled alien who only wants to eat humans and get laid. This is such a unique and fresh read for someone like me who loves things like epic space operas and galaxy spanning battles. This book written from the perspective of an alien creature makes me laugh one page and have deep thoughts of morality and what it means to be human the next. But at the end of the day I really have to say the main message I got from this book was simple. STAIRS ARE THE DEVIL!

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Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2) By Scott Lynch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553588958
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - July 29th, 2008

The Gentleman Bastards find themselves in a new string of adventures and in a new set of trouble in this second installment by Scott Lynch. Locke and Jean find themselves in the midst of a political struggle, a gambling baron and a pirate crew all the while trying to steal the rug from under them as only they know how. Daring mission impossible music and sea shanty’s are guaranteed to plague your mind as you read on of the most fun and unique stories to grace our lives by the genius that is Scott Lynch!

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Iron Gold (Red Rising Series #4) By Pierce Brown Cover Image
ISBN: 9780425285930
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Del Rey - October 23rd, 2018

If you are like me then you finished the wild ride that is the first three of Pierce Brown’s books and couldn’t quite get rid of the itch for more. More stirring speeches of glory before an iron rain. More of some of the best action scenes in literature with sling blades meeting as two demigods try to best the other in a duel to the death. More amazing new and unique characters with both lovable and loathsome traits and personalities. To see how the consequences of the rising affect the society as a whole. The Howlers reunite in the first of a new string of amazing books by the man himself Pierce Freaking Brown!

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Astonishing the Gods: A Novel By Ben Okri Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635422658
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Other Press - March 15th, 2022

To know something is to have it disappear. What does it mean to be seen? These are two of the things that are explored in this one of a kind tale. Okri's awe inspiring telling of one individual's strange and magical journey of discovering a land where to be seen is uncommon and to sit amongst the gods is as normal as breathing. This book came into my life at the right time and Okri's outstanding writing will stick with me forever.

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Nineteen Claws and a Black Bird: Stories By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by) Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781668012666
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - June 20th, 2023

Before you read this book, LOOK UP THE TRIGGER WARNINGS! Agustina Bazterrica has a way of using words to paint pictures that make you feel so many different emotions. You'll laugh. You'll contemplate. You'll squirm and honestly you'll feel uncomfortable at times. That is the point of some of these short stories. To make you think and they will stick with you for a long time after you finish this read.

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The Salt Grows Heavy By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250830913
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Nightfire - May 2nd, 2023

A nonbinary, Frankenstein-esque plague doctor and a ravenous mermaid seek to destroy a religion.... If that doesn't get you then I don't know what will! Cassandra Khaw has managed to build a masterpiece in this little book that I devoured in one sitting. Using some of the most eloquent uses of language that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, they paint one of the most moving and vivid stories that will stay with me for a long time to come.

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The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #1) By Katherine Arden Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101885956
Availability: Backordered
Published: Del Rey - June 27th, 2017

Russian folk-lore doesn't get the hype that it deserves and this book aims to remedy that problem! Vasya is a woman out of time who is cursed by being a woman in Russia during the time of the Czar's. If she were a man she would be leading men or adventuring to the far corners of the world yet discovered. Her journey of self discovery brings her in the presence of some of Russia's most famous folk characters. Come along as she breaks the mold and shapes her own destiny.