Giovanni

Giovanni is a fan of the literary classics, but also a constant reader of darker, more sinister fiction. As long as it has a good story and compelling characters, he's in!

 

 

 

Giovanni's Staff Picks:


 

The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

Where to begin? A fast paced Middle Eastern fantasy novel that takes off from the very beginning. Nahri grew up on the streets of 18th century Cairo during the Ottoman empire and trying to make a living as a con artist and grifter during the French Occupation. As if life wasn't difficult enough, she accidentally summons a centuries-old Daeva warrior from Djinn legend and attracts the attention of very dangerous Ifrit. Things go from bad to worse when she is brought to the ancient Djinn city of Daevabad and thrown into court politics. And to top it all off, she's likely the sole surviving member of one of their races' most powerful and influential families. One that was nearly exterminated by the ancestors of the current ruling king. 

Hooked yet? The first in a new trilogy, this will certainly be a fresh and lasting addition to an already vast genre.


The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, David Spencer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399172762
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Published: Philomel Books - October 23rd, 2018

Huggie is a stuffed rabbit that has seen better days. Stick is a rather upbeat twig figure. Together, they go on an epic adventure around the world encountering all kinds of people and animals. While things don't go over smoothly for Huggie, Stick has the time of his life. 
A hilarious adventure story of an unlikely pair that will appeal to kids and parents alike. 


Sip Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781616959517
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Published: Soho Press - August 14th, 2018

This dark dystopian novel is a great, quick read for anyone who loves a good story. It follows three primary characters; Mira, a shadow-trader feeding the shade of birds and animals to her mother, who lost her shadow, Murk, the half-mad one-legged junkie who sips his own shadow to get high, and Bale, an exiled citizen from the dome cities, who must learn how to survive in this world of shadow addicts and revolutionaries. A compelling story about fear, hunger and sacrifice, but also loyalty and determination.


We Sold Our Souls: A Novel Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683690122
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Published: Quirk Books - September 18th, 2018

A Heavy Metal Crossroads deal where everyone loses. This book is an anthem for all the misfits, the outcasts and the headbangers. For anyone who has ever been in a band and dreamed of making it big, just one more gig, one record producer to notice them, one chance in a lifetime to become legends. That is the dream for most amateur musicians and for Kris, who got ripped off, along with her fellow bandmates, by her oldest and best friend. While Kris works nights at a cheap motel, Terry Hunt lives large off what he stole, the deal he made with a devil, and it's still not enough. You never pay just once. Part crossroads deal without the crossroads, part roadtrip, this novel is a fast-paced thrill ride through Heavy Metal and Hell. For those about to rock, we salute you!


The Sea Queen: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #2) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062563736
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Published: Harper - August 14th, 2018

Fans of Viking Sagas rejoice (again!) as we travel the northern seas with Svanhild, now a woman grown and a mother to a delicate boy, and her husband Solvi, outlaw, raider and rebel. We also catch up with Ragnvald, a father of four and king of his own lands as well as adviser to the future king of all Norway. The second installment of Hartsuyker's trilogy is filled with sea and land battles, deceit, treachery and strong willed characters with every page. Hartsuyker fills this gripping story with real geography, detailed mechanics of sailing a dragon ship and characters straight from the pages of myth and history. Though fiction, many of the characters and events are pulled straight from the 9th century viking sagas, decoding legend from truth. 


We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062405869
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 12th, 2018

What is more frightening than a clown with razor sharp teeth? Or a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Or an abandoned old mining town where the howling is more than the wind. What would you do to repent your sins, erase the evil from your soul? Cargill explores these and other terrifying concepts in his first collection of short stories. These are guaranteed to keep you up at night, questioning your own morals, hungering for more, feeding the darkness within...


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Booze & Vinyl: A Spirited Guide to Great Music and Mixed Drinks Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780762463473
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Published: Running Press Adult - April 17th, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Booze & Vinyl

Comments: 
Have you ever put on a record and then debated which mixed drink would go great with the smooth music of Jazz or the heavy beats of hair metal? It's a common struggle, finding just the right cocktail to suit your musical mood. Well fret no more! This book lists some of the best albums across a myriad of genres and pairs them with choices for classy cocktails. Whether you're relaxing with Coltrane after a long work week, or hosting a party with Aerosmith, this book will have great suggestions on what to drink and what to serve while spinning some of the greatest music of all time!


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The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781101986615
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Published: Dutton - February 27th, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: The Sea Beast Takes a Lover: Stories 

Comments: 
This is a beautiful collection of stories full of mysticism, magic and wit. These are tales about people, about love, about loneliness and loss. Each one is different, each one is sad and beautiful and magical. 
Read this book. You won't be disappointed. 


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Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781616207977
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 20th, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories  

Comments: 
Kelly Barnhill writes with elegance and poetry reminiscent of Bradbury, but with a voice all her own. These stories capture beautifully the depths and subtleties of emotions familiar to us all, but unique to everyone. From Magical Realism to Fantasy, from an English ghost story to a modern fairy tale, these stories will fill you with wonderment. 


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The Sky Is Yours: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780451496263
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Published: Hogarth - January 23rd, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: The Sky Is Yours

Comments:
A wonderful Dystopian sci-fi novel, with DRAGONS! This book follows three teenagers as they navigate their way through a very old world, left almost entirely to the elements; overgrown estates, abandoned city blocks, a prison left to the prisoners and natives, all smoldering and smoking, all haunted by the shadows on the dragons above. Part coming-of-age tale, part glimpse into our potential future, this novel is a magical ride through a world both strange and familiar.


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Sea of Rust: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062405852
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 24th, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Sea of Rust

Comments: When one thinks of Artificial Intelligence, one thinks of monotoned, emotionless machines with stiff movements and strict programmed responses. This isn't the case for the cast of characters of this book. Humans have been exterminated, extinct for three decades, but war still rages, battles are still fought, independence is still the ultimate dream. These robots are more human than we can imagine. They feel affection, remorse, regret, fear death and their own mortality and fight for their right to exist freely. This is not what one would expect of a science fiction novel based around robots, it is so much better!


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Reincarnation Blues: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399178481
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Del Rey - August 22nd, 2017

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Reincarnation Blues

Comments: 
Brilliant. Witty. Engaging. This is a beautiful story of two, well, not people exactly. Milo is the oldest soul in the afterlife, having lived eight thousand years and nearly ten thousand lives, and has yet to reach Perfection. Suzie is Death. Milo and Suzie are in love, and have been for eight millenia, but this love affair is preventing Milo from reaching Perfection and throwing the Universe off balance, at their immortal peril. When you've loved someone for eight thousand years, it's hard to give that person, or anthropomorphised idea, up. This is a beautiful story about love, life(s) and human and not-quite-human failures.


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The Half-Drowned King: A Novel (The Golden Wolf Saga #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062563699
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Published: Harper - August 1st, 2017

Bookseller: Gio
Title: The Half-Drowned King

Comments:
Fans of Viking Sagas rejoice! This debut novel is fast-paced action, political intrigue and thrilling adventure all in one. Follow young Ragnvald as he grows from a young raider to advisor to kings and great warrior. His young sister Svanhild is equally fierce, often over-stepping the traditional women's role and facing down fearsome warriors, waging a war of her own in the home and the heart rather than upon ships or battlefields. These headstrong siblings descend from kings and appears that kings will once again live through their line. Reader beware: This is the first installment of what promises to be a MIGHTY trilogy. The ending wil only make you crave more!


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The Fireman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062200648
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 3rd, 2017

Bookseller: Gio
Title: The Fireman

Comments:

Joe Hill's Fireman is another prime exploration of what happens when people are faced with deadly challenges, how they fight, overcome or embrace what nature has thrown at them. As civilization as we know it slowly crumbles away to ash, we follow one young woman through, almost literally, Hell itself. She meets angels and demons of all sorts, but all ultimately human. We follow our heroine as she grows from a timid nurse and housewife to a fierce protector, learning to live with and harness her new affliction that has wiped out much of humanity. This is not for the faint of heart, but is richly rewarding when racing through the final climactic pages.


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Norse Mythology Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356182
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 6th, 2018

Bookseller: Gio
Title: Norse Mythology

Comments:

Any fan of Neil Gaiman or Norse Myth and culture will love this book! First collected and transcribed by Icelandic poet and historian, Snori Sturlson, in the early 13th century, Gaiman has retold these classic tales with his own wit and magical imagination. Here is how the world was created, how the gods were born, their trials and tribulations, great adventures, and finally, their downfall and demise. RAGNAROK! These stories are beautiful, imaginative and highly entertaining.


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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501127878
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Pocket Books - October 18th, 2016

Bookseller: Gio
Title: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Comments:

Stephen King has proven time and again to truly be the master of horror. His novels have kept readers up at nights for decades. He is also a master of the short story. In his newest collection, there are far fewer monsters in the shadows, but instead lurk behind human eyes. Not all of these stories are frightening, either. Here, he delves deep into the human psyche, exploring human nature and our reactions and responses to terrible situations. This is classic King, giving the reader background to each little gem, inviting you in with his personal address of Constant Reader, and locking the door behind you. Each story, and even a couple of poems, will pluck at your various emotions to play a beautiful heart-breaking melody. Enjoy!


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From the Dust Returned Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780380789610
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Published: Avon - September 3rd, 2002

Bookseller: Gio
Title: From the Dust Returned

Comments:

Ray Bradbury has been one of my favorite authors since I first read The Martian Chronicles in high school. With his disarmingly simple, yet elegant prose, he evokes nostalgia in every story. With From the Dust Returned, we are transported to a small town in Illinois to join a family that celebrates Halloween like Christmas, with a menagerie of goblins and ghouls, mostly harmless, but wickedly delightful. This collection of stories revolving around this unique family will be your next fall favorite read, perfect with a crackling fire and a howling wind!