Staff Pick

Sometimes there is love so deep and broad that it is almost impossible to express in words, but for the sake of this new book by Becky Chambers, I must. In a post-climate apocalypse, post-industrial age, a tea monk travels from settlement to settlement on their bike, making tea and listening to folks and their problems. When they decide to leave the beaten path, they meet a self-actualizing robot and the two travel the wilderness. The prose is gentle, the world is beautiful, the characters are inspiring, and reading this book (all in one sitting, I may add) gave me a little hope for the future and reminded me to hold fast to those I love. I cannot recommend this book any higher and I am very excited to see what the planned series holds in store for the Monk and the Robot.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250236210
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

Staff Pick

The Murderbot Diaries read as if Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide about Marvin the Paranoid Android instead of Arthur Dent. Wells's protagonist is a bored, disaffected security bot that just wants to get back to watching episode 397 of Sanctuary Moon and certainly doesn’t want to get involved in a conspiracy to sabotage and kill its current clients on an isolated research base. Murderbot (a private nickname it gives itself) may not have been programmed to care, but after hacking its own governor module it finds itself a little too invested in the fate of its humans. A sweet and incredibly humanistic portrayal of a non-human protagonist with a fun supporting cast.

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ISBN: 9780765397539
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: - May 2nd, 2017

Staff Pick

Not every child who needs them finds the doors, but those that do are asked to “Be Sure” of their choice to walk through. And when these chosen children are inevitably thrust back into their own mundane reality, they have to learn to cope with the disappointment. Enter Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a haven for those who miss their magical worlds fiercely and hope they will someday return. A perfect book for anyone who has ever wondered how Alice coped after leaving Wonderland or feels like Susan Pevensie deserved better.

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765385505
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Tordotcom - April 5th, 2016