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Melanie is a compulsive reader and lifelong bibliophile. She dabbles in editing, bookbinding, and writing. Find her listening to a nonfiction audiobook on her commute around town or curled up with some literary or speculative fiction--along with her kitten Stella, of course.
The latest installment in Chambers’ loosely associated Wayfarers series, Record of a Spaceborn Few focuses on the survivors of Earth, who have built enormous ships and a complicated culture to escape from our dying planet. Like her previous two, this book is full of rich characters--of both the human and alien variety--intricately woven together in a heartwarming, utterly human story.
Before Hamilton skyrocketed into the public conscious, Miranda was tweeting inspirational messages in the mornings and evenings. Compiled and illustrated by the whimsical Jonny Sun, this collection of those messages is the perfect gift for fans of Miranda and Sun or for anyone who appreciates a little boost in their day.
Two young soldiers from opposing sides of an intergalactic war fall madly in love are forced into a life on the run in order to protect their newborn daughter. This comic series is everything I want from sci-fi: outlandish, creative, and ambitious. Vaughn's writing chops have already been proven with his wildly successful Y: The Last Man series, but this series is brought to vibrant life with Staples' fantastic and detailed artwork. Mature content: not recommended for children.
Tallis takes us through a series of case studies--dotted with the history of psychology, sprinkled with his own personal reactions, and strung together with the theme of pathological love. An excellent choice for the layperson interested in psychology.
A YA retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that reimagines the demure (and bland) character of Elizabeth Lavenza, bride of Victor Frankenstein. Fans of the classic novel may be tempted to throw this book across the room halfway through, but trust me that this fresh take will come to a satisfying--and perhaps unexpected--conclusion.
The Wayfarers series is loosely tied together so you don't necessarily have to read them in order!
The Long Way to a Small, Broken Planet follows a quirky found family on an episodic journey. It was the first book of the series published and is the best introduction to Chambers' complex and well-crafted universe of humans and aliens.
A Closed and Common Orbit follows directly after A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, exploring the stories of two side characters. Its alternating narratives ramp up in sync, with intertwined themes and characters. My favorite in the series so far and highly recommended to fans of AIs!
With luminous and simple artwork, this book has a gentle life lesson about how even seemingly small responsibilities can be important--and how even little people can make big things happens
At times gentle and sweet and at times fast-paced and heart-wrenching, this graphic novel masterpiece is one of kind. Originally published as a webcomic, it is a story of love found and of love lost, set in a fantastical conception of space. In this universe, conventions of sci-fi are ignored in favor of a compelling story and elegant aesthetic.