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Brilliance

Brilliance

by Marcus Sakey

Paperback, 439 pages, Amazon Pub, $14.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Marcus Sakey

Federal agent Nick Cooper draws on his supernatural ability to eliminate terrorists to hunt down a dangerous man who committed a horrific massacre on Wall Street that left hundreds dead and injured.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

by Robert C. O'Brien

Paperback, 233 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published March 1 1986 | purchase
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  • Robert C. O'Brien

A widowed field mouse must enlist the help of a pack of ex-lab rats to save her home from a farmer's plow in this novel playfully illustrated by Zena Bernstein. In exchange, she helps the rats, who are a sophisticated and literate society, as they look to cast off the yoke of human dominance.

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Redwall

Redwall

by Brian Jacques

Paperback, 333 pages, Berkley Pub Group, $6.99, published June 1 1998 | purchase
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  • Brian Jacques

Deep in the Mossflower Forest lies Redwall Abbey, populated by a motley cast of mice, squirrels, hedgehogs and other forest creatures. This 22-book series covers a vast span of time in the idyllic world of Redwall; jump in anywhere and join heroes like Martin the Warrior and Triss the squirrelmaid as they battle evil in between lavish abbey feasts of Veggible Molebake and Woodland Summercream Pudding.

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The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square

by George Selden and Garth Williams

Paperback, 149 pages, Feiwel & Friends, $6.99, published April 1 2008 | purchase
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  • George Selden and Garth Williams

Chester the cricket is happy living in a peaceful Connecticut meadow. But when he follows the smell of a picnic-goer's liverwurst all the way to New York's Times Square, he finds he can't get enough of big city life with his new friends, a cat, a mouse and a boy.

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Watership Down

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Paperback, 476 pages, Simon & Schuster, $17, published November 1 2005 | purchase
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  • Richard Adams

Often described as "the Aeneid of rabbits," this is the story of young rabbit Fiver and his brother Hazel, who set out on an epic journey to find a new home after their own warren is destroyed. Watership Down began as a series of improvised stories author Richard Adams told his young daughters during car trips. Adams also invented the language, Lapine, spoken by Hazel and Fiver.

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Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

by Natalie Babbitt

Paperback, 148 pages, Square Fish, $6.99, published August 21 2007 | purchase
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  • Natalie Babbitt

The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when it discovers that a 10-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret, about a spring of magical water that prevents the drinker from ever growing any older.

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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

Paperback, 146 pages, Penguin Group USA, $6.99, published August 16 2007 | purchase
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  • Roald Dahl

James' parents are trampled by a rhinoceros, and he is sent to live with his abusive aunts in this fantastic tale, illustrated by Quentin Blake. When James accidentally spills magical crocodile tongues on a peach tree, it grows the largest, juiciest, ripest peach imaginable — the perfect vehicle in which to escape his horrid aunts.

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Half Magic

Half Magic

by Edward Eager

Paperback, 192 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published March 1 1999 | purchase
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  • Edward Eager

Four cousins spending their summer vacation in a city apartment find an ancient coin and enjoy a series of fantastic adventures when they learn the coin is "half magic." Cheerful drawings by N.M. Bodecker illustrate the sometimes unexpected results of the children's wishes.

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 336 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead. And the man Jack — who killed the rest of Nobody's family — is itching to finish the job. Illustrations by Dave McKean.Literary Award Winner

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The Borrowers

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton

Paperback, 180 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published April 1 2003 | purchase
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  • Mary Norton

Ever wondered why you're constantly losing socks? Or buttons, or paper clips, or postage stamps? Perhaps it's because you unwittingly live with Borrowers, tiny people who furnish their secret homes with castoffs "borrowed" from "human beans." The Clock family — mother Homily, father Pod and daughter Arrietty — live safely out of sight, until one day Pod is spotted by a human boy.

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Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter: The Complete Series

by J.K. Rowling

Paperback, 7 v., Arthur A. Levine Books, $86.93, published July 7 2009 | purchase
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  • Harry Potter: The Complete Series
  • J.K. Rowling

The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

by P. L. Travers

Paperback, 202 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $6.99, published October 1 1997 | purchase
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  • P. L. Travers

A stern but magical English governess is blown into the Banks' lives by the east wind. She slides up the banisters, can produce enormous objects from her carpet bag, and takes the children to a tea party on the ceiling in this beloved children's classic.

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The Chronicles of Prydain

The Chronicles of Prydain

by Lloyd Alexander

Paperback, 5 v., Feiwel & Friends, $34.95, published October 25 2011 | purchase
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  • Lloyd Alexander

Welsh mythology forms the basis for this tale of assistant pig-keeper Taran, who dreams of being a hero and eventually realizes that dream. Along with his companions Princess Eilonwy, and Gurgi the half-man (and of course, Hen Wen the oracular pig), Taran defends the mythical land of Prydain from the Death-lord Arawn, and in the end must decide if wants to rule Prydain himself.

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Oz, The Complete Collection

Oz, The Complete Collection

by L. Frank Baum

Paperback, 5 v., Simon & Schuster, $54.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Oz, The Complete Collection
  • L. Frank Baum

After Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion follow the Yellow Brick Road to the magical Land of Oz, new characters — including wooden Jack Pumpkinhead, mechanical Tik-Tok, kind Shaggy Man and beautiful Princess Ozma — are introduced in Frank Baum's imaginative, mysterious world, full of cruel Growleywogs, chatty Rigmaroles, Munchkins and mermaids.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Paperback, 145 pages, Penguin Group USA, $4.99, published June 19 2008 | purchase
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  • Lewis Carroll

Alice follows a talking white rabbit in a waistcoat down a rabbit hole, and from there, things only get curiouser and curiouser. After run-ins with a Mad Hatter, a hookah-puffing caterpillar, and a disappearing cat with an enigmatic grin, Alice incurs the wrath of a dangerous enemy: The Queen of Hearts.

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The City of Ember

The City of Ember

by Jeanne Duprau

Paperback, 270 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $4.99, published May 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Jeanne Duprau

In the year 241, 12-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day — the day schoolchildren are told what their jobs will be — to become a Messenger so she can run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, and perhaps even glimpse Unknown Regions.

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The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

by Julie Edwards

Paperback, 277 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $6.99, published October 1 1989 | purchase
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  • Julie Edwards

With help from an eccentric professor, three children succeed in locating the last of the really great Whangdoodles, a wondrous, mooselike creature living in Whangdoodleland. There, they work to grant his heart's greatest wish: a female Whangdoodle for him to love.

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The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

by C.S. Lewis

Paperback, 7 v., Harpercollins Childrens Books, $45, published October 26 2010 | purchase
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  • C.S. Lewis

The four Pevensie children have been evacuated from London to the countryside during the Blitz — but when youngest child Lucy stumbles through a strange wardrobe and into the magical land of Narnia, an even wilder adventure begins. These six books lay out the history of Narnia from creation to destruction and beyond to its re-creation by the mythical lion Aslan.

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The Giver

The Giver

by Lois Lowry

Paperback, 179 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published September 1 2002 | purchase
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  • Lois Lowry

Jonas lives in a seemingly perfect world: Everyone has an assigned role, there are no choices, and no one experiences pain. But at 12, Jonas is given his lifetime assignment and he becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community — and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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The Wee Free Men

The Wee Free Men

by Terry Pratchett

Paperback, 375 pages, HarperCollins, $6.99, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • Terry Pratchett

In a remote corner of Terry Pratchett's Discworld, a young witch-to-be named Tiffany Aching teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of rowdy, 6-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

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The Hobbit, Or, There And Back Again

The Hobbit

Or There And Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

Paperback, 300 pages, Mariner Books, $13.95, published September 18 2012 | purchase
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  • J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.NPR Bestseller

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Bone

Bone

One Volume Edition

by Jeff Smith

Paperback, 1332 pages, Pgw, $39.95, published July 28 2004 | purchase
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  • Jeff Smith

Inspired by Pogo and the Disney comics of Carl Barks, the Bone graphic novels tell the epic tale of cousins Phoney, Smiley and Fone Bone, who are exiled from their hometown of Boneville after Phoney's mayoral campaign goes wrong. After wandering across a desert, the cousins eventually end up in a mysterious valley where they are drawn into a battle to defeat the dark Lord of the Locusts.

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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

Paperback, 199 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.99, published December 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Rebecca Stead

In the 1980s, as her mother prepares to be a contestant on a television game show, Miranda tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.Literary Award Winner

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The Dark Is Rising Sequence

The Dark is Rising Sequence

by Susan Cooper

Paperback, 5 v., Simon & Schuster, $34.99, published June 11 2013 | purchase
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  • Susan Cooper

Five novels steeped in British and Welsh mythology follow the story of 11-year old Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son and last of the Old Ones, in his quest to vanquish the powers of the Dark.

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Percy Jackson Boxed Set

Percy Jackson Boxed Set

by Rick Riordan

Paperback, 5 v., Disney Pr, $35, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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  • Rick Riordan

This thrilling fantasy quintet follows the life of Percy Jackson, a demigod and the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. Though heavily inspired by classical mythology, the series feels thoroughly modern thanks to Percy's funny, smart-aleck narration.

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Ender's Game

Ender's Game

by Orson Scott Card

Paperback, 349 pages, Tor Books, $5.99, published July 1 1994 | purchase
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  • Orson Scott Card

Young Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, bred to be a genius, is drafted to Battle School where he trains to lead the century-long fight against the alien Buggers.Literary Award Winner

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The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Paperback, 380 pages, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $9.99, published April 27 2004 | purchase
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  • Nancy Farmer

In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Escape is his only chance to survive — but even that may not save him.

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

by Madeleine L'Engle

Paperback, 5 v., Feiwel & Friends, $34.99, published October 2 2007 | purchase
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  • Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle's bestselling series revolves around the precocious Murray children. Plain, bespectacled Meg, brilliant Charles Wallace, the sensible twins Sandy and Dennys, and their friend Calvin travel through time, encounter strange creatures and battle the forces of darkness in these metaphysical science fiction novels.

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The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

by Emily Croy Barker

Hardcover, 563 pages, Penguin Group USA, $27.95, published August 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Emily Croy Barker

Wandering through a portal into a different world where she is transformed into a stunning beauty, Nora pursues a romance with the masterful Raclin only to see her elegant fantasy world shattering, forcing her to learn magical skills to survive.

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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever

by James Tiptree Jr.

Paperback, 508 pages, Independent Pub Group, $15.95, published November 28 2004 | purchase
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The Bone Season

The Bone Season

by Samantha Shannon

Hardcover, 466 pages, St Martins Pr, $24, published August 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Samantha Shannon

In the mid-21st century, major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force. Clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race.NPR Bestseller

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The Last Policeman

The Last Policeman

by Ben H. Winters

Paperback, 335 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published May 13 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben H. Winters

An asteroid is coming and the world destined to end in six months, but homicide detective Hank Palace is still hard at work, investigating a suspicious suicide that nobody else cares about.

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Countdown City

Countdown City

by Ben H. Winters

Paperback, 316 pages, Random House Inc, $14.95, published July 16 2013 | purchase
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  • Ben H. Winters

Former detective Hank Palace agrees to help a woman from his past find her missing husband in a world that is rapidly descending into apocalyptic chaos.

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Shaman

Shaman

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hardcover, 456 pages, Little Brown & Co, $27, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Kim Stanley Robinson

A thriller explores life and culture as experienced by a Cro-Magnon during the Paleolithic era.

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Wool

WOOL

by Hugh Howey

Paperback, 508 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Hugh Howey

In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group's rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.

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MaddAddam

MaddAddam

by Margaret Atwood

Hardcover, 394 pages, Random House Inc, $27.95, published September 3 2013 | purchase
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  • Margaret Atwood

MaddAddam -- a conclusion to the trilogy that started with Oryx and Crake — finds Toby and Ren returning to the MaddAddamite cob house after rescuing Amanda. They assume the duties of the Craker's religious overseers while Zeb searches for the founder of the pacifist green religion he left years earlier.NPR Bestseller

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Rasl

RASL

by Jeff Smith

Hardcover, 468 pages, Cartoon Books, $23.97, published September 17 2013 | purchase
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  • Jeff Smith

In this collection of Jeff Smith's comics series, art thief Rasl conducts his work by phasing between dimensions — at a great price.

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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

by Suzanne Collins

Hardcover, 374 pages, Scholastic, $18.99, published October 1 2008 | purchase
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  • Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

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Divergent

Divergent

by Veronica Roth

Paperback, 72 pages, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, published February 28 2012 | purchase
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  • Veronica Roth

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

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The Republic of Thieves

The Republic of Thieves

by Scott Lynch

Hardcover, 576 pages, Random House Inc, $28, published October 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Scott Lynch

Con man Locke Lamora's latest scrapes with fellow Gentleman Bastard Jean Tannen give way to an increasingly audacious resolve to have an incredibly good time while robbing the world blind.

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A Spell for Chameleon

A Spell for Chameleon

by Piers Anthony

Paperback, 344 pages, Random House, $5.95, published February 1 1987 | purchase
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  • Piers Anthony

As the only person in Xanth without magic of any sort, Bink wanders in exile, searching for the magic powers that will allow him to return. The first book in the Xanth Series.

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Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice

by Ann Leckie

Paperback, 409 pages, Orbit, $15, published October 1 2013 | purchase
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  • Ann Leckie

Breq is a simple soldier — but once she was once more. Once she was the enormous starship Justice of Toren, ferrying officers and "corpse soldiers" in the service of the Radch, an endlessly expanding empire. Now, sundered from her ship and her ancillary bodies, Breq is out to kill the Lord of the Radch.

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