Sean's Picks

SeanSean moved to Prescott to escape the fiery dust-ridden wrath of Texas. He enjoys books about boys in space. Some words that currently reside in the ever-changing realm of Sean's favor are cacophony, alcove, and odium.
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780399184413
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2016

Direct and elegant. Gain a better understanding of the fundamental laws that govern our universe. Maybe if you memorize them you’ll get special powers or something. —Sean


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Annihilation Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - February 4th, 2014

This short novel has such a thick, ominous sense of atmosphere that it almost creeps off the pages in a musky fog. A little bit of Bradbury, a little more of Lovecraft, and a lot of something new that evades comparison. —Sean


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The Black Prism Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316246279
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Published: Orbit - July 23rd, 2013

I can’t remember ever reading a fantasy novel where I had such a difficult time determining who the good guys and bad guys really were. Brent Weeks completely rejects fantasy tropes like the flawless, handsome, inhumanly talented main hero; instead, we are given Kip, whose total incompetence shines like a fat, stupid beacon in a darkly unforgiving world. —Sean


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Mistborn: The Final Empire Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780765377135
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Published: Tor Books - May 13th, 2014

A semi-heroic band of thieves plot to overthrow a god-king who has ruled uncontested for a thousand years. But can they really do any better? Not your standard average-Joe-vs-god fantasy story, this trilogy will leave many images and questions burning in your mind. —Sean


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The Way Things Work Now Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780544824386
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 4th, 2016

No matter your age, interests, or feelings towards woolly mammoths, this book will entertain and teach. Just open it to any page and learn how stuff works. —Sean

 


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The Name of the Wind Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780756404741
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Published: Daw Books - April 1st, 2008

The best fantasy novel in decades, and the best introduction to the genre for any curious minds. The prose is nothing less than musical and the worldbuilding is seamless. This book stands up to dogged theorizing and dissection; there are stories under stories and secrets in the songs. Listen to Kvothe’s tale, but pay attention; things are not what they seem. —Sean


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Wizard's First Rule Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780812548051
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Published: Tor Books - July 15th, 1997

The first book in one of the greatest fantasy series ever conceived, Wizard's First Rule is the story of a woodsman who suddenly finds himself called to overthrow a god-king and save a continent (and that's just book one of eleven). Goodkind's work strikes an elusive balance between philosophy, humor, and character-oriented worldbuilding that surpasses all but the best of the genre; a must-read for any fan of epic fantasy. —Sean


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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781594746031
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Published: Quirk Books - June 4th, 2013

Rarely is a book so aptly summarized by the word "peculiar". Ransom Riggs originally intended to publish this book as a collection of enigmatic photographs; thankfully, he opted instead to weave a whimsical tale between the images, using their mystery to enhance the already Burton-esque tone of the novel. —Sean


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Clapton: The Autobiography Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767925365
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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 27th, 2008

An autobiography that provides amazing insights into the lives of rock heroes of the 60's and 70's, all told firsthand from Slowhand himself. This is the story of the last living guitar god, and the people who helped him become a legend. —Sean


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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547978994
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Published: Clarion Books - March 4th, 2014

This whimsical, colorful book takes a dark and satirical look at the gradual extinction of birds. Aviary Wonders Inc. markets itself as a build-your-own bird company, and during the process teaches some serious lessons about human impact on nature. —Sean


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Stories in the Stars: An Atlas of Constellations Cover Image
By Susanna Hislop, Hannah Waldron (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780143128137
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Published: Penguin Books - November 3rd, 2015

Though this book calls itself an atlas, it's really a collection of stories. Constellations and asterisms from cultures all over the world are included, accompanied by short stories, poems, and histories detailing the stories that human imagination has created for the stars. —Sean