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Isaac grew up in Prescott but left in 2011 to pursue a degree in Game & Interactive Media Design in the big city.  After 5 years in Chicago and 3 in Seattle, he started missing the monsoons and outdoors and decided to settle back into life in his hometown.  While working for Peregrine Books, he also writes and edits video essays for the YouTube channel Off Screen (which recently passed 1,000 subscribers!) and is working on his first novel. 

You can find more details or get in touch through his website: www.isaacafrankel.com

Hatchet: 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Gary Paulsen, Drew Willis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481486293
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

Why haven't they made this into a movie yet???

The first book assigned in elementary school that I actually enjoyed, kicking off an obsession with survival stories I still have to this day. Gritty and realistic, Hatchet is sort of like Into the Wild for younger readers.


The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781577315933
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Published: New World Library - July 1st, 2008

The book that arguably saved the first Star Wars during its writing process; Campbell proposed a common structure shared by all myths and world religions, containing a deeper truth about the human psyche. Required reading for any prospective storytellers or spiritual seekers.


The Power of Myth Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385418867
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Published: Anchor - June 1st, 1991

If you’ve read Hero with a Thousand Faces and want more Campbell, this is a great pick. Transcribed from video interviews completed just months before his death, Campbell pours all his passion about mythology and psychology into a wide-ranging conversation about the sacred.


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781982159375
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2020

Not just for writers! Part how-to and part autobiography of King’s addiction and car crash-fueled life, this book is written in a style that will entertain any readers. If you’re looking for a peak into the creative life or looking for inspiration for your next project… this is the book for you!


Spontaneous Mind: Selected Interviews 1958-1996 Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060930820
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 26th, 2002

I know it's bold to say so, but this book changed my life. A collection of interviews with the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg from age 18 right up to his death at age 70, here is an entire catalog of one man's artistic and spiritual journeys. Spoken with his usual radical candor, Ginsberg reveals some hard-hitting truths. WARNING! You may find enlightenment in these pages.


Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780441013593
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Published: Ace - August 2nd, 2005

 

The classic sci-fi story that inspired Star Wars and is most often compared to The Lord of the Rings, Dune kicks off a saga of incredible depth and complexity in a simple adventure story about a young boy leaving his water planet to discover his destiny on a strange desert one populated by ferocious, dragon-like sandworms.


Dune Messiah Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593201732
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Published: Ace - July 7th, 2020

More a bridge to Children of Dune than a full sequel, Herbert spends little time in subverting everything he established in the first story. This is usually the make-it-or-break it point for readers. Either you can get on board with Herbert’s vision or this is your exit.


Children of Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593201749
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Published: Ace - July 7th, 2020

Here is where we get what feels like a true sequel to Dune. A new hero, a new journey, but with higher stakes and plumbing deeper depths of the human psyche and social fabric. It’s everything that Dune was, amped up to 11. Messiah may be a slog, but it’s worth it to get to this story.


God Emperor of Dune Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593201756
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Published: Ace - July 7th, 2020

Here is where the Dune saga achieves its grand vision. It’s also Dune at its weirdest. A half-man, half-worm living as God-Emperor over multiple universes? Herbert never finished the series, so this is its best “finale,” showing the true scope of Dune’s grand vision… and what it says about our society.


Fahrenheit 451: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Written in 1953, Bradbury envisions a future in which the reading of books with complex, unregulated ideas is crontolled by a totalitarian government... and firefighters no longer save houses from fires, but burn them down. Although he placed this future in 2053, some parts of this world feel eerily like today.


Understanding Comics Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780060976255
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 27th, 1994

An academix look at the medium of comic books, this is great for anyone wanting to understand what's special about comics or what it takes to make one! Think comics began as mindless products for children of the baby boom? This book argues that it has a rich legacy stretching back to the ancient storytelling of early agrarian societies.


Halo: Cryptum: Book One of the Forerunner Saga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982111755
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Published: Gallery Books - March 26th, 2019

The best science-fiction you’ve never read.

Rivaling Dune in scope, this trilogy explores a galactic society that existed 100,000 years ago, when mankind was fractured into multiple species of hominids, and vied for dominance of a galaxy controlled by a superior race of beings… the creators of the Halo installations. No Halo knowledge necessary to enjoy this story, which forms the backbone for the entire game series.


Halo: Primordium: Book Two of the Forerunner Saga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982111779
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Published: Gallery Books - March 26th, 2019

In this sequel to Cryptum, Greg Bear showcases his love of anthropology through a deep-dive into the various human cultures that existed 100,000 years ago… and shows us the true horrors of “The Flood,” far surpassing anything we’d imagined.


Halo: Silentium: Book Three of the Forerunner Saga Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982111816
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Published: Gallery Books - March 26th, 2019

This Greek tragedy comes to the only conclusion it ever could.

Witness the fall of the Forerunners…


Halo: The Fall of Reach Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781982111618
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Published: Gallery Books - March 19th, 2019

Looking to get your screen-locked kid to read or just curious what this Halo business is about? This is the first Halo book ever written (20 years ago!) and introduces the major elements in play in this classically-inspired sci-fi game series!


The Lost World: A 1912 science fiction novel by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9782382742853
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(This book cannot be returned)
Published: Les Prairies Numeriques - December 2nd, 2020

The quintessential "lost world" story the gave the sub-genre its name. Before every corner of the world had been mapped, there were still unknown regions on remote continents that held fantastic mysteries... and dinosaurs, of course.


The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538994
Availability: Backordered
Published: Ballantine Books - October 30th, 2012

The quintessential “lost world” story that gave the sub-genre its name. Before every corner of the world had been mapped, there were still unknown regions on remote continents that held fantastic mysteries… and dinosaurs, of course.


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Cloud Atlas: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

For the literary nerds out there. Cloud Atlas tells an interwoven tale of six characters, each with completely different language depending on the setting of each story - ranging from a 19th century ship voyage to a far-future dystopia. One of the most impressive feats of writing I've ever read.


Ender's Game (The Ender Saga #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780765378484
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Published: Tor Teen - March 4th, 2014

"The enemy's gate is down."

The original sci-fi story now considered a classic in the genre, Ender's Game follows six year old Ender Wiggin as he's conscripted into Battle School and trained as a military leader to fight the genocidal "Buggers" that threaten Earth. Plot twists ensue.


Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Saga #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250773050
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - June 29th, 2021

This mature sequel to Ender's Game explores the life of Ender Wiggin after his traumatic experience in the Formic Wars. Here, an older Ender assists colonization efforts on a planet where colonists are turning up brutally murdered by by a new race of strange alien beings...


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

Harari argues in this book that human history is really the history of ideas, and that all cultures are a product of the stories we tell, on both an individual and a societal level. This book and Hero with a Thousand Faces will also help immensely with understanding all the forces at play in the complex, classic sci-fi novel Dune.


The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780345453747
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Published: Del Rey - April 30th, 2002

Having an existential crisis? 

DON'T PANIC!

Douglas Adams is here to teach you how to embrace absurdism and find the fun and humor in the ridiculous nature of this pointless existence. 


Into the Wild Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780385486804
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Published: Anchor - January 20th, 1997

The modern-day companion to Thoreau, this account of Chris McCandless's flight from society into the solitude of the Alaskan wilderness to his untimely death holds perhaps more allure today than it did when the book was first published in 1996. This classic asks its readers...was McCandless of sound mind to walk into the wilderness, or are we wrong not to?


Walden and Civil Disobedience Cover Image
By Henry David Thoreau, W. S. Merwin (Introduction by), William Howarth (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451532169
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Published: Signet - July 3rd, 2012

"I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter --- we need never read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications?" 


Prey Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780061703089
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Published: Harper - October 28th, 2008

Why haven't they made this into a movie yet??? 

This might be the scariest book I've ever read. This is classic Crichton (Jurassic Park), taking a science headline - in this case, nanotechnology - and turning it into a smart, fast-paced thriller.