The Fall of Arthur - J.R.R. Tolkien

Focusing on Arthur’s nobility and the battle for Breton’s identity, J.R.R. Tolkien masterfully returns the king of England to his grasses, stones, and ancient roots. Springing back to life in the Saxon alliterative verse form, this long-rumored version of the legend that has enchanted for centuries is perfect for a spot of afternoon dreaming. Christopher Tolkien restores this work with an introduction on Arthur, his father’s love of poetry, and the tantalizing ties between Camelot and Middle Earth. Fans of Tolkien, Arthur, or a fantastic yarn will be swept away in time by this narrative poem.

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ISBN: 9780544227835
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 27th, 2014

Alif the Unseen - G. Willow Wilson

G. Willow Wilson’s energetic Alif the Unseen (Grove, $16), the first literary fiction by the writer of the graphic novels Cairo and Vixen, starts with computer hackers and a forbidden love in a repressive Middle Eastern state, then adds jinns, the only remaining copy of the ancient The Thousand and One Days, and a second love story, ratcheting up the action from adventure to full-scale revolution. “Alif” is the screen handle of a coding genius willing to “help anyone with a computer and a grudge” against the government. His fight for free speech draws the wrath of the chief censor, who wants not only Alif’s programs but his beloved and the mystical text—written by jinns—he believes is the key to a code so powerful it can never be broken. As she deftly intertwines good old-fashioned chases and narrow escapes with fresh ideas about information, faith, and the transformative power of stories, Wilson has crafted a book that offers the immediacy of a thriller, the magic of fantasy, and the depth of philosophy.
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ISBN: 9780802121226
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Published: Grove Press - April 2nd, 2013

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s knack for making the impossible seem all too probable makes The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Wm. Morrow, $25.99), his first adult novel since 2005’s Anansi Boys, worth waiting for. Set in a British village, it features a children’s game that opens a Pandora’s Box of primal horrors in the town. Gaiman tends to focus on the dangerous, often gross, world of grown-ups that children sense they’re approaching, and his vivid narrative makes you remember every time you’ve experienced a prickle of the skin and wondered what wicked thing was hovering near.

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ISBN: 9780062255655
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Published: William Morrow - June 18th, 2013