The Dragon Waiting, by John M. Ford

Staff Pick

It's taken me a year to write this, because I can't put into words the experience of reading this book--one I wanted never to end. It's the smartest, strangest approach to alternate history I've ever read, and I adored it. Yet for all the vampires and druids involved, this is not just an “our world but with magic added” kind of vision.  Rather, The Dragon Waiting is a book of seemingly small changes to history that ripple outward to shift the entire scope of reality. Ford’s attention to historical detail is remarkable, and I recommend seeking out the “Draco Concordans” (a free, online, fan-written guide) for help with all you don’t remember about 15th century European history.  I also recommend Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time as a good (non-fantasy) read-along if you’re prepared to become a Richard III apologist.

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ISBN: 9781250269010
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Published: Tor Books - September 29th, 2020

Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock

Staff Pick

Winner of the 1985 World Fantasy Award, Mythago Wood takes place in and around Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest. Deeply suffused with a sense of nature's otherness, the book is also obsessed with myths and story-making. Holdstock interrogates the way mythology functions within cultural identity, which includes examining the ways we can't help but reflect our own fears and desires back through these foundational ideas by retelling and reenacting different versions of the same story over and over. If you like your fantasy on the think-y side (and can tolerate some 1985 gender politics), I highly recommend this fever dream of a novel.

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By Robert Holdstock, Michael Swanwick (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781250790927
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Published: Tor Books - July 12th, 2022

Our Share of Night, by Mariana Enriquez

Staff Pick

It’s hard to describe exactly what’s so compelling about a book that is as shaggily meandering as this one, but I loved everything about Our Share of Night. Mariana Enriquez has an incredible way of writing dark, deeply atmospheric stories that engage with the ways power and privilege are enacted violently on the bodies of the vulnerable. But, gloriously and heart wrenchingly, this is also a book about the ways people manage to create family and community in spite of that violence, and about the complicated and deep loves that can flourish amid the experience of trauma. 

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By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by), Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780451495143
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Hogarth - February 7th, 2023