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HITTING SHELVES #41: Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař comes out today! We asked the author to share his thoughts on publication day.

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child, and maintained this desire despite life doing its best to knock it out of me. Books have always been the most important part of my experience, filled my gaps in the knowledge of the world, inspired me, favorite characters carried me through hard times like friends reaching across the boundaries of time and space. Now I sit at my desk next to boxes of books that carry my name. Their book siblings will be making their way into the world on Tuesday, ending up on nightstands, inside messenger bags and purses, atop park benches, the cover dyed a faint green by the fresh spring grass stems (this is wishful thinking, as New York is stunningly cold and hostile as I write). Continue reading

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HITTING SHELVES #40: Culdesac by Robert Repino

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Culdesac by Robert Repino comes out today!

It’s the only story ever written about a bloodthirsty bobcat with opposable thumbs who fights against a ragtag band of humans on behalf of an army of giant ants. Set in the same world as Mort(e) and its soon-to-be-released sequel, D’Arc, this is a crucial episode in Repino’s series about the War With No Name, a brilliantly bonkers cross between Watership Down and old Rambo movies, whose real-life political undertones grow more relevant each day.

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How are you celebrating the publication of Culdesac?

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HITTING SHELVES #39: IQ by Joe Ide

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IQ by Joe Ide comes out today!

It’s the debut novel by Joe Ide, a Japanese American who grew up in South Central LA reading Sherlock Holmes stories. His protagonist is a high-school dropout who solves cases the police won’t touch. This time, it’s a rap mogul whose life is in danger. IQ is witty, fresh, and profoundly entertaining.

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HITTING SHELVES #38: The Mortifications by Derek Palacio

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The Mortifications by Derek Palacio comes out today!

It’s a debut novel about a rural Cuban family that gets torn apart by the Mariel boatlift in 1980. Soledad and her children–one of whom has a strange connection with death–settle in a foreign land called Connecticut, while patriarch Uxbal stays behind in Cuba until the Encarnacións can reunite. The Mortifications is a dreamily beautiful and painfully real story about families in exile.

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HITTING SHELVES #37: Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein

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Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein comes out today!

It’s debut collection of slightly speculative fiction that shows, with uncanny precision, what might be in store for our society in the coming years. Alexander Weinstein’s visions–of social media implants, robots adopted as as children, and virtual worlds that surpass the real one–are creepy, exciting, and always grounded in the familiar humanity of the characters who experience them.

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How are you celebrating the publication of Children of the New World?

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HITTING SHELVES #36: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

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The Gentleman by Forrest Leo comes out today!

It’s exactly the type of novel you would expect from a debut writer like Forrest Leo, who was born in 1990 and raised on a homestead in remote Alaska… if what you expected was a picaresque romp through Victorian England with a guest appearance from Satan. (He is the “gentleman” of the title.) It seems that Lionel Savage, a poet in London, has accidentally sold his wife’s soul to the devil. And now, with the help of his butler and a supporting cast of equally ineffectual intellectuals, he means to get her back. The Gentleman is properly batty–like Jeeves and Wooster with deadly weapons and supernatural powers. You’ve never read anything quite like it.

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