New super science-fiction and fantasy releases!

Like one of my favourite novels of the last few decades, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Paul Malmont's The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown takes a Golden Age (American, WWII-era) history and builds a fiction novel from known facts. This time—Chabon rewrote a history of Golden Era comics—Paul Malmont recounts the involvement of celebrated science-fiction writers Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov in the American government's plot to defeat Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Sounds fantastic and from the reviews I've read, the execution is strong as the premise.

The Magician King is the follow-up to Lev Grossman's 2009 fantasy bestseller The Magicians. Grossman wants the fantasy genre to be taken seriously and, according to reviewers, his own work hits that mark. The plot (a seventeen-year-old Brooklyn teenager discovers the fantasy world he's read about in books is in fact real when he is accepted into the "Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy") may sound like Harry Potter but Grossman's novels are decidedly grown-up. William Gibson called the series genre bending.

On the topic of quality sci-fi/fantasy, don't forget we carry the popular George R. R. Martin A Song of Fire and Ice series including the newest, A Dance with Dragons. And update: I haven't gotten into the books yet but I started on the show and all I have to say is Khaleesi!

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