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The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

This action-packed and very current novel begins in the midst of the COVID-19 lockdown in New York City. Jamie Gray, a Ph.D. dropout, is fired by their entitled tech CEO and, desperate, ends up delivering food as a contracted driver for the same app company that fired them. One fateful delivery later to a college […]

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

A witch child who can talk to birds? Science whiz smart enough to build an AI computer in his bedroom? These two tweens, Patricia and Laurence form a trauma bond through their one commonality—they are both misfits, bullied at school, and to different degrees, at home. During one of her parentally forbidden romps through the […]

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Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

When Maybell Parrish inherits her aunt’s estate in the Smoky Mountains, it’s the perfect opportunity to start fresh, away from her terrible bosses and toxic “friend.” But once she arrives at her new home, she’s shocked to learn she has to share the property with the hot but brooding groundskeeper, Wesley, who has (surprise!) co-inherited […]

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Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

In this engaging and often sardonic first-person account, the nameless child narrator tells the stories of his life growing up in a family of werewolves. Gritty and realistic, Jones draws a vivid picture of the life of people who scrape by on the edges of society. Werewolves are always hungry, always on the hunt and […]

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Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin

Twenty-something Hana Khan is juggling multiple responsibilities including her radio station internship, her podcast, and her job at her mother’s halal restaurant in the tight-knit Toronto community of Golden Crescent. Despite the workload, she’s got a handle on her present and clear goals for her future—a future that involves telling stories. That is, of course, […]

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Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala

“When Lila Macapagal moves back home to recover from a horrible breakup, her life seems to be following all the typical rom-com tropes. She’s tasked with saving her Tita Rosie’s failing restaurant, and she has to deal with a group of matchmaking aunties who shower her with love and judgment. But when a notoriously nasty […]

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Chappie (DVD)

Set in a near-future Johannesburg the 2015 film Chappie (by creator of District 9, Neil Blomkamp) touches on multiple issues, yet at its base, is an unexpectedly tender coming-of-age story disguised as a dystopian action flick.   Chappie, the eponymous main character, is a damaged law enforcement robot who ends up programmed with a new and highly […]

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Good Omens (TV Series)

Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) are an angel and a demon, respectively, who have become well acquainted during the last several millennia on earth–one could almost say…friends. They share similar job duties, although on opposing sides. Although their story begins at the beginning of everything, the plot of this series begins as they covertly […]