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Fierce Fairytales: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill

Fierce Fairytales: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill Poet, writer, and Instagram sensation Nikita Gill returns with a collection of fairytales poetically retold for a new generation of women.  Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory. But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon …

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Animal Circus by Michael Batchelor

Animal Circus by Michael Batchelor Doe’s Circus, one of the last of its kind in Australia. Travelling across the country all year round, thousands of humans visit to revel in the tradition of Dagwood dogs, dodgem cars and the weekend prime time show. Yet for the animals locked away in the small confines of the petting zoo, the circus is a neon-lit, human-infested nightmare. Tormented by the ringmaster and his gang of tyrannical showmen, two …

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How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen Fantasy icon Jane Yolen (The Devil’s Arithmetic, Briar Rose, Sister Emily’s Lightship) is adored by generations of readers of all ages. Now she triumphantly returns with this inspired gathering of fractured fairy tales and legends. Yolen breaks open the classics to reveal their crystalline secrets: a philosophical bridge that misses its troll, a spinner of straw as a falsely accused moneylender, the villainous wolf adjusting poorly to retirement. …

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Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus

Leaving the Sea by Ben Marcus From one of the most innovative and vital writers of his generation, an extraordinary collection of stories that showcases his gifts—and his range—as never before. In the hilarious, lacerating “I Can Say Many Nice Things,” a washed-up writer toying with infidelity leads a creative writing workshop on board a cruise ship. In the dystopian “Rollingwood,” a divorced father struggles to take care of his ill infant, as his ex-wife …

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I Knew You’d Be Lovely by Alethea Black

I Knew You’d Be Lovely by Alethea Black Alethea Black’s deeply moving and wholly original debut features a coterie of memorable characters who have reached emotional crossroads in their lives. Brimming with humor, irony, and insights about the unpredictable nature of life, the unbearable beauty of fate, and the power that one moment, or one decision, can have to transform us, I Knew You’d Be Lovely delivers that rare thing—stories with both an edge and a heart. …

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Bush by Janice Y.K. Lee

Bush by Janice Y.K. Lee The New York Times bestselling author of The Piano Teacher and The Expatriates returns with a haunting short story of the unsettled balance between a man and a woman…and an unbidden awakening in the wild. Audrey and Max have been together only six months, not enough time for them to really know each other. Yet he’s brought her to an extraordinary place. The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a revelation. No towns, no roads. Just the …

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Where Lore Resides: A Young Adult & New Adult Fantasy Anthology by Megan Linski (and more…)

Where Lore Resides: A Young Adult & New Adult Fantasy Anthology by Megan Linski (and others…) Do you have what it takes to survive the adventure? Enter into hidden realms and journey across fantastic lands where dragons devour, kingdoms rule, and magic goes awry. Dive into Where Lore Resides, an incredible collection of 10 short fantasy stories by USA TODAY Bestsellers and award-winning authors, all of which feature coming-of-age characters. Zombies devour, witches cast spells, psychics consult with …

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Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enríquez In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortázar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs …

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Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson

Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays by Chelsea Hodson A highly anticipated collection, from the writer Maggie Nelson has called, “bracingly good…refreshing and welcome,” that explores the myriad ways in which desire and commodification intersect. From graffiti gangs and Grand Theft Auto to sugar daddies, Schopenhauer, and a deadly game of Russian roulette, in these essays, Chelsea Hodson probes her own desires to examine where the physical and the proprietary collide. She asks what our privacy, our intimacy, …

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Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen

Rivers by Martin Michael Driessen A critically acclaimed, award-winning collection drawing sparkling prose from the inspiration of three rivers passing through different times and places. On the storm-swollen Aisne in northeastern France, an alcoholic actor combats both his demons and nature’s tempests. Along the Main and Rhine in Germany, a kindhearted logger has but one wish: to travel with the lumber from his small Franconian hometown to the end of the river in the Netherlands, …

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The Complete Dreamsongs by George R. R. Martin

The Complete Dreamsongs by George R. R. Martin Even before A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin had already established himself as a giant in the field of fantasy literature. Now in one exclusive eBook edition are both volumes of Dreamsongs, featuring the very best of Martin’s early works. This convenient bundle provides a rare treat for Martin’s devoted readers, offering fascinating insights into his journey from a young writer to the #1 New York Times bestselling force of nature. …

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The Hallow: A Dark Fantasy Short Story by Kade Cook

The Hallow: A Dark Fantasy Short Story by Kade Cook Every hundred years a child of the universe is born. Their soul blessed with a star spark that would burn for a thousand years. But this gift of immortality would become their curse. For where there is light, Darkness is sure to follow. The HALLOW is the first short story in a new series of books to come from the Author of The Covenant of Shadows (a series of captivating urban fantasy …

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Crossing the Line by Megan Hart

Crossing the Line by Megan Hart 5 Rules for Sexy Play in the Workplace! 1. Know the company policy;—You just got an opportunity to finally snag that sweet corner office. The last thing you need is a wicked distraction…. 2. Don’t date your boss–Sure, Jamison Wolfe has a smile that could send a woman into instant orgasmic joy. But more important, he’s your strict, control-freakish boss. Your hot, sexy, control-freakish boss. 3. Keep PDA out …

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Alphabet Soup: Horror Stories for the Tormented Soul by Tobias Wade

Alphabet Soup: Horror Stories for the Tormented Soul by Tobias Wade Thriller, horror, and suspense short stories. Multiple Award-Winning authors. A is for Addiction… B is for Barnacles… C is for Clairvoyance… Discover the rest of these original horror stories from around the world. Each author chose a letter of the alphabet and was given complete artistic freedom to make something horrible happen. Some stories will be mysterious, others creepy or even profound, but all …

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Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s stories reveal how all borders—real, imagined, sexual, human, the line between dark and light, addict and straight—entangle those who live on either side. Take, for instance, the Kentucky Club on Avenida Juárez two blocks south of the Rio Grande. It’s a touchstone for each of Sáenz’s stories. His characters walk by, they might go in for a drink or to …

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Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1)

Son of the Dawn by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) The Lightwoods, the Shadowhunters who run the New York Institute, are expecting a new addition to their family: the orphaned son of their father’s friend, Jace Wayland. Alec and Isabelle aren’t too sure they want a new brother, and their parents are not assuaging their fears, too occupied with the dark news that Raphael Santiago, second-in-command of the …

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All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva A haunting, diverse debut story collection that explores the isolation we experience in the face of the mysterious, often dangerous forces that shape our lives Anjali Sachdeva’s debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character’s epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie’s steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; …

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Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin

Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin From an award-winning debut writer, a beautiful and unapologetic collection of stories about women’s unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurface In “Floor Plans,” a woman at the end of her marriage tests her power when she inadvertently befriends the neighbor trying to buy her apartment. In “Appetite,” a sixteen-year old grieving her mother’s death experiences first love and questions how much more heartbreak she and her …

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Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became …

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All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.  From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a …

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Victory Over Japan by Ellen Gilchrist

Victory Over Japan by Ellen Gilchrist Originally published in 1984, this collection of 14 short stories set in Arkansas and Mississippi went on to win that year’s National Book Award for fiction, confirming Ellen Gilchrist’s place as one of the preeminent literary talents of her generation. VICTORY OVER JAPAN takes us into the lives of an unforgettable group of Southern women — beautiful, complicated, enchanting, and sometimes dangerous — in and out of bars, marriages, …

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Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy Series by Cassandra Clare Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary …

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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material. This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp …

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The Library of the Dead by Gary A. Braunbeck

The Library of the Dead by Michael Bailey

The Library of the Dead by Gary A. Braunbeck The Library of the Dead is an anthology of literary fiction inspired by Chapel of the Chimes, a crematory and columbarium founded in 1909 in Oakland, California, and one of the area’s most beautiful historic buildings. Thousands are entombed in golden books (urns) shelved from floor to ceiling in a glowing labyrinth of nearly countless rooms. The stories within The Library of the Dead represent a …

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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu A publishing event: Bestselling author Ken Liu selects his award-winning science fiction and fantasy tales for a groundbreaking collection—including a brand-new piece exclusive to this volume. With his debut novel, The Grace of Kings, taking the literary world by storm, Ken Liu now shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie. This mesmerizing collection features all of Ken’s award-winning and award-finalist stories, including: “The Man …

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Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories by Kanishk Tharoor In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity—for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver …

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah A dazzlingly accomplished debut collection explores the ties that bind parents and children, husbands and wives, lovers and friends to one another and to the places they call home. In “Who Will Greet You at Home”, a National Magazine Award finalist for The New Yorker, a woman desperate for a child weaves one out of hair, with unsettling results. In “Wild”, …

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The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R. R. Martin

The Wit & Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R. R. Martin The perfect gift for fans of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and HBO’s Game of Thrones: a collection of wicked one-liners from the incomparable Imp of Casterly Rock, fully illustrated by Jonty Clark! “My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind . . . and …

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The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton

The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton The Arabian Nights is your magic carpet ride to exotic lands full of wonders and marvels. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as stories that crafty Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, over a thousand-and-one consecutive nights, to pique his interest for the next evening’s entertainment and thereby save her life. Among them are some of the best-known legends of eastern storytelling, including …

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The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin

The Complete Works of Kate Chopin by Kate Chopin In 1969, Per Seyersted gave the world the first collected works of Kate Chopin. Seyersted’s presentation of Chopin’s writings and biographical and bibliographical information led to the rediscovery and celebration of this turn-of-the-century author. Newsweek hailed the two-volume opus — “In story after story and in all her novels, Kate Chopin’s oracular feminism and prophetic psychology almost outweigh her estimable literary talents. Her revival is both …

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library Series) by J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library Series) by J. K. Rowling

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library Series) by J. K. Rowling As familiar to many Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of popular stories written for young wizards and witches. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogwarts, as well as illustrations …

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Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane

Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane

Once Upon a Happy Ending: An Anthology of Reimagined Fairy Tales by Casey Lane (and Others) 15 fairy tale classics reborn. 15 endings you’ll have to read to believe! What if Beauty was the beast? What if Little Red Riding Hood was a sacrifice? The stories of Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty have been told countless times over, but never quite like this… Once Upon a Happy Ending features your favorite tales retold by 16 …

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Once Upon a Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales by Yasmine Galenorn

Once Upon a Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales by Yasmine Galenorn

Once Upon a Curse: 17 Dark Faerie Tales by Yasmine Galenorn  (and Others) Seventeen magical stories from NY Times and USA Today bestsellers and award-winning authors that will entice you to the darker side of faerie tales. More Grimm than Disney, in this collection you’ll find twists on Snow White, Hansel & Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Snow Queen, Cinderella, The Pied Piper, Alice in Wonderland, and Red Riding Hood, plus new tales paying homage to the old …

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