Desert Oracle by Ken Layne

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From Amboy to Zyzzyx, Layne beckons us to the strange wilderness of Joshua Tree and its environs—and warns us of the fate that can befall unprepared pilgrims to his harsh desert home. Within this volume you'll find glimpses of the paranormal, descriptions of vast natural beauty, and tales of the eclectic denizens of the Mojave over the centuries. Part field guide, part lure, Desert Oracle is like stepping out of the beating sun into the cool of a roadside bar where you might meet a stranger--and they might have a story to tell you.

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ISBN: 9781250800350
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Published: Picador - December 7th, 2021

Uranians by Theodore McCombs

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Each story in McCombs's debut collection brings a clever and unique perspective to queer and trans futurity, allowing us to imagine the ways that technology and the expansion of frontiers both literal and figurative might ease or complicate queer existence. The eponymous novella in particular—named after the Victorian idea of an intermediate sex between male and female—showcases the author's gorgeous prose and command of interweaving narratives.

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ISBN: 9781662601941
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Published: Astra House - May 30th, 2023

Hild, by Nicola Griffith

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With prose as rich as frankincense and clear as good spring water, Griffith's version of 7th-century Anglo-Saxon Britain is rendered in riotous, loving detail through the eyes of the child Hild, seeress at the ascendant court of Edwin, her uncle and the first king of Northumbria. Griffith excels at immersing the reader in Hild's world, where the change of seasons and movements of animals can augur a strong harvest and full bellies or the fall of a kingdom, and where Hild interprets patterns in the complicated weave of political intrigue that surrounds her and leverages her keen intuition to navigate both court and the end of her childhood.




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ISBN: 9781250056092
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Published: Picador - October 28th, 2014