Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

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For those attempting to tackle Pratchett’s enormous Discworld oeuvre who are unsure where to begin, try Small Gods! It follows Brutha, the slow but well-meaning Chosen One of the Great God Om, on a mission to prevent a holy war between the rigid theocracy of Omnia and its laid-back philosophical neighbor, Ephebe. The least of Brutha’s problems is that Om is trapped in the body of a tortoise and can’t persuade anyone to do as he says. Beloved by die-hard fans and casual readers alike, the novel takes on religion, ethics, and belief in Pratchett’s classic irreverent style.  

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$9.99
ISBN: 9780062237378
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Published: Harper - October 29th, 2013

We Ride Upon Sticks, by Quan Barry

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Seventeenth-century Salem gets a neon update in Barry’s novel about the meteoric rise of the 1989 Danvers High School Women's Varsity Field Hockey Team to championship material—after they make a pact with the devil. In this case, the devil’s book is a spiral notebook with Emilio Estevez grinning up from the cover. Following each member of the team as they win matches and go to increasing lengths to gain Emilio’s favor, We Ride Upon Sticks is chock full of '80s lingo and nostalgia and both darker and sweeter than expected.

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781524748098
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Published: Pantheon - March 3rd, 2020

Melmoth, by Sarah Perry

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In a narrative that examines the cost and consequences of bearing witness, Sarah Perry introduces a new figure to the cast of characters that haunt children at bedtime. Melmoth, or Melmotka to the citizens of Prague— the city where translator and principal character Helen Franklin lives— is an ancient wanderer, doomed to track a path through some of the darkest chapters of history on bleeding feet. The cobbled-together chronicle of Melmoth that is given to Helen by a friend who is convinced he has begun to see the same ghastly presence forms the bulk of the story, weaving together historical moments of moral crisis: a German boy living in Nazi-occupied Prague, an airport where a gay man is being deported from France to Kinshasa, and a hospital room in Manila where a woman lies in terrible pain from an acid attack. The gothic style which Perry mastered in The Essex Serpent is on full display in this engrossing follow-up.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062856401
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Published: Custom House - October 1st, 2019

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