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Staff Fiction Favorites

A rotating selection of some of our staff's favorite titles. New reviews added quarterly.

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Brian L O'Malley

If you haven’t heard of Scott Pilgrim yet, hit yourself upside the head and pick this up. Scott is 23, with a high school girlfriend, an awful band, no job, and no motivation to take any responsibility for himself. Then comes Ramona Flowers. Interlaced with band battles, skateboard showdowns, and ninjas, are the real questions of who we are and how we get to be these people.  

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781932664089
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Oni Press - August 14th, 2004

Otherland: City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams

Written even before Facebook and Google took over so much of our lives, William’s Otherland looks forward to a time where life is lived in the virtual. This epic journey travels not just through the landscape of our future, but through all the worlds of humankinds’ imagination, as ordinary people start noticing the secrets of the virtual Net, and follow them to the darker truths of humanity. 

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780886777630
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: DAW - January 1st, 1998

Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone

Separated by time and space, from middle America to the coasts, Becca and Buckley grow up in the 50’s through the 80’s, connected tenuously by the strikes of lightning that changed their lives. This is not a love story, but the search for identity and understanding amongst the strangers that surround us, and the chance events that shape our lives. 

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn

Chocolat by Joanne Harris

Even in a small provincial French town, nothing is quite as simple as it appears. Vianne arrives as a stranger, mysterious and exotic, with a touch of witchcraft. Her presence, her beliefs, and her chocolate threaten to forever change the status quo of this community, as she fights against prejudice and persecution, offering honesty and compassion.  

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9780140282030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - January 1st, 2000

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

In the great tradition of samurai revenge films, Across the Nightingale Floor follows the story of 16-year old Tomasu, known as Takeo, who in feudal Japan is drawn into the complex game of politics and war. Samurai codes, marriage politics, secret ninja heritages, teenage true love and, of course, the over-whelming drive for vengeance for those dead. 

Reviewed by: 
Jocelyn
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ISBN: 9781573223324
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2003

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