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Riveting Mystery, Science Fiction, & Fantasy Recommendations

Some of Bookshop Santa Cruz's favorite mystery, science fiction, and fantasy titles, as recommended in our Mys/SFF newsletter.

Fragile Things

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Neil Gaiman /  10 hours 47 minutes

“A prodigiously imaginative collection.”

—New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice

“Dazzling tales from a master of the fantastic.”
—Washington Post Book World

Fragile Things is a sterling collection of exceptional tales from Neil Gaiman, multiple award-winning (the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Newberry, and Eisner Awards, to name just a few), #1 New... Read More »



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The Library at Mount Char

By Scott Hawkins
Narrated by Hillary Huber /  16 hours 47 minutes

Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy. Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.

After all, she was a normal... Read More »



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Binti: Book #1
By Nnedi Okorafor & N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles /  2 hours 30 minutes

Winner of the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novella!

Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do... Read More »



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The Grace of Kings

The Dandelion Dynasty
By Ken Liu
Narrated by Michael Kramer /  21 hours 36 minutes

Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in this first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, recipient of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor,... Read More »



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Keeping Watch

By Laurie R. King
Narrated by Richard Ferrone /  16 hours 4 minutes

Laurie R. King is the New York Times and Washington Post best-selling author of Justice Hall. Here, she returns to Folly Island for an intensely suspenseful psychological thriller. Allen Carmichael, a Vietnam veteran turned rescuer of abused children, lives on the fringes of society. When Allen comes to the aid of 12-year-old Jamie O’Connell,... Read More »



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Mindhunter - Abridged

Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
By John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker
Narrated by John E. Douglas /  2 hours 52 minutes

He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: TheTrailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has contronted,interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins -- includingCharles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray -- for alandmark study to understand... Read More »



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Among Thieves

A Novel
By John Clarkson
Narrated by Peter Berkrot /  14 hours 18 minutes

They thought they could cover up what an out-of-control trader at a Manhattan brokerage firm did to Olivia Sanchez. She worked hard, played by the rules, but so what? Blackball her from the industry and be done with her.

Who's going to stop them?

Nobody, until Olivia turns to her cousin Manny, an ex-con and ex-gang leader whose first reaction is... Read More »



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