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Mysterious Galaxy Staff Picks

From old-favorites to newest releases, explore staff favorites from the booksellers of Mysterious Galaxy, a San Diego bookstore specializing in Fantasy, Science-Fiction & Mystery.

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Good Omens

By Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hours 32 minutes

Winner of the Audiophile Magazine Earphones Award.

The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had...

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Welcome to Night Vale

A Novel

By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, Therese Plummer & Dan Bittner
Length: 12 hours 1 minutes

From the creators of the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast comes an imaginative mystery of appearances and disappearances that is also a poignant look at the ways in which we all struggle to find ourselves...no matter where we live.

"Hypnotic and darkly funny. . . . Belongs to a particular strain of American gothic that encompasses The...

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One Dark Throne

Three Dark Crowns: Book #2

By Kendare Blake
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Length: 11 hours 6 minutes

#1 New York Times bestseller!

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.

The battle for the crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail? With the unforgettable events of the...

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Sea of Rust

A Novel

By C. Robert Cargill
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 10 hours 25 minutes

Sea of Rust

“It’s fifteen years after humanity has gone extinct, and things are not looking good for robotkind. Many have succumb to becoming facets for one of the two One World Intelligence hive minds that remain after the war with humanity, and the freebots who do not submit gather together in ramshackle settlements for protection from OWI raids. One such freebot is Brittle, a rare caregiver model who traverses the Sea of Rust on her own, scavenging parts to barter with from damaged bots who are too far gone to be saved from their mad wanderings. When another caregiver model critically damages her in an attempt to poach her parts for himself, both join a secret mission with the promise of repairs…but Brittle soon discovers that there’s far more at stake than she ever realized. Cargill has crafted a believable world of post-apocalyptic ruin, seen through Brittle’s eyes as she fights for survival against her own deteriorating mind and the brutal memories of her actions in the war, making for a compelling story about faith, choices, and consequences.”

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The Bear and the Nightingale

A Novel
Winternight Trilogy: Book #1

By Katherine Arden
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 11 hours 47 minutes

If you enjoyed Circe, then you’ll love The Bear and the Nightingale.

“I lie awake at night thinking about this trilogy! A beautiful and thrilling Russian folklore re-telling. Kathleen Gati's narration is excellent.”

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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

The World of Lore

By Aaron Mahnke
Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes

A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, featuring stories from the Lore podcast—now a streaming television series—including “They Made a Tonic,” “Passed Notes,” and “Unboxed,” as well as rare material.

They live in shadows—deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of... Read more »
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

By Douglas Adams
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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Renegades

Renegades: Book #1

By Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Dan Bittner & Rebecca Soler
Length: 16 hours 58 minutes

Renegades

“The much- awaited “Renegades” by Marissa Meyer has finally arrived and it does not disappoint. Meet Nightmare/Nova, an Anarchist vowed to wreak her vengeance on a syndicate of super heroes, led by Captain Chromium and infiltrated by the mysterious Sentinel. Saved as a young girl by her Uncle Ace, leader of the Anarchists, Nova is determined to avenge her families murder at the inadvertent hands of the Renegades. Enter Sketch/Adrian, adopted son of Captain Chromium and the Dread Warden, seeking justice for his mother’s mysterious death. Will Nova and Adrian overcome their driving desire to unknowingly destroy each other or are they destined to ignite a war neither side can win?”

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Strange the Dreamer

Strange the Dreamer: Book #1

By Laini Taylor
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 18 hours 19 minutes

Strange the Dreamer

“Get ready to be swept up in this hauntingly beautiful story of an orphan boy who dreams of places no on remembers and a powerful girl fighting to do what is right. Laini Taylor creates a fantasy world that is sure to stay in your dreams. Great for readers who enjoyed Six of Crows, An Ember in the Ashes, or Taylor's other books.”

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Nevermoor: Book #1

By Jessica Townsend
Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
Length: 11 hours

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

“Nevermoor is The Unwanteds meets The Apprentice Witch, with a splash of Alice in Wonderland and The Mysterious Benedict Society. Seems like the perfect book right? This book weaves together a magical tale of cursed child, Morrigan Crow, who manages to escape her fate while traveling to alternate world. But how long can one really escape their fate? Morrigan must successfully complete every task to join the Wundrous Society, or risk being sent back home. I loved this adventure, and am sure that you will too!”

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Roar

The Stormheart Series: Book #1

By Cora Carmack
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

Roar is the first in a new YA fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack.

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Void Star

By Zachary Mason
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Tristan Morris, Sean Pratt & Michael Braun
Length: 15 hours 57 minutes

Not far in the future, the seas have risen and the central latitudes are emptying. But it's still a good time to be rich in San Francisco, where weapons-drones patrol the skies to keep out the multitudinous poor.Irina isn't rich, not quite, but she does have an artificial memory that gives her perfect recall and lets her act as a medium between... Read more »
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Sleeping Beauties

A Novel

By Stephen King & Owen King
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 25 hours 20 minutes

In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to... Read more »
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Star Wars Ahsoka

By E.K. Johnston
Narrated by: Ashley Eckstein
Length: TBA

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a... Read more »
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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

A Novel

By Susanna Clarke
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 32 hours 25 minutes

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, two very different magicians emerge to change England's history. In the year 1806, with the Napoleonic Wars raging on land and sea, most people believe magic to be long dead in England-until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers, and becomes a celebrity overnight.

Soon, another practicing magician...

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Full Cast Production

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 19 hours 39 minutes

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to...

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It Devours!

A Welcome to Night Vale Novel

By Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

It Devours!

“Even if you've never heard of Night Vale, I truly believe you'll enjoy It Devours. It's a book about science and religion. It's a book about belonging and how sometimes to truly understand what is happening, you may need an outsider's perspective. It's also a book about a friendly desert town that finds its way into some of the strangest predicaments, and the people who live there. In other words, it's superbly written science fiction that deserves to be read more than once.”

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Norse Mythology

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

Norse Mythology

“With a voice like warm milk and honey, Neil Gaiman breathes life into his stories Norse Mythology honors the tale’s past, but still has Neil’s distinctive style. Which is then enhanced by Gaiman reading the story aloud. Gaiman is able to create distinct voices for each of his characters, from the sly and cunning Loki, to the short-tempered, impatient warrior Thor. Gaiman took mythology that I already loved, created something even more enchanting. It is a collection of stories I could hear time after time and never grow tired of revisiting.”

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World War Z - Abridged - Abridged

An Oral History of the Zombie War

By Max Brooks
Narrated by: Various
Length: 5 hours 59 minutes

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
We survived the zombie apocalypse, but how many of us are still haunted by that terrible time? We have (temporarily?) defeated the living dead, but at what cost? Told in the haunting... Read more »
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Dune

Book One in the Dune Chronicles
Dune

By Frank Herbert
Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, Simon Vance & Ilyana Kadushin
Length: 21 hours 1 minutes

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Javier Bardem, Dave Bautista, Stellan Skarsgård, and Charlotte Rampling.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man...

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