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Riveting Mystery, Science Fiction, & Fantasy Recommendations

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.

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Fragile Things

By Neil Gaiman
Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
Length: 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...

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The Library at Mount Char

By Scott Hawkins
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 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
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 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...

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The Grace of Kings

The Dandelion Dynasty: Book #1

By Ken Liu
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Length: 21 hours 36 minutes

One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time

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. Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata... Read more »

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Keeping Watch

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

Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago--but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he's lived on the fringes of the law, using a soldier's skills to keep watch over those too young to defend themselves. Some consider him nothing but a kidnapper for hire--the best in the business; others call him a hero. His specialty... 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
Length: 2 hours 52 minutes

Now a Netflix original series

Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.

In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind... Read more »

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Among Thieves

A Novel

By John Clarkson
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
Length: 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...

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