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Stranger Reads

What to Read Now

So you’ve binge-watched Netflix’s Stranger Things, and now there’s an eerie, 80s, Demogorgon-shaped hole in your heart. You’re somehow going to have to survive the year-long gap between seasons, and it’s looking rough. What to do? Well, just in time for Halloween, we’ve compiled a reading list to tide you over! Check out these reads at your local branch.

STRANGER READS

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey

Melanie is a young girl who, for reasons unknown to her, is detained by the military and a Dr. Caldwell, who calls her “our little genius.” She’s escorted to and from school in a wheelchair, with guns trained on her the whole time. Melanie just wants to be a regular girl, but when it’s up to her to save the world, she realizes just how special she is. Picture Eleven in a dystopian future.

 

 

My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Grady Hendrix

Hendrix’s story is saturated with 80s goodness (the music, the movies, the roller-skating) and the book is decorated like a high school yearbook, with cheeky messages written inside the covers. Best friends Abby and Gretchen are starting their first year of high school when suddenly Gretchen starts acting strange. She’s moody and difficult, and weird things keep happening around her. Is she possessed by a demon? Abby decides to investigate with the purpose of saving her best friend. But can their friendship survive the devil? A nostalgic coming of age tale, but with Satan!

The Boys of Summer: A Novel by Richard Cox

The Boys of Summer: A Novel by Richard Cox

The Boys of Summer – Richard Cox

In 1979, Todd was knocked into a coma by a tornado ripping through his hometown of Wichita Falls. In 1983 Todd wakes up, 13 and with a new, uneasy grasp on reality. Together with five friends, Todd spends that summer coming of age with first loves, deep betrayals, and a terrible secret. 25 years later, the friends reunite. Embarking on a search for the truth of that summer, the men come head to head with the past, changing the way they see each other and the very world itself. Reviewed by Barnes & Noble as a “darker, edgier Stranger Things.”

 

Paper Girls volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 – Brian K. Vaughan

It’s 1988, the early hours of November 1st. While some teens are still out celebrating Halloween, four 12 year old girls are up to delivery their paper routes. But their jobs are interrupted when they stumble across some mysterious figures in robes and they, of course, decide to investigate. A series about “nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood” (with a good dose of sci-fi thrown in), Volume 1 collects issues 1-5. The colouring of this series is gorgeous; the aesthetic is ultra-80s in the best way. Fans of Vaughan will definitely love this one.

If none of these do it for you, you can always check out NoveList from the VPL website. This database allows you to search for “read alikes” of your favourite books. Do you like the creepiness of Stranger Things? The sci-fi element? Stories of friends facing danger together? NoveList can find those titles for you!

The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley

geekKameron Hurley’s Geek Feminist Revolution collects some of the author’s best essays on the feminism in the science fiction and fantasy communities, including her Hugo Award-winning essay “We Have Always Fought”. A published science fiction author herself, Hurley brings an insider perspective to the ongoing problems of sexism and the alienation of women within these communities and beyond. Continue reading

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett

 

 

 

 

 

Fantasy literature lost a great author when Terry Pratchett died in March. Pratchett is best known for his Discworld books which take place on a disc resting on the backs of four giant elephants, all supported by a giant turtle who swims its way through space. The world is populated by not only humans but orcs, trolls, vampires, witches, dwarfs, and other mystical creatures and it’s a place where magic works. Many of the books parody real world civilizations such as Australia, Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, also other things like universities, rock and roll music, film making and newspaper publishing. His books are not only clever but humorous.

Pratchett’s last book, part of the Discworld series, The Shepherd’s Crown, has just been published. It’s part of the Tiffany Aching subseries about Tiffany who is an aspiring witch and it’s a fitting conclusion to both the Tiffany series and the Discworld universe as a whole. For any fantasy fans who haven’t yet tried Pratchett’s books I definitely recommend them.