Tod's Picks

Tod's first bookselling gig was in 1982. He's worked for small chains, big chains, dead chains and independent booksellers over the years. He's done a few other things but he's always come back to bookselling. Tod is our resident expert in science fiction/fantasy and his staff picks are always well received. He's the floor manager at Phoenix Books Burlington.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One & Two: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338099133
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - July 31st, 2016

There's been lots of confusion and maybe even controversy around the publication of this eighth story set in the Harry Potter Universe, but rest assured this is a worthy successor to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It's chock full of JK Rowling's amazing storytelling, and you get used to the script format in no time as the characters grab you. It's no spoiler to say that my favorite character is Draco Malfoy's son, Scorpius.  Definitely a must-read for any HP fan.


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Ancillary Justice Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

Space Opera at it's best! In  a galaxy where human bodies can be
co-opted to serve as "ancillaries" of a ship-sized AI, what happens when
one of those ancillaries is the only survivor of a deadly plot and is
set on revenge? Read this debut novel to find out and also discover a
thrilling new voice in science fiction.


Graceling Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Graphia Books - September 7th, 2009

At Phoenix Books we joke that new booksellers must read Graceling
- it's practically required reading!  Even folks who don't normally
read fantasy, or didn't think this was their kind of book, have come
back raving about how awesome it is!  It's simply a must-read.


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You can't trust anyone these days, especially not either of the narrators in Gone Girl!  Which is one of the main pleasures of this fascinating novel of a marriage gone bad (or did it?). Keeps you guessing to the very last page - I couldn't put it down.
Gone Girl Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780307588364
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - June 5th, 2012

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How does a 16 ton giant squid vanish from a carefully guarded museum in the center of London and why does this presage the end of the world? Only China Mieville would even think of such a premise and in Kraken the fun is in how masterfully he takes you through the underground world of weird cults, urban magic and lost history to answer those questions.  You'll think twice before ordering calimari in future!
Kraken Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345497505
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 15th, 2011

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Hugo Winner! And very well-deserved--one of my top 10 books. Set in an (unfortunately) all too real future, but there's hope (or is there?).

The Windup Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597801584
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Published: Night Shade Books - May 1st, 2010

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Great "steampunk" world where magic and science coexist and are treated as equals. Wonderfully fleshed out characters, great pacing, exotic aliens and a smash-bang climax. One of my top 10 all time sci-fi novels.

Perdido Street Station Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345459404
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Published: Del Rey Books - July 29th, 2003

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The First Law series - my favorite new fantasy series. Epic in scale, but driven by well-drawn characters and intricate plotting, set in a very well-done sword & sorcery world.

The Blade Itself Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781591025948
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Published: Pyr - September 30th, 2007