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Michael was born in New Jersey, but he's gotten over it. A self-identified geek, he enjoys sci fi, fantasy, and horror books, movies, and t.v, as well as video and tabletop games.

Black Bolt vol. 1: Hard Time, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward

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Black Bolt Vol. 1: Hard Time Cover Image
By Saladin Ahmed (Text by), Christian Ward (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781302907327
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Published: Marvel - December 19th, 2017

The king of the Inhumans is thrown into prison. Stripped of both his powers and his privilege, Black Bolt and his fellow inmates suffer unspeakable torture and injustice. Ahmed's story is both heartrending and humorously self-aware. Ward's art is simply stunning.


Soonish, by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

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Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399563829
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Published: Penguin Press - October 17th, 2017

The duo behind the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal bring their unique mix of humor and science in this book about emerging technologies.


Phenomena, by Annie Jacobsen

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Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigations into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316349369
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 28th, 2017

Many stories feature secret government agencies researching the paranormal. Stories like Firestarter, The X-Files, and Stranger Things, just to name a few. In Phenomena Jacobsen investigates the real world programs that lurk behind the fiction.


Pretty Deadly Volume One: The Shrike, by Kelly Sue Deconnick and illustrated by Emma Rìos

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Pretty Deadly Volume 1: The Shrike Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781607069621
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Published: Image Comics - May 13th, 2014

A gorgeously illustrated horror/western that draws on mythology and folklore to create a brutally beautiful story about Death's daughter.


Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476777412
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 4th, 2017

Think librarians are milquetoast? Think again. Historian and archivist Abdel Kader Haidara is also a brazen smuggler, salvaging thousands of manuscripts and saving them from being destroyed by Al Qaeda.


An Unattractive Vampire, by Jim McDoniel

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ISBN: 9781941758649
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Published: Sword & Laser - March 15th, 2016

Tired of goody-two-shoes vampires that are so pretty they sparkle? Me too. Enter Yuric Bile, the Cursèd One, the Devil's Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering One. Yuric battles to determine what it truly means to be a vampire.


Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

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Blackbirds (Miriam Black #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481448659
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Published: Saga Press - September 15th, 2015

"Wendig's frenetic pacing paints a perfect portrait of the life of Miriam Black. Cursed with the ability predict your death and surviving by stealing the wallets of those fated to die, Black runs away from everything and everyone. She never interferes with her predictions until she meets Louis."


Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

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Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250040190
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - October 6th, 2015

"Wong shows us a future that is entirely too plausible while exploring the moral problems of wealth and the power that comes with it. Zoey Ash is caught between her poor upbringing, the vast riches her father left for her, and the violent gangs that are hunting her for a secret she doesn't know she possesses."


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