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.

Dawn of Everything by David Graeber

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ISBN: 9780374157357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

Reading this book totally changed my entire idea of human history and what's possible for humanity in the future. It's radical in it's look at how human societies have been organized through time and space and blows up the idea that history is a "progression" which leads us to where we are now - so much more is possible for us!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J K Rowling

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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.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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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 by Kristin Cashore

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ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Clarion 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.

Kraken by China Mieville

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ISBN: 9780345497505
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Published: Del Rey - March 15th, 2011

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!