Callie has been a bookseller for 12 years.
Reviews & Recommendations
I've cried several times over how much I care about Murderbot. All Systems Red is more of a "start it before bed and then stay up until 5 in the morning finishing it" sci-fi thriller than a tear-jerker, but it's Murderbot's unique point of view that makes this book (and the rest of the series!) as wonderful as it is and had me hooked from the first sentence. A bot-human hybrid owned by a company and treated as a tool, Murderbot copes like the rest of us (through humor, deflection, and binge-watching) but its struggle with anxiety and with the alienation that comes with being seen as less than human is often made more difficult by being shot at. Highly recommend.
“I’ve always thought of them, of the poems, as being very private investigations and negotiations of a space that I can’t quite figure out—they’re where I wrestle with what I both resist and am drawn to.”
I can't stop reading and rereading Phillips's poems. They are carefully considered but always unsettled, restlessly looking to reveal, move deeper, open something unknown. My favorite poems ask questions and Phillips's linger in my head for weeks even when I'm not reading him.
An expertly written and passionate memoir about love and the hungering emptiness of its absence—about how we find ourselves and lose ourselves in both states. Relentless in her searching for understanding, Febos never hesitates to explore to find the insight she's looking for, and never flinches from the personal even as she delves into her own sexuality, attraction, addiction, and the darker sides of our selves and our histories. Febos writes with such startling candor and perception that I couldn't help but find myself revealed at times alongside her.
Gideon the Ninth is absolutely ridiculous in all the best ways. Gideon is science fiction steeped in high fantasy, dressed like a goth, who just crawled out of a tomb flanked by skeletons making rude hand gestures. Darkly and irreverently hilarious. Unafraid to get physically or emotionally bloody. Muir sets up a big cast of fantastic loveable and love-to-hateable characters in her game of necromantic intrigue--a necromancer and cavalier pair from each of eight houses vie for the blessing of the Emperor--and knocks the whole bewitchingly macabre ball of bones right out of the park.
Ostensibly a charmingly personal encyclopedia about the fictional television show Little Blue, Hazel Jane Plante's debut novel is an incandescent love letter to trans friendship. A tender TV-and-karaoke-soaked heartbreaker that delights in pop culture. By the end I was as smitten with Little Blue and its colorful characters as Vivian was, and I fell in love with Vivian herself from the first page. I cried reading this book on the train, at home, in the breakroom (four times), and at the laundromat where I finished it. Yes, that is a positive endorsement (obvs). Smart, soft, sad, and sexy. A novel about loss that overflows with love on every single page.