Daniel's Staff Picks

See what our Floor Manager Daniel is reading...

"I dissect time to find the books
that glow so darkly in
the nooks & crannies of the night
& towards that path I
guide my flight."


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Beren and Luthien Cover Image
By J. R. R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (Editor), Alan Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781328791825
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 1st, 2017

The most complete forms of Tolkien's "Beren & Luthien in one edition. The saga of enduring elvish & human love develops through prose & poetry & is filled with copious addendums & detailed notes from his son Christopher Tolkien. Add to that the beautiful paintings & drawings of master Tolkien artist, Alan Lee. Christopher has suggested that this may be the last book of his father’s work that he’s involved with. If so a more perfect final collection of J.R. R. Tolkien’s work could not be found.

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Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made Cover Image
By Marty Baumann, Steranko, Byron Howard (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781631409073
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Published: IDW Publishing - June 20th, 2017

This is more than a collection of toys that never existed. Marty Baumann has created new nostalgia. From comics, movies & tv shows that one anywhere knows, come the toys you never knew you needed. He perfectly captures the feel of the vintage advertisements. From image & words to color & designs. I felt like I was a kid again.

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The Library at Mount Char Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553418620
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Published: Broadway Books - March 15th, 2016

This is the first novel written by Scott Hawkins & good golly it’s a doozy. An amazing mash of genres that remained completely unpredictable from beginning to end. It’s hard to even describe the plot of this book. The back cover does no justice. The writing is detailed & precise, the characters are intricate & complex. The story is well…trust me, if you are looking for something wildly different, something very unique & something you will not want to put down…give this book a shot. By the time you're done, you’ll be telling others to read it too.

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The Talisman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451697216
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Published: Pocket Books - September 25th, 2012

This is another Stephen King heavy duty word pounder. Peter Straub joins in for this long journey of Jack Sawyer on a quest through the Territories to find a Talisman that will save his dying mother. Poor Travelin’ Jack goes from the bookends “double double toil & trouble” to “all shall be well and all shall be well”. Over 900 pages on the road of trials & like any journey it’s really about the life that happens along the way.

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Dark Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101904244
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Published: Broadway Books - May 2nd, 2017

Dark Matter kick starts early with an intense puzzle & then crunches some heavy science concepts into a combustible sci-fi thriller. Black Crouch excels at writing this combo quantum mystery. Great fun from beginning to end to end to end to end.

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Through a Glass, Darkly: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Quest to Solve the Greatest Mystery of All Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250076793
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 13th, 2017

Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the great analytical investigator Sherlock Holmes, was also one of the foremost proponents of spiritualism. This book examines the rise of the “medium” movement throughout Europe & America & Arthur’s role in accepting, embracing & becoming the most famous speaker for it. A fascinating look into one of the most interesting & most misunderstood areas of Doyle’s life. One of my favorite writers just gets more & more intriguing.  

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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062262271
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Published: William Morrow & Company - May 16th, 2017

Neil Gaiman could write about anything & not only make it interesting, but write it like it’s the first time you've ever read it. This is Mr. Gaiman's first collection of non-fiction which includes lectures, essays, reviews, introductions & other odds, ends & assortments. Underlying all these varying topics & unifying them like a baseline is Mr. Gaiman's own personality, not just his "Englishness" but his niceness & openess.

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The Time Machine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432357
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Published: Vintage - March 21st, 2017

The Time Machine is still one of my favorite time travel stories. H.G. Wells not only almost single handedly invented the time travel subgenre but also told a thrilling narrative of  an epoch hopping adventurer that lays the ground work for a classic dystopian story of human relations  & social struggles that many science fiction writers continue to builds upon. Wells was probably my first foray into written science fiction & I continue to enjoy reading it over & over again. His work is, dare I say it, timeless!