Daniel's Staff Picks

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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Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632860392
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - January 24th, 2017

This slim book profiles the beginnings of Arthur Conan Doyle’s early days as a young voracious reader, his student times at medical school, as an eye doctor with no patients, his early struggles as an author and then to his rise as an in demand writer of the incredibly popular Sherlock Holmes mysteries.  The book explores real life inspirations like Dr. Joseph Bell, to  literary heroes like Walter Scott and Edgar Allen Poe. A very enjoyable read for any lover of The Great Detective and his knighted chronicler, Sir Arthur!

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The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802125927
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Published: Mysterious Press - March 7th, 2017


I don’t often enjoy reading pastiches of Sherlock Holmes. Too often they venture into the supernatural or science fiction genre. (Although I rather enjoy a good Holmes/Cthulhu story. Check out, “Shadows Over Baker Street.)Lyndsay Faye however captures the voice and style of Conan Doyle expertly and it truly feels like you have discovered a new set of lost classics!

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The Best of Sherlock Holmes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781909621992
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Published: MacMillan Collector's Library - August 23rd, 2016

A “best of” collection of Sherlock Holmes must be a hard book to compile. You may as well just read a “Complete collected edition” because all sixty stories are the best. Okay, you guessed it, I’m a big fan. That being said, most of the stories in this book were chosen by Arthur Conan Doyle as his favorites …and if the Master denotes these as best then who can argue? Certainly not me!

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Planet of the Apes Omnibus 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781785653896
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Published: Titan Books (UK) - February 28th, 2017


I can’t really explain my passion for the Planet of the Apes but I do remember the beginnings of the affair. At a young age I saw “Battle for the POTA” at my grandmother’s house. I was enthralled. Then the tv series compilations, “Life Liberty and Pursuit on the POTA” and “Treachery and Greed on the POTA”, then the earlier films, out of order. Stir in some POTA Mego figures, found at garage sales, and I have been nutty for all things ape ever since. This omnibus includes the second and third movie adaptions. I can't help thinking somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man.”

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Birthmark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781927668399
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Published: Koyama Press - November 15th, 2016

Sometimes it’s hard to write a shelf talker for graphic novels. No matter how I describe the story, if you don’t find the artwork appealing the point is moot. So leaf through this book and if you don’t find the rich sumptuous colors, the lush organic landscapes and the dreamy charming characters to your liking…then you have no soul! Just kidding. But seriously, what’s wrong with you? By the way it’s a great story too… but when is part two coming??

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Last Look Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375715174
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Published: Pantheon Books - October 4th, 2016

Take a trip with Charles Burns as he jumps back into his world of weird. Is Last Look a story about a young man dealing with abandonment and disconnection or a about a confused colony worker struggling with love in the underground? Or is it both? Or something else entirely? Burns allows the story to unfold slowly and forces you to make your own connections. Disturbing, sad and thought provoking .

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The Left Hand of Darkness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780441478125
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Published: Ace Books - March 15th, 1987

This book is a challenge. Written like a series of field notes from an emissary to an alien world. Politics, ecology, sociology, religion and philosophy are all woven into the anti-narrative. Leguin writes beyond the clichés of genre science fiction and creates a classic story/study of humanity.

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Norse Mythology Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

Neil Gaiman retells the ancient Norse Tales. From the day the worlds began to the ravaging ends of Ragnarok. While focusing primarily on Thor, Loki and Odin he imbues the tales with new life and lots of sly humor. Could we someday be lucky enough to have all our world mythologies adapted by one of the most beloved of British fantasists… one can dream!