Mysterious Galaxy is an independent genre bookstore that is passionate about creating and maintaining a community of readers, authors, and booksellers.


Welcome to Mysterious Galaxy -- books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem (with occasional Masks, Matchmaking, and Munchkins). We are physically a specialty genre store in Southern California with a focus on SF, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, and Horror. Here on the web we offer a whole world of book choices, some physically on our shelves, some immediately available for your ebook reader, and many more available for special order!

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Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:30pm

After abandoning an attempt to write a novel where an elephant is a detective (a novel she comically shuns on her website), Yangsze Choo began work on her spirited debut, The Ghost Bride. Li Lan, the daughter of a “genteel but bankrupt family,” is offered the astonishing chance to marry the powerful Lim family’s (recently-deceased) son. Night after night, she is drawn to the world of the afterlife (complete with ghost cities and vengeful spirits) by her deceased suitor, but she cannot deny her attraction to the Lim family’s new heir, Tian Bai. To avoid being trapped in the ghost world for eternity, she must discover the darkest...

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 2:00pm

Melissa Marr's online bio states that she grew up “believing in faeries, ghosts, and various other creatures,” and that, after years of teaching college literature, turned her love for folklore, myth, and all things fantastic into writing. Her debut novel, 2007's Wicked Lovely, quickly became an international bestseller, with translation rights sold in more than twenty countries. Made for You, her newest standalone novel, focuses on Eva, a hit-and-run victim who develops a most interesting power: to foresee people's deaths upon them touching her. With danger mounting, Eva will have to harness her new powers and accept the help of...

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 7:30pm

Greg Cummings is an award-winning wildlife conservationist who achieved remarkable success protecting gorilla populations in the wild through community-based initiatives in East and Central Africa. He introduced safari tour company runner Derek Strangely, in Gorillaland, an adventure of crime, civil war, and ecological catastrophe set deep in the Congolese jungle. Strangely survives to return in Pirates; he has relocated to Kampala, Uganda, when he is contacted by a friend whose past is entangled with pirates from the Federal Republic of Somalia. Greg will discuss the challenge of  incorporating global conflicts into fictional...

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:00am

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday October 7th.       Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)        Happy Reading!        Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 7:30pm

To say that Matt Cook is an accomplished individual would be an understatement. As a close-up magician (and former member of the Magic Castle Junior Society), Matt has performed in Hollywood and across the globe. His previous writings have earned him numerous awards, and in 2010, he cofounded California Common Sense, a nonprofit dedicated to government transparency and policy analysis. His debut novel, Sabotage, begins with Professor Malcolm Clare waking aboard a jet minutes before it plunges into the seas. Curious about his professor's disappearance, Stanford doctorate student Austin Hardy seeks out Malcolm's daughter,...

Our publishers are kind enough to send us Signed First Editions for non-touring authors' works. To see a complete list of Signed First editions, check the menu for signed first editions by genre.

ISBN-13: 9780803741713
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Dial, 9/2014
On sale Sept. 30

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War Dogs (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780316072830
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Orbit, 10/2014

Our Speculative Fiction Fantastic First for November.

War is Hell. War on Mars is Hell-times-Hellas. Master Sergeant Michael Venn is a veteran of this particular brand of Hell. As a Skyrine, a spacefaring Marine, he has survived many a drop on the Red. When the Gurus announced their presence and gave humanity many a present, they also gave us a warning: they were not the only extraterrestrial beings in our solar system. The Antags, short for antagonists, were also here, and Mars was their current objective. Now Venn and company have boots on the ground, little intel, and a whole lot of hurt on their doorstep. Their only hope may lie with the enigmatic humans who first settled Mars … and with a secret of galactic proportions. Military SF, action and adventure, and a whole lot of thought-provoking complexity make this one a real winner … even if it is only the first of a reported trilogy.   

– Patrick


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