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

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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.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm

    Our summer workshops with the Clarion Instructors draws to a close with the double-bill of spouses and editors Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Ann is a Hugo-award winning editor and publisher who contributed not only to a number of esteemed print publications, but is also a consulting fiction editor for Tor.com. Jeff is also an book reviewer and an author – recent projects by the a three-time World Fantasy Award winner include Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, the world’s first full-color, image-based writing guide, and the first installment in his Southern Reach novel trilogy (...

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 2:00pm

Susan Spann returns to the world of sixteenth-century Japan in this thrilling sequel to her debut novel Claws of the Cat. Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Father Matteo, the Jesuit priest Hiro has pledged to protect, are summoned to a shogun’s palace to find the murderer of the shogun’s cousin. Susan uses her deep interest in Asian culture and studies of Mandarin and Japanese to bring medieval Japan to life. Susan lives in northern California with her family where she spends time cooking Asian food, fencing, and knife and shuriken throwing.              

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 2:00pm

     Henry Herz      Nancy Holder Two of our favorite local authors team up to introduce a new fantasy young adult anthology, Beyond the Pale. Henry, most known for his unique picture books co-written with his sons, edited this collection of reprint short stories by authors MG readers know and love including author, editor, and teacher Nancy Holder. Other authors include Heather Brewer (Vladimir Todd series), Jim Butcher (Dresden File series), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series) and more. Spend a fun Sunday afternoon expanding your readership beyond some favorite universes.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:00am

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday August 5th.    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. 

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:00pm

The seventh Chet and Bernie mystery, Paw and Order, releases the day before Spencer Quinn returns to MG. In the latest, canine narrator Chet and PI Bernie journey to Washington, DC, where Chet sniffs around the capital city to uncover a devilish plot while Bernie suddenly finds himself arrested. Spencer will tell us more about the dangers of over-empowered guinea pigs, and local organization SNAP (Save, Foster & Adopt-a-pet Program) will be on hand with some four-legged furry friends for us to play with … or even take home!            

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.

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780399158582
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Putnam Adult, 7/2014
received for sale July 15.

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Check out what we (MG staff and friends) have recently read and enjoyed.

The Magician's Land (Hardcover)

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9780670015672
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014

Speculative Fiction

From its magical opening scene in a largely mundane New Jersey bookstore, to its conclusion leaving readers with appropriate-to-the-story if not necessarily happy “good-byes” to Quentin Coldwater, flawed magician, and his compatriots, The Magician’s Land fulfils Lev’s unspoken contract with his readers to both honor and build on the classic tales of adventures at its foundation. After the losses of The Magician King, Quentin gradually develops more self-awareness and grace, while undertaking fabulous magical adventures, of course! Strongly recommended.

– Maryelizabeth

Signed copies available, while they last.

 


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