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.

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 2:00pm

The third in the award-winning Jane Ryland and Jake Brogan mystery series, Truth Be Told, takes us into the world of foreclosure fraud. Investigative reporter Jane Ryland finds out the truth behind a middle class family’s eviction from their home and the players behind the scheme will stop at nothing to cover up their secret. Meanwhile, Boston homicide detective Jake Brogan investigates a 20-year-old cold case that he has a personal stake in. Kirkus Reviews says Truth Be Told is “…an engrossing mystery-thriller by an award-winning Boston journalist.” Yes, Hank is an on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won...

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:30pm

Australian native Garth Nix has, throughout the years, constantly been asked if the name that appears on his books is a pseudonym. “I guess people ask me because it sounds like the perfect name for a writer of fantasy.” He goes onto say, “However, it is my real name.” Fantasy readers came to know Garth's very real name when Sabriel, the first in his Old Kingdoms series, was released in 1995 and became a smash. Eleven years after his third entry Abhorsen, Garth returns to the world of the Old Kingdoms with Clariel. In this prequel, Clariel, the daughter of one of a notable family, is tasked with finding a loose, dangerous Free Magic...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00am

A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday October 28th.        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, 10/28/2014 - 7:00pm

Charlie Lovett has been collecting rare books for years and has amassed a huge collection of items connected to Lewis Carroll, including Carroll's own 1888 typewriter. Using his love of old books, authors, and countryside, Charlie authored last year's The Bookman's Tale, a mystery centuries deep concerning the works, and the rumored true identity, of William Shakespeare. Charlie returns with First Impressions, a dual-narrative featuring a bookshop owner and a name not unknown to booklovers. Sophie Collingwood has just taken a job as at an antiquarian bookshop when two customers ask for the same novel, the second edition of...

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:00pm

“M’ath!” That means hello in Dothraki, and is just one of many words you can learn when linguist and language creator David J. Peterson visits the Mission Viejo Library. David has been creating languages since 2000, receiving an M.A. in linguistics from University of California, San Diego in 2006, and co-founding the Language Creation Society one year later. He created the languages of Dothraki and Valyrian for the hit HBO® series, Game of Thrones®, based off of the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin. Living Language Dothraki is loaded with grammar explanations, cultural notes, dialogue, and exercises....

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.

The Peripheral (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399158445
Availability: On Our Shelves Now!
Published: Putnam Adult, 10/2014
Arrived in San Diego on October 23rd. On sale date is October 28th.

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Willful Child (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780765374899
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Tor Books, 11/2014

Speculate Fiction

Meet Steven Erikson on Monday November 17!


The day after tomorrow an alien species Transcends on our doorstep and leaves their toys behind – loaded guns in the hands of a bunch of children who shouldn’t be trusted. Humans: from species on the way out one day, to intergalactic interlopers the next. A century or so later and … “These are the voyages of the starship A.S.F. Willful Child. Its ongoing mission: to seek out strange worlds on which to plant the Terran flag, to subjugate and if necessary obliterate new life-forms, to boldly blow the…” Turns out the universe is just chock-full of idiots … and we fit right in. Herein lay the exploits of our intrepid captain and crew as they prove once and for all that fools can rush in, wreak havoc, and come out smelling like a rose. The author’s great love for a certain 60s television series is extremely evident in this farce.

– Patrick


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