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Stephen is a bookseller and casual cosplayer with a love of all epic fantasies and adventurous science fictions. He loves the classic hero's journey, clashes of good versus evil, and those philosophical stories that question what it really means to be human. He is a both a Trekkie and a Star Wars geek, a Disney lover, a proud Hufflepuff, and perhaps a tad Spider-Man obsessed. If he isn't reading or daydreaming about piloting a TARDIS, you'll likely find him looking for new costume projects . . . that he likely won't finish.


 

Currently Listening To

Currently Reading

Zachary Ying

 

 

 

Recently Enjoyed

Azura GhostSkyward FlightThe Black PrismServant MageFires of Vengeance

CytonicThe CowardGoldilocksSon of the StormDivinity's TwilightThe Sorcerer's Song #1

 

Stephen's Top Picks

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

PariahJustice Of KingsHalf Sick Of ShadowsSword of TruthMistbornAscendant

ElricRage Of DragonsHitchhiker's GuideEnder's GameNophek GlossDune

 

Middle-Grade and Young Adult Fiction

InkheartRedwallSkyward

AhsokaSteelheartEragonUnfortunate Events

 

Comics And Graphic Novels

WatchmenRunawaysCaptain MarvelKraven's Last Hunt

Darth VaderAvatar TLASpider-Man: Life StoryKamala Khan

 

Can't Wait To Read

Daughter Of Redwinter Sands Of Dune Broken Blade
06/28/22 06/28/22 08/02/22
The Warrior Councilor Oleander Sword
08/09/22 08/09/22 08/16/22
First Binding Ithaca Sword's Elegy
08/16/22 09/06/22 11/01/22
Lost Metal Elric Vol 3 Keeper's Six
11/15/22 11/25/22 01/17/23

                                                         

 

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Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor By Xiran Jay Zhao Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781665900706
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 10th, 2022

The Pariah (The Covenant of Steel #1) By Anthony Ryan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316430760
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Published: Orbit - August 24th, 2021

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The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) By Richard Swan Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316361385
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Published: Orbit - February 22nd, 2022

If you ever wanted to scratch that mystery itch but are wary of leaving the fantasy genre, this may be the book for you as Richard Swan effortlessly blends the two genres together. This is Sherlock Holmes if he had swords and magic at his disposal, but it is so much more than that. The Justice of Kings opens with a murder mystery that unravels a story full of political intrigue, religious fanaticism, corruption and an exploration of morality, honor, law and justice. The use of magic is compelling, but the story remains grounded in realism with characters that are interesting, complex and flawed. A very solid start to what promises to be an intriguingly epic trilogy. ~Stephen


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Ascendant By Michael R. Miller Cover Image
$21.84
ISBN: 9781913695040
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Portal Books - September 1st, 2020

I’m a big fan of the classic dragon rider story and Ascendant does not disappoint. This book definitely makes use of classic fantasy tropes, but Miller does a great job of giving them a fresh spin. The fact that the main dragon is actually blind is such an interesting concept to me. This is my first Progression Fantasy book, but as a fan of role-playing games I found myself really enjoying the approach. If you enjoyed books like Eragon or How to Train Your Dragon, there is a fair chance you’ll love this one too! ~Stephen


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Half Sick of Shadows By Laura Sebastian Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593200513
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Ace - July 6th, 2021

Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth #1) By Terry Goodkind Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780812548051
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Fantasy - July 15th, 1997

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Mistborn: The Final Empire By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781250318541
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Published: Tor Fantasy - September 24th, 2019

“There’s always another secret”
This is quite possibly my favorite book. It is well written with intricate world building, strong, well developed characters, a compelling mystery and without question, the coolest and most unique magic system I’ve seen in a book. I’ve always found myself fascinated by religion and history, but a lot of books tend to push them aside. That is not the case with Mistborn, and I absolutely love that. It really adds a lot to make this world feel real. There is just so much awesome in this that it is definitely one of those books where I literally could not put it down if I tried. ~Stephen


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Elric of Melniboné: The Elric Saga Part 1 (Elric Saga, The #1) By Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781534445680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - February 15th, 2022

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345391803
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Published: Del Rey - September 27th, 1995

I’ll be recommending this book till the end of the world. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy is the first of a (technically) six book “trilogy”. It’s smart. It’s witty. It’s absolutely absurd. Without a doubt, this is the most enjoyable book series I have ever read. Adams has created a world that is outright ridiculous and yet, altogether relatable. If you enjoy British humor and science fiction, you will love this book. Find your towel, grab this book, and Don’t Panic! ~Stephen


Nophek Gloss (The Graven #1) By Essa Hansen Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316430654
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Published: Orbit - November 17th, 2020

The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1) By Evan Winter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316489775
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Published: Orbit - March 10th, 2020

Ender's Game (The Ender Saga #1) By Orson Scott Card Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250773012
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Tor Science Fiction - April 27th, 2021

Dune By Frank Herbert Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780441172719
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - September 1st, 1990

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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

The protagonist of this book used to be a spaceship! Actually an AI in the body of a human that’s now ripped from the collective that was once her ship. With a thousand years of experience, she has a very unique broad narrative that spans across time and space. This book is incredibly inventive and clever, but also complex. Some of the concepts can take a second to wrap your head around, but it’s all just so well detailed. There is also an element of mystery that makes this book hard to put down. A thought provoking and very interesting story with an incredibly cool protagonist! ~Stephen


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Star Wars Ahsoka By E. K. Johnston Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484782316
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney Lucasfilm Press - October 3rd, 2017

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy, Book 1) By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translated by) Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translated by)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439709101
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 1st, 2005

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Redwall: 30th Anniversary Edition By Brian Jacques Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780441005482
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ace - September 1st, 1997

Redwall has all the makings of a great fantasy: adventure, mystery, love and death, all centered around the classic heroic rise of a warrior. Redwall’s warrior just so happens to be a mouse, making this epic fantasy perfect for younger audiences. Despite being a world full of anthropomorphic animals, Jacques doesn’t shy away from the realisms of medieval warfare. Redwall is not only an excellent introduction to the fantasy genre and a great story on its own, but is also only just the start of an epic series that you’re bound to enjoy throughout. ~Stephen


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Skyward (The Skyward Series #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780399555800
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Published: Ember - October 8th, 2019

Skyward is an exciting mix of Ender’s Game and How to Train Your Dragon. I always love reading stories that try to answer the philosophical questions of personal identity, and from both human and artificial perspectives, this book delivers. Sanderson has also created a unique system of rules for flight that is just the right mix of realistic and alien. Aerial combat has never been so entertaining to read. This is just the start of what promises to be an epic space story and I cannot wait to read more. ~Stephen


Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593307120
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Delacorte Press - September 8th, 2020

Eragon: Book I (The Inheritance Cycle #1) By Christopher Paolini Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780375826696
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2005

A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780064407663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - August 25th, 1999

Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More By Kelly Sue Deconnick (Text by), David Lopez (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kelly Sue Deconnick (Text by), David Lopez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780785190134
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Marvel - October 21st, 2014

Watchmen (2019 Edition) By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781779501127
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: DC Comics - May 20th, 2019

Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith Vol. 1: Imperial Machine (Star Wars: Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith (2017) #1) By Charles Soule (Text by), Jim Cheung (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Charles Soule (Text by), Jim Cheung (Illustrator)
$17.99
Currently unavailable, email or call for more information.
ISBN: 9781302907440
Published: Marvel - December 5th, 2017

Spider-Man: Life Story By Chip Zdarsky (Text by), Mark Bagley (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Chip Zdarsky (Text by), Mark Bagley (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781302917333
Availability: Not in Stock, Available for Special Order
Published: Marvel - November 5th, 2019

Avatar: The Last Airbender--The Promise Omnibus By Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru (Illustrator) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781506717845
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dark Horse Books - June 30th, 2020

Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan By G. Willow Wilson (Text by), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator) Cover Image
By G. Willow Wilson (Text by), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator)
$12.99
Currently unavailable, email or call for more information.
ISBN: 9781302916404
Published: Marvel - February 19th, 2019

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The Sword's Elegy (The Sorcerer's Song #3) By Brian D. Anderson Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250214683
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Published: Tor Books - November 1st, 2022

Daughter of Redwinter (The Redwinter Chronicles #1) By Ed McDonald Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250811714
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Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

Councilor: A Novel in the Grand Illusion By L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250814456
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Published: Tor Books - August 9th, 2022

The Oleander Sword (The Burning Kingdoms #2) By Tasha Suri Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316538565
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Published: Orbit - August 16th, 2022

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The White Wolf: The Elric Saga Part 3 (Elric Saga, The #3) By Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore (Foreword by)
$32.99
ISBN: 9781534445741
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 25th, 2022

A Broken Blade By Melissa Blair Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781454947875
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Published: Union Square & Co. - August 2nd, 2022

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The Warrior: Quest for Heroes, Book II By Stephen Aryan Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780857669582
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Published: Angry Robot - August 23rd, 2022

Sands of Dune: Novellas from the Worlds of Dune By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250805676
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Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

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The Lost Metal: A Mistborn Novel (The Mistborn Saga #7) By Brandon Sanderson Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780765391193
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Published: Tor Books - November 15th, 2022

The First Binding (Tales of Tremaine #1) By R.R. Virdi Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250796172
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Published: Tor Books - August 16th, 2022

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Ithaca By Claire North Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422963
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Published: Redhook - September 6th, 2022

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The Keeper's Six By Kate Elliott Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250769077
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Published: Tordotcom - January 17th, 2023