Kelly's Recommendations

Kelly Lynn Thomas reads a lot and writes strange fiction in Pittsburgh, PA
Kelly Lynn Thomas reads a lot and writes strange fiction in Pittsburgh, PA

Kelly Lynn Thomas reads a lot and writes strange fiction in Pittsburgh, PA. While she reads widely across genres, her favorites are science fiction and speculative literary fiction (think Ursula K. Le Guin, Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, and Kelly Link). Her creative work has appeared in Permafrost, Cotton Xenomorph, and other literary journals, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. You can see what Kelly's reading now at http://kellylynnthomas.com.

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Everfair: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780765338068
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Published: Tor Books - September 26th, 2017

From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?


Fledgling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 2nd, 2007

"A master storyteller, Butler casts an unflinching eye on racism, sexism, poverty, and ignorance and lets the reader see the terror and beauty of human nature." -- The Washington Post


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

WINNER OF THE HUGO, NEBULA, AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS

The record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award, Ancillary Justice is Ann Leckie's powerful and thought provoking story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. A must read for fans of Ursula K. Le Guin and James S. A. Corey.


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062420718
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 12th, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.


Fangirl: A Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250042613
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 6th, 2018

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.


Kindred Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807083109
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2009

A Good Morning America 2021 Top Summer Read Pick

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.


The Onion Girl (Newford) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780765392138
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Published: Tor Fantasy - January 3rd, 2017

2017 Aurora Awards Best of the Decade Finalist

In novel after novel, and story after story, Charles de Lint has brought an entire imaginary North American city to vivid life. Newford: where magic lights dark streets; where myths walk clothed in modern shapes; where a broad cast of extraordinary and affecting people work to keep the whole world turning.


Behind the Throne (The Indranan War #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316308601
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Published: Orbit - August 2nd, 2016

Behind the Throne begins K. B. Wagers's action-packed science fiction adventure, with a heroine as rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey.


The New York Times bestseller from the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and You Do You.

The no-f*cks-given, no-holds-barred guide to living your best life.


On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington  #1) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780743435710
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Published: Baen - August 1st, 2002

Comprehensive Teacher's Guide available.


Meddling Kids: A Novel (Blumhouse Books) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101974445
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Published: Anchor - May 29th, 2018

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story proves as cleverly witty as its title. It's filled with high jinks both terrorizing and hilarious.” —USA Today
 


Ready Player One: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg.


Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316129084
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Published: Orbit - June 15th, 2011

From a New York Times bestselling and Hugo award-winning author comes a modern masterwork of science fiction, introducing a captain, his crew, and a detective as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. 

Humanity has colonized the solar system—Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond—but the stars are s


The Ghost Bride: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062227331
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 5th, 2014

Now a Netflix original drama!


The Hazel Wood: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250147905
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 30th, 2018

Welcome to Melissa Albert's The Hazel Woodthe fiercely stunning New York Times bestseller everyone is raving about!


The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401284770
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Published: Vertigo - October 30th, 2018

One of the most popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels of all time, Neil Gaiman's award-winning masterpiece The Sandman set the standard for mature, lyrical fantasy in the modern comics era.


Jane Eyre Cover Image
By Charlotte Bronte, Stevie Davies (Editor), Stevie Davies (Introduction by), Stevie Davies (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141441146
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Published: Penguin Classics - August 15th, 2006

Charlotte Brontë's moving masterpiece – the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations" (The Guardian). Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


A Devil Comes to Town Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781642860139
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Published: World Editions - May 7th, 2019

"A Devil Comes to Town is a brilliant form of torture...a huge amount of fun."--Lisa Grgas for The Literary Review

A small Swiss village full of aspiring writers + The devil in the form of a hot-shot publisher = An international bestseller by the author of the Italian literary sensation The Luneburg Variation


Night Beast Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128089
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Published: Grove Press, Black Cat - May 8th, 2018

A masterful collection from an important new voice in American fiction, Night Beast is a gorgeously written work of profound originality and vision.


The Princess Diarist Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399185793
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 24th, 2017

This last book from beloved Hollywood icon Carrie Fisher is the crown jewel of ideal Star Wars gifts. The Princess Diarist is an intimate, hilarious, and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time.


The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories: 75th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Angela Carter, Kelly Link (Introduction by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143107613
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 26th, 2015

For the 75th anniversary of her birth, a Deluxe Edition of the master of the literary supernatural’s most celebrated book—featuring a new introduction by Kelly Link


Always Coming Home (California Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520227354
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Published: University of California Press - February 27th, 2001

Ursula Le Guin's Always Coming Home is a major work of the imagination from one of America's most respected writers of science fiction. More than five years in the making, it is a novel unlike any other.


The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help Cover Image
By Amanda Palmer, Brené Brown (Foreword by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781455581092
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 20th, 2015

Rock star, crowdfunding pioneer, and TED speaker Amanda Palmer knows all about asking. Performing as a living statue in a wedding dress, she wordlessly asked thousands of passersby for their dollars. When she became a singer, songwriter, and musician, she was not afraid to ask her audience to support her as she surfed the crowd (and slept on their couches while touring).


First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062836786
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Published: Dey Street Books - April 24th, 2018

New York Times Bestseller

"Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read.” – Mark Manson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful.


The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.


How to Build a Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062335982
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2015

Now a major motion picture starring Beanie Feldstein!

The New York Times bestselling author hailed as “the UK’s answer to Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, and Lena Dunham all rolled into one” (Marie Claire) makes her fiction debut with a hilarious yet deeply moving coming of age novel.