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Skies of Blue, Clouds of White

Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World, volume 1

By Iruka Shiomiya  

14 Sep, 2019


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Iruka Shiomiya’s manga Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World is based on Keiichi Sigsawa’s light novel series of the same name. 

Kino wanders her world in the company of her talking motorcycle, Hermes. The pair visit community after community, never staying more than three days. 

Volume one covers three incidents in Kino’s journey. 

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Just a Whisper of Smoke

Spirit Hunters  (Spirit Hunter, volume 1)

By Ellen Oh  

13 Sep, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do


Ellen Oh’s Spirit Hunters is the first volume in her middle grade Spirit Hunter series. 

Grade-seven student Harper Raine is coping with an unwanted move to a spooky mansion in Washington, DC. If that were not stressful enough, she has a mysterious past about which her parents are mum and an older sister who blames Harper for all that is wrong in the world. At least her four-year-old brother Michael likes Harper. 

Back to the spooky mansion thing.… 

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Just Something In My Stars

A Dead Djinn in Cairo

By P. Djèlí Clark  

11 Sep, 2019

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P. Djèlí Clark’s A Dead Djinn in Cairo is an alternate-history fantasy novella. It shares its setting with The Haunting of Tram Car 015.

Forty years ago, al-Jahiz opened the world to magic. Bad news for the Ottomans, the British, and the French, whose domination of Egypt came to an abrupt halt. Good news for Egypt, independent once more. But magic and magical beings bring problems of their own. Fatma el-Sha’arawi, special investigator with the Egyptian Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities, spends her days dealing with them. 

For example, the matter of the dead and bloodless djinn. 

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Don’t Stand in the Doorway

Rebel Seoul  (Rebel Seoul, volume 1)

By Axie Oh  

7 Sep, 2019

Doing What the WFC Cannot Do


Axie Oh’s 2017 young adult dystopian thriller Rebel Seoul is the first volume in Oh’s Rebel Seoul series. 

Abandoned in Neo Seoul’s slums by his parents, student Lee Jaewon has clawed his way out of the gangs and into borderline respectability. Only a single test lies between Jaewon and a decent career. Unfortunately for Jaewon, it’s not an easy test and failure means death. 

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Must Be Funny In a Rich Man’s World


By Cordwainer Smith  

1 Sep, 2019

Because My Tears Are Delicious To You


Cordwainer Smith’s 1975 Norstrilia was originally published as two shorter novels: 1964’s Hugo-nominated The Planet Buyer (AKA The Boy who Bought Old Earth) and The Underpeople (AKA The Store of Heart’s Desire). The setting for both is Smith’s Instrumentality Universe. The books were later combined in one novel, as indeed Smith had originally intended. Believe it or not, but at one point SFF publishers thought long books didn’t sell. 

The story is simple. There was a boy who bought the planet Earth. We know that, to our cost. It only happened once, and we have taken pains that it will never happen again. He came to Earth, got what he wanted, and got away alive, in a series of very remarkable adventures. That’s the story. 

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