Drew's Picks

Drew is the new owner here at Towne Book Center and has certainly been trying to fill the big shoes that were left for him by PK. Usually you can find Drew on the floor handselling his favorite books (at this point we all know about Johannes Cabal the Necromancer) or moving boxes as he tries to be somewhat useful. A devotee of Fantasy, Science Fiction and History Drew is an eclectic reader and will talk your ear off if you give him a chance! Below are some of his favorite books (we forbid him from picking Johannes Cabal!)

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Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756414405
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Published: DAW - June 5th, 2018

If my soul could write books it would have written this one! Sparrow Hill Road tells the classic urban legend of the hitchiking ghost, but turns it on its head by telling it from the ghost's point of view. Filled with road witches and the incredible blend of urban legend and mythology I cannot recommend this book enough. PLUS a third novel in the series just came out!

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Legend (Drenai Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345379061
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - October 1st, 1994

Legend is one of my favorite books of all time. Set in the final days of the Drenai Kingdom the Nadir are poised to sweep over the land like a tide with only the undermanned fortress of Dros Delnoch standing in their way. However, though the garrison may be small it's led by the legend himself, Druss. Will he be enough to turn the tide? Maybe not, but that’s beside the point. Stick to the code and stand on the wall an you can be a man to walk the mountains with!

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A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians: A Novel (The Shadow Histories #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316459075
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Published: Redhook - January 26th, 2021

Another great example of what I refer to as historical fantasy A Declaration Of The Rights Of Magicians ask what would happen during the enlightenment if not all peoples were actually equal? How would Pitt the younger react in a world where magic is real? This book takes a real world time and place and simply replaces the monarchs of the day with actual Sorceror Kings. As a result the madness of King George and the horrors of the French Revolution take on terrifying new aspects. I recommed this book!

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Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781529050264
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor - June 1st, 2021

I cannot express enough how excited I am that this book has been re-printed! Set in a fantastic world where people can gain aspects of certain arthropods (Beetle kinded are good with machines and Antkinden are super strong) this book is about the coming of the Wasp Empire and what people are willing to do to stop them!

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By György Dragomán, Ottilie Mulzet (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780544527201
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Published: Mariner Books - February 23rd, 2021

Oh how I adore this book! I have always had a penchant for Eastern European storytelling and The Bone Fire feels like stepping through a portal into the cold lands of my forefathers. Focusing on a young girl as she tries to unravel the magic and mystery of her grandmother and the death of her parents The Bone Fire has just enough magic to make us believe in fairies, and just enough honesty to make us fear them,

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Jaghatai Khan: Warhawk of Chogoris (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs #8) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781784967253
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Published: Games Workshop - July 24th, 2018

Set in the universe of Warhammer 40K Warhawk of Chogoris is the story of the Emperor of Mankind’s least well known son Jaghatai and his White Scars Legion. The Emperor wants all of humanity beneath his banner and for them all to conform to his mold, something that Jaghatai questions. So far he has been able to conduct the grand crusade in his own way on the fringes, but times are changing and Jaghatai cannot run forever.

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Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316434607
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Published: Orbit - July 25th, 2017

Oh how I love monster stories! They are absolutely some of my favorite and I think that it’s because I like learning about all the various monsters. Enter Strange Practice, a story about the doctor who tends to the monsters in Edwardian London. Featuring the likes of Varney the Vampire and the evils of electricity this book is a sure fire bet for folks who like beasties!

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The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty #2) Cover Image
By Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424318
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - July 18th, 2017

The Hedgemon is dead and the Reign Of Four Placid Seas has lasted six years, however palace intrigues divides the court between Kuni Garu’s two wives. Before blades can be drawn a fierce army on the backs dragons arrives from a distant land focused on domination and conquering the lands of Dara. The Wall Of Storms is the sequel to the Grace Of Kings and it is certainly a worthy successor, but will Kuni’s children be as worthy?

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The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini's Italy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674986398
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Published: Belknap Press - August 11th, 2020

When people think of Fascism they tend to think of Nazi Germany, however Germany was not the only country to fall prey to fascism nor was it the first. In The Perfect Fascist historian Victoria de Grazia does an incredible job showing how fasism was born and how so many italians were seduced by it while focusing on one mans struggle to define his identity as Mussolini's perfect fascist when his personal life begins to fall apart.

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Clive Barker's Books of Blood: Volume One (Movie Tie-In) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593201046
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Published: Berkley - September 29th, 2020

This collection of macabre and terrifying short stories is from one of the modern masters of horror, Clive Barker. If that name sounds familiar it may be because he is also known for his numerous horror films including Hellraiser. Books Of Blood is being turned into a Hulu series and you have a chance to read it before it comes out and be in the know. Be careful though, in horror knowing is not always a good thing!

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Making Stuff and Doing Things: DIY Guides to Just about Everything Cover Image
By Kyle Bravo (Editor)
ISBN: 9781621066477
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Published: Microcosm Publishing - December 13th, 2016

If you were anything like me during the lockdown then as you sat around and tried to summon up the will to rewatch Stranger things for the twentieth time you realized that you needed more hobbies. Enter Making Stuff and Doing Things! This book is packed full of how to guides on how to build all kinds of cool stuff and pick up a range of new hobbies, its a must have when you're stuck at home!