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    Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

    Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) Lowest new price: $8.20
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    Author: Jeff VanderMeer
    Brand: Jeff VanderMeer

    SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

    The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that "reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world" (Kim Stanley Robinson).

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
    The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.
    They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it's the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

    An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: There is a comfort in familiarity, a foundation from which to definitively identify and label. But Jeff VanderMeer is not interested in putting his readers at ease. With Annihilation--the first volume of The Southern Reach Trilogy--he carefully creates a yearning for answers, then boldly denies them, reminding us that being too eager to know too much can be dangerous. The story follows an expedition of four women who are known only by their professions: the Psychologist, the Surveyor, the Anthropologist, and the Biologist--nameless pawns tasked with exploring, discovering, and (hopefully) delivering data about a portentous coastal territory called Area X. We are a bit like fifth members of that team (perhaps "the Reader"), learning at the same pace, guided by the observations of our narrator, the Biologist. Still the context remains blurry as VanderMeer twists each discovery into a deeper mystery. Through potent description and unrelenting tension, he achieves a level of emotional manipulation that should appeal to anyone who embraced the paranormal phenomena and maddening uncertainties of Lost. --Robin A. Rothman

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    Artemis: A Novel

    Artemis: A Novel Lowest new price: $10.41
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    Author: Andy Weir

    The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller—a heist story set on the moon.

    Jasmine Bashara never signed up to be a hero. She just wanted to get rich.
     
    Not crazy, eccentric-billionaire rich, like many of the visitors to her hometown of Artemis, humanity’s first and only lunar colony. Just rich enough to move out of her coffin-sized apartment and eat something better than flavored algae. Rich enough to pay off a debt she’s owed for a long time.
     
    So when a chance at a huge score finally comes her way, Jazz can’t say no. Sure, it requires her to graduate from small-time smuggler to full-on criminal mastermind. And it calls for a particular combination of cunning, technical skills, and large explosions—not to mention sheer brazen swagger. But Jazz has never run into a challenge her intellect can’t handle, and she figures she’s got the ‘swagger’ part down.
     
    The trouble is, engineering the perfect crime is just the start of Jazz’s problems. Because her little heist is about to land her in the middle of a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself.
     
    Trapped between competing forces, pursued by a killer and the law alike, even Jazz has to admit she’s in way over her head. She’ll have to hatch a truly spectacular scheme to have a chance at staying alive and saving her city.
     
    Jazz is no hero, but she is a very good criminal.
     
    That’ll have to do.
     
    Propelled by its heroine’s wisecracking voice, set in a city that’s at once stunningly imagined and intimately familiar, and brimming over with clever problem-solving and heist-y fun, Artemis is another irresistible brew of science, suspense, and humor from #1 bestselling author Andy Weir.

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    • A fine signed first edition from Andy Weir, author of The Martian

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    A Dreamer's Tales: Annotated Edition

    A Dreamer's Tales: Annotated Edition Lowest new price: $8.99
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    Author: Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Dunsany

    The first annotated edition of Lord Dunsany’s seminal fantasy work A Dreamer’s Tales. Experience first hand the realms of wonder that inspired Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and Gene Wolfe in this one of a kind short story collection. Annotations and forword by James Portnow, the writer of Extra Credits, Extra Sci-fi and Extra History.

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    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit Lowest new price: $6.59
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    Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
    Brand: Baker and Taylor

    A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings.
     
    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

    “A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.” – New York Times Book Review

    The Hobbit
    Six Different Editions

    Pick the version of the Hobbit that best suits your needs.


    The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again
    The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again

    A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings, with an iconic cover inspired by Tolkien’s designs.

    The Hobbit: Deluxe Pocket Edition
    The Hobbit: Deluxe Pocket Edition

    This charming deluxe pocket-sized edition contains the complete unabridged text and features a beautiful leatherette cover and gilt-edging. The perfect gift for little Hobbits everywhere!

    Hobbit Illustrated Edition
    Hobbit Illustrated Edition

    A beautiful gift edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's enchanting tale, fully illustrated by Jemima Catlin.

    Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition
    Hobbit 75th Anniversary Edition

    This deluxe hardcover edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy contains a short introduction by Christopher Tolkien, a reset text incorporating the most up-to-date corrections, and all of Tolkien’s own drawings and full-color illustrations, including the rare “Mirkwood” piece.

    Hobbit Young Reader’s Edition
    Hobbit Young Reader’s Edition

    The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001).

    Hobbit Collector’s Edition
    Hobbit Collector’s Edition

    This deluxe collector's edition of Tolkien's modern classic is boxed and bound in green leatherette with gold and red foil rune stamping on the spine and cover. The text pages are printed in black with green accents. It includes five full page illustrations in full color and many more in two colors, in addition to Thror's map -- all prepared by the author.

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    • Mariner Books

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    Tales From the Yawning Portal (Dungeons & Dragons)

    Tales From the Yawning Portal (Dungeons & Dragons) Lowest new price: $25.44
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    Author: Wizards RPG Team
    Brand: Dungeons and Dragons
    Model: WTC22070000

    Within this tome are seven of the most compelling dungeons from the 40+ year history of Dungeons & Dragons. Some are classics that have hosted an untold number of adventurers, while others are some of the most popular adventures ever printed. The seeds of these stories now rest in your hands. D&D's most storied dungeons are now part of your modern repertoire of adventures. Enjoy, and remember to keep a few spare character sheets handy.

    DREAD TALES TOLD IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT

    When the shadows grow long in Waterdeep and the fireplace in the taproom of the Yawning Portal dims to a deep crimson glow, adventurers from across the Forgotten Realms, and even from other worlds, spin tales and spread rumors of dark dungeons and lost treasures. Some of the yarns overheard by Durnan, the barkeep of the Yawning Portal, are inspired by places and events in far-flung lands from across the D&D multiverse, and these tales have been collected into a single volume.

    For use with the fifth edition Player's Handbook®, Monster Manual®, and Dungeon Master's Guide®, this book provides fans with adventures, magic items and deadly monsters, all of which have been updated to the fifth edition rules. Explore seven deadly dungeons in this adventure supplement for the world's greatest roleplaying game.

    Tales from the Yawning Portal Includes the Following Adventures:
    Against the Giants
    Dead in Thay
    Forge of Fury
    Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan
    Sunless Citadel
    Tomb of Horrors
    White Plume Mountain

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    • Product is for use in the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game
    • Product Number: WOC C22070000
    • Models and games are supplied unpainted and may require assembly or preparation before play
    • Any scenery, paint, or glue is not included.

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    Animal Farm: 1984

    Animal Farm: 1984 Lowest new price: $13.40
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    Author: George Orwell
    Brand: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    This edition features George Orwell's best known novels – 1984 and Animal Farm – with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens.

    In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind.  Winston Smith joins a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

    Animal Farm is Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution -- an account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm--a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. But are they?

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    • Houghton Mifflin

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    Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy)

    Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy) Lowest new price: $10.35
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    Author: Jeff VanderMeer
    Brand: Jeff VanderMeer

    John Rodriquez, head of the secret agency Southern Reach, is charged with exploring Area X, a remote area sequestered from civilization, as his team exposes disturbing truths about the area, with far-reaching consequences for himself and his agency.

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    • Authority A Novel The Southern Reach Trilogy

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    World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2

    World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 2 Lowest new price: $18.97
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    Author: BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT
    Brand: Dark Horse Books

    Blizzard Entertainment and Dark Horse Books are thrilled to present the next installment of the wildly popular World of Warcraft Chronicle series. Volume 2 will reveal more sought-after details about the game universe's history and mythology. Showcasing lush, all-new artwork from fan favorites such as Peter Lee, Joseph Lacroix, and Alex Horley, this tome is sure to please all fans--casual and collector alike.

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    • Dark Horse Books

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    Beren and Lúthien

    Beren and Lúthien Lowest new price: $15.26
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    Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

    The tale of Beren and Lúthien was, or became, an essential element in the evolution of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of the World conceived by J.R.R. Tolkien. Returning from France and the battle of the Somme at the end of 1916, he wrote the tale in the following year.
     
    Essential to the story, and never changed, is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal elf. Her father, a great elvish lord, in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This is the kernel of the legend; and it leads to the supremely heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril.
     
    In this book Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle-earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.
     
    Published on the tenth anniversary of the last Middle-earth book, the international bestseller The Children of Húrin, this new volume will similarly include drawings and color plates by Alan Lee, who also illustrated The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and went on to win Academy Awards for his work on The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
     

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    Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting

    Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Lowest new price: $26.00
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    Author: Matthew Mercer

    Critical Role has taken the roleplaying world by storm and now you can join the adventure! Until now, the wondrous and dangerous lands of Tal'Dorei have been the sole stomping grounds of the show's adventuring company, Vox Machina. But now, you can explore these realms in a tome from the pen of Game Master Matt Mercer himself! Will you find one of the revered Vestiges of Divergence or perhaps discover part of the Chroma Conclave's legacy? Can you help the Ashari in their sacred charge to prevent the elemental vortices from overwhelming the world, or will you find yourself embroiled in the machinations of the Clasp? This setting book takes an in-depth look at the history, people, and places of Tal'Dorei, and includes new backgrounds, magic items, and monsters for the Fifth Edition rules.

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