P G Wodehouse$7.99 $7.35
When the world is getting to be too much, I like to go visit my man, P. G. Wodehouse. I enjoy the super silly superciliousness. There is no trouble that goodhearted nincompoop Wooster can get into that his stalwart man Jeeves can't get him out of. It might take Jeeves a while to get over a new mustache or garish socks, but when he finally puts his mind to the problem, he gets it done.
David Wong$27.99 $25.75
The second book in the Zoey Ashe series by David Wong, or rather, Jason Pargin. The first book, Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits, drops an unsuspecting barista in the world of organized crime, unfathomable wealth, and just about limitless personal power. It's like Willy Wonka met Cyberpunk 2077, got married by an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas while drunk on too many kamikazes, and then gave birth to The Boys. Man, it was fun. Book 2 has Zoey fully entrenched in her late dad's empire, trying to make sense of the media, the changing technological landscape, and how she can say true to herself. Feh. I make it sound kind of lame. But seriously, there's a mech-cat that barfs up moisturizer samples for laughs. In amongst the social commentary are some tremendous bits of silliness. Pargin has a gift for being a giant goofball, who clobbers you in the side of the head with some really trenchant social analysis. In a good way. Promise.
Jacqueline Winspear$16.95 $15.59
So, what do you get when you cross Hercule Poirot with Downton Abbey? You get a heroine who is brilliant, isn't afraid of hard work, and a series that keeps you going.
Christopher Moore$28.99 $26.67
I swear, this book was written for me. I laughed my entire way through.
Charles Bukowski$16.99 $15.63
Charles Bukowski writes like he has to get all the words out before he explodes. If you enjoy reading what he's written, all the better.
Jim Butcher$28.00 $25.76
I've missed Harry Dresden. Now, if we can just get Patrick Rothfuss to finish.
When Lovecraft meets The Office. It's hard being an IT guy in a secret organization tasked with keeping the dungeon dimensions from poking into our own.
Elisabeth Thomas$27.99 $25.75
A good back-to-school gothic creepy story! For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free--but acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years, summers included, completely removed from the outside world. In return, the school promises a future of sublime power and prestige. Among this year's incoming class is Ines Murillo, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline, only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. But the House's strange protocols soon make this refuge feel increasingly like a gilded prison.
The second book in the Laundry Files. If James Bond was an I.T. nerd, with added demons.
Victoria Seward makes a living finding rare books through means that aren't always on the up-and-up. But if it makes the clients happy, who is she really hurting? After all, everything always turns out all right in the end. At least it does in her favorite books, the ones her absent father sends every year on her birthday, no matter where he is. When her unorthodox behavior ruins her relationship with her boyfriend James, Victoria knows something has to change--she has to change. Enter Helen, a wealthy client seeking a companion for her trip to England to purchase antiques, and who just happens to be James's grandmother. Helen has secrets of her own, secrets that help her relate to Victoria more than anyone can guess.As Victoria and Helen travel across England, Victoria suspects there is more to this trip than Helen lets on. When Helen's health falters, Victoria reaches out to James, reigniting feelings that were never truly extinguished. Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters, when hidden offenses rise to the surface. Victoria's happy ending is within reach--if she can step out of the literary world and into the life that's been waiting for her all along--;Provided by publisher.;When a rare-books dealer goes to England, she discovers more than just the famous writing haunts--she discovers how to love and be loved in today's modern world. This is a light bit of fluff, but it was pretty enjoyable.