Ghosts Of Booksellers Past
While these booksellers themselves aren't necessarily ghosts, their recommendations still stand even after they've left our stores.
One of the most innovative examples of world-building in recent fiction, “The Windup Girl” is set in post-catastrophic Bangkok where global politics are driven by extreme food shortages and corporate monopolies on calories. Fast-paced, vividly descriptive, and engaging, this book explores the consequences of excessive bioengineering without ethical consideration. I wish I could read this again for the first time.
-- Skylar N.
Molly Metropolis is the world's biggest pop star when she disappears. A journalist teams up with her personal assistant to puzzle over Molly's journal to try to find out if she willingly disappeared or if her obsession with an architecture cult and the Chicago public transit system lead her down a dangerous path. I'm not normally a mystery reader, but the weirdness of the plot and inventiveness of the narration sucked me in. I can't stop talking about this book.
Slade House only appears every nine years on the Saturday before Halloween. If you do manage to find the house, you're already dead. Two vampiric twins construct increasingly elaborate traps to lore our doomed narrators to the Slade House attic where something worse than death awaits. Few books are as unputdownable as this one, it will keep you up at night.