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2017 Books for the Holidays: Genre Lovers

Some of our favorite mystery, Western, romance, science fiction, and fantasy books from the past year.

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  1. 1

    The Salt Line

    In an unspecified future, the United States’ borders have receded behind a salt line, a ring of scorched earth that protects its citizens from deadly disease-carrying ticks. In the spirit of Station Eleven and California, award-winning novelist Holly Goddard Jones offers a literary spin on the dystopian genre with this gripping story of survival and humanity about a group of adrenaline junkies who jump the salt line.

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    A Plague of Giants

    Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine—and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

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  3. 3

    From a Certain Point of View

    Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this collection of Star Wars stories from unexpected voices.

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  4. 4

    Artemis

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

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  5. 5

    Into the Water

    A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

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  6. 6

    Reincarnation Blues

    A wildly imaginative novel about a man who is reincarnated over ten thousand lifetimes to be with his one true love: Death herself.

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  7. 7

    Gork, the Teenage Dragon

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  8. 8

    Canto Bright

    Canto Bight, where exotic aliens, captivating creatures, and other would-be high rollers are willing to risk everything to make their fortunes. Set across one fateful evening, four interconnected stories explore the deception and danger of the lavish casino city.

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  9. 9

    The Scarred Woman

    Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q, Copenhagen’s cold cases division, meets his toughest challenge yet when the dark, troubled past of one of his own team members collides with a sinister unsolved murder.

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  10. 10

    Don’t Let Go

    With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

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  11. 11

    The Bear and the Nightingale

    As Vasilisa’s village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, she must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales. Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

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  12. 12

    The Child

    As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who has been found at the building site?

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  13. 13

    Deep Freeze

    A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. There’s a possibility that it might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a mid-winter reunion coming up, and so, wrapping his coat a little tighter, Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

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  14. 14

    The Western Star

    Sheriff Walt Longmire is caught up on a head-on collision of past and present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge. Read the thirteenth novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series, the basis for the hit Netflix series Longmire.  

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  15. 15

    The queen of beach books returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

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  16. 16

    The Name of the Wind

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  17. 17

    Origin

    In Origin, Robert Langdon arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend an event hosted by his former student, Edmond Kirsch. Robert soon finds himself in the midst of chaos at the event and is joined by the elegant museum director, and together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

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  18. 18

    This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most. It’s a thrilling and emotionally devastating journey through the gruesome legacies that threaten to devour us and the homely, messy magic that saves us, if we’re lucky.

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    The Silent Corner

    When Jane Hawk’s husband takes his own life, she seeks to learn why, and becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important, so terrifying, that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

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  20. 20

    Meddling Kids

    With raucous humor and brilliantly orchestrated mayhem, Meddling Kids subverts teen detective archetypes like the Hardy Boys, the Famous Five, and Scooby-Doo, and delivers an exuberant and wickedly entertaining celebration of horror, love, friendship, and many-tentacled, interdimensional demon spawn.

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  21. 21

    The Rooster Bar

    Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. When they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.

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  22. 22

    The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

    The series that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues as brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander teams up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to uncover the secrets of her childhood and to take revenge.

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