The Top Shelf

This is where all the best of the best go. It’s top-shelf stuff, and so, in my opinion, really worth the time.


Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything – Simon Majumdar
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My Review


And Only to Deceive – Tasha Alexander
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My Review


A History of the World in 100 Objects – Neil MacGregor
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Amazon
My Review


The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
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Amazon
My Review


The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch
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Amazon
My Review


Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch
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My Review


Hounded – Kevin Hearne
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My Review


Leviathan Wakes – James S.A. Corey
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Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
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Amazon
My Review


The Long Earth – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
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Amazon
My Review


The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold
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My Review


The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
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Kill Decision – Daniel Suarez
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The Magician King – Lev Grossman
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Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling
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The Diviners – Libba Bray
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God’s War – Kameron Hurley
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My Review


The Dead Isle – Sam Starbuck
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My Review


The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin
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Infidel – Kameron Hurley
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My Review


Rapture – Kameron Hurley
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Whatever You Do, Don’t Run – Peter Allison
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The Violinist’s Thumb – Sam Kean
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Jewels: A Secret History – Victoria Finlay
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The Vor Game – Lois McMaster Bujold
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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat – Bee Wilson
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The Golem and the Jinni – Helene Wecker
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Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation – Michael Pollan
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The Long War – Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
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Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal – Mary Roach
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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
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Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
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The Broken Kingdoms – N.K. Jemisin
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YOU – Austin Grossman
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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes – David Grann
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Use of Weapons – Iain M. Banks
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Mistborn: The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
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Mistborn: The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic – David Quammen
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The Republic of Thieves – Scott Lynch
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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan
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Mistborn: The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
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Tam Lin – Pamela Dean
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Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
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The Martian – Andy Weir
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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) – Brandon Sanderson
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Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) – Brandon Sanderson
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Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) – Jeff VanderMeer
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The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
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Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky Trilogy #2) – Elizabeth Bear
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The Mirror Empire (The Worldbreaker Saga #1) – Kameron Hurley
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Steles of the Sky (Eternal Sky Trilogy #3) – Elizabeth Bear
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Ancillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2) – Ann Leckie
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City of Stairs (Divine Cities #1) – Robert Jackson Bennett
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The Three-Body Problem (Three Body Trilogy #1) – Cixin Liu (trans. Ken Liu)
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California Bones (Daniel Blackland #1) – Greg Van Eekhout
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The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) – Brian Staveley
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The Secret History – Donna Tartt
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The Providence of Fire (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #2) – Brian Staveley
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The Just City (Thessaly #1) – Jo Walton
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The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt – Kara Cooney
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The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files #3) – Charles Stross
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Karen Memory – Elizabeth Bear
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Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) – Rachel Bach
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Honour’s Knight (Paradox #2) – Rachel Bach
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Magnifico: The Brilliant Life and Violent Times of Lorenzo de’Medici – Miles J. Unger
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The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty #1) – Ken Liu
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A Good and Happy Child – Justin Evans
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The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles – Howard Goodall
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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History – Elizabeth Kolbert
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Lives in Ruins: Archeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble – Marilyn Johnson
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The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files #6) – Charles Stross
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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) – N.K. Jemisin
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Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) – Zen Cho
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Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture – Matt Goulding
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Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar – Tom Holland
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Dry Store Room No. 1: The Secret Life of the Natural History Museum – Richard Fortey
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Empire Ascendant (Worldbreaker Saga #2) – Kameron Hurley
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My Review


City of Blades (Divine Cities #2) – Robert Jackson Bennett
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All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
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Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond – Sonia Shah
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The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia – Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng (eds.)
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Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Borderline (Arcadia Project #1) – Mishell Baker
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